Complete IEA Representative Assembly Business

What happened at the 2014 RA


Approved the recommended budget as presented and set the dues at $430 for full-time certified and $215 for full-time ESP members.

New Business Items

New Business Item 1 – Passed

The IEA RA directs the IEA Executive Director with assistance from the Government Relations department to advocate for a moratorium on accountability measures related to the PARCC exam. The IEA RA supports the Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core); however, the moratorium would prevent PARCC results for the next several years from being used as accountability measures for students, educators, or schools.


New Business Item 2 – Passed

The IEA RA directs the Director of Field Services to gather and create resources related to the issue of time and professional development during the educator’s day. These resources would include:

• Suggested bargaining language and tools designed to enhance time for professional development and collaboration.

• Suggested bargaining language and tools to encourage staff-led and staff-developed, professional development that is embedded in job descriptions and occurs during the school day.

• Ideas and tools to engage the community to support finding time during the day for educational employees to have professional development.

New Business Item 3 – Failed

The RA directs the Director of Business Services along with the Secretary/Treasurer to study an Incremental Dues Structure and its impact on the budget to be reported to the 2015 RA.

New Business Item 4 – Ruled out of order as conflicting with NBI 1.

The RA directs the IEA to withdraw its support of the Common Core State Standards.

New Business Item 5 – Failed

The IEA-RA recommends to the Board of Directors that it suggests to the budget committee to present information, including the following, on the IEA Members Only website no later than the date set for next year’s budget meeting and prior to budget discussion at next year’s IEA-RA:

–          a diagram that illustrates the concepts of a flat percentage fee (such as the current Illinois income tax model), a progressive percentage fee (such as the proposed income tax model that is being supported by the IEA), and a regressive percentage fee (such as sales taxes or IEA’s current dues model);

–          a scattergram of the salaries/incomes of our 2013-2014 academic year of our membership;

–          a graph depicting Michigan’s dues structure and an explanation of how it is implemented at the local and state level;

–          a recommendation for the best alternative dues structure for locals and the IEA that is not regressive in nature;

–          a graph depicting the rate of change annually, by percentage, of IEA dues for FTEs, PTEs, and ESPs for the past ten years or more;

–          a web-based calculator on the IEA Members Only site that allows members to compare current dues structure with the proposed best alternative non-regressive structure.


New Business Item 6 – Passed

The IEA-RA recommends that the Executive Director draft a policy, to be submitted to the IEA Board of Directors for their consideration, pertaining to the use of IEA facilities, including the conditions under which third parties rent or use IEA offices.

New Business Item 7 – Failed

The IEA-RA encourages members to write, call or e-mail their legislators and Gov. Pat Quinn to urge the full funding of general state aid to our schools.  The Communications Department is likewise encouraged to develop sample language to help members detail the effects of proration on their local districts.

In addition, the RA encourages our Government Relations Department to prioritize those areas in our Legislative Platform that address general state aid.

New Business Item 8 – Ruled out of order as NBI 3 previously addressed the issue

The RA directs the Director of Business Services to present to next year’s RA a detailed, informative, analysis of an alternative dues structure based on a dollar amount that caps a members dues, with future dues increases based on a graduated system.

New Business Item 9 – Failed

The IEA-RA recommends that the IEA Board of Directors allocate up to $50,000 of any funds remaining from the 2013-14 budget in order to sponsor the continuation of the SCORE grant program for the 2014-15 school year.

New Business Item 10 – Failed

The IEA-RA directs the Executive Director to research the possibility of providing health insurance options to IEA members, by contacting state affiliates and other unions of comparable size.  Results of this research to be reported to the 2015 IEA-RA.

New Business Item 11 – Failed

The 2014 RA delegation requests that IEA leadership conduct a survey to IEA members regarding the members concerns with respect to the support & implementation of common core standards.

Proposed Bylaw Amendments

PBA 1:  Passed

Art. V, Executive Officers. Sec 3 –Duties

  1. The President shall

. . .

12. consult with the Executive Director and Budget Committee in preparing an annuala budget.

  1. The Vice President shall

. . .

6. consult with the Executive Director and Budget Committeein preparing an annual a budget.

  1. The Secretary-Treasurer shall

. . .

3. consult with the Executive Director and Budget Committeein preparing an annual a budget.

