Picket Supporters Cited for Beeping Horn

MEDFORD, Ore. – A warning sign awaits drivers at Griffin Creek Elementary. Those heeding it drive by silently, some rolling down their windows to yell “honk.” “Just wave, thumbs up, hi, smile, whatever. Just don’t honk,” said 6th grade teacher Jim Finnigan. As the strike wears on, law enforcement agencies are responding to more reports … Continue reading »

Parents Hold Counter-Picket

MEDFORD, Ore. – One group of parents is staging a counter-picket in response to the teachers. The group, which formed through Facebook, met Monday morning outside the district headquarters holding signs urging support for the students. The organizers of the demonstration say many parents feel pressured to fully support to teachers. They argue people should be … Continue reading »

Teachers Send Message to Substitutes

MEDFORD, Ore. – While negotiating continues, some union members are sending a message to substitutes by picketing in front of their hotels. While the district hasn’t revealed how many substitutes have been brought in to teach classes during the strike, many of them arrived Saturday. In order to get into their rooms, subs have to … Continue reading »

Teachers Plan for Strike in the Morning

MEDFORD, Ore. – The early morning hours inch closer as a tired and tearful Cheryl Lashley emerges from the Medford School District headquarters to cheers from her colleagues. “We want to greet our kids as soon as possible in our own classrooms, not on the picket lines,” said Lashley. In a prepared statement, Lashley expressed … Continue reading »

MEA Holds Education Session for Parents

MEDFORD, Ore. – Unless a deal can be reached Wednesday, Medford teachers are going on strike. Many parents say they still don’t know where their child will be attending school once they re-open, or which bus will take them there. “It’s heartbreaking, and it’s really concerning, and it’s going to be traumatic for the kids,” … Continue reading »

District Leaders Discuss Costs of Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. – School district leaders in Medford are meeting throughout the week to work out the challenge of how they’re going to keep classes open if the teachers’ strike goes into effect. But some neighboring districts have gone through a similar experience in the past. Administrators in Eagle Point say they had to balance … Continue reading »

Strike Impacts School Athletics

MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford coaches say the teachers’ strike will put student athletes in a tough spot, and in a worst case scenario it could force them to forfeit games. In order to attend practices and games, coaches would have to cross the picket line. But many of the coaches in the district are also … Continue reading »

Teachers Plan to Picket Meeting-Updated

MEDFORD, Ore. — UPDATE – According to the Medford School District online calendar, Monday’s School Board meeting has been cancelled. Teachers are planning a picket of the Medford School District executive session on Monday, January 27, 2014 at Central High School, according to a press release from the Medford Education Association (MEA). Officials say this will … Continue reading »

Medford Teachers Prepare for Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. – After nearly a year of failed, back-and-forth negotiations, Medford teachers have announced their intention to go on strike. The announcement came after overwhelming majority voted to sacrifice their pay and benefits and stand in the picket lines. But there is still a sliver of hope that a bargain can be reached. “The … Continue reading »

Teachers Plan Strike for Next Week

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford teachers are planning a strike for next week. The Medford Education Association (MEA) will be sending the district the official ten-day notice on Monday. In the notice of intent to strike, the MEA included the following statement, “The Association is urging the Medford School Board to avoid the need for a … Continue reading »

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