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Illinois Educator Well-Being Survey 2021

The Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the University of Illinois Springfield invites you to participate in the Illinois Educator Well-Being Survey. The purpose of this survey is to examine how the climate and culture of your workplace impacts the quality of your life. When considering how to improve the climate...

Statement from IEA President Kathi Griffin on deadline extension of governor’s executive order on vaccination or weekly testing

SPRINGFIELD – The following statement is attributable to Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin: “Today’s announcement of the two-week deadline extension on the governor’s Executive Order on vaccines is welcome news. We have said all along that the best place for students to be is in the classroom, as...

Illinois Education Association and Illinois Federation of Teachers Welcome a Vaccination Mandate

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) President Dan Montgomery and Illinois Education Association (IEA) President Kathi Griffin issued the joint statement welcoming Governor Pritzker’s vaccine mandate announcement for educators and school staff. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, our unions have worked hard to protect students, teachers, staff, and...

Naperville educators to hold a rally Monday after no agreement reached

NAPERVILLE – Today, the Naperville Unit Education Association (NUEA) held a mediation session with Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board of Education (BOE). While movement occurred with respect to parental and family leave, the NUEA and BOE still remain distant on total compensation that addresses the additional increases in...

Naperville educators vote overwhelmingly to authorize a strike

NAPERVILLE – At the conclusion of online voting, the Naperville Unit Education Association (NUEA) membership voted overwhelmingly in support of an authorization to strike. The vote gives the NUEA bargaining team the authority to call a strike. The NUEA and the Naperville Community Unit School District 203 Board of...

Naperville Unit Education Association continues to negotiate with District 203

NAPERVILLE – The Naperville Unit Education Association (NUEA) continues to negotiate with the Naperville District 203 Board of Education (BOE). The NUEA called for a public posting process due to a lack of progress at the table last week. The next mediation session between NUEA and the district is...

Illinois Education Association reacts to Gov. Pritzker’s mask requirement in schools

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Education Association is thankful that Gov. JB Pritzker put into effect a “mask required” order for schools starting this fall. The pandemic is not over. The numbers in Illinois are going in the wrong direction. We need to keep our students in the classroom and keep...

IEA Statement on CDC’s new guidelines

SPRINGFIELD - The following statement is attributable to Illinois Education Association President Kathi Griffin: "The health and safety of students, their families and our members are the most important things to consider during this worldwide pandemic. As we’ve seen over the past 16 months, conditions are ever evolving. Unfortunately, cases...

IEA members attend President Joe Biden’s speech at McHenry County College

CRYSTAL LAKE - Two IEA members were special guests of President Joe Biden when he made his appearance at McHenry County College last week. Karen Shuman, president of the McHenry County College Adjunct Faculty Association, and Mike Sayre, a member of the High School District 155 Education Association, were able...

IEA Statement on IDPH’s adoption of the CDC Guidance for Schools

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association released the following statement attributable to IEA President Kathi Griffin: “We are very excited that the Illinois Department of Public Health has decided to adopt the Centers for Disease Control’s guidance for schools. Both agencies are correct that vaccines are the best way to keep...

Columbia College President removes post for personal housekeeper position after Columbia staff begin applying for the job

CHICAGO – Columbia College removed a job posting for a housekeeper at President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim’s college-owned home after members of the United Staff of Columbia College (USCC), the union representing Columbia College staff, began applying for the job. “While President Kim is looking for help cleaning his home, those...

Special ESP Legislative Update for June 20, 2021

A Special ESP Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.

Lawmakers pass several pieces of legislation to help address growing teacher, education support staff shortages

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and the governor’s office to ensure the passage of several pieces of pro-public education legislation during the 2020-2021 legislative session in Springfield. “The COVID-19 pandemic made this year incredibly difficult for Illinoisans, especially for...
Legislative Update

Legislative Update for June 1, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
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Legislature passes bill to help districts plan for summer school, pandemic recovery

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) worked during the legislative session to make sure any educator who wants to teach summer school will be able to. Senate Bill 1646 excludes any salary increases resulting from teaching summer school beginning on or after May 1, 2021 and before Sept. 15,...
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Illinois Education Association-backed birth leave bill that will impact thousands of education employees passes both legislative chambers

SPRINGFIELD – House Bill 816 (HB816) passed both the House and the Senate and is now headed to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk for his signature. HB816 is backed by the IEA and was introduced this session after an Illinois Supreme Court decision last spring. HB816 would allow educators, both men...
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Illinois Education Association-backed FMLA passes Senate heads to Governor for final approval

SPRINGFIELD – House Bill 12 (HB 12) passed the Senate. The bill now heads to Gov. JB Pritzker’s desk for his signature. The legislation was drafted by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and sponsored by Rep. Terra Costa Howard (D-Lombard). HB 12 expands coverage of the Family and Medical Leave...
Legislative Update

Legislative Update for May 23, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
Legislative Update

Legislative Update for May 16, 2021

Legislative video update from the IEA Government Relations Director Sean Denney.
Press Release

Illinois Education Association-backed FMLA expansion bill heads to Senate floor

SPRINGFIELD – House Bill 12 passed out of committee and is now poised for passage in the Senate. The legislation was drafted by the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and would expand coverage of the Family and Medical Leave Act to thousands of education support professionals across the state. “This bill...

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