Benefits of Membership 

Every Voice Matters in SUAA: Add Yours Today!        

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN SUAA

SUAA is your voice at the State Capitol: through voice, action, mission, and visibility. Our work is often done behind the scenes, but here is how we are working every day to make a difference for our members:

LEGISLATIVE DIFFERENCE

STOPPED CONSTITUTIONAL THREATS 

  • Represented all SURS participants and beneficiaries by suing the State of Illinois over Senate Bill 1 (Public Act 98-055), pension reform. The Supreme Court found the law unconstitutional, saving the average pensioner HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS over the course of their retirement 
  • Led the charge to defeat adding a new section to Article XIII of the State Constitution, which would have been an attack on SURS employees and retirees 
  • Continue to actively lobby the Legislature to prevent changes to the Constitution that would harm SURS retirees and active members, such as the "pension clause" 

PROMOTED HIGHER EDUCATION'S FUTURE 

  • Stopped legislation that would create a slippery slope toward abolishing tuition waivers for university personnel, that ultimately could target community colleges next
     
  • Continuing to support legislation in Springfield to strengthen health care and pension benefits for SURS members 

  • Advocating for protecting and preserving the College Insurance Program (CIP health benefits) 

  • Protected faculty forced to take furloughs during the state's budget crisis  
  • Working to preserve Illinois' higher education system as a critical, quality commodity for Illinois, through the Higher Education Creates Jobs campaign and other advocacy

 

KEEPING YOU INFORMED

  • Using SUAA Mini-Briefings and our website and social media pages to provide regular updates from legislative and court action that affects you: your workplace, your health care, your retirement, your future