Oakton College "discontinued" all SURS annuitants working at the college as of July 1, 2015. This also means that future SURS retirees, full and part time and regardless of where they retired from, will no longer have the option of some part time teaching at Oakton after retirement. We think that this affects as many as 77 employees, faculty, staff and administrators of which about 50 are part time faculty.

See a history of our struggle.

Recent News

May 8, 2015 Our union IEA (Illinois Education Association) filed a ULP against Oakton College.

April 2016 A draft decision by Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) recommended dismissing the IEA ULP

May 2016 IEA filed "exceptions" to the draft IELRB document June 29,2016 A class action lawsuit was filed in Federal Court on June 29. This covers both Bargaining unit and non-unit part time faculty SURS non-affected annuitants. This involves EEOC claims as well as so called "1983" violations of our civil rights and violations of the Illinois constitution.

August 4,2016 The case has been re-assigned to Judge Matthew F. Kennelly who will also hear the related cases brought by annuitants Daniel Filipek and Donald Krzyzak.

October 20, 2016 The Judge has dismissed college motions and has approved proceeding on all charges.

December 6, 2016 The College moved to stay the case in November pending new action at the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board (IELRB) on the union unfair labor practice charge, Judge Kennelly has denied this motion. The Federal case will proceed independently of that IELRB action which is expected to take place in March.

March 7, 2017 A status hearing was held on our motion for class action status. The college will respond, next status hearing in May.

March 8, 2017 A hearing was held by IELRB on the ULP.

May 17, 2017 Our motion for class action status was granted by Judge Kennelly.

February 27, 2018 The college filed a motion for summary judgement in September 2017.

September 2017 College filed for summary judgement in Federal case.

October 2017 IELRB issued another draft decision on ULP. However this was lost by IEA and exceptions were never filed ending the ULP but was the local AFA union was not notified until March 2018.

February 27, 2018 Judge Kennelly decided in favor of the College and dismissed the case. An appeal is being evaluated.

March 26, 2018 The case has been appealed to the 7th Circuit court of appeals.

October 11, 2018 Our appeal has been denied by the Court of Appeals.

Through all of this we are still not convinced that Oakton was justified in firing all of us. But this is the way things work and we must accept it.

Occsura is an informal group of former Oakton Community College employees who are also annuitants with the SURS system. We will coordinate communications between the various groups fighting the decision to fire all annuitants. This group has no affiliation with Oakton Community College or the Oakton Adjunct Faculty Association IEA-NEA.

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