Reports: GEA Moving Forward With Unfair Labor Complaint

The Kane County Chronicle is reporting that the Geneva Education Association is moving forward with its complaint that the School Board used health benefits as a leverage prior to a possible teachers strike.

The Geneva Education Association is moving forward with the charge it filed with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in November, saying teachers "still feel like they were treated wrongly," according to a report in the Kane County Chronicle.

The charge was filed on Nov. 10, when GEA President Carol Young issued a press release saying the board was trying to intimidate the teachers union from going on strike by telling teachers they would have to pay for their full health and dental insurance premiums for every day during a work stoppage.

The charge was filed with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, the state agency responsible for enforcing educational labor relations laws and regulations in Illinois.

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.

Many thought the complaint might be withdrawn after the Geneva Board of Education and GEA struck an 11th-hour deal at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 12 that avoided a possible teachers strike.

The agreement was ratified by the GEA on Nov. 14 and approved by the Geneva School Board on Nov. 20.



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Jen Marsh December 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Talking to a teacher, especially if your child is a student in D304, is akin to political suicide. If a parent wants to be given a cold shoulder, snarky comments,terse phone interactions...then, go right on ahead. Otherwise, parents of students know to stay focused on a the mature mindset of "agreeing to disagree". Sharing the same opinion is unlikely. The power of the vote is the way to make one's voice heard. And, being an informed taxpayer by attending BOE meetings,etc. I will not let this become personal.
Cathy Ostrowski December 18, 2012 at 05:05 AM
So true Jen Marsh! What a great lesson to teach my kids about different kinds of bullies!
Jack February 09, 2013 at 06:05 AM
So, Cathy, it appears that both you and Jen have the expectation that teachers will bully parents, through their children as well as directly, if the parent should offer an opinion contrary to that of the GEA. This speaks volumes about the kind of people that GEA have become in following the IEA.
Jen Marsh February 09, 2013 at 03:21 PM
We are all biased creatures and capable of being selfish, for our own interests. I have come to realize that speaking up for what you believe is essential to society, on a whole. How you persuade others to come around to your ideals is the biggest skill one can possess, in these scenarios. Being unkind creates distrust...after all, when will the winds change and blow in your direction? Anyone who uses strong arm tactics has some personality issues. The simple fact that teachers did not get every demand met speaks to the failure in negotiations. The GEA's claims of feeling that they were treated poorly is based on a perspective of not getting what you want. I deal with this behavior every day with my children, to which I say "Life is full of disappointments". Get up and roll with it...unless you want to be left behind. We sold our house in Michigan at a tremendous loss, in 2010. We were responsible and fortunate to have our finances in order and qualified for a 30 yr mortgage. Finding an affordable home in Geneva was a huge relief, after the financial disaster in Michigan. Had we not been fiscally mindful, we would be renting somewhere.
Jen Marsh February 09, 2013 at 03:24 PM
My point is that these are extraordinary times. There is one foreclosure home on my block and another home that has been on the market for over a year. We must be mindful of fiscal matters. Ignoring it will not make it go away. The every man for himself mentality will not work...when the real estate balloon popped, so went the fast,easy money. Now we are all paying for the greedy grabbers risky finances. It is what it is. The market is what it is today...not yesterday. You must make choices based on the present.


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