• Reminders

    Important Dates:

    HCAFA Executive Committee Meetings, Fall 2019.  Most meetings are at Harper L200.

    • Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 11:30 – 2:00
    • Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:30 – 11:00,  meeting at IEA Office, 553 N. Court, #210, Palatime
    • Fri., Nov. 15, 2019, 11:30 – 2:00
    • Fri., Dec. 6,  2019, 11:30 – 1:00 Party and General Meeting: Election of Officers and Vote on Changes to Bylaws

    Light Meal Served

    For information or to check if the time or location has been changed, call Hasmig or Amy at the IEA office.  (847 359-0300), 553 N. North Ct., Suite 210, Palatine

HCAFA Needs You! Call for Nominations of HCAFA Officers



Dear HCAFA member,

Our Executive Committee members hope the semester is going smoothly for you.  It’s election season for our membership and we solicit your support and involvement.

Our membership will fill HCAFA leadership positions to serve through May, 2021 at our annual meeting on Friday, December 6 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in room L200 on campus.

Attached is information describing the roles as well as a nomination form to be submitted as noted.  We have a pressing need for members to help guide our local to serve our members!  All elected positions may be shared between members; for example, we may have two co-Presidents or two division representatives. Some officers are given reassignment time by the college and some have dues paid by HCAFA.

The time requirements are minimal while the personal and professional satisfactions are maximal.  Please see the following for information about the positions; please respond to this email if there are questions or if you would like to talk about the possibilities.  Please note that the deadline for nominations is November 22, 2019.

 We will also ask members to modify our current bylaws to broaden the base of eligible HCAFA office holders; please see the following information sheet for bylaw change. Continue reading

Graduates of the Level 2 Program Answer Questions about the Program on Survey Monkey

The Level 2 Program for adjuncts is a new pilot program that gives adjuncts some additional benefits.  The program is a demanding program.

Click on the link below if you’re interested in finding out how adjuncts in the Level 2 Program responded to a questionnaire.



The latest issue is in Harper mailboxes.  HCAFA encourages you to be involved in your union.  The Harper Adjunct Advocate lets you know when HCAFA meetings are and how you can help.

Now is the time to show your support!

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The anti-union Illinois Policy Institute has again increased its efforts to encourage Association members to abandon their membership.  IPI backed the recent Janus case in the U.S. Supreme Court which found “fair share” provisions illegal.  The group supports the privatization of public education and sees weakening of unions as a way to promote that goal. If the IPI approaches you with “alternatives to unions,” please contact HCAFA for the reality of its campaign funded by the big money associated with education secretary Betsy DeVos.


The full-time staff union at College of Du Page is engaged in tough negotiations with its administration.  COD has placed advertisements for teaching positions which are primarily aimed at adjuncts with the goal of using them as strikebreakers should the full-time staff at COD have a job action.  HCAFA encourages adjuncts—members or not—to see through this transparent manipulation of professionals for what it is:  recruitment of “scab” workers and an intimidation of our COD colleagues.


Sara Stephens gave an in-depth presentation on the penalties those who have both SURS and Social Security are likely to face.  The penalties are placed on two different sets of teachers:  The first is on those who have worked fewer than 30 years for Social Security and have also worked under SURS.  The second is on those who receive spousal benefits.  In both cases there is a radical reduction in benefits paid out by Social Security.

Sara  Stephens urged us to contact our congressmen and urge them to vote for the Social Security Fairness Act (HR 141 and S925).  Both of those bills would repeal the “windfall deduction program.”

Numbers to call:  Senate DC Switchboard 202 224-3121

Senator Durbin in Chicago office – 312 353-4952

Senator Duckworth in Chicago – 312886-3506

House DC Switchboard, 202 225-3121


Click below for an information sheet prepared for our members.


For more information on the offsets, go to the link below.


Understand Your Retirement! Learn about the Offset Penalties at the Next HCAFA Exec Committee Meeting.

  • HCAFA members:
    Will you get both Social Security and SURS benefits when you retire?  No!  If  you take your SURS benefits, your Social Security benefits will be decreased.  Not fair?  Come find out more from Sara Stephens at the upcoming HCAFA meeting this Friday, April 26th from 10-12:30 at Harper in  L200. Sara has been researching about and working to eliminate the GPO and WEP offset penalties that people are hit with if they have paid into both Social Security and SURS.  Please note that Sara is not giving financial advice at all, but is giving out information that many are not aware of.  In doing so, she is trying to repeal these repressive government penalties.  Come hear all about it!  A light lunch will be served.
    And, a gentle reminder that Wed., April 24th at 4 pm is deadline to vote for IEA Higher Ed Council positions.  If you did not receive the light blue envelope from IEA or have misplaced it, please contact Kim Trader at IEA:  1-800-252-8076 X2250 or kim.trader@ieanea.org.

Read the May Issue of The Harper Adjunct Advocate to Understand the Importance of May 1 to Unions

In the May issue of The Harper Adjunct Advocate, Dwain Thomas, HCAFA Exec Committee member and Harper librarian, gives a personal account of what May Day means.   This issue also explains the cancellation of assignments as laid out in our contract.

Harper Adjunct Advocate – May 2019