Call for Nominations for Delegates to IEA Representative Assembly


We are looking for candidates to run for Delegate to the Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly. The RA will be held April 11 – 13, 2019 in Rosemont, Illinois. Learn more about the IEA RA at:

CODAA will elect three delegates to represent our members and their interests. Delegates will participate in plenary and breakout sessions. After the RA, the delegates will prepare and submit a report to the CODAA Executive Board. Funds will be available to defray delegate’s expenses.

Delegates to previous RA’s have reported that it is an informative and enjoyable weekend. It provides an opportunity to network with your peers from other institutions. Participation is a good way to learn about the issues and challenges that face CODAA, higher education, and the education community in general. I would encourage young academics in particular to consider this form of professional development and service to our profession.

To nominate yourself as a candidate to be a delegate from CODAA, simply fill out the attached nomination form and return it to Nominations need to be submitted by 6:00 P.M. on November 6, 2018. The election will be held by postal ballot with all votes due not later than December 4.

IEA RA Nomination Form 2018


Bill Enright
Election Chair

NEA Summer ED Grant Boosts CODAA Membership Drive

The College of DuPage Adjuncts Association (CODAA) is engaged in an aggressive membership drive. As of mid-October, this drives has resulted in adding 97 new members and increasing active membership to almost 55%.

During the Summer 2018, CODAA received a $10,000 grant from the National Education Association (NEA) to bolster support for CODAA by identifying new leaders and increasing membership. A membership drive has been long overdue. Although CODAA engaged in efforts each year to convert Fair Share to Active members through mailings, socials, and membership meetings, the only full-blown membership drive was for CODAA’s inception in 2001. UniServ Director Michelle Couturier, with assistance from NEA’s Michelle Gutierrez, CODAA President Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan, and Lead CODAA Member Organizer Bill Enright, developed the grant proposal. IEA Leadership consisting of Michelle Couturier and Organizer Karen Moore, along with others from the Naperville IEA office, championed laying out the groundwork of this effort by organizing and training the CODAA team of Member Organizers alongside IEA trainers Mike Prehoda and Susan Thorson.

Garnished with bright CODAA buttons and warm smiles, CODAA Member Organizers set out across College of DuPage campuses meeting with potential CODAA members. Bill Enright, Political Science Instructor and Lead Member Organizer, spoke to the importance of collective bargaining matters, for without it “there would be no chance for each member to negotiate their own pay and protections, so working as a union is the only real chance to get fair treatment. In preparing to be a Member Organizer, I heard how CODAA was started from the hard work and dedication of a few volunteers and how adjunct faculty pay increased by 25% in the five years after the union was established. That would not have happened without collective bargaining. All of CODAA’s members are highly educated professionals who could make much more in the private sector but dedicate themselves to teaching and to COD. It is reasonable to ask for fair pay and treatment for the hardworking members, and that is why I am so interested in making the union as strong as possible.”

Lorreta Pyrdek, English Instructor, Member Organizer, and an original CODAA volunteer, said with excitement: “It was gratifying to meet a number of the former fair share members, who, for the most part, had favorable views of CODAA and of what we had achieved. It was also enjoyable to meet and work with fellow IEA and NEA members who volunteered to help our organizing efforts. That was the true union spirit. Thanks to Michelle and the other IEA and NEA personnel, and our own members for their hard work in getting this essential drive off the ground.”

This organized effort created momentum, fresh enthusiasm, and excitement for CODAA resulting in record memberships, turnouts, and involvement. IEA’s Michelle Couturier celebrated the effort: “What a fabulous membership drive as memberships [are up] over 50% for the first time since the inception of CODAA. [We experienced] unprecedented turn out at our [recent fall] member meeting which resulted in 25 new volunteers and in the largest group of non-officers planning on attending the IEA One Conference in October.”

