• Reminders

    Important Dates:
    HCAFA Executive Committee Meetings
    Light Meal Served
    At Harper College, Rooms Listed Below
    12:00 - 2:30, L200

    Summer 2017
    • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • Friday, June 9,2017
    • Friday, July 14, 2017
    • Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

    For information or to check if the time or location has been changed, call Hasmig or Amy at the IEA office
    (847 359-0300).

HCAFA Contract #4 Ratified!

Congratulations HCAFA and Harper College!

Good news Harper adjuncts! You voted to ratify the proposed negotiated contract. Our President, Charmian Tashjian, spoke to the Harper Board of Trustees at their February 15th board meeting. This helped to convince the board to vote unanimously to accept the new contract. The last step in the process of the new contract is a final proofreading to combine the changes with the remainder of the old contract. When the proofreading is complete the contract will be posted on this website and copies will be printed. Look for  e-newsbriefs and a newsletter in the near future.

HCAFA Ratification Powerpoint


The contract negotiating team presented the above power-point at the ratification meeting on Friday 2/3/17. Please review the presentation to learn about the new contract. There will be a few alternative voting sessions listed below.

February 6th       10 a.m. to  4 p.m. in H198. This is an office in the welding lab.

February 7th       10 a.m. to  4 p.m. in H198.                                                                                                   5-9 p.m. in P209. This is an office in the main hallway of P.  

Final Chance:                                                                                                                     February 9th       9-10 a.m. IEA office 300 N North court, Palatine IL 60067.   


Contract Ratification Meetings in February for HCAFA Members

Your HCAFA negotiating team has a tentative agreement with the College.  Please join us to hear about all the changes and to ratify your contract.

We hope to ratify the contract before the next Harper College Board of Trustees Meeting so that the changes can be put in place as soon as possible!

Click on the link for details.  hcafacontract-ratification-vote-flyer-012717


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Higher ED Elections

Dear IEA Higher ED Leaders,
I hope you had a great time off and are ready to face the new year and its challenges with creativity and resolve. I have three short opportunities that I would like you to share with your members and leaders.
The spring election forms are available on the IEA NEA website and were mailed to members within the last week in the IEA Advocate. There are several higher ed positions up for election. Electronic nomination forms will be available mid-January at www.ieanea.org/about/elections and are due February 22. They can be submitted either through the website or sent by certified mail.

  • Higher ed suburban section representative on the IEA board of directors
  • Higher ed suburban alternate to the IEA board of directors
  • Four higher education council seats

The IEA will sponsor members to go to the NEA Higher Education Organizing Conference March 17 – 19 in Dallas (https://ieanea.org/events/conference-request-for-funding-forms/). The deadline for the application is January 13. Please encourage your leaders to apply for the grant. It is an honor and it is a wonderful way to provide a national view on and strategies for higher education issues. For more information on the conference itself, please visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/2017-nea-higher-education-conference/event-summary-701c94c12f6946b3b6d39d25e458c23f.aspx.
The IEA will conduct professional development courses during the IEA – RA this year March 30 at the Sheraton Grand in Chicago. This is a great opportunity to for members to present a session for the purposes of professional development. Proposals are due by February 24. Please invite your members to participate in or run for these positions. You may direct interested members who have questions about these to me.
Beverly Stewart IEA Higher ED Council Chair 

Our mailing address is: beverly.stewart@ieanea.org

HCAFA Members Elected to IEA Representative Assembly

Two members of HCAFA will be representing our interests at the annual Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly in Chicago in April. Taimi Wilk was elected as our local emissary and Marybeth Linse was selected in regionwide voting to serve as the minority representative delegate.
In addition, Tom Shanahan of the Harper College Custodial/Maintenance Association will also be a representative of Harper’s other IEA-affiliated local.  Tom is a dual-unit member at Harper; he is a member of both CMA and HCAFA..

IEA Higher Insider Update

Governor to impose extreme insurance hikes

In an effort to shift state costs to its employees, the governor is now planning to impose his extreme contract terms on state employees, including professors and employees in the state university system who are part of the Central Management System by increasing health insurance costs. The plan would result in increases that range from $3100 in FY17 to more than $10,000 over the next three years. In one scenario, a university professor earning $88,000 a year enrolled in a managed care plan covering two dependents would shoulder an additional $14,420 in health care costs over the next three years. Premium contributions would increase from $3,786 per year to almost $9,500 per year by FY19. To maintain that salary, the professor would have to receive a 5.5% increase to base pay. AFSCME prepared and sent a  fact sheet to IEA staff and leaders in late November.

Fund Our Future postcard campaign continues

The Fund Our Future coalition decided to continue collecting signatures on the postcards to let our legislators know they need to fully fund the MAP grants. If you still have postcards or want to do more, please continue collecting the ones you have or forward them to your local IEA office.

Campaign materials, including instructions and postcards, may be requested by contacting Mary Ann Kocher with the IEA Higher Ed Program. The postcards will likely be delivered during the spring legislative session. Stay tuned.

In the news

The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) agreed to request that the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) grant community colleges the option of offering a bachelor’s in nursing. The measure, if accepted, would likely require legislation before approval. Read comments from IEA Higher Ed Director Michael McDermott regarding this issue.

Bloomington Pantagraph editorial: Common sense needed in nursing degree debate

Negative impacts of higher ed budget crisis continue

Daily Herald: Oakton Community College preschool may close due to decreased state funding

Effects of the budget impass on day-to-day lives

Illinois has not passed a real budget in over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. Go to inthesetimes.com to read more and view several Stranded by the State videos.

News from the IEA Higher Ed Council

The IEA Higher Education Council serves as the primary advisory body to IEA governance and IEA staff in regard to matters concerning higher education and its faculty, graduate assistants and professional support staff. The council meets up to four times yearly.  Council news, business and actions will be shared as a regular part of the Higher Ed insider.

Higher Ed Council meeting minutes and highlights
Nov. 11-12 meeting highlights
Following a session with Industrial Areas Foundation Organizer Jonathan Lange, the council agreed to invite contingent workers of all stripes to talk about their lives and work experience. If the plan works, we hope to develop a strategy of resistance to just-in-time workers as the new normal for employment arrangements.
IEA Director of Government Relations Jim Reed provided a legislative update. Higher ed funding will likely be a top issue in the upcoming legislative session. U of I has introduced a proposal for its own deal for reliable funding for five years and we may see this from other institutions. Performance funding will be an issue.
NEA Director Gina Harris noted that the council should pay close attention to the ESSA and how it relates to higher ed.
Jim Grimes presented on the NEA Professional Practices Community. This resource is free to all IEA members.
The statewide higher ed positions to be elected in 2017 were discussed. Four council positions are up for election as well as the suburban section representative and alternate (all three-year terms). In January, you will receive the 2017 NEA-RA Delegate and Special Elections mailer containing information on elections and how to submit a nomination. You may also visit the IEA website for elections information. Nominations are due by Feb. 22.
The Higher Ed Council has developed IEA candidate questionnaires for executive officers and NEA directors set to be sent the first of January after the nomination deadline. Candidates will be interviewed, and recommendations made, at the next council meeting scheduled for February in Bloomington.
Higher ed members are encouraged to attend the NEA Higher Ed Conference, Mar. 16-19, in Dallas. IEA funding is available. Funding request forms are due by Jan. 13.
The council discussed the IEA One Conference and decided to continue with this joint conference. They would also like to provide regional conferences if additional funding can be obtained.
Once approved, final minutes for the November council meeting will be shared in the insider.

Please send questions, comments or concerns to the IEA Higher Ed Chair