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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Lisa P November 10, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Good one, Silence!
Robert Jr. November 10, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Ok, class- Today we give out grades. Johny- nice work- you did everything right and perfect! And you did extra credit! Jimmy, you showed up. Susie- you did not show up, but a mediator found that you were not technically negligent. Ralph- you smoked dope, drank in school and urinated on the floor. Congratulations! You all get C's - it is part of the union contract. And Ralph, for the next three years, since you are now in High School, you will get A's, no matter what you do! In fact, Johny- you may want to ratchet it down a bit - hard work does not get you any further - but be a good union member - remember- we are all in it together! We do not need anyone to try to be an individual around here! You are making Ralph and the others look bad. You have been removed from coaching.
David S Kapfhamer November 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Good luck getting competent teachers that will step in line with the non collaborative negotiating of the BOE. Remember they made the commitment on all the previous financial blunders over the last five years. Now they wish to take from the education fund and pay back property taxes. Excuse me but how much will this contract affect an individuals yearly property tax? I've been in this community for 13 years now, always thought it was great. This episode on both sides along with the trash that is posted on these comment sites has seriously damaged the entire community. Why would anyone wish to work here? I'm a private sector guy, have been my whole life. Also I'm a "glass is half full, not half empty one", what I see in this small community is the same thing we see on a national level, deadlock, with no collaboration.
David S Kapfhamer November 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Unless you teach you have no idea what goes into the job. If it was so easy go apply"
Geneva Family November 10, 2012 at 02:55 PM
There have been some posts/questions regarding teacher pay during the strike. It's our understanding GEA teachers will receive their normal pay for the first five (5) days of days of the strike. After that, they will receive no compensation. (Bob M - You're the most knowledgable on the strike issue, can you confirm this? Thanks again for your posts and information. It's very much appreciated.
Jeff Fairchild November 10, 2012 at 02:57 PM
There are thousands of people looking for teaching jobs in Illinois, and they would love to work in Geneva with its motivated student base and supportive parents who have proven themselves for decades. The only thing that might stand in the way are threats to the long term careers of teachers who take jobs in Geneva. The IEA has too much influence in this state already and if the BOE gives in folds here the IEA will have its boot on the throat of this community for years to come.
Doug Lassiter November 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I doubt that either Dylan, Seeger or the Kingston Trio would like to be associated with the anti-teacher lyrics. Still, some real effort there and not without some wit. Let's hope the strike is settled so everyone can get back being proud of our community - together.
Thomas November 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Ed, All 3 of those teachers you refer to will receive the same pay under either the board proposal or the GEA proposal since they all are are under "longevity increases". Once a teacher has reached 22 years of experience in the district they no longer receive "step" increases. Which, from what I hear, is the major sticking point between both sides. Board wants to do away with "steps". GEA wants to keep them.
Silence Dogood November 10, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thanks Doug, I guess us old fogeys are just feeling nostalgic and having a bit of fun, what with the potential of the archaic, throwback concept of a strike looming. Yes, a settlement would be good - BEFORE a strike. But, what about this - let's really go 60's - If they DO strike, how 'bout the non-GEA supporting crowds gather around the picketers and shout, " Hey, hey, GEA, how many kids did you fail today?" (Bet the media would eat that up!)!
Ignatius Reilly November 10, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Ken, agree one hundred percent, but i feel the 70's was by far the best decade for music.
Bob McQuillan November 10, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Don't know how the compensation works during a strike. Others have said that they are no longer considered employees, lose their benefits and aren't allowed in the building even to go to the bathrooms. Seems gonna harsh.
Sal November 10, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I think the IEA has a strike fund - low or 0 interest loans if the teachers choose to stay out for a long time.
G.Ryan November 10, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Wake up America and welcome to the progressive rejection of the Founding and the rise of the Bureaucratic Despotism.
Thomas November 10, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Welcome back G Ryan, Didn't think we would be hearing back from you so soon after Tuesday night. How did that go for you by the way? Your political prognostication skills seem a little rusty but if you predict Bureaucratic Despotism I guess we will have to take you at your word.
