Judge Sides With Medford School District Employees

By Jim McCoy Thu 7th February Newscollective bargaining agreementMedford School District
An administrative judge has sided with the classified employees of the Medford School District in an unfair labor practice complaint filed against the district. The Mail Tribune reports the complaint with the state Employee Relations Board alleged the district engaged in bad-faith bargaining in 2011 when it imposed a final contract offer on the employees. The district faced a budget shortfall in 2011 and asked its employees for 8 percent cuts. After months of failed negotiations, the district imposed the contact on the classified staff, including a requirement that the employees contribute 6 percent of their wages to their pension accounts. A school official and a representative of the Oregon School Employees Association both said a proposed order in the case is preliminary and can be appealed. Associated Press

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