With the success of this membership drive, it is clear to see why CODAA is one of the largest locals in Illinois. It is because of CODAA’s leadership and vision that CODAA continues to trailblaze the way for other locals. Bonniejean Alford, Sociology Instructor, CODAA Vice President of Policy, and Member Organizer, reflected on the role member organizing will play in the future of CODAA and its members: “The role of CODAA in the relationship between adjuncts and administration at College of DuPage remains central to helping meet the needs of the students. Now, it is a critical time to use our collective voice to find the balance between those student needs, the college needs, and the often-overlooked needs of the adjunct faculty member. CODAA stands at the ready to serve not only as a bridge from our members to administration, but also to provide a safe space for the expression of concerns about their working life at College of DuPage.”

CODAA’s membership drive was an impressive demonstration of this year’s NEA slogan “We Are Stronger United.” This collective effort resulted in record-breaking results, as 55% active members represents a 14% increase in membership from June 2018 numbers and is a strong showing for adjunct bargaining units. Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan, Counselor and CODAA President, is proud of the incredible work done by the Member Organizers and CODAA’s Membership Chairs, Vicki Root-Wajda and Rob Robson, who recorded and processed all the new memberships. Michelle, Cheryl, Bonniejean, and Bill, along with the CODAA board, are working diligently to lay out a plan to ensure a continuous and active membership drive aimed at growing the strength of CODAA for years to come. Only as one voice can the individuals be heard on their quest for equity in the academic workplace.


Fall 2018 CODAA Membership Meeting

CODAA held its Fall 2018 Membership meeting on August 15, 2018, with approximately 60 people in attendance. Highlights of the meeting included the unanimous approval of the 2018-19 CODAA budget, discussion of contract benefits, including right of assignment, and an explanation of the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision on Janus vs AFSCME. Ten formerly fair share members signed membership forms at the meeting and members had the opportunity to win donated door prizes, including the grand prize of an ipad mini. You may also view a video recording of the meeting posted on our youtube channel.

If you wish to become a full CODAA member or are unsure of your membership status, please contact Rob Robson at

Proposed 2018-19 CODAA Budget

Members are asked to review the proposed CODAA budget and vote on it at our Membership Meeting on August 15, 2018, from 2:00-4:15 p.m. in 2131 SRC.   We are reducing the budget in some categories to reflect the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Fair Share.


Proposed FY2018-19 budget


CODAA Receives NEA/IEA Organizing Grant to Recruit, Welcome & Sign-up Members

CODAA recently received a $10,000 grant from the National Education Association (NEA) as part of the NEA Ed Summer organizing program to recruit, welcome, and sign-up new and formerly Fair Share members. Six CODAA members attended extensive training on July 12 and 13 to serve as Member Organizers. These are: Bonniejean Alford, (Sociology adjunct) Bill Enright (Political Science adjunct), Theresa Gant-Misher (English adjunct), Dorothy Hurlburt, (English adjunct), Loretta Pyrdek (English adjunct) and Stella Styrczula (CIS adjunct). Each Member Organizer will meet with bargaining formerly Fair Share bargaining unit members and newly eligible members between July 16 – August 31 to talk about the value of the union and the importance of supporting CODAA by signing a membership form. They will also be seeking to identify members who may serve as local leaders. Illinois is one of eighteen states to participate in the Ed Summer program.

CODAA would like to thank the National Education Association and the Illinois Education Association for their generous grant, which includes compensation for the Member Organizers. The grant proposal was developed by Michelle Gutierrez (NEA), Michelle Couturier (IEA), Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan (CODAA President) , and Bill Enright (Member Organizer and Group Leader). We would also like to thank all the IEA and NEA staff involved in the training and our dedicated Member Organizers for undertaking this important task.

Maintaining a strong membership is crucial in light of the recent decision by the Supreme Court in Janus vs AFSCME which overturned the almost 40 year precedent of being able to charge bargaining unit members “fair share” dues for the compensation and benefits they received. For more information, visit:

Pictured from left to right (Stella Styrczula not pictured):

Back row: Mike Prehoda, IEA Canvasser; Theresa Gant-Misher, CODAA Member Organizer; Ambor Cottrell, Associate Staff; Bonniejean Alford, CODAA, Casey Anthony, IEA Organizer; Karen Moore, IEA organizer

