• Reminders

  • HCAFA Executive Committee monthly meetings to be held on campus.  All meeting times are 4:30 to 5:30. All HCAFA members are invited to join the sessions:

    • November 16
    • December 14
  • 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. 

What Will the Upcoming Supreme Court Decision Mean to You?

Dear HCAFA bargaining unit members,

You have heard from us and the media about the “Janus case” which is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case – which began here in Illinois and supported by Governor Rauner – centers on the question if those who benefit from the protections of and benefits negotiated by a union must contribute to to the expenses of doing so.

A decision in that case is expected by June 30. The new composition of the Court leads to the fear that it might well cancel those “fair share” provisions.

Should that happen, there are potentially dire results for us at Harper. If membership – full or “fair share” – falls below 50% + 1 of eligible persons, the College might move to decertify HCAFA as representatives of eligible adjuncts. If that is successful, at that moment all provisions of our contract vanish! Our salary schedule, workplace protections, and all those contractual items are at the whim of the College.

We have to look only to nearby Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan to witness what happens when union representations are no longer available.

Full members as well as “fee payers” have our collective futures in their hands should the Supreme Court rule against public sector employees in this case. Please consider if you will see your membership as an investment in our local’s ability to represent you and provide a professional voice on local, state, and national levels.

It would not be unexpected if individuals or invested groups might contact you immediately and ask you to formally renounce your HCAFA membership. Please contact an HCAFA Executive Committee member before you do that.

Thanks for all you do for our students, the College, and your colleagues throughout the year. It’s going to be a decisive summer in this realm.

HCAFA Members Are Urged to Attend the Next HCAFA Exec Committee Meeting

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer, whether teaching or off now.  We’re having lunch and a meeting this Friday at Harper from noon to 2:30 in L-204.  Drop in if you can and have some lunch with us! Stay as long as you’d like.  All of our meetings are open to our members and we’d love to meet you if we haven’t already.

Please come if you can.  Hope to see you then!

HCAFA Executive Committee

Progressive Economic Policy Benefits

Ever wonder how conservative vs. progressive economic policies stack up in the real world?

EPI Senior Economic Analyst David Cooper has published a new paper comparing the impact that Governor Scott Walker’s policies have had on the state of Wisconsin vs. Governor Mark Dayton’s in neighboring Minnesota.

Since taking office in 2011, both governors have pursued vastly different state economic policy agendas. Because of the proximity and similarities of the two states, comparing their economic performance provides a compelling case study for assessing which agenda leads to better outcomes for working people.

The Harper Adjunct Advocate Will Be in Mailboxes Next Week

Get an advanced look at some of the articles in our most recent newsletter.  This newsletter is filled with information important to adjuncts.  1.  Information on the Janus Supreme Court case, a case that well may decide the fate of HCAFA and its very existence.  2.  Information on the Adjunct Level Two Program, a benefit won in our last contract.  3. Facts and deadlines for applying for professional development in the spring or summer   4.  Upcoming meeting dates for exec committee meetings and adjunct unemployment compensation workshops

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HCAFA’S Rep to NEA-RA Elected

Congratulations to Taimi Wilk for being elected HCAFA’s representative to the National Education Association Representative Assembly.  HCAFA is fortunate to have such a dedicated member represent us.

Updated Bylaws

Click on the link below to see the bylaws as amended in March 2018

Bylaws March 2018

DAY OF ACTION

Join your fellow union members at the Day of Action Rally.  Help secure your rights!

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Harper Adjunct Advocate

Check out the latest edition of The Harper Adjunct Advocate for information on an IEA sponsored SURS Workshop on February 5 at the IEA office in Palatine.  You’ll also find instructions on how to apply for professional development funds as well as updates on issues affecting adjuncts at Harper.

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IEA-NEA HOSTS SURS RETIREMENT WORKSHOPS AT PALATINE IEA OFFICE

This is a wonderful opportunity for HCAFA adjuncts to be informed by SURS about retirement.  Click on the YES link below for more information.

You are invited to the Palatine IEA-NEA Retirement Workshops taking place on January 31st (IMRF), February 5th (SURS), or February 6th (TRS).

Please respond by clicking Yes or No. We look forward to your response.

Hosted by:  Palatine IEA-NEA Office in conjunction with Regions 34, 35, 42, 43, 64
IEAPalatine@ieanea.org

Unemployment Insurance Compensation Filing Party

Join us on December 20 at the IEA Office for an unemployment compensation filing party.

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