CHICAGO — Lots of of half-time employees at Columbia School Chicago hit the picket line on Wednesday.
Wednesday was the primary of a two-day stroll-out over wages and job safety. The union stated Columbia has seen packages eradicated, school leaving and the scholars struggling.
“This isn’t the Columbia that I met 30 years in the past,” Prexy Nesbitt, a school member, stated.
Members of the Half-Time School Affiliation of Columbia School (PFAC) hit the picket line on Michigan Avenue.
PFAC represents about 1,200 instructors. Their contract expired in August.
The union and the varsity stay at odds over points together with job safety and wages.
“Our November tenth proposal included wage improve in addition to different issues we’re in search of,” Mark Rosati, interim vice chairman of strategic advertising and communications at Columbia School, stated.
“I actually they need to take away any protections for our half time school and no union protections,” Diana Ballera, PFAC president, stated.
“We actually sought federal mediation so we might meet a decision. The mediator provided to satisfy twice final week. The school accepted the union declined,” Rosati stated.
“You don’t get to try this you get to have a federal mediator if you discount in good religion,” Ballera stated.
On Wednesday, representatives from different unions and a few college students rallied in solidarity.
“I feel everybody is aware of from school to college students alike, their educating circumstances are our studying circumstances,” Liz Johnson, a scholar, stated.
Faculty buildings remained open however the union stated dozens of courses needed to be canceled.
“This can be a clear message to the school to knock it off or we’re ready to take no matter subsequent steps are wanted,” Ballera stated.
The school will strike once more on Thursday. The subsequent bargaining session is scheduled for Friday.