UPDATE: Geneva Teachers Set to Strike on Monday; GEA Issues Press Release

The Geneva Education Association says Geneva teachers will go on strike Monday.

A Geneva Education Association press release says a teachers strike will happen Monday.

Geneva Education Association President Carol Young says Thursday's 10-hour negotiating session was productive but did not result in an agreement.

Young said the GEA offered to meet over the weekend, but the School Board task force said Tuesday would be the soonest that talks could resume. The board has a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday.

A press release from School District 304 is expected later this morning. 

Geneva Patch will update this post when additional information is available.

Here's the GEA press release:

The following statement may be attributed to Carol Young, president of the Geneva Education Association (GEA).

“The GEA negotiation team met with the Board of Education for approximately 10 hours on Thursday, Nov. 8 in a good-faith attempt to conclude a fair agreement that will serve the needs of students, educators and the community.

“Although we had some productive discussions and exchanged offers, no settlement was reached. The GEA informed the Board that it is available to meet at any time over the weekend and through Monday to continue discussions, but the Board informed us that it is unwilling to schedule another mediation session until Tuesday, Nov. 13.

“Throughout these negotiations, the GEA has modified its offers significantly in a good-faith effort to reach a fair agreement, including agreeing to a Board offer that will freeze salaries for one year (as the Board has demanded) and provides the district with additional savings as well.  

“Regrettably, the Board has rejected our offers of compromise. Coupled with its unwillingness to meet further over the weekend, we believe the only course of action available to us at this time is to go out on strike on Monday, Nov. 12.  

“As Geneva teachers who dedicate our professional lives to service, we very much regret the necessity of this action. We believe it to be the only thing we can do to advance the cause of fairness and to maintain the quality of Geneva District 304 for the students and community.”  



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DJP November 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
This is to the Geneva Teachers: For educators who say this is all- about- the- kids, the greed and self interest you display is beyond disgusting. You are setting a poor example for our children. You can easily be replaced in fact, it is our understanding there are 10,500 qualified teachers just waiting in the wings to take your jobs. We can only hope!
DJP November 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
We believe" teachers" are compensated by their union during a strike however, if substitute teachers are brought in to baby-sit students while the "derelict of duty teachers" are walking up and down the streets wearing green t-shirts, carrying bad posters with the words "WE DEMAND MORE MONEY", who pays for the subs?
DJP November 11, 2012 at 01:05 AM
@Ed: Thank you for posting the link to the salaries. Hard to believe a middle school ART TEACHER makes over ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR! When the teachers strikes taxpayers need to march with their own posters showing the public how much teachers make in District 304-- and let us not forget, their salaries do not include their benefits or additional compensation.
. November 11, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Is there any place that shows past salary schedules?? I can not believe th difference in salaries for the same job. I know you should get paid more for experience but twice as much, doing the same job. It's crazy when a third grade teacher and the gym teacher make more than the principal of the same school. There are some excellent new teachers in our school system with 4-5 years experience, and doing an excellent job making only in the 40,000 range while another 3rd grade teacher is making over 100,000. How could she be worth so much more????. Do they ever reach a point where they are maxed out? Some of the newer teachers are doing a much better job than some of the ones If anyone should get a raise out of this, it should be the poor newer teachers. They bright new inovative ideas, not the same old school stuff.
DJP November 12, 2012 at 03:27 AM
The announcement will be made @ 5AM Monday.


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