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Cook County College Teachers Union


General Counsel

Based in Chicago, IL


Who we are:
The Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600, has been fighting for workers’ rights and social justice for more than 50 years. We represent more than 5,000 members at 14 community colleges in the Chicago area. Our members are professors, adjuncts, professionals, classified employees, part-time professionals, and security officers. We believe in equity, academic freedom, educational quality, and defending public education. Come join our team and be part of a larger mission. Learn more about us at CCCTU.org.

What we are looking for:
CCCTU is recruiting to fill the position of General Counsel. This position serves as the chief legal counsel for the President, Executive Officers, Executive Board and staff and is the primary expert on collective bargaining law, employment law, and other issues impacting the union’s work. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, the General Counsel is expected to provide legal and strategic advice.

The person selected will be expected to represent members at arbitrations and Office of Inspector General hearings. For lower level grievances, General Counsel will advise chapter leaders as needed and train elected grievance officers on appropriate handling of cases. The person will also serve as the point of contact for working with outside counsel when necessary.

Additional duties include:

  1. Assist chapters in handling grievances, arbitrations, OIG complaints, and EEOs.
  2. Assist chapters in drawing up and negotiating contracts.
  3. Train local leaders in essential leadership functions.
  4. Strategize with leaders to organize campaigns that go beyond grievances to build power at our colleges.
  5. Help chapters know and execute their rights and responsibilities under collective bargaining law

Recommended qualifications:

  1. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree.
  2. Licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois.
  3. At least four (4) years of experience in labor and employment law.
  4. Experience negotiating union contracts and handling union grievances and arbitrations.
  5. Knowledge of public unions and applicable laws.

How to Apply:
Please send a letter of interest and current résumé to kskoirchet@ccctu.org. Your letter of interest should clearly explain how your experience, training, and education make you a competitive candidate for this position.

This position is open until filled; however we are looking to fill this opening quickly. It is to the applicant’s advantage to apply as early as possible.

Please Note: The CCCTU does not pay the cost of any expense incurred in the interview process, nor any expense incurred in relocation when employment requires a change in residency.

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