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Medford School Schedule May Change, Students Stage Walkout

By Jim McCoy Thu 20th February Newscontract talksMedford School Districtstrike
The Medford School District may have to adjust the school calendar if a teachers strike continues after this week. Secondary education director Todd Bloomquist also told the Mail Tribune ( ) the district may have to reevaluate high school graduations dates set for June. Teachers went on strike Feb. 6, and classes resumed Feb.Read More »

Talks Break Off In Medford Teacher's Strike

By Jim McCoy Fri 14th February Newscontract talksMedford School Districtstrike
Talks in the Medford teachers strike have broken off, and attendance has fallen below 50 percent. The Medford Mail Tribune reports ( ) that bargaining ended Thursday evening without a definite time to resume.Read More »

Medford Teachers Strike; No School Until Tuesday

By Jim McCoy Thu 6th February Newscontract talksMedford School Districtstrike
A teacher strike began Thursday morning in Medford after all-night bargaining. KDRV-TV ( ) showed picketers in front of the school district offices after a 6 a.m.Read More »

Medford Teachers Face Strike, Portlan Teachers Taking Strike Vote

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th February Newscontract talksteachers
Schools in Medford face a strike at 6 a.m. Thursday, while teachers in Portland take a strike vote Wednesday night. The Medford Mail Tribune reports ( ) a strike there could involve up to 600 teachers. Bargaining was resuming Wednesday after daylong talks Tuesday. The two sides agreed not to talk about the negotiations.Read More »

Strike Looms As Teacher-Board Talks Break Down

By Jim McCoy Wed 29th January Newscontract talksMedford School District
The Medford School District and the union representing its teachers ended a state-mediated negotiating session with no deal. The Mail Tribune newspaper reports ( ) Tuesday's session lasted nearly nine hours and there is no scheduled date for talks to resume. Issues that must be resolved include preparation time, compensation, early retirement benefits, insurancRead More »

SEIU Makes Contract Proposals

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd February Newscontract talksSEIU Local 503
Bargaining over a new state employee contract is in the offing in Oregon, and the largest public-sector union has released its proposals, including some that aren't strictly pay and benefit items. The Salem Statesman Journal reports that Local 503 of the Service Employees International Union is asking for raises and more vacation time. The union also wants the state to sever relaRead More »

Jackson County Sheriff Winters Warns of Layoffs

Amid contract talks, Jackson County has given 66 law enforcement workers notice they'll lose their jobs in four weeks. Sheriff Mike Winters tells the Medford Mail Tribune some of those layoff notices could be rescinded if the county and the Sheriff's Employees Association agree on a contract. Winters says the cuts he foresees would eliminate around-the-clock patrols, and they woRead More »


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