Dear PAT Colleagues:
The Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) that PAT filed against PPS has resulted in a series of major benefits for PAT Substitute Educators and all regularly employed professional educators. This resolution means that substitute educators WILL be able to work this fall, and other educators will be able to REQUEST a substitute educator.
PAT was able to gain the following benefits:
- The number of days worked in the 2019-2020 year for substitute educators to be eligible for substitute educator health insurance in 2020-2021 has been reduced from a required 70 days to at least 52 days (any combination of half and full days, adding up to at least 52).
- If a substitute educator had earned health insurance benefits in seven of the last ten years, but did not get 52 days of work last year, that educator will be eligible for insurance if they worked 37 days (combo of half and full days).
- To benefit all PAT members, PPS will resume the AESOP substitute finder system by September 14th when student instruction begins.
- All substitute educators will have required training on district approved distance learning platforms so that each educator will be able to properly substitute during Comprehensive Distance Learning.
- There will be an additional day of voluntary paid training for all substitute educators covering PPS curriculum delivery and other key educational issues. NOTE: The required and voluntary training add up to three days of paid time, which counts towards insurance for the 2021-2022 school year.
- All PAT employees and PPS administrators will receive notice that AESOP has been resumed and how to request a substitute.
We deeply regret that we had to go to such lengths to secure insurance and work for our substitute educators as well as workload relief for the rest of the PAT membership. Nonetheless, these efforts once again show the efficacy of collective action.
Portland Association of Teachers