Following the union-busting activities of Portland School District and Medford School District through friends directly involved. This reading of events in Portland and Medford does seem to suggest a concerted strategy.
Medford teachers will go on strike tomorrow. Portland teachers voted tonight to potentially strike on February 20. Other than these strike votes, the districts have been ratcheting things up all the way. Common themes in district behaviors:
Neither Medford nor Portland have been on strike before (our list of Oregon education strikes).
# of initial contract “rollbacks” (contract takeaways) proposed at the start by the districts:
Medford School District (MSD): 118
Portland Public Schools (PPS): 78
Both numbers are unusually high.
MSD declared an end to 150 days of direct bargaining.
PPS declared an end to 150 days of direct bargaining.
150 days is the mandated minimum. Direct bargaining could have continued.
MSD demanded a state mediator.
PPS demanded a state mediator.
MSD declared impasse after 15 days of mediation.
PPS declared impasse after 15 days of mediation.
15 days is the mandated minimum. Mediation could have continued…
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