GENEVA — The Geneva Education Association (GEA) is on strike starting today, Dec. 4. The following is a quote attributable to GEA President Kevin Gannon.
“We worked with the school board for nearly 8 hours to try and reach a tentative agreement. In the end, we made the difficult decision to go on strike. The board’s salary model continues to be an untested model that no other school district in Kane County uses to compensate its educators. Our members and the community have been very clear that a traditional step and lane salary schedule that determines salary based on experience and education is important to them. The board’s latest offer does not meet that expectation.
Our educators want nothing more than to be in their classrooms instead of out on a picket line. This is our last resort. We remain open to meeting with the board anytime to reach a tentative agreement and return to our students.”
The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.