• Reminders

    HCAFA Executive Committee monthly meetings continue to be held online via Zoom.  All HCAFA members are invited to join the sessions.

    All meeting times are from 9:30 am until ~11 am.  Meeting dates for the remainder of the year – subject to change – are as follows:

    • October 9
    • November 13
    • December 11

    For information, contact HCAFA President Robert Allare at hcafapresident@gmail.com

    Unfortunately, our local Illinois Education Association office in Palatine is closed due to the pandemic, but messages (847.359.0300) are forwarded to us. For an emergency situation, you may contact the HCAFA President via email (hcafapresident@gmail.com) or IEA’s central office in Springfield at https://ieanea.org/ieaconnect/ for telephone and live chat during their limited weekday hours as well as the email option. 

Higher Education Council

Who are they?

They are members of various higher ed union around the state of Illinois.  They are elected to their positions and they get together several times a year to discuss higher ed issues.  Many of the members of the higher ed council have positions on various IEA and NEA committees thereby making sure that the small, but growing, voice of higher ed is heard in both organizations.  Their current initiatives are:

Bargaining rights and benefits for contingent faculty throughout the US

Funding for training for members to collect unemployment insurance (the higher ed council has been working very diligently on this issue)

State of Illinois funding for health insurance for contingent faculty

State funding for health insurance for retired community college employees

Monitoring of dual credit programs (Dual credit programs are where high school kids get high school and college credit)

Higher Ed region for Chicagoland area (There is now a higher ed region in Chicago proper, region 67)

Lobbying for full funding for SURS (SURS is our retirement system)

Lobbying for more funds for community colleges and higher ed

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