MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Teachers Association and the district are trying to come to a final agreement on a new contract. If negotiations fail again, teachers could be striking as early as next week.
These negotiations have been ongoing since February. The Medford Teachers Association says the meeting this Friday is the last one scheduled before a strike next week.
The district’s proposed contract includes an 10% cost of living increase, but also a 6% increase in PERS payments. Teachers would also get a 3.4% yearly salary increase for their first fourteen years, with an added 6 days to the work year.
The Medford Education Association says that deal is still not a pay increase. District officials met with the Medford Education Association Thursday, but – after ten hours – the two parties found themselves no closer to reaching a deal.
Thursday night, Union President Cheryl Lashley said the district is refusing to, “engage in any meaningful discussion toward resolution.”
The district released a statement as well, saying they plan to meet Friday to review the latest contract offers, and discuss its next steps.