TO: Chicago City Colleges’ Part-time Instructors and Librarian Local (CCCLOC)

February 25, 2015 has been designated as National Adjunct Walk Out Day,

GIVEN THE UNION’S NO-STRIKE COMMITMENT, CCCLOC’s President, Loretta A. Ragsdell, is asking her members, in lieu of walking out, to SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR ADJUNCTS by SPEAKING OUT and SHARING the plight and working conditions of CCC’s part-time faculty and librarians WITH STUDENTS AND CAMPUS STAFF AND FACULTY.

“Tell them about how many colleges you travel to in a day trying to earn a living wage,” Ragsdell said. “Tell your truth about all the uncompensated extra hours you spend in service to your students. Tell your truth about your educational credentials and self-sponsored professional development. Tell your truth to your students, the staff, the full timers, and other adjuncts—tell it to everyone and anyone within listening range,” Ragsdell added.

CCCLOC is currently in stalled negotiations with Chicago’s District 508 Board of Trustees’ negotiation team. The mayor-appointed board governs the operations of seven accredited colleges and satellites throughout Chicago.

“We are entering our third year of negotiations, and we are light years apart in reaching an agreement,” Ragsdell said.  “Even though we teach 70% of the credit classes, our members are among the lowest paid adjuncts throughout Illinois’ community college systems, and City Colleges is one of the nation’s largest community school systems!” Ragsdell added.

Ragsdell said negotiations have stalled because District 508 has proposed AN AVERAGE OF 1.5% PER YEAR pay increase over a FIVE-year period, which for most adjuncts will amount to a little more than a daily cup of coffee.  “Currently, CCCLOC’s adjuncts are paid approximately 48% less than full timers for teaching the same credit courses. Adjuncts also provide many of the same student services as the full time faculty, but without compensation,” Ragsdell said.

We are calling for A DAY OF SPEAKING-OUT AND TEACHING-IN because I know our adjuncts genuinely love the work they do.

And we want to stand in solidarity with adjuncts across the nation, sharing our plight with those who will listen,” Ragsdell added.


Dues/Fair Share Fee Information for 2012-13

CCCLOC Member Dues & Fair Share Fees Deductions for Fall 2012

Please note the breakout and deduction schedule printed in the table below. While the aggregate amount is the same as for Fall 20121 , the paycheck deductions are different.

Because adjuncts’ assignments and paychecks follow different patterns, historically, paycheck deductions have not always captured the full amount of dues.  We have expended considerable time and effort to work out a mutually beneficial arrangement with CCC HR that ensures full deductions. Thus, dues deductions (for those who have signed and filed membership forms) and fair share fee deductions (for those in the bargaining unit but who have not joined the union by signing membership forms) will be deducted from each adjunct’s 2nd and 3rd checks of the semester (whether they commence teaching week 1 or week 4).

CCCLOC Dues/Fair Share Fees Deductions Fall 2012-2013

Fair Share Fee
CCCLOC/IEA/NEA aggregate deduction
Second check*
Third check*

*Deductions come from your 2nd and 3rd paycheck.



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Welcome to the year 2014!
We hope that you enjoyed your break and are looking forward to the new semester.
There are several new happenings to discuss.  First of all, our contract expired on June 30, 2012 but we are in negotiations with the City Colleges bargaining team for a new contract.  It’s too early to tell how the negotiations will go, but we imagine it will be a long process.  We plan to provide CCCLOC membership with periodic updates.  In the meanwhile, the expired contract will remain in effect with all its provisions until the new contract has been ratified by both parties. (This means that there might not be wage increases for this semester.)  We bring to the table various proposals on behalf of our members, so we want to hear from you… What is it that you want to see or change in our contract?  We are also in need of members to help support the bargaining team, so contact any officer if you want to help.
Secondly, due to escalating costs of our parent organizations, the IEA and the NEA, you will see an increase in your dues.  Your local CCCLOC dues will still remain the same and have not been increased.  The dues are divided over two semesters, and each semester, the dues are deducted from your second and third paychecks.  Please consult the Dues Information page in this website and the IEA and NEA websites to find out more.
Lastly, look at the Calendar for our Executive Committee and General Meetings dates.
Last semester, as your president, I traveled to each college and several other satellite locations to meet with CCCLOC members and the college administration.  I plan to do this again, so please try to meet with me when I make it to your college.  We have much work to do and I want to hear from as many of you as possible.  I wish you a productive and enjoyable semester… do your best for our students!
Yours in Solidarity,
Loretta Ragsdale
President, CCCLOC
and the CCCLOC officers and representatives