Picket Lines Move to Schools

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MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s day five of the Medford teacher strike.  Teachers are moving their picket lines, back to the schools where they work, while substitute teachers arrive on the school grounds.

At North Medford High School, picket lines are set up at every entrance.  Teachers pace back and forth – some singing and chanting.

They started striking at 8 a.m. Monday and plan on staying out on the picket line until 5 p.m. Monday.  On Tuesday, the striking teachers said they plan to be back out on the picket line as students and substitute teachers show up for their first day of school since the strike began.

Teachers say coming together and taking a stand for something they believe in means a lot, and striking is easier when they are all doing it together.

“You know… stay unified… it’s Monday, and we want to be in the classrooms this Monday morning,” said North Medford High School teacher, Robert Black. “You know we want to be with our students, and we want this strike to end. These are some of my favorite people in the world so I’m standing strong with them today.”

The substitute teachers arrived at North Medford by bus today.  A teacher on the picket lines, who prefers to remain anonymous, said she saw roughly 20 substitute teachers come of the bus and go inside the school.  According to the Medford School District, substitutes are visiting their assigned classrooms for the first time today.  They are meeting with their principal and reviewing lesson plans.   School will be back in session on Tuesday morning, with substitute teachers filling in, as the strike continues.


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  1. Lucy says:

    Wow 20 teachers huh? LOL!

  2. Michael says:

    Spoiled public sector teachers whose average salary is 65k and will receive a pension when they retire should not be able to strike when they have a monopoly in the market of educating our children. Pensions are being phased out for the private sector. Why should taxpayers provide better benefits to public sector employees than what we receive? Fire all of them (teachers and the school district administrators) and maybe they will appreciate their jobs again. And fire Phil Long as well. That hypocrite has no right to be in a position to tell others they can’t have the same pay increase he gave himself and the rest of his overpaid staff. His performance hasn’t shown where he deserves any raise, let alone to even have held his position for this long.

  3. Katie says:

    Wow, I wish I could make over $60,000 and only work 9 months out of the year… Poor teachers, just get back to work and stop trying to bankrupt our schools!

    1. K says:

      Teachers salaries are for a full 12 months, not 9. Every month money is withheld so that the teacher will receive a pay check during the school break time. Many teachers use summer to keep up on current trends in education and take continuing education credits or travel so that they can bring real experiences into the subjects they teach.

      By the way if you can read, write and do simple math, thank a teacher.

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  5. Barbara says:

    Ummmm 8am huh? No try before 8 am… Cars were honking at the teachers well before then..
    Not everyone is awake at that time. Thought that was kind of rude. I hope they reach an agreement soon so they can focus on what is really important… The students..

  6. Bruce Wooten says:

    Shame on the teachers and the Union that supports them. If I was on the school board, I would fire all the teachers that strike. There is only so much money in that is available and they must compromise or find a new job. I feel sorry for the students that will have to make up the time that the teachers are taking away from them.

  7. Ryan Navickas says:

    It is the School Board that is trying to slowly bankrupt public education in favor of privatization. The strategy is to cut teachers’ salaries until only the under qualified would do the job. As the quality of public education subsequently drops, good teaching jobs at ever more popular private schools become the best opportunities. It won’t happen overnight. This is a long term strategy being implemented by big money political group like ALEC. They are funding elections at every level. Indeed, Anti-Union activist politicians Sal Esquivel and Dennis Richardson are members.

  8. John says:

    Teachers are professionals and should be paid as such. All of them have college degrees, many with master’s degree, and a few with PhDs. Their salaries and benefits should be comparable to other professionals. Education is the most important profession on the planet since it prepares students for the future which effects the future of our country. Most people posting negative comments on this site are ignorant of the demands and challenges teachers face in the classroom.

    Solutions: 1. Take a look at all overpaid school administrator salaries! What do they do that is more important than classroom teachers? NOTHING THAT’S WORTHY. Cut their salaries since they are not in the classrooms directly teaching children. 2. Get rid of school board members who have no experience in education. Most join a school board for personal reasons and/or have vendettas. Many board members do not contact the community they represent to bring parent suggestions to board meetings.

  9. kevin mcnamara says:

    Stay strong and united brothers and sisters. United we stand divided we beg.

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