Teacher strike

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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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

VENTSday (on Thursday): Teacher Strikes + Universal Pre-K

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Listeners VENT on whether teachers should strike, and if we need pre-kindergarten for all kids.

Teachers are on strike in Medford, but should they be allowed to strike, anywhere?  And does universal pre-kindergarten confer all the benefits promised? 

Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

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Agreement Reportedly Closer
6:28 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Teacher Strike Talks Scheduled

Credit Joi Riley/JPR

An unexpected bargaining session took place Tuesday between the Medford School District and its teachers' union. The talks ended with both sides reporting positive movement toward a solution.

Superintendent Phil Long reported progress, but neither side would elaborate on how far they have budged in terms of compensation, working conditions, or early retirement.

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Some Students Join Picket Lines
8:31 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Attendance Drops In Medford Schools

North Medford High

Attendance in schools across the Medford School District dropped for the fourth consecutive day Friday. Some parents chose to keep children at home while some North Medford High School students joined the picket lines with their teachers on Thursday.

48 percent of the district's more than 12,000 students went to school Thursday, according to district reports.  That number fell to 44 percent on Friday.

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No New Talks Scheduled
6:23 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Strike Talks Break Down

Credit Joi Riley/JPR

Talks have broken down between striking Medford teachers and the district.

The Mail Tribune reports the talks started off well, but ended with no contract agreement and no scheduled time for new negotiations.

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Half Day Classes Begin
6:27 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Substitute Teachers Cross The Lines

The strike continues in the Medford school district.

Tuesday students were met by substitute teachers who crossed picket lines to get to classrooms. District officials report about 68 percent of students showed up.  According to the Medford Mail Tribune, one North Medford High School student reported class sizes of as many as 60 students. The large size prompted a walkout by the seniors.

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Rock, Meet Hard Place
6:52 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Medford Schools To Re-open Without Striking Teachers

Striking teachers picket at Central Medford High School, February 10, 2014
Credit Joi Riley/JPR

Medford Schools open despite a first-ever strike by teachers

The Medford public schools are re-opening this morning. But most of the district’s teachers will be out on the sidewalks picketing rather than in the classrooms.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Inside The Medford Teacher Strike

A rally in support of teachers, months before the strike began.
Credit S.O. Jobs With Justice

Teachers union reps, followed by the school superintendent, explain their sides in the Medford strike.

Long faces, tired eyes, and picket signs marked the start of the Medford teacher strike on Thursday (February 6th).

Teachers hit the picket lines after nearly 10 months of negotiating with the Medford district failed to produce a teacher contract. 

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Teachers On Strike
5:48 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Medford School Talks Set For Weekend

Medford's Washington Elementary School, pre-strike.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Teachers continue to walk picket lines in the Medford school district, as the first teacher strike in the district's history continues.

The district plans for schools to reopen on Tuesday with replacements, while both sides planned to meet with a state mediator over the weekend.

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No Contract Agreement
7:52 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Strike ON: Medford Teachers Walk

A pre-strike rally.
Credit Medford Education Association

Medford teachers walked off the job today (Thursday, February 6), after a deadline for reaching a deal on a new teacher contract passed.

The teachers' union and Medford School District reps met for hours yesterday and overnight without agreeing on contract terms.

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