Art. VII, Representative Assembly. Sec 4 – Powers and Duties

The Representative Assembly shall be the policy-forming body of the Association.  In addition to duties prescribed elsewhere in the Bylaws, it shall adopt a biennial budget (beginning with the 2015-2016 budget) and act on resolutions, reports, recommendations of the Board of Directors, and motions by delegates. The budget shall include an appropriation for contingencies of no less than $200,000 and no more than one percent (1%) of the budget. In the second year of the biennial budget, adjustments as deemed necessary by the Budget Committee shall be communicated to the Board of Directors no later than 45 days before the annual meeting. The Board of Directors will transmit the suggested adjustments to local affiliates as determined by the Board. Prior to the Annual Meeting, the Board shall make a recommendation for budget adjustments to be adopted by the Representative Assembly.

Art. XIII.  Organizational Relationships. Sec 3 Finances and Dues

A state affiliate may levy membership dues for the purpose of supporting its program.  The Board of Directors may authorize funds to a state affiliate within the annualbudget of the Association and shall require a report of activities supported by the expenditures of such funds.

Art. XIV. Staff. Sec 2. Executive Director

The Executive Director, under the direction and supervision of the President, shall be the chief administrator of the Association.  He/she shall

. . .

  1. In consultation with the Executive Officers and Budget Committee, cause an annual a budget of the Association to be prepared

PBA 2.  Passed

Article III. Membership, Section 1. Classifications. B. Retired

1. Definition

Any person who is at least forty-five (45) years of age or who is eligible to receive a pension from an educational employment retirement system (including Social Security), and who was employed for at least five (5) years in a position that qualified him or her for active membership but who is no longer so employed shall be eligible to be a retired member of the Association. Any person who meets the foregoing eligibility requirements but is still employed in a position that qualifies him/her for Active membership may enroll to become a retired member in the IEA and NEA, with membership commencing upon retirement.  All IEA Retired members are also required to be NEA Retired members, andare members of IEA-NEA-Retired and NEA-Retired and shall, where eligible, hold membership in a chartered retired chapter.

2. ­Privileges

A retired member shall be entitled to receive the publications, services, and rights and privileges as are conferred through Association governance.  A retired member may hold membership in a chartered retired chapter.

PBA 3.  Passed

Article III. Membership.  Section 1 Classification

A. Active, 1. Definition. c. Active Certificated Members

Active certificated members shall be employed in a position requiring a certificate of qualification granted by the State Board of Education or by the State Teacher Certification Board or employed in a facultyposition in an institution of higher learning, including faculty regularly employed by an institution of higher learning but who are not assigned a class in one or more semesters in an academic year for as long as such person is eligible for active membership in his or her local or for three (3) years, whichever is shorter.



PBA 4.  Passed as modified

Article III. Membership.  Section 3 Dues

C. Formulas 1. Active

  1. Dues for activeeducational support professional membersshall be one-half (1/2) of the active certificated membership dues as appropriate.
  2. Dues for active certificated members who have been regularly employed in an institution of higher learning but who are not assigned a class in one (1) or more semesters in an academic year shall be one-half (1/2) of the active certificated membership dues as appropriate. for that academic year.

f. g.  A person who becomes eligible for active membership after the start of the membership year shall pay prorated dues for the portion of the membership year remaining, except as set out in Section 2 above.

PBA 5.  Passed

Editorial changes. 

Art. III, Section 1. A.

c. Active Certificated/Licensed Members

Active certificated/licensed members shall be employed in a position requiring a certificate/license of qualification granted by the State Board of Education or by the State Teacher Certification Board Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board or employed in a faculty position in an institution of higher learning.

Art. III, Section 3.C.1

C. Formulas – The dues of the Association shall be computed to the nearest dollar according to the following formulas:

1.   Active

a.   Dues for active certificated/licensed membersregularly employed for fifty (50) percent or less, but greater than twenty-five (25) percent, of the normal schedule for a full-time employee as verified by the chartered local education association shall be one-half (1/2) of the active membership dues.

b.   Dues for active certificated/licensed members regularly employed for twenty-five (25) percent or less of the normal schedule for a full-time employee as verified by the chartered local education association shall be one-fourth (1/4) of the active membership dues.

c.   Dues for active certificated/licensed members who are on a limited leave of absence or serving as an executive officer of the Association or of a local affiliate shall be the active membership dues.

d.   Dues for active certificated/licensed members who have been laid off due to a reduction in force or for whom a legal challenge is pending and funded by the Association shall be one-half (1/2) of the active membership dues.

e.   Dues for activeeducational support professional membersshall be one-half (1/2) of the active certificated/licensed membership dues as appropriate.

