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The Board will be presented with a plan to dramatically increase our members’ insurance costs. This proposal “came from” the insurance committee. From what we understand there was not a quorum present for the vote and not all the GEA members on the committee were notified of the meeting.
You will likely hear that the Board proposed a different option and the GEA stopped it. Yes, the GEA pointed out the Board’s initial proposal violated the terms of the contract and would need to be bargained. The Board chose not to propose such changes as part of their bargaining proposal. Furthermore, the GEA objected to the Board singling out a sub-group of our membership and placing the burden of the increase on them. The GEA proposed we could agree to their plan IF individuals would be grandfathered into the changes. The Board declined.
The GEA objects to nearly doubling our members out-of-pocket and premium costs during a worldwide pandemic and believe it’s outrageous to do so while at the same meeting contemplating expanding the number of our members being exposed.
All this while we are in the midst of trying to settle a contract.
Please read the 2-page update. Click on the document to access the second page.
8.17.20 Membership Update
In an email sent at 10:28 this morning from Jennifer Hamm, Assistant Superintendent for Finance/Operations, many employees from District 205 were informed they would not receive any further paychecks until mid-September. With 5-days notice before their first missed paycheck, the District tells it’s employees they will receive no income for a month. The Galesburg Education Association has contacted the District for an explanation for their lack of transparency and communication.
Pay Dates 2020-2021 Nurses, Paras, Sec, Exempt 9Mo Hrly
just a quick note. GEA now has a new home. We have moved locations for our office. We now are renting space in the back of a realtor office. 782 N Henderson. Across from Dominos Pizza.
Tonight the GEA was able to negotiate additional benefits for those RIFed in the latest Board action. One thing that should be pointed out that they did not discuss at the Board meeting and I’m guessing haven’t told those recalled. They are recalling Para’s to a 6-hour position for the 186 days, assuming we are out all year.
Benefits for those RIFed:
- The District will not fight unemployment claims.
- Employees will receive an extended 12 months of recall from the date of full return to learn (all students and staff in school)
- Any employee declining a recall due to a COVID-related issue, the District will not fight the unemployment and the employee will be moved to the bottom of the seniority list for recall.
- The District will continue to pay the Board’s share of insurance until October 31st, 2020. The employee will be responsible for their $50 portion.