|The Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600, represents
over 3300 members in 21 Chapters in Cook County. We represent faculty
members, professional employees, classified employees and retirees
within our Local. We have over 30 years experience protecting members
under the labor law and grievance procedure. In many collective
bargaining contracts we negotiate, we have enhanced the professionals
status, pay and working conditions of our members.
Local 1600 is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest
union organization. We are also affiliated with the American
Federation of Teachers, a national union of educators with
nearly 1,000,000 members. Through the AFT, our members are connected
to a wide range of benefits. AFT members share in special insurance
plans, low-cost credit cards, discount vacations, discount rates
at hotels, computers at discounted prices, legal services and
a special home mortgage program. We receive from the AFT a wide
range of union services such as educational research, legal help
and legislative help in Washington D.C. to pass bills that strengthen
educators and education nationally.
We are affiliated with the Illinois
Federation of Teachers, the strongest teacher federation in
Illinois. Through the IFT, we receive help in Springfield for
legislation that directly affects community college employees
in Illinois such as tenure rights, civil service protection rights,
health care benefits, and job protection. The IFT also extends
legal help and research to our Local.
New members receive a wide range of benefits
from Local 1600 such as credit union membership, discount buying
services, low-rate Union MasterCard eligibility, and special free
Research studies prove that unionized employees are paid higher
salaries and have better health insurance plans than non-unionized
employees. Your job security is enhanced by Union membership sine
you will have a powerful organization fighting to protect your
job. The Union, through its experience in negotiating contracts,
knows how to improve your on-the-job working conditions. Through
the contract grievance process, Union members can protect their
professional status and rights.
We hope that you will become a member of the Cook County College
Teachers Union, Local 1600.