The Geneva Education Asssocation issued a press release Saturday saying it has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Geneva Community Unit District 304, saying the board was trying to intimidate the teachers union from going on strike by saying teachers would have to pay for their full health and dental insurance premiums for every day during a work stoppage.
The press release says the School Board "sent a threat directly to teachers in an illegal attempt to coerce/intimidate them from their plans to engage in a lawful strike."
According to the release published on the GEA website, the dispute arose Wednesday when teachers received letters from the School Board regarding the health and dental insurance premiums and other items that remain undecided because they are part of a continuing negotiations process.
"The letter represented an attempt to coerce and intimidate teachers into not exercising their lawful rights," the release said.
“We remain committed to getting this dispute settled fairly,” said GEA President Carol Young. “But we won’t stand idly by as the School Board behaves in an intimidating manner toward our members.”
Young said the GEA is also investigating the potential of filing additional charges against the School Board for bargaining in bad faith.
The charge filed Saturday was sent to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, the state agency responsible for enforcing educational labor relations laws and regulations in Illinois.
SOURCE: Geneva Education Association
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