I have been through some tough bargaining situations throughout my years as a union bargaining team member.
Those sitting on the board side of the table have been all types. Some were likable. Frankly, some were jerks.
They understandably fought hard for what they thought was right.
So did we.
That is what collective bargaining is all about.
But when the Geneva District 304 board published the names of every union member and what they allegedly would receive from the offer the board will put on the table tonight, if was a cheap act intended to intimidate.
That’s what the Geneva board of education did on their web site today.
And I will not provide a link.
The names of teachers and their salaries is public information. Publishing it in the middle of negotiations is a transparent act of low class bargaining.
I’ll tell you now, this kind of gutter bargaining rarely works.
It just pisses people off even more.
Geneva teachers already make far below what neighboring school districts pay. The local union’s offer is an attempt to make salaries competitive and to make Geneva an attractive place to teach.
That’s good for the community.
This latest gutter tactic will send the message that teachers are not respected in Geneva.