CODAA Congratulates CODFA on Tentative Agreement to New 4-Year contract

The CODFA Negotiations team has reached a tentative agreement with the College on a new 4-year contract, pending final approval by CODFA membership and ratification by the College’s Board of Trustees.

Shannon Toler, CODFA President, asked that I share the following message from her:

Please accept our sincere gratitude for the support you’ve shown us during these negotiations.  CODFA looks forward to working more closely with CODAA and supporting your efforts to be fully recognized as a valued partner in all of COD’s student success efforts.

Minutes of August 14 Fall Membership Meeting

August 14 2019 Fall Membership Meeting

Results of College Contingency Plan Vote

TO:	Mark Curtis-Chavez, Provost
FROM:	Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan, CODAA President
RE:	Membership Vote on College’s Contingency Plan Offer
DATE:	August 15, 2019

CODAA members voted overwhelmingly to reject the College’s contingency plan offer, in the event that the full-time faculty go on strike.

CODAA has reminded its members that they must honor the fall assignments to which they have already committed at our membership meeting, by email, and on our CODAA website.

CODAA demands that the College will honor our contract and will not offer the higher compensation and benefits to non-CODAA members. According to Section XIV Remuneration “No non-represented Part-time Teaching Faculty member will be paid a credit hour rate that exceeds the lowest credit hour rate for bargaining unit members…”

Additionally, the College will not make the offer to CODAA members, nor pressure them in any way to take on courses that would have been taught by the full time faculty.

If our contract is not honored, CODAA will take all necessary legal action.

Statements by CODAA President and V.P. to the Board of Trustees, 8/15/19.

Statement by CODAA President Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan

Statement by CODAA Vice President for Policy Bonniejean Alford

COD Offers Rich Wage & Benefit Package To Adjuncts To Be Strikebreakers



In the event that the full-time faculty (CODFA) go on strike during the fall 2019 semester, the College has developed a contingency plan in which adjunct faculty will be asked to cover courses normally taught by full-time faculty and hours worked by full-time counselors. Because we believe it is important to uphold our union principles by not serving as strikebreakers, protect the relationships we have with full-time faculty, and do what is in the best interests of our students, The CODAA Board recommends that you vote to reject their proposed contingency plan.

The College’s Contingency plan offers:

  • Adjunct Faculty will receive their current rate per contact hour up to twelve (12) contact hours. For accepted contact hours above twelve (12), the College will pay a rate of $2500.00 per contact hour, prorated from the assignment date, if necessary. In addition, Adjunct Faculty teaching more than twelve (12) contact hours will receive benefits, including health benefits — a full summary of benefits and premiums will be posted on our website by Monday. (With these benefits and additional compensation, there is an expectation of additional teaching availability during daytime hours).
  • The College will guarantee Adjunct Faculty who accept an assignment of more than (12) twelve contact hours that the assignment will be for the remainder, if not the entire, fall 2019 semester, beginning from the start date of the appointment.
  • Counselors and Advisors will be compensated at time and a half for hours over those already scheduled and may work a maximum of 40 hours per week. They will also receive the additional benefits, as long as they work at least 30 hours per week.NOTE: We are uncertain whether Advisors are eligible for the additional hours, as there are no full-time faculty advisors and, therefore, no full-time position for which they could assume extra duties.

Please consider that while this may seem like a lucrative short-term deal, it can have long-lasting negative repercussions for the College as a whole. If we serve as strikebreakers, we will damage our relationship with the full-time faculty and compromise our union values. If the administration feels they have the upper hand with the full-time faculty by replacing them with adjuncts during a strike, think about what their attitude will be toward us when we enter negotiations after our contract ends in 2021. It does not escape our notice that CODAA has asked for a living wage and health insurance in every negotiations since 1985. The College is only now, and only briefly, willing to compensate us fairly for the work we do each and every day.

Finally, the CODAA board wishes to make it very clear that according to our contract, Section XXII- Interruption of Service, while you do not have to accept additional work that may be offered, CODAA members MUST honor the assignments they have already agreed to for the fall semester. We may show support for our sister union by wearing Teaching Matters t-shirts or armbands or chatting with them as we cross the picket-line, but we cannot join in the strike.

Join CODAA at the 5K Sunset Run/Walk October 5

5K RunWalk

Please register here and choose CODAA team name.

CODAA Survey of Member Priorities and Issues

Thanks to all of you who took the time to complete our Spring 2019 Member survey. 107 surveys were completed. Click on the link for a complete summary of the survey, including individual comments. During the Summer 2019 Membership Drive, CODAA Member Organizers will ask potential members they meet with to complete the survey as well.

The winners of the Survey Raffle are: Nancy Todor and Jim D’Anza.

2019 CODAA Survey Results Summary

CODAA President and Vice President deliver Public Comment at May 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting

CODAA President Comments


CODAA VP Comments

Spring Membership Meeting

CODAA’s Spring Membership Meeting was held on April 17, 2019 in SRC 2131 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.  After refreshments, President Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan opened the meeting by introducing the other newly CODAA officers in attendance:  Sue Dreghorn, Secretary; Steve Mecker, Treasurer; Bonniejean Alford, VP-Policy; Sabeeha Shariff, VP-Operations; Rob Robson, Membership Chair; Bill Enright, Legislative Chair; Theresa Misher, Communications Chair; and Mike Dusik, IEA Regional Council Representative.  Other 2019-2020 CODAA officers are Debbie Rogers-Green, Grievance Chair and Joe Trahey, IEA Regional Council Representative.  After presentations by Dr. Curtis-Chavez, Provost, and Jim Bente, VP-Planning and Institutional Research, CODAA’s 2019-2020 budget was presented and voted on.  It was approved.


Dr. Curtis-Chavez presented updates on Pathways and the Strategic Enrollment Management two-year success goals (of which Pathways is an integral part)  for special populations; e.g., African-American and Latino; completion rates in developmental college math and English; and overall enrollment—Fall to Fall and Fall to Spring Persistence; i.e., how many students continue. The goal here is to increase Fall to Fall by 1,000 more students and Fall to Spring by 1,250.   In addition to Advisors and Counselors, Pathway Navigators have been hired.


Jim Bente, gave an overview of the COD student who ranges in age from 18 to 55+; 45% of the students are 19-24 years old. Eleven % are returning and 22% are new.  There are more females (68%) than male (32%).  Our enrollment of Asian, Black, Hispanic, and white student percentages parallel area schools—white  (50-56%) and Hispanic (20-26%) are the largest groups. Most classes are taught on the main campus (74%). Enrollment is down, but not as far down as area schools.  Currently, in a relatively healthy economy, its primary competition is out of state schools which are offering in state tuition to out of state students. Typically, when the economy is not doing well, enrollment at COD increases.


Before and inbetween presentations, Bonniejean awarded raffle prizes.  At the conclusion of the meeting, Mike, Cheryl, and Rob emphasized how important it was for each active member to reach out to other CODAA members who are not yet active to encourage them to become dues paying members.  Our strength to advocate for important adjunct issues is in the number of active members.


2019-2020 Proposed CODAA Budget

2019-2020 Proposed CODAA Budget

COD Board of Trustees Candidate Forum video is now online

The College of DuPage Board of Trustees Candidate Forum held on 3-18-19 is available on CODAA’s youtube channel.

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