NLRB to Columbia College: Take this pledge

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Diana Vallera: thought her house was being watched
  • Diana Vallera: thought her house was being watched
Once again, the National Labor Relations Board has ordered Columbia College to bargain in good faith with P-fac, the union representing its part-time faculty, and to quit discriminating against active union members.

In an order handed down Friday by administrative law judge Geoffrey Carter, Columbia was instructed to, among other things, remove from its files any reference to its decision to discipline P-fac president Diana Vallera for "telling others about her belief that [Columbia] conducted surveillance at her home." (Columbia denied this.) The college was also ordered to compensate Vallera for wages and benefits she lost due to its "discrimination against her."

In addition, Columbia will have to post an admission that it "violated Federal labor law," and pledge publicly to refrain from a laundry list of objectionable activities like making regressive proposals to the union and withholding teaching assignments from active union members. The college was also ordered to pay union members for income lost when courses they taught were reduced in credit value.

Contract negotiations between the college and the union have dragged on for more than three years.

Columbia had no comment on the ruling. Its new president, Kwang-Wu Kim (whose appointment was announced late last month), will arrive in July. A music professor who grew up in Hyde Park, Kim is currently dean and director of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. He'll succeed retiring president Warrick Carter.

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