• Reminders

    Important Dates:
    HCAFA Executive Committee Meetings
    Light Meal Served
    At the IEA Office
    553 N. North Court, Palatine
    12:00 - 1:00

    Fall Semester 2016
    • Friday, September 9
    • Friday, October 21
    • Friday, November 18
    • Friday, December 9
    For information or to check if the time or location has been changed, call Hasmig or Amy at the IEA office
    (847 359-0300).

Adjuncts, does this sound all too familiar?

Sept. 2, 2016, Sun Times


David McGrath

It is a tiny perk, but one I wanted: an identification badge for my job as an adjunct professor. The official I.D.’s are helpful for free or discounted admission to museums, college athletic events and many state and federal parks and facilities, all in the interest of public education. But when I asked, I was told that only full-time professors were eligible.

Barely a month later, I read an email announcement offering Personal Health Assessments to college employees by a professional nursing group that would be on our campus for two days the following week. Great!

Or so I thought, since this benefit could be a godsend for part-time professors who do not receive health benefits. But as you might have anticipated, as soon as I inquired further about the free check-up, I learned it was limited to full-time teachers only. Continue reading

Availability Forms Are Due September 15

Availability forms for those wishing to teach/work in Spring 2017 are due by SEPTEMBER 15!  If you haven’t sent yours in yet, you have only a few days to get it in.

 If there is even a slight possibility that you would like to teach a course or work at Harper in Spring 2017 and have not yet completed a Faculty Availability Form for that semester, make sure to submit one immediately.  This form is required by the College.  You must send it electronically to your division dean.  Be sure that it is sent by September 15th!
The HCAFA Executive Committee
Note:  To get the form, log on to the HIP page.  Then scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Select the Availability Form at the bottom of the page.  (The college may not have the date updated, but that is the form to fill out.)

Want to Know Where Your NEA Dues Go?

A small portion of your yearly dues goes to HCAFA; a larger part goes to NEA, and the majority of your dues go to IEA.  We have provided information about the HCAFA and IEA portions, but thought you’d be interested in finding out where the money sent to NEA goes.

Keep in mind that this chart shows full-time faculty dues.  Adjuncts pay 1/4 of that amount.

Check out the attached chart below to see how your NEA dues get spent.

NEA Dues Chart 2016-17

Wonder Where Your Dues Money Goes?

You might be interested in seeing where the money we send to NEA on your behalf goes.  This chart will give you an idea.  Keep in mind that adjuncts do not pay full dues.  We pay 1/4 dues, so the amount for adjuncts is 1/4 of the amounts shown.

NEA Dues Chart 2016-17

Want to get the most out of your IEA membership?

Watch this 90 second video to learn about the benefits that you’re entitled to from IEA.  You may be surprised to learn about discounts and help available to you.

Analysis of Illinois Legislators’ “Stop Gap” Budget

Members of the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner have come to an agreement on what is being referred to as a “stopgap” budget package that includes some appropriations for additional FY 16 funding and partial year FY 17 funding for some programs and agencies. The appropriations parts of the budget package are coupled with other legislation including a TIF district in Chicago and changes in the Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund.

Both PreK-12 and higher education are funded in the appropriations bill that passed both chambers (SB 2047). K-12 education is funded for the entire fiscal year (FY 17) while higher education will receive approximately $1 billion in partial funding for the current fiscal year and the start of FY 17.

General State Aid for school districts will increase by $361 million, including the creation of a new $250 million Equity Grant. The language of the bill further ensures that no district will receive less than it did in FY 16.  Early childhood education will also increase by $75 million. Most other funding in the K-12 budget will match FY 16 levels, including mandated categoricals, bilingual education and career and technical education.

The $1 billion in higher education funding includes approximately $655 million to individual state universities, $114 million in base operating and equalization grants to community colleges. It also includes more than $150 million in MAP grant funds to cover obligations from FY 16 and $20 million the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) can distribute to public universities or community colleges that apply for emergency assistance.

While SB 2047 did include most funding for pension payments for the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), the appropriated amounts fall slightly short of the funding level required for TRS and SURS.

The bill also failed to include any funding for the Teachers’ Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP). However, it is important to note that the State Pension Funds Continuing Appropriations Law remained intact, meaning TRS, SURS, and TRIP will still receive the following amounts even though the budget just passed did not fully appropriate them:

  • Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) – $3.9 billion
  • State Universities Retirement System (SURS) – $1.7 billion
  • Teachers’ Retirement Insurance Program (TRIP) – $110 million

The bottom line is that SB 2047 and other bills part of the “stop-gap” budget package passed both chambers and will be sent to Gov. Rauner for his signature.

UPDATE: Gov. Rauner has signed the legislation.

HCAFA Wishes You a Wonderful Summer

The HCAFA negotiating team hopes to have a wonderful summer too.  They’ve been busy negotiating with the Harper administration on your behalf.  All hope to end the negotiations with great improvements to our contract.  That would make this summer and the following seasons wonderful for the team and the adjuncts they serve.

Please feel free to contact the team if you have time to support their efforts.