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Columbia President Sought a Housekeeper -- Staff Members Applied

June 25, 2021

Columbia College in Chicago took down a job ad seeking a housekeeper for the institution's president after Columbia employees applied for the position.

Members of the United Staff of Columbia College union applied for the housekeeping job at Kwang-Wu Kim's home, which is owned by the college, amid contract negotiations with the college. The union’s current contract expired in 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,” Craig Sigele, president of USCC, said in a statement. “We don’t have the luxury of hiring housekeepers. We are struggling to survive.”

College staff removed the job posting after candidates for the position were identified, according to a statement from a college spokesperson.

"The building commonly called the president's house is a college property that serves as a venue for official college functions to advance the mission of the institution, houses office space for some college staff, and is home to the president. The housekeeper is a part-time college employee who provides cleaning after functions and performs other general cleaning duties in order to maintain the property," the statement said.

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