Community Organizes Occupy Movement

MEDFORD, Ore. — Parents, students, and community members in Medford are gathering on the steps of the school district office for a new strike demonstration being called an Occupy movement. At 7 a.m. on Friday, the group started walking up the stairs trying to move into the building. The doors were locked, so the organizers … Continue reading »

Picketing Continues Across Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Picketing continued on Thursday, but instead of outside the schools, teachers were found across Medford in an effort to drum up support. Hundreds of members and supporters of the Medford Teachers Association began in the morning on the sidewalk on Barnet Road in South Medford. Then, the picketers moved on to city … Continue reading »

Local Teachers Support Medford Strike

EUGENE, Ore. — A teachers strike that’s been going on for nearly two weeks in Medford is gaining support in Eugene. Teachers went on strike Feb. 6, and the Medford School District says if the strike continues past this week, it may have to adjust the school calendar. KEZI 9 News reporter Jessica Debbas is … Continue reading »

StrikeWatch: Students Walk Out

MEDFORD, Ore. — Thursday marks the start of week three of the Medford teachers’ strike, and five minutes after the bell rang to start the day on Thursday, students got up from their desks and left. Those students say they won’t be going back Thursday. Students at both high schools say they got a Facebook … Continue reading »

Parents Speak Up as Bargaining Continues

MEDFORD, Ore. – Megaphones blared among a sea of parents filling the front lawn of the Medford School District headquarters Wednesday. “I’d like them to open their eyes, open their ears, open their minds to what they’re doing,” said parent Jon Buckley. Fourteen days of striking have left demonstrators with little hope, but plenty of … Continue reading »

District Hopeful After Bargaining Talks

MEDFORD, Ore. – What was meant to be a quick check-in with the mediator turned into an eight-hour bargaining session Tuesday. The two sides went home to rest up, the district saying they’ll be going in hopeful when bargaining resumes in the morning. The day began with a rocky start with both sides accusing the … Continue reading »

School Labor Practices Under Dispute

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford teacher strike is not the only problem between the MEA and the school district. The two sides have been arguing over multiple Unfair Labor Practice complaints (ULP’s) while bargaining has been going on. One complaint, filed in July of last year by the MEA against the district, claims two teachers … Continue reading »

Teachers Take Rally to the Streets

MEDFORD, Ore. – Teachers and supporters ditched the picket lines and went mobile Saturday morning, carrying their message on cars to get bargaining back on track. “It feels empty without the teachers,” said South Medford High School Junior Ivan Lopez. “It doesn’t feel the same.” The two sides are scheduled for a check-in with the … Continue reading »

Negotiations Continue During Strike

MEDFORD, Ore. — Wednesday’s meeting will be the first time the Medford School District and the Medford Education Association come together to negotiate since Saturday’s twelve-hour meeting. On Tuesday, both sides met for a brief check-in, but because the meeting Wednesday is a bargaining session, it is expected to last much longer. Tuesday was also … Continue reading »

Students Walk Out During 1st Day Back

MEDFORD, Ore. — North Medford High School teachers sang the Black Tornado fight song as they watched their students file into school for the first time since the strike began. “It’s kind of interesting seeing our school over there and all of our teachers over here,” said North Medford students Halli and Mya Roussell. “I’m … Continue reading »

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