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Geneva Teachers Stage 'Walk In' at High School, Middle Schools

The signs of Geneva Education Association solidarity continue, with teachers meeting en masse before school Thursday to walk in wearing green United We Teach shirts.

While suburban school districts such as Evergreen Park continue to deal with walkouts, Geneva teachers union members staged a "walk in" Thursday at the high school and middle schools.

On Thursday morning (Oct. 11, 2012), teachers wearing green "United We Teach" T-shirts gathered in the parking lots outside Geneva High School and the shared campus of Geneva Middle School North and Geneva Middle School South, then walked inside the building en masse.

Teachers union members have been wearing the green shirts and buttons that have come to symbolize the union's efforts to school primarily on Thursdays.

Teachers have been working without a contract since Aug. 15, being paid and receiving benefits under the same rates and conditions as the previous three-year contract. Contract talks continue under the orchestration of a federal mediator. The next contract meeting is scheduled for Oct. 23, School Board President Mark Grosso said at Tuesday's School Board meeting.

Geneva Education Association members continued to raise awareness and seek community support via a number of methods—asking parents to place "I Love Geneva Teachers" signs in front yards and offering informational coffees on the GEA website: gea4students.org.

Prior to Tuesday's School Board meeting, more than 200 union members formed a picket line in front of the Coultrap facility.

 

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Tom Fortune October 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Married to a teacher~ The reason why you have to pay fair share is because the teachers that are not actual members benefit from the work that the union does.
Myra October 19, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Tom, you seem to throw around all sort of unsubstantiated 'facts'. McQuillan called you out on your claim that the board contributes 9.4% to the administrators pension and you have failed to respond.
Max October 20, 2012 at 03:18 AM
No Tom, teachers don't necessarily always "benefit" from the work the union does, except by the union's own self-serving interpretation. What does happen is that the good teachers are limited by their union. We will see just how badly all D-304 teachers will be inconvenienced, embarrassed and disadvantaged by their union's actions in the next three weeks. I hope for D-304 teachers' sake that the GEA/IEA will do the right thing.
Ann October 25, 2012 at 04:09 AM
LMS, thank you for your perspective. You bring the harsh reality of how coveted teaching positions are and how few opportunities exist in this current economic climate. So many citizens are learning how to function on a fraction of their former salary. As a tax payer, I beg the teachers to please recognize the financial hardships that exist and not further increase our current debt. It does not mean for one minute that you as teachers are valued any less. It simply means we recognize that there are times in which we must tighten our financial belt.
Ron Procire November 09, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Hey, how about the janitor (sorry, I mean custodial engineer) that makes $106 a year? it's all on geneva304.org - it's entitlement gone wild (joe francis not included)

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