MEDFORD, Ore. — The MEA President said teachers showed overwhelming support of a strike at Thursday night’s meeting, but that doesn’t mean the strike will happen immediately.
Nearly 600 people filed into the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Medford for Thursday night’s strike vote. This vote aimed to gauge support from MEA members.
The next step toward a strike would be to give the district 10 days’ notice of intent, and while that has not happened yet, the school district is still disappointed in the outcome of the vote.
“While I’m disappointed in the vote, I’m hopeful that we’re going to be meeting with the association tomorrow to see if we can make progress toward concluding the project,” said Superintendent Dr. Phil Long.
Dr. Long says the district and the union have come to an agreement on 13 out of 19 articles. The remaining issues concern class size, early retirement benefits and health insurance.
The bargaining meeting between the district and the teachers is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday morning.