StrikeWatch: MEA and District Meet

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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.


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  1. Mary Graves says:

    I am very much against the teachers getting raises since there are millions out of work including two of our sons. When are people going to wake up and quit being so selfish?
    I’m tired of it.

    Thank you,
    Mary Graves

    1. Real Talk Homie says:

      Take an economics class, Mary. There are not a set number of jobs in the country, nor a set amount of money to be distributed equally among the serfs.

    2. Mike Richards says:

      Tell you sons to go back to school and get a Bachelors plus a Masters Degree and their chances of being unemployed and/or underpaid drop drastically. You have to pay the going rate for the job if you want to retain good people. Just like not wanting to pay a plumber $500 every time he comes out you have to do it because that’s the going rate. Like it or not this is the market price for a professional with this level of education. I don’t make this kind of money or benefits either but I chose not to go to college and made my own bed.

      1. Ryan says:

        Yeah, but the taxpayers get to pay for it. So while they get a raise, the citizens get a pay cut. None of us get all these benefits. I won’t get this retirement. So how is it fair that we get to pay for a retirement that none of us will ever see. Unions bargaining for benefits of the few, while the rest get next to nothing. If this was for the kids, they would be at work. So tired of education/kids being used as pawns every time someone or government wants more money. I worked for a company for 11 years and didn’t like the company I worked for, so I quit when I found another job. If they don’t like their pay and excellent benefits, then they should move to another state that pays better. Oregon at the moment, is not a state of prosperity.

  2. Rob says:

    There is always work people who want to work. The teachers are not filing for welfare, they are asking for a fair contract.

  3. Brooke says:

    A fair contract??
    These teachers are making w benefits n bonus’s on the AVERAGE of 100k a yr here in the valley. But they want more benefits and money. All the while our kids are graduating w out a basic education. They have a diploma but still can’t do eighth grade algebra most of the time. Home school the next generation. The school system in the USA is broken. Sadly the USA is amongst the dumbest in the world..the most powerful country in the world has some of the dumbest people. What’s wrong w this scenario?
    Get rid of tenure and hold teachers accountable for their failing students. Every other profession that I know of holds you accountable if you FAIL at your job.
    Lets create a school system where the kids come first not the teachers pocket books. The $$ signs speak for themselves. The average teacher in our valley makes 101 k a yr w benefits, of course they want their benefits to NOT count. But they do, they count a lot.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Its not 100K with bennies… I just did our taxes, those numbers were put out there by the District because they expect the people in Medford to not be educated enough to do research beyond the tribune or news. Both of which have done up until now a great job of not fact checking. The problem with education in this country is a combination of things, but a good majority of it is poor parenting. Teachers can teach subject matter, but the one thing they cant teach is accountability. That happens at home, and too many parents are more than happy to send their kids to school and expect teachers to do their parenting work as well as teach them subject matter. My husband and I are the products of great parents and public institutions, and we both went on to college and although we have both faced hardship during the recession (me especially i took pay cuts and was laid off) we both were able to find work and collect little unemployment. This is due in part to our wonderful parents who taught us to be accountable and to work hard for our education. They also made sure we were getting the education we needed to be successful. You cant turn over your kids and expect every teacher everywhere to challenge them, you have to oversee them and be a part of their education and push to make sure they are getting what they need. When parents and teachers work together wonderful things happen!

  5. Brooke says:

    Right Jennifer! Blame the parents…
    Pretty sure if you fail at say being a cashier, you get fired, why because you can’t count back change, thanks to your horrendous education. But we must blame the parents as opposed to the teachers making an average of 100 k a yr w bennies (that we the people) pay for w our tax $$$
    It’s time for parents to rise up and demand an education for each child that is equal to the 100k a yr salary that the so called ‘teachers’ get, w bennies…
    Here’s a tip, put the kids before your pocket book or get out and find another job that you can fail at while not being accountable for your failures lol. Good luck w that one!

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