Eagle Point Union Files Complaint

, Posted: Fri, April 27 2012 at 6:10 PM, Updated: Fri, April 27 2012 at 11:44 PM

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The drama in Eagle Point continues as the Eagle Point Education Association files a complaint against the district.

They allege the district held meetings with 12 or more elementary school staff members to determine who planned to participate in a strike on May 8.

" They are going to find out on May 8 who wants to go, to intimidated employees before that time is just a little premature I think, " said Dave Carrell, President for the Eagle Point Education Association.

Contract negotiations have been going on for nearly 13 months.

The two sides aren't seeing eye-to-eye on teacher preparation time, subcontracting agreements, and job security for bus drivers.

"Our bus drivers are some of the most efficient in the state of oregon and our district wants to subcontract out to a third party," said Carrell.

When we last spoke with district officials they said they were preparing for a possible strike.

Union officials say they don't want to strike but they're standing up for what they believe.

"Our working conditions are the students' learning conditions, so we're standing up for our students by authorizing this strike, " said Carrell.

Officials tell us more than 300district staff belong to the union, which means when May 8th rolls around that's the number of staff that could be absent from school.

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