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Today the part-time faculty at Columbia College began a 2-day strike! And Arise was right alongside them to announce their action.

Members of the independent union, P-Fac recently voted 89% in favor of striking in response to the college administration’s continued labor violations and bad faith bargaining.

Hundreds of Columbia faculty, students, alumni, and allies including a cross section of local labor unions marched, cheered, and danced to the DJ on Michigan Avenue.

Screen_Shot_2017-11-29_at_4.25.24_PM.pngP-fac President Diana Vallera (right) began the press conference, “We’re so proud of the solidarity among faculty and students to organize for better working and learning conditions at Columbia.”

Support the #OurColumbia campaign and strike!


  1. Screen_Shot_2017-11-29_at_4.06.45_PM.pngJoin the strike line tomorrow,Thursday Nov 30th 9:30am-3:30pm! at 600 S. Michigan Ave.


  2. Share your strike line and solidarity photos (f you can’t make it there in person) using #OurColumbia


  3. Call Columbia Board Chairman Bill Wolf of KDWC Ventures at 312-648-6800 and request the Board Respect Columbia Faculty, and negotiate in good faith with P-fac.


  4. Tweet the Columbia College President Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim @KWKimColumbia ‏requesting the college negotiate with P-fac. #OurColumbia


Screen_Shot_2017-11-29_at_4.28.11_PM.pngLook out for press coverage tonight on ABC 7, WGN 9, NBC 5!
Coverage is already up from the Chicago Tribune and WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. WBEZ coverage on strike vote.

Photos: 1. Strike line getting started, 2. P-fac president Diana Vallera kicks off the press conference!  3. P-fac member, and long-time activist Prexy Nesbit “we’re going to bargain for better conditions, for a better Columbia!”

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