Medford teachers set Feb. 6 strike date

The Medford Education Association will issue an intent to strike against the Medford School District on Monday, the union announced Saturday night.

If the parties do not reach an agreeable settlement before Feb. 6 at 6 a.m., a strike will commence, MEA President Cheryl Lashley said in a prepared statement.

Under Oregon law, the notice of the union's intent to strike initiates a 10-day period that must elapse before a strike can begin.

“The MEA had hopes they would never have to use this authority, let alone so soon, but the district has left us no choice,” Lashley said in her statement.

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

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