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Southern Illinois University Faculty call for administration to stop its disciplinary investigation against Chinese professor

Call on faculty, students, community members to sign onto the Stanford Letter CARBONDALE – Southern Illinois University Carbondale Faculty Association (SIUCFA) is urging Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) administration to immediately stop its disciplinary investigation into Mingqing Xiao, Ph.D. SIUC began its investigation into Professor Xiao after learning he is facing indictment...

School Employee Benefit and Wage Protection Bill passes both legislative chambers, heads to governor’s desk

House Bill 2778 creates COVID administrative days for school employees and includes paycheck protection for hourly employees. SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to ensure the passage of House Bill 2778 (HB2778), the School Employee Benefit and Wage Protection Bill,...

Supermajority of Columbia College staff vote to authorize a strike

CHICAGO – Members of the United Staff of Columbia College (USCC), the union representing Columbia College staff, voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike. The vote comes after three years of negotiations with Columbia College. USCC has been working without a contract since Aug. 31, 2018. “Clearly, we don’t...

Legislative Update for October 20, 2021

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Statements from Triad Education Association president and Edwardsville Education Association vice president after judge grants motion for IEA to intervene in latest DeVore case

EDWARDSVILLE – Triad Education Association (TEA) President Andrew Frey, Edwardsville Education Association (EEA) Vice President Mollie Rice and Loretta Haggard, an attorney with Schuchat, Cook & Werner, representing the five IEA local unions in Triad and Edwardsville, released the following statements. These statements come after today’s hearing in Madison County...

IEA intervenes in Edwardsville-Triad lawsuit; seeks enforcement of mandates for masks, vaccines, testing

SPRINGFIELD – Today, the unions representing teachers and support staff in the Edwardsville and Triad school districts filed a motion to intervene in a Madison County lawsuit in an effort to protect the safety of the workplaces and the health and lives of students and employees by keeping the...

Triad Education Association president releases statement on COVID-19 mitigation efforts

TROY – The following statement is attributable to Triad Education Association (TEA) President Andrew Frey: “Triad Education Association is committed to delivering the best possible education to the students of the Triad School District in the safest environment for the students and staff possible. Ninety percent of teachers in the...

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...

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