Unfair Labor Practice Charges
The Union made two information requests in February 2016. Columbia College Chicago did not respond to the request during negotiations or labor-management meetings. The Union requested information on the status of the JDQ's on April 8, 2016. CCC did not address the JDQs, USofCC continued to ask CCC for a response to its request for the JDQS during negotiations and labor-management meetings. On September 12, 2016, CCC partially responded to the Union’s August 26, 2016 information request. However, the colleges response on September 12th did not address the following:
- The projected timeline for completion of the Mercer study;
- A time when the Job Study steering committee would be reconvened; and
- The information already received from Mercer. The Employer admitted as early as
- April 20 that it had information and reports from Mercer & Associates but refused to provide this information until after the Employer had first reviewed it.
On September 12, 2016, CCC claimed for the first time in writing that it needed more time to gather the JDQs.
CCC's failure and refusal to provide relevant information requested by the Union violated Sections 8(a)(1) and (5) of the Act. Furthermore, the Employer’s unreasonable delay in responding to the Union’s numerous information requests also constitutes a violation of 6 Sections 8(a)(1) and (5) of the Act. This delay has prejudiced the Union’s ability to adequately prepare to bargain over the salary schedule as required by the MOU and to fully prepare for cases that may be appealed.