MEDFORD, Ore. – After months and months of negotiations, Medford School District teachers may finally decide whether they want to strike.
Regardless of the outcome, it doesn’t necessarily mean a strike will happen. The meeting tonight is focused on getting the large majority opinion from the MEA members.
The vote will show how many union members are in support of a strike. After the vote, they can either decide to submit a notice of strike, or they’ll meet again with the Medford School District’s bargaining team.
Both sides have indicated that they would prefer to continue negotiating a compromise, especially on financial matters. If the MEA makes the decision to strike, there will still be a 10 day wait period. During that time, negotiations with the district can continue through the 10 day notice period and even the strike itself.
Phil Long with the district says he did not receive notification from the MEA concerning a strike vote, but that the association has no legal obligation to give notifications about closed meetings. The MEA says the meeting tonight will be held at the Ramada Inn at 5 p.m.