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Letter of Support to Medford Education Association

February 7, 2014

Cheryl Lashley, President
Medford Education Association

Dear Cheryl:

On behalf of your 3 million colleagues, I want to salute you for standing strong in your efforts to secure a fair and equitable contract. You are on the frontlines—giving students the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.

I know that our members never make a decision to strike lightly, but sometimes when negotiations fail to produce a contract we are left with no alternative. We all regret any inconvenience to students, but we know that you are fighting for measures that will benefit students in the long run.
Please convey to your members that they have the full support of their National Education Association. NEA is behind you! Stay strong and united—and continue to stand together for professional pay, decent health care, and the greater professional respect that you so rightfully deserve!

Sincerely,

Dennis Van Roekel
President