August 20 Email from PAT- re Building Access Prior to Start of School Year

Dear PAT Educator,

Today is the first day that educators can access their building to prepare for the school year, according to our contract.  We have heard from many educators who wish to enter their classrooms to prepare for the year and access materials.

Article 19.5 of the PAT/PPS Collective Bargaining Agreement states, “Professional educators shall have access to their worksites to unpack and organize their rooms as soon as possible but, at minimum, one (1) week prior to their first work day.”  If your administrator has not already announced a schedule to safely re-enter the building, contact your building administrator to schedule a time to re-enter the building.  

If your administrator refuses to admit you into the building, citing Covid procedures, please contact your Uniserv Representative at PAT.  While we want to remain sensitive to PPS’s attempts to implement Covid safe re-entry plans, we believe PPS has had sufficient time to design these re-entry plans, especially considering the deadline to re-enter the building is today. 

Portland Association of Teachers
http://www.pdxteachers.org/

Have You NOT Received ANY Payments for Work Share or Unemployment Yet?

Dear Educator,

As of last Thursday, July 16th, the majority of members received all of their Unemployment checks and Work Share checks. However, there are still many members who have not received any Work Share or Unemployment checks due to the following reasons:

  1. They are receiving income from a second source. This includes another pension, income from a second job, income from a trust or estate, or income from a small family business.
  2. They just retired.
  3. They incorrectly filled out their two-page Work Share application. (The two page application filled out by members in May.)

PPS is aware of these three categories of individuals who have not yet received any of their payments. PPS HR is slowly working its way through a list of employees and either emailing educators or calling educators to follow up.

If you have emailed PAT since July 13 about having not received any payments yet (either emailed your UniServ Consultant or the PAT general email address), we have your name and are compiling a list to forward to PPS HR. 

However, if you have not received any payments yet, have not contacted your UniServ Consultant or PAT since July 13, and you have not received a call or email from PPS HR recently, please enter your contact info on this form. We want to have a list to forward to PPS HR, and we also want to make sure that everyone receives the payments they are owed.


In Solidarity,

Portland Association of Teachers
http://www.pdxteachers.org/

Special Education in the Time of COVID— Discussion with ODE

Dear Colleagues,

OEA is hosting a virtual meeting to discuss COVID-19 issues specifically concerning Special Ed Educators. Below is the invitation from OEA President John Larson, with links on how to register to participate. We hope to see you there.

PLEASE NOTE:
Registration is REQUIRED to participate in this meeting.

Good morning,

There will be a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, July 15, from 3:30-5pm to discuss Special Education issues during a time of COVID with Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Colt Gill and Oregon Department of Education Staff.  The emphasis will be on IEP development/modifications, but all special education issues can be a part of the conversation.  
 
Please take a moment to register to participate in the meeting here; please be sure to enter the email address where you wish to receive the link/password to join the meeting.
 
You will receive the link and password to join the meeting twice (once in the morning, once in the afternoon at approximately 3pm) on July 15 at the email address you entered when registering. Note: If you do not intend to participate in this meeting but still wish to be notified for future meetings, please register and indicate “No” in the drop-down asking whether or not you will participate.
 
Registration for this meeting will close Monday, July 13, at 4:00 p.m.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is REQUIRED to participate in this meeting.
 
The email address you enter during registration is where you will receive the link/password to join the meeting.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at john.larson@oregoned.org.
 
Thank you for participating in this very important work.  I appreciate all you do.
 
 John
 
C. John Larson
OEA President
Phone (503) 495-2124
Fax (503) 624-5814 

www.oregoned.org 
"Improving the future of all Oregonians through quality public education"

 
www.oregoned.org/oeafoundation 
"We help students succeed!"

Portland Association of Teachers
http://www.pdxteachers.org/

May 29 Communication from PAT- re Update from PAT on PPS Work Share Rules

Message sent to our membership on May 29th, 2020

 

Dear PAT Colleagues:

 

The PAT learned this week that Portland Public Schools is enforcing the Work Share requirement of a 20% reduction in work in a way that was never discussed or agreed to. While the District's expectation remains that educators should be working 5 hours a day or 20 hours a week, if in the course of your week you anticipate working beyond 32 hours, please notify your supervisor immediately. Your supervisor must then tell you what duties they will be taking off your plate for the week to ensure that you can complete your work within the 32 hours, or proportion thereof if you are employed at less than 1.0 FTE. If your supervisor fails to provide adequate adjustment to your workload for the week, you should not work beyond your 32 hours. Otherwise you risk being removed from the Work Share program for that week. 

