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Reports: GEA Moving Forward With Unfair Labor Complaint

The Kane County Chronicle is reporting that the Geneva Education Association is moving forward with its complaint that the School Board used health benefits as a leverage prior to a possible teachers strike.

Reports: GEA Moving Forward With Unfair Labor Complaint Reports: GEA Moving Forward With Unfair Labor Complaint Reports: GEA Moving Forward With Unfair Labor Complaint

The Geneva Education Association is moving forward with the charge it filed with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board in November, saying teachers "still feel like they were treated wrongly," according to a report in the Kane County Chronicle.

The charge was filed on Nov. 10, when GEA President Carol Young issued a press release saying the board was trying to intimidate the teachers union from going on strike by telling teachers they would have to pay for their full health and dental insurance premiums for every day during a work stoppage.

The charge was filed with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, the state agency responsible for enforcing educational labor relations laws and regulations in Illinois.

According to the  release published on the GEA website, the dispute arose Wednesday when teachers received letters from the School Board regarding the health and dental insurance premiums and other items that remain undecided because they are part of a continuing negotiations process.

"The letter represented an attempt to coerce and intimidate teachers into not exercising their lawful rights," the release said.

Many thought the complaint might be withdrawn after the Geneva Board of Education and GEA struck an 11th-hour deal at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 12 that avoided a possible teachers strike.

The agreement was ratified by the GEA on Nov. 14 and approved by the Geneva School Board on Nov. 20.



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