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 cross the picket lines, and teachers say they want them to understand what that means.
“When they come in, even temporarily, and take our jobs, that allows the strike to go on longer,” said picket captain Lori Ross.
Over the next few days those substitutes will be given orientation, and classes will officially resume in most schools on Tuesday.
But teachers still say they hope a deal can be reached before that happens.
“I would like to be in my classroom on Monday,” said Ross. “That’s where I’d like to be.”
Substitute teachers will be given orientation on Sunday before into the classrooms on Tuesday, assuming a deal isn’t reached by then.