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Columbia College: Stop the Harassment, Start Negotiating
  • Petitioned Diana Vallera
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

PFac President, Columbia College
Diana Vallera
See response
Senior Vice President, Columbia College
Warren Chapman
Board Liaison & Director of Presidential Events, Columbia College
Julie Volkmann
Interim Provost, Columbia College
Louise Love

Columbia College: Stop the Harassment, Start Negotiating

    1. Loretta Capeheart
    2. Petition by

      Loretta Capeheart

      Chicago, IL

P-fac President Diana Vallera has been called to a meeting on Friday, August 24th with Columbia College Interim Provost Louise Love to discuss contemplated disciplinary action against Vallera that could include termination or suspension. This potential disciplinary action arises out of a complaint of alleged misconduct made against Vallera by the Office of General Counsel at Columbia College. The complaint against Vallera relates to facts alleged in a prior ULP charge filed at the NLRB by Pfac/IEA involving surveillance of Diana Vallera's home in January, 2012. The College's contemplated disciplinary action against Vallera comes exactly 30 days after an Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of the union and against the college on July 17th, requiring the College to bargain in good faith with the union and including back-pay for members who were harmed by College violations. In addition, even more recently, on July 31, 2012, Region 13 of the NLRB issued a wide-ranging, consolidated Complaint against the College in which aggressive legal remedies are being sought on behalf of P-fac members.

We call on Columbia College to abandon its campaign of intimidation and coercion against the membership and leadership of the Part-Time Faculty Association at Columbia College and to stop wasting money, resources and energy discrediting 78% of its faculty and their elected leaders. This college posture does not serve the college community, especially our students. Support a good-will relationship and strengthen the school, the arts community, faculty, staff and students. This is a decisive moment in our history, and we call on Columbia College to exercise a positive and collaborative vision for the future. This is a critical moment. We ask the college to do the right thing.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. ILRB Sides With Diana: Keep up the Pressure on Columbia College

      Loretta Capeheart
      Petition Organizer

      From the lawyers working with Diana and P-FAC:

      I am delighted to report that the Region has amended the Consolidated Complaint to include allegations with respect to the Employer's manner of investigating Diana's alleged misconduct under all three theories that we pressed, namely, Section (a)(1), (a)(3) and an (a)(4) theory! A copy of the amended Complaint is attached.

      With respect to the Employer's discriminatory conduct, the Region has found that the Employer failed and refused to provide Diana with a class for Summer, 2012 as well a second class for Fall, 2012 in retaliation for vigorously defending the Union and for testifying at trial and pursuing ULP charges at the NLRB.

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Rally Postponed, again.

      Loretta Capeheart
      Petition Organizer

      Chicago, Aug. 22 -- For the second time in less than one week, Columbia College has postponed its threatened discipline of P-fac President Diana Vallera, but it will not say when the disciplinary hearing is to be held, nor has the College officially dismissed its misconduct charge against Vallera.
      While the rally planned for Friday, Aug 24th has been postponed, the struggle continues!

    4. The Petition is having an impact. Please keep up the signatures.

      Loretta Capeheart
      Petition Organizer

      NLRB Issues New Complaint Against College; Columbia College Announces Disciplinary Action Against P-fac President Diana Vallera. College Postpones Threatened Discipline of Union President.

      Chicago, Aug. 22 -- For the second time in less than one week, Columbia College has postponed its threatened discipline of P-fac President Diana Vallera, but it will not say when the disciplinary hearing is to be held, nor has the College officially dismissed its misconduct charge against Vallera.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Decision-maker Diana Vallera responds:

      Diana Vallera

      For more than three years I have watched Diana fight for justice for all part time faculty. She is always guided by a handful of principals: quality instruction for students, a dignified work and learning environment, health care and eco...


    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. RALLY to Support Diana

      Loretta Capeheart
      Petition Organizer

      Come out to show Diana that we support her work on behalf of all working people and all students. Come to Columbia College at 600 South Michigan Ave., Room 811A. Please arrive before 11:00 a.m. on Friday August 24th. We want to show the administration of Columbia College that if they continue to harass Diana, we are going to defend her. Hands off Diana, Negotiate in good faith!

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Robert Moreno CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Better education.

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    • deb doetzer CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      continued harassment of diana vallera is not acceptable---let's bargain the contract in good faith!

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    • Beth Berolzheimer CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      Part-time faculty in the Film and Video Dept. CCC

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    • Michael Kramer EVANSTON, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      I support the rights of scholars and teachers to unionize and collectively bargain. With more economic security, the research they conduct and education they provide students is greatly improved. It's good for individuals, for institutions, for communities, and for the country and the world.

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    • Teresa A. Minambres SALAMANCA, SPAIN
      • almost 2 years ago

      Greetings,

      I just signed the following petition addressed to: Columbia College Administrators.

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      Stop harassing, intimidating and coercing union leadership.

      P-fac President Diana Vallera has been called to a meeting on Friday, August 24th with Columbia College Interim Provost Louise Love to discuss contemplated disciplinary action against Vallera that could include termination or suspension. This potential disciplinary action arises out of a complaint of alleged misconduct made against Vallera by the Office of General Counsel at Columbia College. The complaint against Vallera relates to facts alleged in a prior ULP charge filed at the NLRB by Pfac/IEA involving surveillance of Diana Vallera's home in January, 2012. The College's contemplated disciplinary action against Vallera comes exactly 30 days after an Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of the union and against the college on July 17th, requiring the College to bargain in good faith with the union and including back-pay for members who were harmed by College violations. In addition, even more recently, on July 31, 2012, Region 13 of the NLRB issued a wide-ranging, consolidated Complaint against the College in which aggressive legal remedies are being sought on behalf of P-fac members.

      We call on Columbia College to abandon its campaign of intimidation and coercion against the membership and leadership of the Part-Time Faculty Association at Columbia College and to stop wasting money, resources and energy discrediting 78% of its faculty and their elected leaders. This college posture does not serve the college community, especially our students. Support a good-will relationship and strengthen the school, the arts community, faculty, staff and students. This is a decisive moment in our history, and we call on Columbia College to exercise a positive and collaborative vision for the future. This is a critical moment. We ask the college to do the right thing.

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      Sincerely,

      Teresa Minambres

      Greetings,

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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