Dear Medford Community Members,
It has been three weeks since the Medford School Committee declared an impasse to the Medford Educators contract negotiations. These three weeks have represented wasted opportunities for good faith bargaining sessions and have accomplished nothing other than adding uncertainty to a school year in which students, educators, parents, and guardians are in dire need of stability. For the good of the students and our members, the MTA negotiations team is once again asking the district to return to the table and continue to work towards a fair contract that will help to stop the loss of quality educators that the district has been undergoing since our last contract has expired.
Mediation as a method of settling a negotiation is a slow and nonbinding process that has failed in several districts in the state. This includes Pittsfield, MA, whose contract mediation began in April and was not completed until mid September. Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools also entered mediation in July and have yet to settle their contract. As both the Medford Public Schools and the Medford Teachers Association’s negotiation teams have been engaged in good faith bargaining with consistent movement on the remaining key issues throughout this year, it is only logical to state that continued talks between the two parties will settle the contract long before the Department of Labor’s mediator will.
The educators of Medford are passionate and dedicated professionals and the MTA is proud to represent them. We worked closely with the district on the implementation of remote learning, the reopening of the 2020-2021 school year, and over the past year to get our members a fair contract. We want to continue the difficult but worthwhile job of bargaining so that our members can focus on their students in one of the most difficult times in this country’s history. We urge the district to return to the table and do the job they were hired to do.
Members of the MTA negotiating team
- Charlene Douglas President Medford Teachers Association
- Jennifer Rigano Vice President Medford Teachers Association
- Ellie O’Leary Secretary Medford Teachers Association
- Joanne McKay Financial Secretary Medford Teachers Association
- Patricia Brandl Treasurer Medford Teachers Association
- Shawn Morris Medford High School Representative
- Anthony Geehan Member Coordinator Medford Teachers Association