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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