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Geneva teachers will strike on Monday

Published: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 10:17 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 11:58 p.m. CDT
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(Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com)
Geneva residents and teachers listen to public comments Tuesday during a special meeting of the Geneva School District 304 Board.

GENEVA  – Geneva District 304 teachers announced they would go on strike Monday after contract talks broke down late Thursday.

The teachers union made the announcement Friday morning that no agreement was reached despite negotiating through a federal mediator for 10 hours Thursday.

"Although we had some productive discussions and exchanged offers, no settlement was reached," according to a statement from Geneva Education Association president Carol Young. "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."

According to the statement, teachers agreed to a freeze on salaries for the first year, also without success on a settlement.

"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," according to the statement.  "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."

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