In its strike FAQ, the FA/IEA mentions zero interest loans to cover insurance costs. Those costs may be nothing, since the state already paid SIUC for our coverage OR they may run up to the full unsubsidized insurance cost. It's all up in the air.
The question of a lending fund for strikes is key: what will IEA
loans cover? Insurance, lost pay? And for how long? Is there a cap?
Finally, most importantly, the IEA site mentions the generosity of other
NEA affiliates in contributing to such zero interest loan funds. That
suggests it is left up to the "generosity" of other locals? Or does the
IEA has a central revolving fund? I asked the IEA organizer at the FA
meeting yesterday and he promised to get back to me. Let's hope so
because how many people have the savings to go on strike and pay the
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