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.