Saturday, February 22, 2014

Looks Like I'll Probably Have Work Next Week

The Medford (Oregon) School District and the Medford Education Association reached a tentative agreement last night.

No details of the agreement have yet been made public since the teachers have to approve it.

The Medford School District and its teachers union reached a tentative agreement late Friday, effectively ending a 16-day strike that sidelined more than 500 teachers and affected 12,100 students.

After nearly a year of negotiations, including four marathon mediation sessions this week, the bargaining teams came to a tentative agreement late Friday. And that means teachers will be returning to their classrooms on Monday.

"At 10:05 today, we reached a settlement agreement with the Medford School District, and our teachers will be back in their classrooms real soon," said Bridget McMillen, a Jefferson Elementary School teacher and member of the Medford Education Association's bargaining team.

"The strike is officially over," added Superintendent Phil Long in the lobby of the Rogue Regency Inn in north Medford, the site of the bulk of this week's state-mediated bargaining.

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