• 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:

    • 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. 

Dual Unit Unfair Labor Practice Resolved

The issue of dual unit membership arose when HCAFA was negotiating its first contract with Harper.  At that time, adjunct faculty librarians and counselors who had also been teaching credit-hour classes could not understand why they were barred from being considered eligible for membership in the adjunct teachers’ unit.  HCAFA argued that those adjuncts (as well as any other adjuncts who were serving in two different capacities at Harper College) were performing the functions and meeting the eligibility requirements of both groups, but were effectively being denied the rights that should have been theirs if they had been allowed dual unit membership. 

Despite numerous discussions, HCAFA and the Harper administration were unsuccessful in their efforts to agree on a solution satisfactory to both.  After many years of effort, HCAFA filed a ULP, an unfair labor practice, with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.  The IELRB issued a complaint to Harper College.  As a result, both HCAFA and Harper consented to work together to come up with a joint resolution.

For more information on the details of the resolution, please see the November HCAFA newsletter.

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