MEDFORD, Ore. – On the second week mark of the Medford teachers’ strike, the Medford Education Association and the Medford School District are meeting for yet another bargaining session.
The two teams started bargaining this morning at 9:30 A.M. at the Rogue Regency Inn. District officials said their meeting Wednesday night brought the two sides to a turning point. After an opening proposal was sent in by the district, the MEA requested that the two sides to meet face to face. The night ended after an eight hour negotiation with two face-to-face side meetings and an undisclosed amount of proposals. The two sides are still working out conflicts with early retirement, health benefits, and working conditions, which are some of the same initial sticking points.
District officials said they hope to reach a deal by the end of today’s meeting. The district says if they reach a deal today, the next step will be to figure out how to get teachers back into the classrooms. Members of the MEA bargaining team said Wednesday they’re keeping their focus on the current meeting.