While suburban school districts such as Evergreen Park continue to deal with walkouts, Geneva teachers union members staged a "walk in" Thursday at the high school and middle schools.
On Thursday morning (Oct. 11, 2012), teachers wearing green "United We Teach" T-shirts gathered in the parking lots outside Geneva High School and the shared campus of Geneva Middle School North and Geneva Middle School South, then walked inside the building en masse.
Teachers union members have been wearing the green shirts and buttons that have come to symbolize the union's efforts to school primarily on Thursdays.
Teachers have been working without a contract since Aug. 15, being paid and receiving benefits under the same rates and conditions as the previous three-year contract. Contract talks continue under the orchestration of a federal mediator. The next contract meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23, School Board President Mark Grosso said at Tuesday's School Board meeting.
Geneva Education Association members continued to raise awareness and seek community support via a number of methods—asking parents to place "I Love Geneva Teachers" signs in front yards and offering informational coffees on the GEA website: gea4students.org.
Prior to Tuesday's School Board meeting, more than 200 union members formed a picket line in front of the Coultrap facility.
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