• 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. 

Message from Ken Swanson, IEA President Regarding Collective Bargaining Rights for School Employees

 This is no time to rest when it comes to protecting the rights of education employees.

Pensions are still one of our main legislative focuses for this year, but the threat to collective bargaining is immediate and we are asking you to act now.

Word is circulating in the General Assembly that some representatives may try to put together a specific bill to diminish collective bargaining rights for school employees. There is no specific bill number as yet, but that doesn’t mean the attack won’t happen. Members of the legislature are being informally polled about their support for the issue.

We must put a stop to the assault on collective bargaining before it happens. Call your state representatives now<http://msg4svc.net/cenig/333462/76/157179/1888/0/S/0/0/qhhq.html> and tell them that since its inception in 1984, the collective bargaining law has:

 *   Dramatically reduced the number of strikes;
 *   Regulated labor relations, and;
 *   Given school employees an effective professional voice in improving our schools.

Contact your state representatives and ask them to oppose any attempt to diminish the collective bargaining rights of school employees.

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