Medford School District Negotiations with Teachers Progressing According to Administration; Teachers say itís a Brutal All or Nothing Proposal
Medford School District officials insist progress was made in 10 hours of negotiation Tuesday. Teachers termed it a brutal all or nothing contract proposal.
According to Superintendent Phil Long, the districtís new proposal would raise teacherís salary by 6 percent this year and one percent the two following years. It also provides salary step increases of 3.4 percent yearly for teachers with less than 15 years experience as well as for additional hours of education.
The Medford Education Association president Cheryl Lashley says they will not accept the districts offer because it will leave them working longer hours and more days for a net 3 percent decrease in pay.
The Districtís proposal does include having teacherís pay their 6 percent share of PERS pension costs.
The teacherís contract expired the end of June this year. The rules in the contract remain in place until a new agreement is reached. A second mediation session is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m. October 17th.