MEDFORD, Ore. — A picket line pass was supposed to get a woman contracted with the Education Service District into work on Friday. But she says the teachers still taunted her along the way.
“They were picketing. They were doing what they were sent out to do, but but they were being disrespectful and calling them names … they were calling them scabs and telling them that they weren’t legitimate and just saying hurtful things.”
She says the people calling her the names know her, and that’s why she wanted us to conceal her identity.
“I just don’t want retribution or any kinds of problems.”
Because strike or no strike, she has to go to work.
“They understand the teachers and why they’re doing what they’re doing and respecting that and so in return they would just like respect for them to honor their contract and do what they’re contracted to do.”
She works with special needs children who thrive on consistency and depend on professionals every day. “The job they do is already really difficult with those kids and so it just compounds their stress to have to walk through a picket line and be talked to that way on the way to work.”
Surveillance video show some teachers slowing traffic. Just after 8 a.m., one driver got so impatient, he hit a picketer with his car. Police cited him for careless driving.
But by the afternoon, there were no signs of any trouble at all.
Teachers were singing, chanting and cheering at honking cars. They were not letting the rain impact the second day of the strike.