The school employee strike in the southern Oregon town of Eagle Point is over. Rob Manning reports on the deal that’s expected to resume normal school operations Thursday.
The eight-day strike included two days this week, when the district brought in more than 100 staffers to cross picket lines and run a handful of schools.
Eagle Point human resources director Michael Remick says both sides compromised to reach a deal.
“A lot of it is trying to move closer to some agreements that work for both of the parties, and we believe that we’ve accomplished some of our goals, and we believe the union has accomplished some of their goals.”
The district agreed to delay any sub-contracting of jobs until a study is complete.
The union agreed to let the district pro-rate health insurance for part-time workers, but got a guarantee that even half-time workers would get 70% of what full-timers receive.
The tentative agreement allows the district to increase instructional time – but school-based teams can offer schedule adjustments.
Remick says if union members and the school board approve the deal, it should maintain staffing levels and a full school year.