• 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. 

IL Supreme Court: Pension-Cutting Law is “Unconstitutional.”

IF YOU WEREN’T SURE BEFORE, HERE IS ANOTHER REASON TO CONSIDER WHY UNIONS IN GENERAL AND YOUR UNION IN PARTICULAR ARE VALUABLE.  IT’S TIME TO HELP HCAFA, YOUR UNION, HELP YOU!  RESOLVE TO BECOME ACTIVE IN HCAFA.

  IEA (The Illinois Education Association) along with IFT (The Illinois Federation of Teachers), SUAA (The State Universities Annuitants Association), and other organizations have succeeded in defending our pensions.

Illinois AFL-CIO president Michael T. Carrigan issued the following statement on behalf of the We Are One Illinois coalition of unions that represent public employees and retirees:

“We are thankful that the Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the will of the people, overturned this unfair and unconstitutional law, and protected the hard-earned life savings of teachers, police, fire fighters, nurses, caregivers and other public service workers and retirees.

Read the court’s decision

“The Court’s ruling confirms that the Illinois Constitution ensures against the government’s unilateral diminishment or impairment of public pensions.

“Because most public employees aren’t eligible for Social Security, their modest pension—just $32,000 a year on average—is the primary source of retirement income for hundreds of thousands of Illinois families. While workers always paid their share, politicians caused the debt by failing to make adequate contributions to the pension funds.

“Public service workers are helpers and problem solvers by trade. With the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling, we urge lawmakers to join us in developing a fair and constitutional solution to pension funding, and we remain ready to work with anyone of good faith to do so.”

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