Medford teachers union files labor complaint against school district

The Medford Education Association says it has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the state against the Medford School District.

The two sides are in negotiations for a new contract that was supposed to begin July 1, but they remain far apart in their efforts to reach an agreement.

The MEA accuses the district of failing to restore days and/or increase insurance coverage and salaries after the district received more money from the state last May. The two sides had agreed what to do if extra money became available in a memorandum of understanding they've been operating under during negotiations, according to the complaint filed with the Oregon Employment Relations Board.

The MEA insisted in a June 20 letter to Superintendent Phil Long that the district should restore four days to the school calendar based on a 2.1 percent increase in per-pupil funding the district received from the state for 2012-2013 over the previous year.

It also said a one-time payment of $800,000 the district received should be applied toward employees' insurance premiums and salaries.

The district responded through its lawyers that it disagreed with the demands, saying there was no language in the memorandum that the district was required to take those steps.

To read more, see Thursday's Mail Tribune.

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