U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Barrington, has introduced legislation which would modify the Family Medical Leave Act to create a new hours of service threshold, specifically for ESPs, comparable to the provision enacted for airline crews.
An ESP would qualify for FMLA benefits if – during the previous school year – they worked more than 60 percent of the total monthly hours expected for their specific role, as defined by their employer. Under this bill, ESPs would have greater access to unpaid FMLA benefits without the risk of losing their job. Read the press release from Rep. Casten’s office.

!!IMRF Trustee Election – We Need Your Help!!

If Hugh Cunningham is not elected to the IMRF Board of Trustees we will loose a seat and an important voice on the Board!
IEA is supporting Hugh Cunningham, TRIAD Custodial Maintenance Association president, for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Board of Trustees to represent education support professionals (ESPs). 

This year, circulating petitions will be extremely difficult and we will need to work very hard to get 350 valid IMRF active participant signatures turned in to IMRF to place Hugh Cunningham on the fall ballot.

We need your help to circulate nominating petitions for IEA member Hugh Cunningham. Please review the circulation instructions. Only ACTIVE ESPs may sign the nominating petition.

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IMRF is allowing members to simply print, sign and submit the petitions by emailing a photo or scanned image.