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Petitioning Columbia College Chicago CFO Michelle Gates

Value Columbia College Chicago staff by giving an annual cost-of-living salary increase

The United Staff of Columbia College Chicago (USofCC) is asking for your help. We are the people who make the college run - from the mailroom to college advising, facilities to student services and community engagement programs.

Over the past 6 years, the cost of living in Chicago has gone up 14%, while Columbia College staff has received salary increases that amount to only 5%. This gap has hurt staff tremendously. The cost of rent, utilities, food, and other necessities continues to rise every year, but salaries have not kept pace. This effectively amounts to a salary cut every year.

Over one-third of all staff members in the USofCC bargaining unit make $40,000 or less a year. Over the past 6 years, a staff member making $40,000/year has effectively lost $15,000 in wages due to the lack of cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increases.

Columbia staff care deeply about the college and its students. Staff members contribute every day to the learning and well-being of Columbia students. Staff members are committed to performing their jobs with excellence, often without recognition. Without staff, the college literally would not function.

We need to value this precious human capital - the vast store of knowledge, expertise, and dedication - embodied by Columbia staff.

Staff not only need and deserve COLA, it's the right thing to do. COLA needs to be built in to the college budget as a standard operating cost. It's simply the cost of doing business.

While the cost of living has gone up between 1.5% and 3% a year over the last several years, USofCC is demanding an annual 5% COLA for the next three years of the contract in order to "catch up" for all the years that staff has gone without.

Value Columbia College staff by giving an annual 5% COLA increase now - it's the right thing to do.

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    Michelle Gates


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