 

Because PAT members work about 40 hours per week (when the two-hour staff meeting is counted), the four-day furlough total number of hours worked must be no more than 32 hours (four days of eight hours a day). As such, PAT advises you to keep a careful record of your work activities. 

 

What does tracking your hours mean? For each type of school that is a little different. Keep in mind that the current collective bargaining agreement requires that you follow a particular distribution of time each day. 

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May 21st, PAT’s Matching Donation Fund Campaign

The communication sent to PAT membership on May 21st, 2020:

 

Dear Educator,

Many of you have been asking about charitable giving during these difficult times. We are excited to announce a partnership with The Fund for PPS where 100% of money raised will go directly to our PPS families and students in need.

Starting today, educators and members of the general public can make donations to The Fund for PPS and every dollar will be matched by the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT), up to a maximum of $20,000. The matching fund campaign will continue through June 1, 2020. 

Your elected PAT Executive Board of Directors take managing your dues dollars very seriously. Because of COVID-19, items in our budget related to travel or larger gatherings this spring have been cancelled. We’ve decided to use a portion of these unused funds, up to $20,000, to support our PPS families.

All of our educators are going above and beyond right now to support our students. We know that some of you are experiencing financial hardships of your own, or that many of you have already done some charitable giving. We also know many of you are eager to work collectively to support our students and their families, and we are excited about the opportunity to double our impact.

You can help by contributing here and promoting this matching campaign with your friends and families.

You can read our press release here.  

Thank you so much for all you’ve done for our students, families, and communities already.

In Solidarity,

Portland Association of Teachers
http://www.pdxteachers.org/

Electronic Ballot for Furlough/Work Share Plan Closes at 5pm Tonight

To PAT Colleagues,

Last night we sent a ballot to your pps.net account to cast your vote on the proposed furlough/ Work Share plan PAT has been discussing with the PPS District. 

Below are the links to related material including the results of a "yes" or "no" vote. If you did not receive your ballot, please check your pps.net “junk folder” or contact Jennifer.Dixon@oregoned.org for assistance. 

Substitute members will not receive a ballot as they will not be affected by this proposed furlough/Work Share plan. We are currently updating our Q&A page for substitutes and will have more information here soon.

Only PAT members will receive an email to vote; if you are not a member and would like to join so that you may vote, please contact Jennifer Dixon at Jennifer.Dixon@oregoned.org. 

Please see your ballot for the draft version of the MOA.

BALLOTS MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. TODAY, Tuesday, May 5th, 2020.

May 3rd Communications from PAT

Dear Educator,

We are inviting you to a tele-town hall all member meeting to learn more about the Work Share plan we communicated earlier with you about. After many discussions, PPS has agreed to keep members whole. In other words, if an individual has their workweek/salary reduced and they are rejected by Work Share for any reason, they will be returned to their previous work schedule and receive their lost wages. 

Only active, dues paying members of PAT that are regularly employed educators, not our substitute members, will be able to vote and be invited to the call.

The member meeting will take place by telephone on Monday, May 4th at 5pm. Your number will be automatically dialed. If you do not get the call, you can call (855) 756-7520 Ext.60463# at 5pm.

We will go over some of the basic information about the Work Share program, what a reduced schedule might look like and then answer as many questions as we can.

You will receive a ballot in your PPS e-mail inbox at 5pm on Monday, May 4th. Voting will close on Tuesday, May 5th at 5pm. Should we ratify, the school board will then vote Tuesday evening.

We know this is quick, and we want to be able to provide you with all the information necessary to make an informed vote. Here are some additional sources of information coming soon, in addition to the town hall:

  • Another email tomorrow with more information
  • An Executive Board recommendation
  • Your ballot will contain more information

PPS has approached the PAT, other PPS unions, and non-represented employees about the possibility of furloughing employees by 20% for the last five weeks of school this year.  The 20% proposed reduction would mean we would work 4 days a week between now and the end of the school year. 

They estimate saving 66 PAT positions.  

The PPS plan is that employees would work four days a week for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year, and have our members make no less than their regular salary.  This would be accomplished by using the Work Share program of Oregon and Federal Cares Act funding.  Work Share is a program that protects employee income in situations where an employer has to cut employee hours in order to avoid layoffs.  Here is additional information about the Oregon Work Share program:

https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Businesses/WorkShare/Pages/Work%20Share%20Home%20Page.aspx

A set of frequently asked questions can also be found here: 

https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Businesses/WorkShare/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx

By utilizing the Work Share funds, PPS will achieve a significant savings through a temporary furlough, members will keep their pre-furlough health benefit levels, and with the funds from the Work Share program, professional educators would make as much (or more) than they did prior to the cuts.       

