MSD and OSEA Reach Tentative Agreement
May 13, 2017
The Medford School District Board of Education and the Oregon School Employees Association are pleased to announce that on May 12, 2017, bargaining teams reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for classified staff members.
“The board understands and appreciates the vital role that our OSEA team members contribute to the mission and vision of this district,” said school board member Larry Nicholson. “Both teams worked hard to show appreciation for staff while working within the district’s limited funds.”
The agreement is a two-year contract that includes a four-percent raise (cost of living increase) and maintains step increases for longevity. A $250 stipend would be provided to all members of the association if the contract is ratified by June 30, 2017.
Members would pay 10-percent of their medical benefits with premiums and deductibles aligned with the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB).
“We certainly value our OSEA support staff and this agreement will provide for excellent conditions for classroom support to support greater student achievement,” said Superintendent Brian Shumate. “I am pleased that both bargaining teams worked extensively and collaboratively to reach this agreement.”
“This has been a collaborative and respectful process,” said Kristina Shellhorn, OSEA President. “Both teams worked hard, and we are pleased to have made some language changes that will benefit OSEA members and the district as a whole.”
April 27, 2017
Bargaining teams from the Medford School District (MSD) and Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) met on April 24, 2017 to exchange counter proposals.
A tentative agreement was reached during the April 24 meeting on Article 3- Grievance. Other articles with changes proposed by both parties were discussed.
Both parties are working hard to reach tentative agreements by the end of June when the current contract expires.
Upcoming Meetings (all are open to the public):
May 5, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
May 10, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
May 17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
On March 23, 2017, the Medford School District Board of Education and the Oregon School Employees Association exchanged initial contract proposals and began collaborative discussions for the classified collective bargaining agreement that expires on June 30, 2017.
The groups came together at the Medford School District Education Center at 5:00 pm in an open meeting regarding employee compensation, including health care benefits, working conditions and other contractual language.
Meetings will continue with dates posted on the district website.