Silence Dogood November 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Tom, a little reality check: (And this is for everyone here, not just Tom) Teachers are human. (Well, almost all of them :P) They are subject to the same economic forces we are all experiencing. Geneva is what is often referred to as an affluent community. In this community obviously some folks are doing much better than others. Some are barely making it day to day; some are failing at even that. And many of us have children. Most of those children attend (or have attended) schools in CUSD 304. We all want the "American Dream". In a perfect world we would always have fair pay for a job well done, regardless of if that work is highly skilled and technical, or menial labor. But getting there is predicated on situations getting better; the ability to improve, both for people individually, and for the economy in general. Growth. Prosperity. Not a declining or stagnant economy.
Silence Dogood November 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Tom, I truly believe that the community as a whole does not at all disrespect the teaching profession. When we get riled up we may poke at them for things that are specific to the teaching profession that the rest of us do not enjoy: their 3 month summer vacations (during which they can also work and receive additional annual income, should choice or economic necessity dictate), their 6 hour work days, their ability to be compensated for anything they do outside of the scope of their contract, the ability to have aides (often near to or just as professionally certified and qualified as they are, some with master degrees, but being paid about $12/hr) complete many of their tasks for them. Aides that did not have the good fortune of having the district reimburse them for their degrees. And yes, the families of teachers are hurting, too. Spouses that have seen had their earnings diminish, or that have been been laid off, downsized. Or single family teacher households with kids. We get it!
Silence Dogood November 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
BUT, Until this recent posturing by the union and its membership, you did not hear all this negativism relative to teachers. It's not that we hate or disrespect the teaching profession. It's that we can't understand how such an intelligent, educated group of teaching professionals could opt for courses of action that pretty much guarantee damage to all the years of goodwill that they have rightfully earned within the community. Kind of like “Love the sinner, but hate the sin” (and before the pro-GEA folks jump down my throat I do NOT mean it as a literal, critical, negative statement, it's just the best reference that comes to my mind at this point) Example? Greenshirts. Wearing them may have made you feel good; and they certainly did help to galvanize public opinion. Just not in the way you had hoped for. What did having everyone wear them to school truly accomplish? Many of us are old enough to be aware another group that wore a different color shirt, many years ago. That's not an image anyone wants to revisit.
Rick Anderson November 10, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Keep in mind the 60's was about anti-establishment and not trusting anyone over 40 years of age. The GEA-IEA-NEA is an establishment that could care less about a community with a true sense of fiscal responsibility and diligence; and is only looking out for themselves. Their tactics are old school and they should be absolved. Calling that out is what the 60's was all about and the GEA is screaming becasue the shoe fits a little too tight. GEA-IEA-NEA only demonstrates a 60's knack for illogical hallucinations for halcyonics.
Rick Anderson November 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Tom, I agree that there are some unfortunate posts on here that disrespect what a teacher does and how much they make. What they do and how much they make has nothing to do with the situation at hand. That is for another time, if and when the educational system is ever revamped. I stop reading the posts that go after what a teacher makes and does or doesn't because it is irrelevant. The exceptional teachers are on stage everyday to perform just like anyone else. Precluding them from the community economic straits is a political travesty.
G.Ryan November 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thank you Thomas. As a teacher, I am sure you could teach us well.
G.Ryan November 10, 2012 at 07:01 PM
But respectively Thomas if all is changing then the GEA needs to keep up with the times. And as the tide turns, Illinois is broke, Washington D.C. is broke and thus so will be Geneva. If that is political prognostication then let the rust continue its tarnish.
Silence Dogood November 10, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Blast from the Past “The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew.” Abraham Lincoln, Annual Message to Congress -- Concluding Remarks Washington, D.C. December 1, 1862
Doug Lassiter November 10, 2012 at 09:03 PM
It is really hard to make predictions, especially about the future - as I'm sure you know.
Silence Dogood November 10, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Doug, it is incredibly easy to make predictions about the future: "Dewey defeats Truman". Now, ACCURATE predictions? Not so much. :)
Doug Lassiter November 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM
hence 24 hour talking heads who never lose their jobs even when they're proven wrong.
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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