• Reminders

    Important Dates:

    HCAFA Executive Committee Meetings, Fall 2019.  All meetings are at Harper L200

    • Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 11:30 – 2:00
    • Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 11:30 – 2:00
    • Fri., Nov. 15, 2019, 11:30 – 2:00
    • Fri., Dec. 6,  2019, 11:30 – 2:00

    Light Meal Served

    For information or to check if the time or location has been changed, call Hasmig or Amy at the IEA office.  (847 359-0300), 553 N. North Ct., Suite 210

WARNING: IPI, COD, AND YOU!

WARNING:  IPI IS LOOKING FOR YOU!

The anti-union Illinois Policy Institute has again increased its efforts to encourage Association members to abandon their membership.  IPI backed the recent Janus case in the U.S. Supreme Court which found “fair share” provisions illegal.  The group supports the privatization of public education and sees weakening of unions as a way to promote that goal. If the IPI approaches you with “alternatives to unions,” please contact HCAFA for the reality of its campaign funded by the big money associated with education secretary Betsy DeVos.

WARNING:  COD IS LOOKING FOR YOU AS WELL!

The full-time staff union at College of Du Page is engaged in tough negotiations with its administration.  COD has placed advertisements for teaching positions which are primarily aimed at adjuncts with the goal of using them as strikebreakers should the full-time staff at COD have a job action.  HCAFA encourages adjuncts—members or not—to see through this transparent manipulation of professionals for what it is:  recruitment of “scab” workers and an intimidation of our COD colleagues.

PRESENTATION ON SOCIAL SECURITY OFFSETS THAT AFFECT SURS PENSIONS

Sara Stephens gave an in-depth presentation on the penalties those who have both SURS and Social Security are likely to face.  The penalties are placed on two different sets of teachers:  The first is on those who have worked fewer than 30 years for Social Security and have also worked under SURS.  The second is on those who receive spousal benefits.  In both cases there is a radical reduction in benefits paid out by Social Security.

Sara  Stephens urged us to contact our congressmen and urge them to vote for the Social Security Fairness Act (HR 141 and S925).  Both of those bills would repeal the “windfall deduction program.”

Numbers to call:  Senate DC Switchboard 202 224-3121

Senator Durbin in Chicago office – 312 353-4952

Senator Duckworth in Chicago – 312886-3506

House DC Switchboard, 202 225-3121

 

Click below for an information sheet prepared for our members.

SURS SSA OFFSETS

For more information on the offsets, go to the link below.

http://www.ssfairness.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/SSFRNESS-PPT-no-narrat-9-8-11.ppt

Understand Your Retirement! Learn about the Offset Penalties at the Next HCAFA Exec Committee Meeting.

  • HCAFA members:
    Will you get both Social Security and SURS benefits when you retire?  No!  If  you take your SURS benefits, your Social Security benefits will be decreased.  Not fair?  Come find out more from Sara Stephens at the upcoming HCAFA meeting this Friday, April 26th from 10-12:30 at Harper in  L200. Sara has been researching about and working to eliminate the GPO and WEP offset penalties that people are hit with if they have paid into both Social Security and SURS.  Please note that Sara is not giving financial advice at all, but is giving out information that many are not aware of.  In doing so, she is trying to repeal these repressive government penalties.  Come hear all about it!  A light lunch will be served.
    And, a gentle reminder that Wed., April 24th at 4 pm is deadline to vote for IEA Higher Ed Council positions.  If you did not receive the light blue envelope from IEA or have misplaced it, please contact Kim Trader at IEA:  1-800-252-8076 X2250 or kim.trader@ieanea.org.

Read the May Issue of The Harper Adjunct Advocate to Understand the Importance of May 1 to Unions

In the May issue of The Harper Adjunct Advocate, Dwain Thomas, HCAFA Exec Committee member and Harper librarian, gives a personal account of what May Day means.   This issue also explains the cancellation of assignments as laid out in our contract.

Harper Adjunct Advocate – May 2019

March Adjunct Advocate Focuses on Problems Facing Adjuncts at Harper

The latest issue of The Harper Adjunct Advocate has the complete report from the Achieving the Dream Study that focused on adjuncts at Harper and at 5 other community colleges.   The report equates adjunct success with student success.

The issues are the issues that HCAFA has concentrated on for many years.  We all know the issues.  We are hopeful that Harper will address the problems in a meaningful way.

For the newsletter and Achieving the Dream report, click on the attachments below.

Adjunct Advocate -March 2019

Adjunct Advocate March 2019 – Achieving the Dream Report 2019

 

 

Election of IEA-NEA Rep

All members welcome!  Join us at our March 8 meeting to elect HCAFAs representative to the Illinois Education Association-National Education Association meeting.

Come just to vote or to have lunch and stay for our meeting.

Join HCAFA at Orientation Open Houses

HCAFA Welcomes Adjunct Faculty!  The Harper College Adjunct Faculty Association (HCAFA) invites all adjunct faculty, librarians and counselors to drop-in, have a snack, and chat. Find out about what HCAFA does and what it can do for you! Open to all new and returning adjuncts.

HCAFA will be hosting two open house/drop-in sessions during Orientation Week.

Tuesday, January. 8, 12:00 – 3:00, in L-200

Wednesday, January 9, 12:00 – 3:00, in L-200