Should PAT members and the school board agree, this would begin on Friday, May 8th.

We look forward to answering your questions Monday night.



Portland Association of Teachers
http://www.pdxteachers.org/

Tonight! PAT Tele-Town Hall Meeting, 5pm

To PAT Colleagues,

We are inviting all members to a tele-town hall meeting tonight at 5pm to discuss the furlough/Work Share plan we have previously communicated. The member meeting will take place by telephone on Monday, May 4th at 5pm. Your number will be automatically dialed at that time. If you do not get the call, please check your PPS e-mail for the number to call in our message dated May 3rd or e-mail portlandteachers@gmail.com

We will go over some of the basic information about the Work Share program, what a reduced schedule might look like and then answer as many questions as we can.

You will receive a ballot in your PPS e-mail inbox at 5pm on Monday, May 4th. Voting will close on Tuesday, May 5th at 5pm. Should we ratify, the school board will then vote Tuesday evening.

We know this is quick, and we want to be able to provide you with all the information necessary to make an informed vote. Here are some additional sources of information coming soon, in addition to the town hall:

  • Another email tomorrow with more information
  • An Executive Board recommendation
  • Your ballot will contain more information

PPS has approached the PAT, other PPS unions, and non-represented employees about the possibility of furloughing employees by 20% for the last five weeks of school this year.  The 20% proposed reduction would mean we would work 4 days a week between now and the end of the school year. 

They estimate saving 66 PAT positions.  

The PPS plan is that employees would work four days a week for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year, and have our members make no less than their regular salary.  This would be accomplished by using the Work Share program of Oregon and Federal Cares Act funding.  Work Share is a program that protects employee income in situations where an employer has to cut employee hours in order to avoid layoffs.  Here is additional information about the Oregon Work Share program:

https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Businesses/WorkShare/Pages/Work%20Share%20Home%20Page.aspx

A set of frequently asked questions can also be found here: 

https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Businesses/WorkShare/Pages/Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx

By utilizing the Work Share funds, PPS will achieve a significant savings through a temporary furlough, members will keep their pre-furlough health benefit levels, and with the funds from the Work Share program, professional educators would make as much (or more) than they did prior to the cuts.       

Should PAT members and the school board agree, this would begin on Friday, May 8th.

We look forward to answering your questions Monday night.

May 1, 2020 Communication from PAT- re PPS Discussions re Potential Furloughs and Work Share

Message sent to our membership on May 1st, 2020

Dear PAT Colleagues:

       As many of you may have heard, PPS has approached the PAT, other PPS unions, and non-represented employees about the possibility of furloughing employees by 20% for the last five weeks of school this year.  Their goal is to save general fund resources.  PPS’s desire to furlough workers now is because of the extraordinary increase in unemployment in Oregon, and the loss of business for so many small businesses.  Oregon knows that the amount of tax dollars coming into the state will be far less than was originally forecast, and the Governor has asked school districts to plan for significant reductions in funds next year.  The PPS idea to have a temporary furlough for all employees is its response to this funding crisis; PPS wants to save as much as it can for staffing next year.

       The PPS plan is that employees would work four days a week for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year, and have our members make no less than their regular salary.  This would be accomplished by using the Work Share program of Oregon and Federal Cares Act funding.  Work Share is a program that protects employee income in situations where an employer has to cut employee hours in order to avoid layoffs.  By utilizing the Work Share funds, PPS will achieve a temporary furlough, members will keep their pre-furlough health benefit levels, and with the funds from the Work Share program, professional educators would make as much (or more) than they did prior to the cuts.

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April 24, 2020 Communication from PAT- re Latest Developments with PPS

Message sent to our membership on April 24th, 2020 

Dear Educator,

On Tuesday, April 21st, PPS met with PAT leadership to discuss budget issues for the academic year 2020-2021. Because Oregon is dependent on income tax revenue, we all understand from prior recessions, that lower income tax revenue means cuts to public sector services. Both PPS and PAT want to find a way to diminish the impact of the loss of revenue to the school district.   

We wanted to let you know that we are exploring with PPS some possibilities for the remainder of this school year. Though we can’t share details yet, and aren’t even sure what is possible- we did agree to explore options. A few things we wanted to make sure you know:

  • PAT cannot, and will not, agree to anything without presenting the details to you, and having members vote on it
  • PAT is exploring options that do not harm members financially this year
  • PAT is working in collaboration with other unions

At this time we have nothing concrete to report. As soon as we find out more about our options we will communicate further.

In Solidarity,

Portland Association of Teachers
http://www.pdxteachers.org/