Oakton Community College Adjunct Faculty Association

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On November 13, 2014 Oakton announced they were "discontinuing", that is, firing, 53 adjunct faculty, effective July 1, 2015, because the College had been assessed $167,000 by SURS because 3 adjuncts had been rehired after becoming "affected" under the Illinois "Return to Work Act", otherwise known as the "Biss bill" (below). The AFA believes this was unethical, a violation of our contract, and a violation of state and federal laws and constitutions. We have been fighting this decision on various fronts. See a the history of the struggle so far (Updated 5-30-15 with Kulis Arbitration decision)
Membership Meetings

The Spring membership meeting was held at North Branch Pizza in Glenview. Over 50 members and guests showed up.

The Fall 2015 Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 5PM also at North Branch Pizza, Milwaukee and Lake in Glenview. This meeting is open to all AFA members and all Oakton's SURS annuitants. For more information write


The IEA Representative Assembly will be held April 14 - 16 in Rosemont. Any AFA member wishing to be a delegate should submit their name to Donna Ryan, (dryan) no later than October 11. There will be an election in November. Delegates are required to attend attend all meetings and submit written and oral summaries of the meetings to the AFA board.

Grievance Corner

This page written by Cheryl Thayer, Grievance Chair, describes what to do if you think you have a grievance.

AFA Office

The AFA office located in room 2470 Des Plaines will be open during the Fall 2015 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 - 11AM. You may stop by or call the office at 847-635-2193 any time and leave a message. Office Manager Linda Berendsen will be happy to try to answer your questions about AFA and our contract or refer you to someone who can. If have or think you may have a grievance contact this office.

If you have questions for the AFA you can also e-mail them to AFA officers will monitor this email address and forward your inquiry to the appropriate person.

Membership Forms

payroll deduction form | IEA/NEA membership form


Here are the answers to your Frequently Asked Questions. All Oakton part-time faculty should read this.

New adjunct faculty should check out the web page by full timer Paul Boisvert with loads of information. Continuing faculty may find this helpful also.

AFA-OCC Contract

The full text of the 20013-2017 OAKTON-AFA contract is here in PDF format (630KB).

Several Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and a Memorandum from the Academic Council have been approved by the Administration and the Board. These are not changes in the contract but are agreements on how the contract will be administered. You can view or download these here (PDF): MOU on Selecting Affiliated Adjuncts, MOU on Maximum Summer Loads and Memo on Orientation Pay

Constitution and Bylaws (PDF)

May 2015 audit by IEA of the AFA's operations and finances.

AFA History

After over a year of hard work by author Barbara Vallaly who went through piles of old records and clippings and interviewed present and past members of the AFA as well as IEA staff, the AFA History is almost ready for publicaton. An excerpt of this history is available here. If you would like to purchase your own copy for $5, to cover printing, contact the AFA office or stop by the office during office hours.

An appendix to the history chronicles the 2013 struggle to protect adjuncts at Oakton from losing hours to prevent them from being entitled to health care. As a result of the contract negotiated a few adjuncts were allowed to keep most of their hours and also receive the same health care offered to Oakton full time faculty and staff.

A 2009 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about Oakton adjuncts has become a classic. It was recently republished in March 2015 as part of the Chronicle's coverage of National Adjunct Walkout Day.

Newsletters (PDF)
Most Recent September 2015
August 2015
May 2015| April 2015| March 2015 | February 2015 | January 2015
December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014
12-1-13 | 11-1-13 | 10-1-13 | 9-2-13 | 5-1-13 | 4-1-13 | 3-4-13 | 2-1-13 | 1-14-13
11-30-12 | 11-12-12 | 10-1-12 | 9-1-12 | 3-26-12 Special | 3-1-12 | 3-4-12 Special | 2-1-12 | 1-8-12
12-01-11| 11-1-11 | 10-2-11 | 8-28-11 | 4-27-11 | 4-6-11 | 2-28-11 | 1-26-11
11-16-10 | 9-28-10 | 8-27-10 | 4-6-10 | 2-22-10 | 1-26-10
11-17-09 | 10-1-09 | 8-28-09 | 5-1-09 | 3-11-09 | 2-1-09
12-1-08 | 10-28-08 | 9-29-08 | 8-25-08
  • Barbara Dayton, President, Division 4
  • Cheryl Thayer, Vice President and grievance officer, Division 4
  • Cindy DelMedico, Treasurer, Division 4
  • Donna Ryan, Secretary, Division 4

Meetings of the Board of Directors will be held the first Friday of each Month. The next open meeting will be held will be held at 10AM November 6, room 2537 on Des Plaines Campus. Other scheduled meetings for Fall, 2015 are October 2, November 6 and December 4. Contact for more information.

Some Related Links
Illinois Education Association   |   National Education Association
Roosevelt Adjunct Faculty Association   |   College of Dupage Adjuncts Association
Part Time Faculty Association of Columbia College   |   Harper College Adjunct Faculty Association
OCCFA (Oakton Full Time Faculty Union)

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