MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District is accusing teachers of making threatening calls to substitutes just hours after the MEA sets a strike date, but the MEA denies making any threatening calls.
The Medford Education Association announced last night that a strike will begin after a ten-day waiting period. Meanwhile the district is accusing them of foul play before picketing even begins.
Medford Education Association President Cheryl Lashley says the decision to strike was based on overwhelming support from the roughly 600 members of the teachers union.
This comes after nearly a year of failed back and forth negotiations both sides accusing the other of refusing to compromise. Despite accusations from the district, Lashley denies any threatening calls made to substitutes, but hopes they will understand not to interfere if a strike begins.
“If they are a sub, they’re a teacher, and they should know that we need to stand up for our profession,” said Lashley.
Lashley says the strike can be avoided if a bargain is reached in the next ten days. The strike will officially begin on February 6th at 6 a.m. unless an agreement can be reached.