• Triton College Annuitants Association

    Headline news:

    Jan. 2016: Triton College names Mary-Rita Moore as the permanent President of the college.

    For more info and a picture of Mary-Rita Moore, click this link.

    Oct. 2015: SURS Pensions will continue to be paid.

    Click SUAA in left column for more details.

    May. 2015: Illinois Supreme Court unanimously rules Pension bill unconstitutional.

    For more details, click this link.



    TCAA Mission

     Spring Luncheon 2016 - 14
    Michael Gong, TCAA President

    Welcome to the Triton College Annuitants Association website.

    It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your new chapter President. While it will be a challenge to live up to the high standards set by my distinguished predecessors, with the support of my capable fellow board members, I feel confident we will be able to continue the important work that is facing us. 

    The defeat of the State's "Pension Reform Bill" was a major victory, but the fight to keep what we earned is far from over. Our elected lawmakers will be looking for ways to solve the financial crisis they created by taking away from those of us who worked and contributed to our pension fund in good faith over our entire careers. Their next tactic might be to increase revenues via a new tax initiative. This might necessitate an amendment to the State Constitution. Remember, any attempt to alter the present Constitution  may put our pensions at risk. We must be ever watchful, informed and active in opposing any such threats. That is the primary purpose of our organization.  To enhance our strength, it is vital that we increase our numbers and stand together, and we will do it.

    Triton College Annuitants Association (TCAA) is one of 53 chapters which collectively make up the State University Annuitants Association (SUAA), which is located in Springfield.

    The purpose of SUAA and TCAA is to:
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    Constantly review what is happening in Springfield in regard to the funding of our pension program.
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    Keep abreast of possible changes in our College Insurance Program.
      •   Work as an advocate to promote the interests of  SURS retirees.
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    When the legislators are in session, make sure our lobbyists are kept informed about our organization's goals, objectives and needs.
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    Update all members about potential legislative matters that could impact our current or future pensions or the College Health Insurance Program.
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    TCAA and SUAA have an active mail and email list which keeps members informed about legislative matters that could impact current retirees, spouses, survivors and active staff members at Triton College. TCAA develops and sends out a newsletter twice a year with a variety of information of interest to our members. SUAA sends out mini-briefings to members to keep us informed of legislative happenings in Springfield which may impact each of us. 

    Over the years, TCAA has held a fall and a spring luncheon. This is a chance to meet colleagues and friends who we may not see on a regular basis. We have scheduled guest speakers for the luncheons who address items that are of interest to our members. The luncheons are also an opportunity to get caught up on what is happening to our pensions, legislative concerns, and our College Insurance Program.

    Individually, it is very difficult for us to have an impact on events which may affect our retirement benefits and college health insurance, However, collectively, we can have an impact. SUAA has more than 15,000 members statewide. Our actions as a group will continue to have an impact as we all work together for a common goal - to protect our current and future pensions and maintain our College Insurance Program.

    If you are a current staff member at Triton College or a retired member, we strongly encourage you to become a member of TCAA. We cannot stand on the sidelines and hope things will be all right. Collectively, we forge ahead; individually, we are at the mercy of others. The TCAA success is contingent upon everybody's participation, which ultimately will serve us well.

    Michael Gong
    TCAA President

    Email contact or for more info: mcgong@att.net