Art. III, Section 3.C.4

4.   Reserve – For reserve membership the dues shall be one-half (1/2) the dues of active certificated/licensed or educational support professional members, as appropriate.

Art. XII, Section 2.B.4

4.   Annual Financing

a.   Each Regional Council shall receive a rebate of 4.271 percent of IEA-NEA dues per active member in the Region; provided that, beginning with the 2009 budget year, no Regional Council shall receive a rebate of less than 85 percent of 4.271 percent of IEA-NEA full-time active certificated/licensed member dues multiplied by the total number of active members in the Region.  Money designated in the IEA budget for (i) the building addition and remodeling and (ii) contributions to the Professional Staff Retirement Plan above 20% of participants’ salaries shall not be used in calculating the regional rebate or the 85 percent minimum guaranteed rebate amount.

Legislative Platform Amendments

Legislative Platform Amendment 1 – Failed

Page 7, line 59

Political Rights

So that all Illinois residents can have a say in their own governance, the IEA supports a 36-hour public comment period between the completion of the final wording of a bill and the final vote on that bill.  During this time, the final text of the bill should be made available to Illinois residents on the internet.  This 36-hour public comment period need only occur in ONE house of the General Assembly and may be waived in case of legislative emergency by the inclusion of a six-month sunset clause in the bill.  Furthermore, we support the development of deadlines in the legislative calendar for both introducing bills and amending them, so that this provision cannot be used as a dilatory tactic.

The right of education employees to engage in political activity must be guaranteed and free of restrictions. In addition, the Association supports statutory protection for the employees’ right to present their views before their local governing board. The Association will work to maintain these rights and to encourage their usage.

Legislative Platform Amendment 2 – Accepted as amended

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Distance  DigitalLearning

Technological advances in areas such as telecommunications should not be used to reduce the number of education personnel. The impact of technology, telecommunications, and distance digital education on education employees; and the need for related quality professional development should be subject to local collective bargaining agreements.

The Association believes thatDigital learning should:

  • Ensure equality to meet the needs of every student.
  • Support and enhance educator professionalism.
  • Enhance and enrich student learning.
  • Promote high quality digital learning through blended or hybrid instruction.

Legislative Platform Amendment 3 – Accepted by Committee

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Virtual Charter Schools

The Association opposes Virtual Charter Schools that are privately owned and/or operated.  The Association opposes the use of public funds for privately owned and/or operated Virtual Charter Schools.  The Association believes that Virtual Charter Schools cannot meet the same conditions set for Public Charter Schools in this Platform.

Legislative Platform Amendment 4 – Accepted by Committee

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Technology Programs

The State should award non-competitivetechnological grants to facilitate the development anduse of technology in instruction.

Legislative Platform Amendment 5 – Accepted by Committee

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Facilities, Supplies, Programs, and Learning Conditions

The Association supports the input of licensed teachers and other stakeholders in the decisions regarding quality curricula, facilities, supplies, programs, and learning conditions, and delivery methodswhich prepare students to succeed in a global society.  However, the Association opposes the mandating of a statewide curriculum.

Legislative Platform Amendment 6– Accepted by Committee

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Intellectual Property and Copyright

All issues relating to copyright ownership of materials created by education employees should be resolved through collective bargaining or other process of bilateral decision-making between the employer and the affiliate.  The ownership rights of education employees who create copyrightable materials should not prevent education employees from making appropriate use of such materials in providing education services to their students.

Legislative Platform Amendment 7– Accepted by Committee

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Digital Learning Environment

The use of supplemental, remedial, or course recovery online instruction impacts the hours, wages, and working conditions of all educational employees and therefore should be subject to local bargaining agreement.

Legislative Platform Amendment 8– Accepted by Committee

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When a facility is found to have poor air quality, corrective action must take place to ensure a safe environment.

Legislative Platform Amendment 9– Failed

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The Association supports a rating system of excellent, accomplished, basic, and needs improvement which respects teacher performance and promotes a climate of collegiality and collaboration.  The Association believes that all excellent and accomplished teachers should be placed in the same category and ranked by years of service for honorable dismissal.

Legislative Platform Amendment 10– Accepted by Committee

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When a school, school district, or cooperative is dissolved or reconfigured, all affected education employees must have their collective bargaining rights preserved.

Legislative Platform Amendment 11– Accepted by Committee

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The Association supports that an effective School Gun Violence Prevention Plan requires school-specific planning and coordination based on local conditions. The Association promotes the development of options for action, including counseling.  These plans should be developed with stakeholders throughout the community.