• Reminders

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

    Meeting dates – subject to change – are as follows:

    • Oct. 29, 1 – 2:30 PM
    • Nov. 19, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
    • Dec. 3, 9 AM – 10:30 AM

    (Meeting Times and locations are subject to modification due to contract bargaining sessions)

    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. 

Legislative Update

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned tonight after a historic and memorable session. Team IEA made a huge difference this year and we thank you for your support. A full end of session report will follow. But, here is what happened tonight.

 SB 1967– This bill would have doubled the contributions made by our active community college faculty and staff in order to fund the College Insurance Program (CIP), the health insurance program for community college retirees.  IEA opposed the bill because at the same time contributions were being increased for actives, the City Colleges of Chicago sought to add 2,000 or more retirees to the program without providing adequate financial support.

 HB 2189-A bill passed by the senate that would have restored $150 million to the FY2012 general state aid appropriation and restored funding to education in numerous areas  was defeated. IEA advocated for passage of this bill. The House did not concur with the Senate. The House called for the formation of a conference committee to work on the issue. Final action is still pending.

 HB 1698-the workers compensation bill passed both chambers. Labor was neutral on the bill and the details are quite extensive.  We will be reviewing the bill and reporting on it soon. IEA took no position on the bill.

 SB 1556-The bill, which revises the collective bargaining act, would no longer require an individual to be engaged in management a substantial amount of time or as a major function of their employment to qualify as a manager. Thus, they would not be allowed to collectively bargain for better working conditions. The bill passed the House and was not called in the Senate.

 SB 744– Both chambers passed a major gaming initiative. The bill will result in additional revenue for education, estimated at $300 million over the next four years.

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