MEDFORD, Ore. — On Saturday, members of the community held a solidarity rally in honor of the Medford teachers. Several different unions, parents, and some teachers from other school districts came out to show their support. The Medford Education Association said it is ready to be back at the bargaining table.
Parents also voiced their opinion at Saturday’s rally. A few parents even went as far as writing a letter to the district, saying how difficult it has been for them to contact the school district, and their concern in the lapse of days between negotiations meetings.
The Oregon Education Association was one of the organizations who came out to the rally. A spokesperson for the organization said it’s rare to see a strike go on for this long, and it’s time for an agreement to be reached.
“To see students not in school because the learning conditions that are being offered in the schools these are not learning days for students that are being put on by substitutes who have no connection to this community,” said Hanna Vaandering, president of the Oregon Education Association.
The other unions present at the rally said they were there because there is strength in numbers and hundreds of voices coming together in solidarity is better than one.