Bargaining teams from both the district and teachers union negotiating

, Posted: Tue, February 18 2014 at 7:00 PM, Updated: Tue, February 18 2014 at 7:29 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Negotiations are happening right now between the Medford School District and their teachers union, despite rumors the two sides wouldn't meet till Wednesday.   

The district bargaining team is at the Rogue Regency Inn, as of 6:45pm they were waiting for a proposal from the MEA. Bargaining teams for the MEA are at the Ramada Inn on Biddle road.

As it stands right now, teachers were reviewing the last proposal from the district, they then requested an in person meeting.

Two district representatives made their way to the Ramada Inn, and they met for about an hour and half while the mediator was in the room. These face to face meetings have only happened one other time since the strike began.

It's still up for debate if they can reach a deal on a 2 or 3 year contract, that seems to be one of the sticking points, along with early retirement benefits and salary.

The district bargaining team says the big test right now is what the next MEA proposal looks like.  They are waiting to see that proposal.  They say if there's good movement these negotiations will most likely go into the night.  If there is no movement, they could stop.

We have included the full length interviews from Lisa North of the MEA, and Medford School District Superintendent Phil Long. These interviews were taken Tuesday February 18th around 4pm.

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