Strike Watch

  • Strike Adds Minutes to Student Schedules

    Strike Adds Minutes to Student Schedules

    March 13, 2014

    At South Medford High School, students are spending an extra 8 and a 1/2 minutes at school every day until the end of the year - that's to make up for both strike and the snow days. They also have shortened passing periods.

    Medford Teachers Voting on Contract

    Medford Teachers Voting on Contract

    March 6, 2014

    On Thursday, Medford educators are voting on the new teacher contract. MEA officials say teachers were given a ballot on Thursday, and must hand in their vote by 5 p.m. Friday. They say the votes will then be tallied and triple checked.

    Teachers Hold Thank You Rally

    Teachers Hold Thank You Rally

    March 1, 2014

    The Medford teacher strike is over.. But Saturday afternoon union members held a rally to tell the community thank you for all of their support during the 16-day strike. Teachers said it was the Medford community keeping them on the picket lines.

    Strike Contract Still Awaits Vote

    Strike Contract Still Awaits Vote

    February 25, 2014

    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.

    Both Sides Call Strike-Ending Deal a Win

    Both Sides Call Strike-Ending Deal a Win

    February 24, 2014

    Medford teachers are back in school for the first normal day of classes since the strike began nearly three weeks ago. Now that a tentative agreement is in place, both sides are reviewing the terms in preparation for a ratification vote.

    Tentative Agreement Addresses Class Size

    Tentative Agreement Addresses Class Size

    February 23, 2014

    Medford teachers are back in their classrooms for the first time since the strike began. School doors opened across the district to hugs and cheers from union members. Now work is underway to get classes ready for the start of school on Monday.

    School Board Recall Effort Continues

    School Board Recall Effort Continues

    February 22, 2014

    Despite a tentative agreement between the Medford School District and teachers’ union, efforts to recall the school board will continue. Saturday afternoon, signature gatherers as part of the 549c School Board Recall group met for training.

    Schools Prepare for Return to Normal

    Schools Prepare for Return to Normal

    February 22, 2014

    After more than two weeks of teacher strikes, Medford schools are preparing to go back to normal. A tentative deal was struck Saturday night between the school district and MEA that will allow teachers to start teaching again on Monday.

    School Board Recall Effort Ongoing

    School Board Recall Effort Ongoing

    February 21, 2014

    The chief petitioner, Blake Weller, says they will continue no matter what because they are so unhappy with the work that four members in particular have done. They now have less than 90 days to get more than four and a half thousand signatures.

    StrikeWatch: Union Members Meeting

    StrikeWatch: Union Members Meeting

    February 21, 2014

    District officials said bargaining teams would likely reach a resolution Friday. But right now, bargaining teams continue to negotiate. Today, there was no bargaining update for the members because all of that information is now confidential.

    Community Organizes Occupy Movement

    Community Organizes Occupy Movement

    February 21, 2014

    People in Medford are gathering on the steps of the district office for a new strike demonstration being called an Occupy movement. The group plans to stay in front of the district until the two sides reach a settlement.

    A Look at Classwork During Strike

    A Look at Classwork During Strike

    February 20, 2014

    Students are on Day 7 of an altered schedule since the strike began, and district officials say the coursework assigned to students from kindergarten through high school is thought-out by substitutes, principals and curriculum teams.

    StrikeWatch: MEA and District Meet

    StrikeWatch: MEA and District Meet

    February 20, 2014

    The Medford School District and Medford Education Association began bargaining once again Thursday morning. This comes after a more than 14-hour long session Wednesday. Wednesday morning's meeting didn't get out until midnight.

    StrikeWatch: Students Walk Out

    StrikeWatch: Students Walk Out

    February 20, 2014

    Students at some high schools say they got a Facebook group message Wednesday night telling them about the walk-out. Some of the students even say more people showed up on Thursday than previous days this week, just so they could be part of the walk out.

    Parents Speak Up as Bargaining Continues

    Parents Speak Up as Bargaining Continues

    February 19, 2014

    Bargaining continues between the Medford School District and teachers’ union after a full day at the table. But while talks continue on the second consecutive day, hundreds of parents joined forces at the district headquarters to call for action.

    Negotiations Resume Wednesday Morning

    Negotiations Resume Wednesday Morning

    February 19, 2014

    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 Hopeful After Bargaining Talks

    District Hopeful After Bargaining Talks

    February 18, 2014

    The Medford School District and the MEA broke for the evening after eight hours of negotiating Tuesday. The district says they understand each other better than they had before, and remain cautiously optimistic a deal can be reached.

    School Labor Practices Under Dispute

    School Labor Practices Under Dispute

    February 17, 2014

    The Medford teachers strike is not the only problem between the MEA and the school district. The two sides have been arguing over multiple Unfair Labor Practice complaints while bargaining has been going on.

    Teachers Take Rally to the Streets

    Teachers Take Rally to the Streets

    February 17, 2014

    After 12 days of striking, teachers are going from the sidewalk to the streets to rally support. With school spirit on full display, they drove around Medford to bring awareness to their cause. Meanwhile a check-in with the mediator draws near.

    Community Rallies to Support Teachers

    Community Rallies to Support Teachers

    February 15, 2014

    On Saturday, members of the community held a solidarity rally in honor of the Medford teachers. Several different unions, parents, and some teachers from other school districts came out to show their support.

    Recall Effort Against School Board

    Recall Effort Against School Board

    February 14, 2014

    Sally Killen was a teacher for 36 years in the Medford School District; she says she was a member of the union during that time, and now she's on the school board…facing threats of recall. Despite that, she says her job description is more important to her now rather than friendships.

    Some Teachers Crossing Picket Line

    Some Teachers Crossing Picket Line

    February 14, 2014

    An exact number of teachers who have crossed the picket line has not been released, but the Medford Education Association says it's around three and a half percent of its members. Several of those teachers are said to be in the Ruch school.

    StrikeWatch: Sheriff’s Office Security

    StrikeWatch: Sheriff's Office Security

    February 14, 2014

    As the strike continues, Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies are out securing safety at schools outside the city limits. The areas are also being closely guarded by district security. Sheriff's deputies are on patrol outside the entrance of Ruch Elementary School.

    Honkers’ Tickets Dismissed

    Honkers' Tickets Dismissed

    February 13, 2014

    The sheriff's office has requested the tickets be dismissed because they were written under the wrong offense. The citations were written for cars in violation of not having a properly working horn. Instead, they should have been written for using the horn to make unnecessary loud noise.

    Parents Seek Alternatives Due to Strike

    Parents Seek Alternatives Due to Strike

    February 13, 2014

    More than 460 students attend Saint Mary's, and this week has been nothing out of the ordinary as the school year continues along as scheduled. While the Medford School District is running an altered schedule during the strike, some parents of students are making a switch.

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  1. Diana says:

    Just watched your coverage of the strike. I’m wondering why there are not any in-depth interviews with the Medford teachers who are trying to get what they are due. All we seem to hear is a banter from Phil Long. It seems that the coverage is very lopsided and you are not interested in getting to what the real problems are. The School Board wants to make everyone think it is the wages, but that is only one small part of what they are fighting for. It would be nice to see fair and equal reporting, but maybe that is too much to expect. By the way, I am not a teacher and never has been, but having raised four successful kids, I know the importance their teachers had in helping shape their lives. And, two of them are teachers!!
    I do hope for everyone’s sake, this will be over very soon. Something like this does no one any good. Thanks!!!

  2. David says:

    Is there a way of the public seeing what the school board has offered and what the teachers want so the taxpayers can be more informed on this issue.

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