MEDFORD, Ore. – While teachers are back in their classrooms, the contract that ended the strike still has not been ratified. Now teachers are saying that process could take longer than previously thought, and may not be done until late next week.
MEA members got their first look at the terms struck by their bargaining team on Sunday night. They say they’re required to give teachers at least four to five days to read it over.
Because the vote is going to be done by secret ballot, they say it also means working through some logistical issues.
Representatives from each school will receive ballots on Monday and will then have to pass them out to each teacher. That could take a couple days, plus a couple more to collect them all.
But they say despite the wait they aren’t worried about it being voted through.
“I don’t think anybody is worried about it not passing, so there probably aren’t too many people that are still sitting on edge waiting to see if something different happens,” said MEA representative Lisa North.
Both the MEA and school board say the delay won’t make a difference.
The new terms are retroactive to June 2013, which means there may be some back pay heading to teachers. But that would be minimal if anything because the first year of the contract is nearly identical to the one already implemented by the school board in December.