By Kari Lydersen At Columbia College Chicago, an arts- and media-oriented institution that has expanded greatly and helped revitalize the city’s South Loop, tensions have escalated between unionized part-time faculty and the administration this fall. The federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed two unfair labor practices (ULP) complaints against the college and is investigating several other ULP charges, while the administration announced that because of dropping student enrollment, the school will not grant usual salary increases to union and nonunion staff. At Columbia College, part-timers teach 75 percent of classes, according to the union, which represents 780 members. Colleges and […]
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