Strike begins for Medford teachers

The Medford School District's teachers are on strike after stalled negotiations between their union and the Medford School District passed the 5:59 a.m. deadline today.

"It appears imminent that teachers will go on strike," a Tweet on the district's Twitter account reads. That Tweet was posted at 5:53 a.m.

Calls to district superintendent Phil Long and Medford Education Association president Cheryl Lashley have not yet been returned. At a press conference last night, MEA officials said there was still no agreement between the district and the union over retirement benefits, working conditions, salary, and a health insurance cap.

The final round of negotiations began at 9 a.m. Wednesday in different rooms at the district offices. Two state mediators relayed information between groups throughout the day and into the night.

District schools are closed today.

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--Ryan Pfeil