Last week, negotiations broke down between the Medford School District and the local teacher’s union, the Medford Education Association. The most recent contract the district offered added back six school days while bumping up teacher pay by ten percent. It also required teachers to take on the six percent Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) contribution currently paid by the district.
The two sides declared an official impasse November 12, which means teachers could strike in December. There are still a lot of steps before that, though. Both sides have until Tuesday to present a final proposal, which will be followed by a 30 day cooling off period.
Meanwhile, in Portland the school district and the teacher’s union have been negotiating for months with no end in sight. The main sticking points seem to be class sizes and teacher work loads. Neither side has declared an impasse, but they have been in mediation since October.
We’ll talk to reporters who have been following negotiations in each district about what might happen next in Medford and in Portland.