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Negotiation Update: An Important Message from the Board of Education

Dec. 8, 2018

Last night, the Geneva CUSD 304 Board of Education and the Geneva Education Association, the union that represents our more than 450 teachers, returned to the bargaining table at 6:30 p.m. After five hours of discussions, the Board and union did not reach agreement, and will continue negotiations Sunday afternoon.

During the session, the Board and the GEA each presented a new salary model they believed represented a compromise in that it was a combination of the models each side promoted. The Board’s proposal blends the models of both sides and provides higher salaries for more experienced teachers in response to the interests of the union, while maintaining higher starting salaries for beginning teachers. The Board’s proposal allows both models to run concurrently throughout the life of the proposed four-year contract.

Based on the belief that the parties will not otherwise reach agreement and recognizing the adverse impact of a continued strike on District 304 students and families, the Board requested and the GEA agreed to return to mediation for tomorrow’s negotiations. 

As always, we thank you for your support of District 304 schools and students. We will continue to provide daily email updates on the status of our negotiations. For up-to-date information, please visit the District website at www.geneva304.org.      

 

Sincerely,  

Geneva CUSD 304 Board of Education

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