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Negotiations Resume Wednesday Morning

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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.

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  1. Lucy says:

    GET IT DONE MSD! The kids need to be back in school!

  2. HMS says:

    Terrorists in Medford!!

    Who are they that are holding are children hostages until their “DEMANDS” are met?
    They will not let our children go!…(to school).
    Shame on you Medford teachers.
    Shame!

  3. Lucy says:

    HMS, nobody is keeping your children from going to school. Go ahead and send them if you want to. Why are you not sending them? Possibly because you have heard what is really going on in the schools?

  4. Brooke says:

    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?
    Hold teachers accountable for their failures and get rid of tenure! If anyone else fails at their jobs they get the boot! Throwing good money into a rotten system is only going to fail our children more.

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