Geneva board publishes the names of each district teacher and what they allegedly would receive. How low can they go?

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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.

8 thoughts on “Geneva board publishes the names of each district teacher and what they allegedly would receive. How low can they go?

  1. The salaries of every administrator and every Board member ( or husband) should be published. Administrators are all on Champion.

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  2. Selectmen and school board addresses are alsopublic information.
    Point that out and then don’t release the info.
    Show them for the assholes they are.

  3. This seems to be more and more, the way school boards are “negotiating” contracts with teachers and support staff. Hinsdale, Waukegan, and now Geneva. At least they are honest about the hatred and contempt the have for teachers and the union. It gives board members a feeling of power to cause angst and stress to the teachers, students, and parents. Unlike their counterparts in the private sector, the board members have no financial stake in prolonging a strike. It does not cost the board members anything no matter how much they squander. The board has unlimited local tax funds to waste on lawyers to stall and defend the board’s unfair labor practices. The teachers union has to rely on dues to pay their lawyers. Thanks to the board’s heroes, (Trump/Rauner/Janus), it emboldens the board to try to get their way by simply outspending the union. They dream about breaking the strike and ultimately the local. Let’s not forget this! Let’s run candidates against these board members and vote them out when they come up for re-election.

  4. It makes me grateful that my local school board and teachers’ union have agreements in place that they will NEVER discuss contract negotiations. We once went so far as to authorize a strike, but it didn’t get that far. I guess I’ve been lucky.

  5. The same thing happening 60 miles downstate, except names are redacted. Facebook and the local media are becoming ULP tool of choice.

  6. Fred, a good friend of mine, who I taught with and then we both became department chairs, has a son who is one of the strike leaders at Geneva and asked me to pass this on to you:

    Fred, Mary and I are appreciative of your thoughtful analysis of the Geneva Board of Educations despicable publication of teacher salaries under their latest offer. I have taken the liberty of forwarding it to Jason. I am sure it can be out to good use by the GEA.

    Carl Flaks From: Fred Klonsky Reply-To: Fred Klonsky Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 2:33 PM To: Bob Lyons Subject: [New post] Geneva board publishes the names of each district teacher and what they allegedly would receive. How low can they go?

    WordPress.com Fred Klonsky posted: ” 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 “

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