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StrikeWatch: Union Members Meeting

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MEDFORD, Ore. — District officials said bargaining teams would likely reach a resolution Friday. But right now, bargaining teams continue to negotiate. This is the fourth consecutive day of back-and-forth negotiations this week.

The Medford Education Association held a members only meeting on Friday at the Ramada Inn while the bargaining team remained behind closed doors. The MEA meeting at the Ramada Inn is somewhat of a regular meeting, since the teachers held one last Friday.

Last Friday, however, before the teams decided to keep bargaining details under wraps, MEA leaders briefed the teachers on the status of bargaining. Today, there was no bargaining update for the members because all of that information is now confidential.

“We are stronger today than we were last Friday. The longer this goes, the stronger we are. This is one solid unit. I’ve been in this district 17 years and I’ve never seen the teachers be so united as they are right now,” said Medford Education Association official Lisa North.

There’s no update at this point from the district, either. The bargaining team members have been at the table all day Friday. Thursday night’s session ran late and today they were back at it around 9:30 a.m.

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  1. Amy says:

    We are stronger today than we were last Friday. The longer this goes, the stronger we are. This is one solid unit…… Really? so why did a couple of teachers quit during the strike?

    1. Sara says:

      Other teachers who had originally crossed the picket line have joined the strike – the overall number is basically unchanged.

    2. Alex says:

      If you quit during a strike, it goes to show just how bad the situation had become. If the employer (the District in this case) is that terrible, that people would rather quit than negotiate, it probably does mean those who are striking are bonding strongly.

    3. Siebold Berkowitz says:

      The teachers who walked the picket lines are not a group of 600 that should have their strength, unity, or integrity questioned. The only one that I heard of resigning their position was a 15 year plus first grade teacher who will be greatly missed. A tremendous loss by the district and current students. The district greatly underestimated the devotion of the teachers and unfortunately we know how that ended up.

      1. Alex says:

        All over a $1 million difference in proposals when the district has, what did it say, $8 million in its coffers AND just received last week an extra $1.4 million from the state.

        And they say they want to save this money to hire more teachers? When?? I mean, why weren’t they hired this year? Why not 3 weeks ago? Sitting on public school money = “hey, we’re saving money here, lets give ourselves a bonus” business-like CEO talk.

  2. Amy says:

    I did not mean they quit the strike they quit their jobs as a teacher .. So when all of this is done some kids will go back to school with a new teacher teaching them

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