District says negotiations getting better; To continue Wednesday morning

, Posted: Tue, February 18 2014 at 11:22 PM, Updated: Tue, February 18 2014 at 11:36 PM

Medford, Ore. -- Bargaining that began at one o' clock Tuesday afternoon wrapped up with still no contract as both teachers and the district work to put an end to a two week strike that's affecting thousands of Medford families.

Both sides say bargaining will start again Wednesday at 9:30am but Dr. Phil Long told NBC 5 Tuesday night that Tuesdays' session went well.

Teachers spent the day at the Ramada Inn, the district at the Rogue Regency.

That's where teachers picketed early Tuesday. Tuesday night Dr. Long says three proposals were exchanged. At one point two members from each side met in a room for over an hour with a mediator. Dr. Long says that's a sign of progress "I think everyones been skittish with whats been going on in recent weeks but it's going to take extending ourselves to make this work and they did."

The MEA would not say whether or not they thought Tuesday nights bargaining ended well and said they're working into the night preparing for Wednesdays bargaining session.

Dr. Long says the sticking points continue to be compensation, retirement insurance, and pay.

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