Columbia College staff apply for college president’s housekeeper job

Columbia College Chicago’s recent job posting for a housekeeper in a building often referred to as “the president’s house” has been removed after members of the United Staff of Columbia College (USCC), the union representing college staff, began to apply for the gig. College President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim lives in the building.

According to a news release from the Illinois Education Association, the job at the Columbia building that also includes Kim’s home has sparked outrage among USCC members, who are currently negotiating contracts with the college. The members have been negotiating for nearly three years after their last contract expired on Aug. 31, 2018.

“While President Kim is looking for help cleaning his home, those of us who support Columbia students every day are out actively looking for a second or even third income so we can keep our families afloat and pay our bills,” USCC President Craig Sigele said. “We don’t have the luxury of hiring housekeepers. We are struggling to survive.”

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