Strike Adds Minutes to Student Schedules

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford teacher strike is over, but students and teachers are still dealing with the aftermath. After 11 days of teachers on the picket lines, district officials now have to find a way to make up the lost time. At South Medford High School, students are spending an extra 8 and a 1/2 … Continue reading »

Medford Teachers Voting on Contract

MEDFORD, Ore. – On Thursday, Medford educators are voting on the new teacher contract. MEA officials say teachers were given a ballot on Thursday, and must hand in their vote by 5 p.m. Friday. They say the votes will then be tallied and triple checked. Building representatives were given the ballots on Monday, but could … Continue reading »

Teachers Hold Thank You Rally

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford teacher strike is over.. But Saturday afternoon union members held one last rally to tell the community thank you for all of their support during the 16-day strike. Teachers said it was the Medford community members who kept them on the picket lines day after day, standing up for what … Continue reading »

Strike Contract Still Awaits Vote

MEDFORD, Ore. – While teachers are back in their classrooms, the contract that ended the strike still has not been ratified. Now teachers are saying that process could take longer than previously thought, and may not be done until late next week. MEA members got their first look at the terms struck by their bargaining … Continue reading »

Both Sides Call Strike-Ending Deal a Win

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford teachers and students are back in school for the first normal day of classes since teachers went on strike almost three weeks ago. “The biggest feeling is just, it’s over and now we can get back to work,” said instructional coach and MEA representative Lisa North. That sigh of relief should … Continue reading »

Tentative Agreement Addresses Class Size

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford teachers are back in their classrooms for the first time since the strike began. On Sunday, nearly 600 teachers re-entered their schools to warm welcomes from principals and staff. Nearly all of those teachers were dressed in their black “iTeach” t-shirts in solidarity. “As we were out there we just became… … Continue reading »

School Board Recall Effort Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. – Despite a tentative agreement between the Medford School District and teachers’ union, efforts to recall the Medford school board will continue. Saturday afternoon, signature gatherers as part of the 549c School Board Recall group met for training at the Jackson County Library. Members were trained in the legal requirements for gathering signatures. … Continue reading »

Schools Prepare for Return to Normal

MEDFORD, Ore – For the first time in more than two weeks, no shouts can be heard and no picket lines can be seen outside Medford schools. A deal struck between the school district and teachers’ union late Friday night will allow schools to go back to their normal schedules on Monday. But that gives … Continue reading »

School Board Recall Effort Ongoing

MEDFORD, Ore. – With contract negotiations still ongoing, a recall effort of four Medford school board members has already begun. On Saturday, training will begin for signature gatherers. The chief petitioner, Blake Weller, says they will continue no matter what because they are so unhappy with the work that four members in particular have done. … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: Union Members Meeting

MEDFORD, Ore. — District officials said bargaining teams would likely reach a resolution Friday. But right now, bargaining teams continue to negotiate. This is the fourth consecutive day of back-and-forth negotiations this week. The Medford Education Association held a members only meeting on Friday at the Ramada Inn while the bargaining team remained behind closed … Continue reading »

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