Oregon Public Broadcasting

Eagle Point students are set to return to school Monday, even as teachers and other school staff continue their strike.

A school employee strike closed schools in the southern Oregon district of Eagle Point last Tuesday. Lengthy bargaining sessions didn't produce an agreement.

Picket signs aren't stopping the district from opening four of its 12 schools.

The union disagrees with the district's decision to hire replacement teachers and staff.

Eagle Point human resources director Michael Remick says he has found more than 100 employees to help run schools. He counts both union members willing to cross picket lines and substitute teachers.

"Anybody that we would hire -- they have an Oregon teaching license. An Oregon teaching license means they have been fingerprinted, and as a result, they've had a criminal background check. So these are very competent and qualified employees that have worked around the state."

The two sides are at odds over health insurance and instructional time.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Tuesday.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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