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Community Rallies to Support Teachers

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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.

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  1. martie long says:

    Would have loved to see more about the letter from parents to the board!

  2. Chad says:

    “UNIONS rally to support teachers” would be a more accurate title.

  3. larry bruce says:

    How come we never get told from the union rep what the teachers are demanding besides the average 45 grand a year, all the days off; 2 weeks at Christmas, one week at spring break, all holidays off, inservice days, 1/2 day off a week early release, sick leave, plus all summer off. Don’t know what health benefits they receive as the union rep never explains what the union wants when questioned by reporters. KDRV needs to be more forceful and tell the union rep that the tax payers deserve to know what the teachers are demanding, Seems like all the news reports are about ‘public’ support. Taxpayers do not pay the teachers wages to have them disrupt the school year and get more days off by striking. It’s time for the news to start reporting the other side and demand answers from the union.

    1. Michael says:

      You mean examples like the district wants to hire more teachers, but the union doesn’t want more teachers. They instead want a per diem amount of additional pay for each student above a pre-determined class size. Yeah, the teachers are really “for” the students.

  4. Brooke says:

    Look at the mess going on now w the strike! These teachers are making w benefits n bonus’s on the average of 100k a yr here in the valley. But they want more benefits and money. All the while our kids are graduating w out a basic education. They have a diploma but still can’t do eighth grade algebra most of the time. Home school the next generation. The school system in the USA is broken. Sadly the USA is amongst the dumbest in the world..the most powerful country in the world has some of the dumbest people. What’s wrong w this scenario?
    Make teachers be accountable for their failures and get rid of tenure. Throwing good money into a rotten system never works. Our children are suffering and the ‘good’ teachers want more money. Time for the teachers who LOVE their kids so much to get back to work. We need teachers who think about the welfare of the kids before their very high bottom line. Teachers pay before the children’s welfare, yup that seems fair..disgusting.

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