Webinar on the Future of State Pensions
The UIC chapter, in conjunction with SUAA, presented a Zoom webinar on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 in which Ann Lousin and Eric Madiar discussed the future of State pensions. The program may be viewed at https://youtu.be/hYtNQ3aN-kw.
2020 Chapter Meeting & Fall Forum Held Online, Oct. 20
The program may be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3vhuajq
Due to restrictions on all public meetings to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, UIC SUAA postponed its 2020 annual meeting, originally scheduled for April 29. Since then, it has become clear that an in-person meeting would not be feasible in the foreseeable future. With the guidance of statewide SUAA, the UIC SUAA Board of Directors has combined the 2020 annual meeting with the Fall Forum as a virtual meeting, 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 20. It included presentations on two current crises, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice, that affect the economic stability of our state and nation. In addition, there was a business meeting to provide updates on the status of SURS pension issues in Illinois and the developments in UIC SUAA requiring your action regarding leadership, dues, and Bylaws.
FALL FORUM: “UIC’S RESPONSE TO TWO PANDEMICS”
11 am: “UIC and COVID-19”
Janet Lin, Professor of Emergency Medicine
Lin is an expert in disaster preparedness and response, both locally and internationally, including Haiti, Latin America, Africa and Asia. She is director of health systems development in the College of Medicine’s Center of Global Health, which works to improve health and reduce health disparities around the world. Lin is principal investigator of Project HEAL, which promotes HIV and HCV education, testing and access to care. She is an affiliate Professor of Community Health Sciences in the UIC School of Public Health.
11:45 am: “Race, Policing, Protest, and Democracy: the UIC View”
Amalia Pallares, Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity
Pallares oversees UIC’s seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change, as well as multiple initiatives for student, faculty and staff
inclusion and equity in the Office of Diversity. A scholar of social movements and political identities in Latin America and the U.S., she has
written extensively about immigrant rights. She is a Professor of Latin American and Latino studies and Political Science who has taught courses on social movements, immigrant activism, Latino politics and race and ethnicity in the Americas.
UIC SUAA ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
ONLINE OCT. 20, 12:30 – 1:15PM
- Introductions, Michele Thompson, President
- Treasurer’s Annual Report, Lawrence Kloc
- Legislative Affairs Committee’s Annual Report, William Peterman
- President’s Annual Report, Michele Thompson
- Minutes of Annual Meeting 2019, presented by Arlene Norsym, Secretary
- Recommendation to approve revised Bylaws for UIC SUAA (see newsletter for summary of revisions)
- Recommendation to approve change in annual chapter dues (see newsletter for information)
- Election of officers/board members for terms indicated
Members were asked to vote on four items: a revision of the chapter Bylaws, a change in dues, new officers and directors, and the Minutes from the 2019 annual meeting. Ballots were to be submitted by Oct. 27. All of the issues passed successfully.
ITEM 1: REVISION OF CHAPTER BYLAWS
The new Bylaws will replace the chapter’s existing Constitution and Bylaws, last updated in 2014, and make its governing documents consistent with statewide SUAA. They are the result of work by an ad hoc Board committee tasked with a five-year review of existing documents, as required by the statewide organization. The new Bylaws, which include few substantive changes, respond to emerging technologies and the need for social distancing. They include:
- Archives and maintenance: Archives are specified as the agendas and minutes of all Board and annual assembly meetings, as well as chapter Bylaws. Electronic storage of records is encouraged.
- Chapter records: Officer and committee chairs are asked to provide crucial records to their successors.
- Chapter dues: Changes to chapter dues will be effected by the Board of Directors in sync with the timetable established by statewide SUAA.
- Board meetings: All meetings of the Board and committees are authorized to be conducted by telephone or other electronic communications, if necessary. All communications relating to these meeting may be sent electronically.
- Virtual meetings: If circumstances warrant, the Board shall provide for virtual meetings of the annual assembly.
- Life membership: The class of Life members (rarely used) has been dropped.
ITEM 2: RECOMMENDATION TO CHANGE ANNUAL CHAPTER DUES
Chapter members were asked to approve a reduction in the annual dues for the UIC SUAA chapter from $11 to $8 per year, retroactive to March 2020, the earliest time possible. This action was recommended by the UIC SUAA Board following an increase in membership dues by SUAA, the parent organization, from $33 to $39 per year, effective Jan. 1, 2020. To diminish the impact of this increase on annual dues, the UIC SUAA Board voted to reduce its chapter dues by cutting expenses and use of reserves, if necessary. This makes the new total dues $47 per year. The chapter retains its unique offer of a combined membership at $86 per year for a member and spouse/partner.
ITEM 3: ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE
The following individuals were nominated and will serve on the Board of Directors for the terms indicated:
- First vice president: Christopher Keys (2020-2022)
- Secretary: Arlene Norsym (2020-2022)
- Director-at-large: Mrinalini (Meena) Rao (2020-2022)
- Director-at-large (Civil Service employee representative): John Palmatier (2020-2022).
ITEM 4: ACCEPTANCE OF THE MINUTES OF THE 2019 ANNUAL MEETING
The Minutes of the 2019 UIC SUAA annual meeting were approved by vote of the membership; they may be found at https://suaa.publish.uic.edu/draft-uic-suaa-minutes-of-annual-meeting-april-1-2019/.
- Questions from participants