Medford teachers

Labor/Employment
5:55 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Medford Teachers To Vote Next Week

The pickets are gone, but the contract is not yet ratified.
Credit Joi Riley/JPR

Medford teachers won't vote on a tentative contract agreement with the Medford School District until next week, according to the Medford Mail Tribune.

Union officials say they want an informed vote, so they will distribute ballots Monday to union representatives from each school. Those representatives will pass the ballots out to teachers, who will seal their votes in confidential envelopes.

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Contract Still To Be Ratified
4:26 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Back In Class: Medford Teachers Return From Strike

Medford's Washington Elementary School.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Striking Medford school teachers returned to their classrooms on Monday, the first day back after a two-week strike.

The teachers' union and the district reached a tentative contract agreement Friday night.  Teachers struck on February 6th over a variety of issues involving pay, benefits, and working conditions.

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Rally At District Office
6:11 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Medford Union Supporters Plan Occupation

Supporters of the striking Medford teachers are being called to occupy the offices of the Medford School District this morning. A facebook effort has been launched, urging supporters to go to the offices at 7 this morning.

Union officials say they don’t know who is organizing the event, but it is posted as a peaceful protest.

In a comment on the Occupy549C facebook page, the author says he recognizes that teachers will not be able to go on the district property, but urges teachers to ask family and friends to participate.

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Students Plan Walk-Out
5:53 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Strike Talks Continue

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Talks between striking Medford teachers and the Medford School District continued yesterday and both sides say they are intent on settling a contract as quickly as possible. The parties have agreed not to disclose details of their proposals.

The Mail Tribune reports that talks were continuing late into the night.

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Labor/Employment
6:29 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Medford Teachers Strike Continues

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The Medford School District hired 24 more substitute teachers over the holiday weekend and shifted some classified support staff to elementary schools to balance out the adult-to-student ratio, according to district officials.

Classes will resume today after the long holiday weekend.

The Mail Tribune reports that last week, enrollment districtwide dropped from 68 percent Tuesday to 44 percent Friday. Students reported large class sizes and inadequate instruction under substitute teachers.

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Talks Lasted Twelve Hours Yesterday
6:28 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Medford School Talks Continuing

Talks will continue today between representatives of striking Medford teachers and the school district. Progress was reportedly made during a marathon bargaining session yesterday.

The Mail Tribune reports that representatives of the teachers union and district administrators met face-to-face briefly yesterday in another round of state-mediated talks.

Talks yesterday lasted longer than 12 hours. The discussions reportedly ended with a district proposal on the table, and the union is expected to bring a counter-proposal to the table today.

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Strike Continues Today
6:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Medford Schools Re-Open With Substitutes

Many Medford students will return to class today, but their teachers won’t be there. District teachers have been on strike since Thursday.

After being closed for three days while the Medford School District made strike preparations, schools are reopening today with half-day schedules.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that Superintendent Phil Long would not verify exactly how many substitutes the district had hired. He also declined comment on the number of teachers who had decided to return to school despite the strike.

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