MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford teachers are back out on the streets trying to gain community support as contract negotiations came to an abrupt end Friday.
This week teachers showed overwhelming support to a potential strike… and on Friday, the union representing the teachers in the Medford School District walked away from the bargaining table.
At least 300 teachers were out today trying to get the community to stand behind them. The Medford Education Association said they are bargaining and putting their best offer on the table, but the district is not willing to meet them half-way.
“Bargaining starts on two sides and moves… you can’t just draw a line in the sand and say we’re done and call it bargaining,” said Lisa North with the MEA.
On Friday, the district and MEA met to further discuss contract negotiations, but no agreement was reached.
The MEA did vote to support a strike if the negotiation process remains at a stand-still, but a strike has not been declared yet. By law the MEA must give a 10 day notice before they start striking. More negotiation talks are being planned for some time next week.