MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford teacher strike is over.. But Saturday afternoon union members held one last rally to tell the community thank you for all of their support during the 16-day strike.
Teachers said it was the Medford community members who kept them on the picket lines day after day, standing up for what they believed in. They said without the honks, waves, and words of encouragement from the community, it’s possible the outcome of the strike would have been different.
Teachers hope the rally on Saturday really did show the community exactly how much they appreciated the support, and that it was not taken for granted. Teacher said now they’re focusing on moving forward.
“We just have to look at the healing process and repair relationships… if there was strain on those and just get back to the Medford School District getting back to being a good place for your kids to go,” said Medford Education Association spokesperson, Lisa North.
Teachers described the first week back in the classroom as a variety of things including tough, weird, and wonderful.
They said due to the two week absence from their classrooms, they are going to be spending most of this year playing catch up and getting students back on track and where they need to be.
The contract ratification process is still in the works. Voting on that tentative agreement will take place