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.