• 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:

    • 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. 

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

March Adjunct Advocate Focuses on Problems Facing Adjuncts at Harper

The latest issue of The Harper Adjunct Advocate has the complete report from the Achieving the Dream Study that focused on adjuncts at Harper and at 5 other community colleges.   The report equates adjunct success with student success.

The issues are the issues that HCAFA has concentrated on for many years.  We all know the issues.  We are hopeful that Harper will address the problems in a meaningful way.

For the newsletter and Achieving the Dream report, click on the attachments below.

Adjunct Advocate -March 2019

Adjunct Advocate March 2019 – Achieving the Dream Report 2019

 

 

Election of IEA-NEA Rep

All members welcome!  Join us at our March 8 meeting to elect HCAFAs representative to the Illinois Education Association-National Education Association meeting.

Come just to vote or to have lunch and stay for our meeting.

Join HCAFA at Orientation Open Houses

HCAFA Welcomes Adjunct Faculty!  The Harper College Adjunct Faculty Association (HCAFA) invites all adjunct faculty, librarians and counselors to drop-in, have a snack, and chat. Find out about what HCAFA does and what it can do for you! Open to all new and returning adjuncts.

HCAFA will be hosting two open house/drop-in sessions during Orientation Week.

Tuesday, January. 8, 12:00 – 3:00, in L-200

Wednesday, January 9, 12:00 – 3:00, in L-200

Delegates Elected to IEA’s Representative Assembly

Harper College Adjunct Faculty Association members have elected President Charmian Tashjian and Vice-president/Grievance chair Taimi Wilk to attend next spring’s Illinois Education Association’s Representative Assembly in Chicago.
The RA is composed of delegates from around the state who set the group’s policies and programs for the next year and beyond.

December Issue of The Harper Adjunct Advocate is now available

Read the latest edition of the Harper Adjunct Advocate to be reminded of the importance of unions in general and your union in particular.  Read about the latest benefit afforded adjuncts,  the Level Two Program.  In addition, find out about the resolution of the substitute pay issue.

Adjunct Advocate -December 2018

Vote! Vote! Vote!

EdVotes
HCAFA Member,
This election is going to come down to voter turnout. We imagine you’re probably planning to vote—but do you know for sure that all your friends and family will?

As one of our most active election activists, we’re asking you to help us test a new Facebook Messenger tool to get out the vote.

Research shows that one of the most powerful ways to get people to vote is by having someone they know and trust encourage them to vote. YOU could be that someone.

We’ve partnered with our friends at ParentsTogether to test a new tool that uses Facebook Messenger to easily encourage people to vote.

Here’s how it works. With just a single tap, you send a personalized reminder that includes your photo to a bunch of your Facebook friends. They’ll get your message asking them if they’re going to vote on Facebook Messenger. They can then send a similar message to THEIR friends, and so on. It’s super easy.

Check out our new Facebook Messenger tool today and encourage your friends to vote >>

This tool is still in Beta mode so we’d love your feedback. Was it easy to use? Do you think it was effective? What would make it better?  Simply reply to this email and let us know your thoughts.

Thanks,

The Education Votes Team

P.S. Looking for the public education champions on your ballot? Check out this great resource at edvotes.org. 

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Education Votes

EdVotes
friend,
When you step into the voting booth this November, you’ll be making a choice that will affect students across America for years to come. But how will you decide?

At Education Votes, our mission is to ensure that every student, regardless of zip code, gets the best education that our great nation can provide. But we will never reach this goal without holding politicians accountable at the ballot box.

To truly address the issues that matter most to the students in our communities, we need to hear from you.

What issues matter most to you? How can we ensure your elected officials are held accountable?

Education funding, vouchers, healthcare, voting rights, college affordability? These issues and more affect students across the country every day. And that’s why we want to hear from you.

Take our brief issues survey >
As a public education activist, you’re in the know about the local issues that matter most to students, parents, and voters. And that’s what makes your answers so important. With your help, we can identify the topics that will help ensure a first-class public education for every student and hold politicians accountable for their progress.

Parents and educators across the country are standing up for their students, but without public education champions in office, there’s only so much we can accomplish.

Please, take a moment to fill out our brief survey and let us know what issues are most important to public education activists in your community. Our nation’s students will thank you.

In Solidarity,
Carrie Pugh
NEA Political Director

The Importance of Voting in the Next Election

All citizens of the U.S. should consider voting their right and their obligation.  Teachers are extremely aware of the importance of voting and have to make sure to pay particular attention to those candidates that support public education.  HCAFA and IEA will be notifying you of their recommendations.