Geneva School District Contract Negotiations Resume

The threat of a strike remains a possibility in Geneva Community Unit School District 304

Bernie Tafoya
October 30, 2018 - 10:21 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Contract negotiations resume Tuesday as the threat of a strike remains a possibility in Geneva Community Unit School District 304. The talks are scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. at the district's central office.

The Illinois Education Association said the earliest its 458 teachers could go on strike would be Nov. 13.

The Geneva school district said it has offered teachers raises of more tha $2,000 a year for the next three years. It said the union is demanding even higher pay than that and that the district should pay a greater percentage of health insurance premiums. 

District 304 said the teachers union continues to want a salary schedule in which teacher pay increases by years of service and how many degrees a teacher has. The district contends the union agreed to abandon that pay increase structure after its last contract.  The teachers union denies that. Illinois Education Association spokeswoman Bridget Shanahan said the Board is making that claim publicly to “muddy the waters” that the union had agreed to end step and lane increases.

The last negotiating session was a week ago.

The district said on its website that the school board is "committed to working to achieve a fair and fiscally responsible multi-year contract agreement that is in the best interest of all District 304 stakeholders — including our students, their families, teachers and staff, and community. We continue to support the mediation process — our next session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30. 

"Please continue to show your support of District 304 schools and students by continuing to call upon both the Board and the GEA to keep talking and to work in good faith to achieve a contract agreement without disruption to our schools, students and families."

The union said there are 459 teachers in the Geneva Education Association. There are approximately 5,800 students in the district.