Rock Valley College Annuitants Association (RVCAA)
RVCAA works to further the interests and welfare of Rock Valley College annuitants and their survivors. The organization promotes discussions with and service to the college. RVCAA works to improve communication between RVC and its retirees. In addition, RVCAA also networks with other annuitant organizations in the state of Illinois and actively pursues communication with legislators on issues relative to annuitants’ concerns.
Membership in RVCAA is open to all annuitants (faculty and staff) of Rock Valley College, employees (past and present) who are eligible for SURS benefits or are receiving SURS benefits, and spouses or surviving spouses of annuitants.
The cost is $42 per year. Participants do not need to be retired to join.
Membership in RVCAA includes membership in the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA). SUAA advocates on behalf of all faculty and staff of public universities and community colleges—both retired and current employees—their spouses and survivors, who are participants and beneficiaries of the State Universities Retirement System. This organization works to preserve and protect the strong public pension system, healthcare benefits, and the general well-being of its membership. Elected representatives of RVCAA attend meetings held each year by SUAA in Springfield and Bloomington. They give a report to the RVC Annuitants at local chapter meetings.
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 SUAA works every day to make a difference for its members:
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
- Supported legislation in Springfield to strengthen health care and pension benefits for SURS members next
- Advocated for protecting and preserving the College Insurance Program (CIP health benefits)
- Protected faculty forced to take furloughs during the state's budget crisis
- Works 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
- Uses 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
Strength comes in numbers. Your membership helps SUAA fight the fight to protect you! Join SUAA now!