Medford Educators Meet

Jan 29, 2014

After more than eight hours yesterday, the Medford School District and the union representing its teachers ended a state-mediated negotiating session with no new agreements and no scheduled date as to when the sides would meet again.

The Mail Tribune reports that while the sides did not meet face-to-face during the day, they did exchange new proposals. That’s according to Alex Pulaski of the Oregon School Boards Association.

Issues in the labor contract that are still up for debate include preparation time, compensation, early retirement benefits, insurance caps and the length of the contract.

The Medford Education Association gave the district 10 days' notice of its intent to strike, as required by law, on Monday.

The district announced Tuesday afternoon that it has begun recruiting K-12 Oregon licensed teachers from around the state to fill in for teachers in the classroom if there is a strike.

The Medford School Board will meet at 11 a.m. today to make resolutions in preparation for the possibility of a strike.