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Geneva D304 support staff get new contract

Kindergarten, special ed, library aides get 3%, 2.75%

Gail Rynn, a member of the Geneva Support Staff Association, participates in an informational picket outside the Geneva District 304 Coultrap Educational Services Center on April 10, 2017. The union successfully negotiated its second two-year contract last month.
Gail Rynn, a member of the Geneva Support Staff Association, participates in an informational picket outside the Geneva District 304 Coultrap Educational Services Center on April 10, 2017. The union successfully negotiated its second two-year contract last month.

GENEVA – The Geneva District 304 school board approved a new contract for the Geneva Support Staff Association at its Nov. 29 meeting.

The agreement covers the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years and applies to about 60 special education, library and kindergarten assistants, officials announced in a news release.

The union ratified the contract Nov. 15, the release stated.

The support staff contract should not be confused with the contract proposed for the Geneva Education Association, the teachers union. Teachers have rejected the last contract offer and are currently on strike.

Elementary members will receive a 3 percent increase, while secondary and library members will receive a 2.75 percent increase for both years of the two-year contract, records show.

The first year of the contract, the raises are retroactive to July 1, when the contract actually begins, records show.

The salary schedule, which covers 16 years, ranges from $12.03 per hour without a degree to $17.46 an hour with a degree for the first year and $12.17 an hour without a degree to $17.19 an hour with a degree, documents show.

The new contract also includes four categories of classifications for positions to be added, which are library assistant, secondary special education assistant, elementary special education assistant and kindergarten assistant.

Other language added to the new contract clarifies that voluntary transfers will be sought from members before involuntarily transferring members to another work location, records show.

The district will pay 95 percent of the members’ health care coverage and 100 percent of their dental coverage, according to the contract.

This is the second contract for the support staff union.

Their first contract was approved Aug. 28, 2017 after more than a year of negotiating.

In April of last year, support staff union members and some teachers who were supporting their efforts picketed in front of the district’s administration office to push for a contract to be approved.

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