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  • Medford School District and teachers' union reach impasse

  • The possibility of a Medford teachers' strike took a step closer to reality Tuesday when negotiations broke off between the teachers union and the Medford School District.
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  • The possibility of a Medford teachers' strike took a step closer to reality Tuesday when negotiations broke off between the teachers union and the Medford School District.
    Divided over everything from pay to retirement funding and the number of work days, the two sides reached an official impasse, which starts the clock toward a possible strike in mid- to late-December.
    While a press release from the Medford Education Association castigated the School Board for walking away from the negotiations and forcing the impasse, Superintendent Phil Long said Tuesday night that the district "has put all the money on the table."
    He said the total compensation package offered by the district would be the second-highest in Southern Oregon.
    Following the declaration of an impasse, the two sides each have seven days to present a final proposal. Following that is a mandated 30-day cooling off period, after which the teachers could strike if no agreement is reached.
    Teachers said in the press release that district officials "insist upon gutting long-standing provisions that protect teachers' ability to have some voice and control of how they spend your non-instructional time."
    — Bob Hunter
    Read more in Wednesday's Mail Tribune
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