Thursday, May 2, 2019

May Day Strike ends in tentative contract for non-teaching staff at CCC

City Colleges of Chicago staff returned to work after a one day strike, launched May 1st, when City Colleges and the Federation of College Clerical and Technical Personnel Local 1708 reached a tentative agreement in contract negotiations, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

On Wednesday, 450 employees walked off the job at CCC following what the union saw as a refusal by College Administration to work with the union on demands around pay, healthcare, and unfilled vacancies at the colleges, 87% of membership voted to reject the colleges' las offer. The union told WTTW the unfilled vacancies in particular meant that many underpaid staff, primarily women of color, were forced to do the work of three or four people and use unpaid furlough day to provide crucial front line services to students while administrative offices have seen salary increases of 40%.

The contract will still have to be ratified by union membership, but today employees are back on the job.

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