Front Row: Bill Enright CODAA Member Organizer & Group Leader; Susan Thorson, IEA Intern; Dorothy Hurlburt, CODAA Member Organizer; Cheryl Baunbach-Caplan, CODAA President; Michelle Couturier, IEA UniServ Director; Loretta Pyrdek, CODAA Member Organizer

2018 CODAA Spring Membership Meeting

CODAA held its Spring Membership meeting on April 18, 2018.  About fifty members were in attendance to hear Dr. Rondeau, the results of the BIC Adjunct Office survey, resolution of the Grievance filed by CODAA on behalf of members regarding the Adjunct Availability form, IEA UniServ Director, Michelle Courturier, on the upcoming Supreme court decision on Janus, and other updates.  For those of you who were unable to attend, you can view the presentation and read the minutes here:


Meeting minutes


Bus Trips to the Workers Rally in Chicago, February 24, 2018

On Saturday, February 24th there will be a Workers Rally in Chicago at the Daley Plaza.

The IEA is doing this with IFT, AFSCME, and other unions.  There are buses from many different locations, including a bus leaving from Lombard! This is an important rally to show support of labor unions coming just prior to the Supreme Court Janus hearing.

For more info, call 844-IEA-1800 or visit:  Please come if you can!

CODAA Social – Be our Valentine!

Dear Members,

Please join us for snacks, networking, and a special CODAA Checklist on Wednesday, February 14th from 1-3 pm in BIC 2431.

CODAA valentine social

Call for Nominations for CODAA Officers and NEA Assembly Reps

Call for Nominations for CODAA Officers and NEA Assembly Reps

Nominations are due by midnight Feb 14th, 2018 for CODAA Officer positions and representatives to the NEA Assembly.

We encourage interested and dedicated members to consider running for any of these positions. See links below for the nomination forms. If you have any questions, please contact our elections chair, Rob Robson, at the CODAA office (BIC 2517) or phone 630-942-3604, or by email via


Your local union needs YOU!!!

Our election of local officers will occur on March 14th. We are currently seeking ACTIVE members like YOU! Bring Your Ideas, Talents & Experience for the betterment of our Working Conditions and Fiscal Security.

Positions open for Candidates are:

  • President
  • Vice President for Policy
  • Vice President for Operations
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Regional Council Representative (2)
  • Grievance Chair
  • Communications Chair
  • Membership Chair

All offices are for a period of ONE year. Executive Board meetings occur every month on the third Friday of the month, generally two hours long. Responsibilities for all positions require some time on campus, the amount of which is dependent on the position. There is remuneration associated with each position, according to the level of time commitment and responsibility. For a listing of the job description and responsibilities for each position, refer to the unit by-laws, or speak to a CODAA officer. You must be an IEA-NEA member to hold office.

CODAA Officer Job Descriptions

CODAA Officer Nomination Form 2018





Two delegates will be selected by an election to be held Tuesday March 14.

  • Candidate must be an IEA-NEA member of CODAA.
  • Winners will represent CODAA members and our interests at the various plenaries and group sessions.
  • Winners must make the commitment to go to Minneapolis and participate in both the daily IEA caucus and pertinent NEA sessions.
  • In the event the winner cannot go, the runner-up/alternate will assume the responsibilities.
  • The delegates will report (written or in person) on the activities and issues (such as resolutions, legislative platform and the NEA budget and bylaws) which are brought before the assembly to CODAA.
  • There are funds available from the unit and from the region to cover expenses.

NEA RA Nomination Form 2018


CODAA files grievance on Adjunct Availability form

On Wednesday, December 6th, CODAA filed a grievance on behalf of affected members over the electronic Adjunct Availability form. We shared the concerns many of you have regarding the inability of the form to adequately reflect your availability, campus/satellite location, and other information pertinent to requesting an assignment. While CODAA supports the use of an electronic availability form to facilitate the uniformity of the course assignment process across departments, which may permit earlier notification of assignments, we do not view the current form as being adequate, particularly as the language in our contract (insisted upon by the College) states:

“The College will determine faculty member availability based solely (emphasis added) on the information initially submitted on the College-provided availability sheet prior to the submission deadline.”

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