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New! 4/7/22

4/14/2022

A message from HCAA President Carole Bomba . . . . 

We are sad to share the news that Harper College Sociology Professor, Local 1600 Legislative Chair, and HCAA friend Sean Noonan passed away on April 7th, 2022.  He devoted much of his time and energy fighting for the rights and pensions of those in the field of education.  He will be missed. Obituary link.

4/7/22 Action needed ASAP
ISSUE:
H.R.82, the “Social Security Fairness Act of 2021,” was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on 1/4/21. If enacted, it would remove the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) in the Social Security Act.

The bill has significant bi-partisan support and over 265 co-sponsors. However, it has not been discharged from the Ways and Means Committee.

A companion (identical) bill S.1302 was introduced in the U.S. Senate on 4/22/21.

CONCERNS:
Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP): If you earn even a small pension from a government job (e.g., at an Illinois university) that wasn’t covered by Social Security (FICA), your monthly benefit earned from Social Security-covered employment is reduced.* This affects approximately 2 million Social Security beneficiaries nationwide and 99,640 in Illinois as of Dec. 2020. 5.8% of retired Illinois Social Security beneficiaries had their benefits reduced. The reduction in benefits is disproportionately larger for lower earners. (*Exception: There is no benefit reduction for those who worked 30 or more years in Social Security-covered employment).

Government Pension Offset (GPO): If you receive a pension from a government job (e.g., at an Illinois university) that wasn’t covered by Social Security (FICA), your Social Security spouse or widow/widower benefits may be reduced or eliminated entirely. 723,970 people were affected by the GPO nationwide as of Dec. 2021. Approximately 83% were women. 47,669 were Illinois residents.

WHAT TO DO:
Phone or email Senator Durbin. Ask him to co-sponsor S.1302, the “Social Security Fairness Act,” and to advocate that the companion bill, H.R.82, be discharged from the House Ways and Means Committee.

Phone or email your U.S. Congressperson. Find your Congressperson by visiting the Illinois State Board of Elections website. IL Congressman Rodney Davis sponsored this bill. All but 2 IL Representatives are co-sponsors. Check whether your Congressperson is a co-sponsor at H.R.82. If so, thank them for co-sponsoring H.R.82, the “Social Security Fairness Act.” Ask your Congressperson to advocate that the Ways and Means Committee discharge H.R.82 in order to bring it to the House floor for a vote.

You can use the information under “Concerns” above to advocate for the bill as well as your personal reasons for supporting it.

TIMING:
This may be the best opportunity in decades for the WEP and GPO to be repealed!
Contact Senator Durbin, Tammy Duckworth and your Congressperson now!

  • May 4, 2022, Wednesday, 11:30 AM to 1:15 PM, Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Opportunity, at 740 Wiley Farm Court, Schaumburg, IL.
  • May 9th, 2022, at 2:00 PM via ZOOM Board meeting.  An invite will be sent via email on 5/8/22.
  • June 16, 2022, Normal, IL, SUAA Delegates Meeting.
  • New way to advise HCAA of your change of email is posted on the left side of the web page.
  • Harper College has been good to HCAA over the years. It is our pleasure to give back by making a one-time $1,000 donation to the Harper College Student Emergency Relief Fund on the group’s behalf. Our donation is being matched by the college. If you want to send an individual donation, go to: https://www.harpercollege.edu/foundation/donations/support-harper-students.php

A Warm Welcome to New 2022 Retirees!

Julie Ellefson-KuehnProfessor
Math and Science  
Ping FengCustodian
Operations Services
Brad GrossmanAssistant Professor
Career and Technical Programs
Darryl KnightExecutive Director
Facilities Management
Sunil KoswattaProfessor
Mathematics and Science
Sandra KreilingAssociate Professor
Mathematics and Science
07/31/2022
Sam LevensonAssociate Professor
Mathematics and Science
Don MalzahnOperational Data Store Administrator
Infrastructure Services
Elizabeth PagenkopfAssistant Professor
Health Careers
William PankeyProfessor
Resources for Learning
07/31/2022
Nancy SavardOperations Services Manager
Operation Services

A Warm Welcome to New 2021 Retirees!

NameTitle
Dept/Division
Retirement
Date
Vicki AtkinsonDean Student Development10/01/2021
Roxanne BoersmaProject Manager
Client Systems
06/04/2021
Kathy BruceInterim Associate Provost, Acsdemics
Interdisciplinary Student Success
06/30/2021
Diane Carter-ZubkoWorkforce Career Coordinator
Career and Technical Programs
07/01/2021
Helen Chase             Accounts Payable Clerk 
Accounting Services                           
12/31/2021
Diana CincinelloProfessor
Career and Technical Programs
07/31/2021
Dee CollinsSupervisor Mailroom
Mailroom
10/01/2021
Rose D’AgostiniAcademic Division Operations, Manager
Career & Technical Programs
05/31/2021
Jan ElbertSenior Graphic Designer
Marketing Services
12/31/2021
Nancy DesruisseauxSenior Records Clerk
Registrar’s Office
12/31/2021
James ForssanderHVAC Mechanic Operator
Utilities
01/29/2021
Linda HoeckCareer Skills Institute
Program Coordinator
TBA
Gregory HoreniAssociate Professor
Health Careers
05/22/2021
Cathy KapociusAdministrative Assistant
Resources for Learning
08/27/2021
Jennifer JenningsCoordinator, Lab
Math and Science
08/31/2021
Joan NaumesAdministrative Assistant
Business and Social Science
03/05/2021
Lin NovakAdministrative Assistant
Student Development
01/08/2021
Pamela RusselAdministrative Assistant
Center for Student Development
TBA
Donna SculleyLaboratory Assistant
Career and Technical
TBA
Kathy ShineCommunity Support Assistant
Marketing
10/01/2021
Roger Spayer Chief Human Resources Officer
Human Resources,
12/31/21
Thomas StauchProfessor
Liberal Arts
07/31/2021
Janice ThomasTesting Center Coordinator
Assessment Center
08/31/2021
Carol TraficantoData and Reporting Assistant
Adult Educational Development
12/31/2021
Susanne ZegerStudent Support Assistant
Computer Information Systems (CIS)
01/08/2021
Greg ZurekFacilities Management and Engineering Document Associate
Facilities Management
08/31/2021

For prior years go to the Retirees Archive page.


Our Purpose, Your Benefit…

To promote the individual and collective interests and welfare of Harper College annuitants (retirees) and their survivors, and employees through:

  • Early notification and perceived effects on HCAA members of proposed changes to State law
  • Relevant updates to HCAA members on healthcare/Medicare coverage
  • Discussions with and service to Harper College
  • Improved communications between Harper and its retirees
  • Scheduled social events for members
  • Discussion/participation with other IL annuitant and state organizations
  • Active communication with legislators on relevant concerns
  • Workshops/ presentations on relevant topics
  • Harper parking stickers
  • Reduced admission to select Harper events