Founded April 4, 1973, and originally named the Myllan Smyers Chapter, the SUAA SIUE Chapter strives to educate members of legislation and social issues affecting their welfare. This voluntary membership association continues its vigilance to preserve and protect the pension system, the health care plans and all other benefits provided for the well-being of SURS participants and beneficiaries.
The SUAA is a 501(c)(4) organization created to advocate for the current employees, the retirees, their spouses and their survivors who will or who are receiving benefits from the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).
SUAA is the only advocacy organization that focuses solely on preserving pension and healthcare benefits for public university and community college employees — both active and retirees — and their spouses and survivors. SUAA also represents SURS beneficiaries who live out of state.
While advocacy-oriented, the SUAA requires funding from the individual stakeholders of the State Universities Retirement System. SUAA lobbies and collaborates with other public retiree organizations and coalitions focusing on sound public pension policy, higher education, and state revenue reforms. We provide continuous tracking of pension and health care benefit issues, state funding, and other related concerns.