MEDFORD, Ore. — Hundreds of teachers crowded a Medford intersection on Thursday, still drawing attention to their cause, while bargaining teams continue to inch toward progress.
Both sides are keeping tight-lipped about what’s happened inside the Rogue Regency. “Both teams decided to not put information about actual bargaining out into the public, so we have no reports to give you other than they’re still at the table, so that means progress is being made,” said Medford Education Association member Lisa North.
Two school board members say they don’t even know the details about the meeting Thursday, because the team members are not even telling them what’s happening. The teams want to keep the focus on bargaining.
Thursday afternoon a few representatives from each team met face-to-face about an item for less than half an hour. Also, each team submitted at least two proposals on Thursday. “I think that’s pretty close to the best we’ve done through all of this and I anticipate there’s going to be some more language changes,” said Dr. Phil Long with the Medford School District.
Dr. Long said the teams are working through difficult issues. “I think we’ve been able to address some things that have been really hard for both parties and in that sense we’ve pushed through, sticking together and talking we’ve pushed through some of that … but we still don’t have a resolution yet.”
The Medford School District and Medford Education Association began Thursday’s bargaining session around 9:30 a.m. On Wednesday, the teams met for more than 14 hours. Wednesday’s meeting didn’t get out until midnight.
Both teams would need to ratify the resolution once it is reached. After it’s official, school would be closed for at least a day.