GEA Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge Against District 304

The Geneva teachers union says the School Board's notice that it will not pay teachers' insurance premiums during a strike constitutes a threat and intimidation.

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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Grace F November 13, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Dan - such a confusing topic. What can taxpayers do now?
Grace F November 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Julie November 13, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I've asked Tom for the meeting HE asked for over three time. Tom, where did you go? Again...anytime after 5...anywhere in Geneva. I'm still waiting...
Bob McQuillan November 13, 2012 at 10:02 PM
The levy topic is very confusing and almost impossible to understand the first time going through it. Bottom line is that the board approved a resolution last night to vote on a 1.5% levy. That vote is scheduled to take place on December 10th. The linked presentation recaps all the options available from 3% to 1.5% but fails to provide the option of a 0% levy. A 1.5% levy provides more money than the district received this year and means a school property tax increase for virtually everyone. https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=33133568 Please watch the video from last night's meeting. Decide for yourself if the tax increase is too high and then let the board know your feelings. board@geneva304.org We could always wear green shirts with a big 0% on the front to the school board meeting.
Doug Clark November 15, 2012 at 02:20 AM
@Dan- Thank you for answering my question. I do have some questions though about your idea regarding changing from the present teacher pension model to a 403B program. I did a little research on this and this is what I found out...teachers pay 9.4% of their income into the T.R.S. (Teachers' Retirement System), the school districts pay another 1.5% and the state of Illinois pays 6.7%. If they went into a defined contribution 403B program, I am assuming we are talking that there would also be some matching of funds like most corporations, like 2% or 3%. The teachers do not receive social security, which I believe the employers' stake is around 6.4% for each of its employees. So if the teachers paid 10% of the income into 403Bs and the school districts matched up to 3% and then let's say the state paid the 6.4% of social security......it seems like the school districts would pay more and the state would pay essentially the same! So where would the savings come from? The teachers might like that because the state would be mandated by the federal government to make their social security payments as opposed to putting off their obligation for 20+ years (like the state of Illinois did). It seems we would be trading off payments with no real savings...plus we would have to figure in the cost of switching programs which I believe would be astronomical!! Our General Assembly has some tough problems to figure out...this is just one of the many!


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