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At Columbia College Adjunct Union Seeks To Represent Staff

by Tatiana Walk-Morris

An online petition aimed at gaining adjunct faculty union representation for staff members has prompted a P-Fac and administrative response about its legal implications.

Staff Who Teach, a group of more than 70 full-time staff members—some of whom are members of the United Staff of Columbia College staff union and teach part-time at Columbia—launched an online petition March 11 asking to be admitted to P-Fac, the college’s part-time faculty union, as reported March 31 by The Chronicle. The petition objected to P-Fac’s contract, which signers believe caused staff members without teaching in their job descriptions to lose courses.

Patricia Rios, associate vice president of Human Resources, sent out an email March 26 instructing administrators and managerial staff not to sign the petition because she said doing so could lead to legal sanctions.

According to the National Labor Relations Act, employers cannot interfere or contribute financially in support of any labor organization. The petition has received 611 signatures as of press time, approximately 13 of which belong to upper-level staff. Rios said the college will not  punish managerial staff who signed the petition prior to receiving instructions not to do so, but the college would consider sanctions

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