StrikeWatch: MEA and District Respond

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford Teacher’s Association and the school district are taking some time and resting up before for the next negotiation. After 21 hours of negotiating, a deal was not met and teachers went on strike at 6 a.m. Thursday morning. The next bargaining session is set for 8 a.m. on Saturday. A … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: Dr. Long Discusses Updates

MEDFORD, Ore. — The district is following through with the strike plan that’s been in the works for the last 10 days. District officials say every department is working to get ready. The human resources staff hired qualified teachers to fill in during the strike days. On Thursday they communicated with substitutes. The district is … Continue reading »

Teachers’ First Day on Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Within an hour of the strike announcement, teachers showed up to the district office with signs in hand. The picketers began early this morning and were expecting to wrap up for the day around 4:30 p.m. Many of the signs held by teachers outside the district office were made here at the … Continue reading »

Mother Baking in Strike Solidarity

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford teachers being on strike has caused mixed reactions from parents, students and community members alike. Jerilyn Pool, a mother of two children in the Medford School District, says she supports the teachers 100%. “It’s getting the community involved. Before we were just spectators, but now we have skin in the game … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: What’s Next in Negotiations

MEDFORD, Ore. — Members of the MEA and the Medford School District spent the night on Wednesday, trying to come to an agreement. Negotiations lasted more than 20 hours until 5:59 Thursday morning. The strike officially began a minute later at 6 a.m. Union members spent the afternoon out in the community holding signs and … Continue reading »

Strike Watch: Contract Negotiations

MEDFORD, Ore. — The teachers are picketing now, but only after months of negotiations. Thursday’s strike comes after one more last-ditch effort to come up with a deal. On Wednesday morning, both sides met at 9 a.m. The meeting went on for 20 hours into Thursday morning. The school district says it did not have … Continue reading »

Special Needs Addressed During Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — While parents had voiced concerns over the effect on special education programs, the teacher strike will not be closing special education classrooms. Medford district officials say they have a combination of staff, specialists, substitutes, and non-striking teachers who will be working inside special education classrooms throughout the duration of the strike. They … Continue reading »

Police Increase Patrols for Protests

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police are increasing patrols for added security during the teachers’ strike. Police say their number one concern is about safety. They say protesters blocking traffic is common, but confrontations rarely become physical. Medford Police say a teachers’ strike poses some unique challenges because there could be multiple picket locations. “We only … Continue reading »

Plans for Students During Strike

The Medford School District released a letter to parents to clarify their plans for students during the teacher strike. To see the full letter, click here. Medford School District released the following information: When will schools be closed? In order to prepare for students while the teachers are on strike, all Medford schools will be … Continue reading »

Teacher Obligations During Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Even though teachers will be on strike if an agreement is not reached, but they will still have responsibilities.   Starting at 6 a.m. tomorrow. Teachers will be up bright and early picketing in front of several schools. They must stay on the sidewalk beside the school. They are not allowed onto school … Continue reading »

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