Medford teachers vote to strike

Medford teachers have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, leaders with the Medford Education Association announced after counting ballots cast this evening. The strike vote means the teachers could walk off their jobs after giving 10 days' notice, but when that notice will be given has not been announced.

About 95 percent of the union's 600 members were present for this evening's vote.

The teachers and the Medford School District have been negotiating for a year, but remain apart on several, mostly monetary issues, including compensation, pension contributions, early retirement and teacher preparation time.

The two sides plan to resume negotiations at 9 a.m. Friday.

We will have more details on this story as they become available.

Updated 7:50 p.m. Bargaining teams from the Medford Education Association and Medford School District will meet at 10 a.m. Friday to continue negotiations. The decision to strike was determined by a standing vote. MEA's administration and its bargaining team will determine if and when the strike will occur.

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