Lets Engage!

PAT has a goal to have 1-on-1 conversations with at least 75% of our members. We know that these face-to-face conversations are key to maintaining union strength and solidarity.

PAT needs YOU to sign up to be a listener! OEA will pay for your sub, and provide training on the mechanics of how to be a listener and the technology we’re using will be provided on site.

All listening will occur on Fridays, so sign up here!

Being a listener is a fun and easy way to be an active and involved union member. As professional educators, we know how valuable face-to-face time with other educators can be. While these conversations only last around five minutes, it provides a critical opportunity for member voices and stories to be heard and valued.

Addressing Hate Speech in PPS

There have been several incidents of hate speech in our schools this year, and the PAT Social Justice Committee wants to ensure these incidents are taken seriously and addressed appropriately by administration. We are trying to better understand the scope of the problem, and how these incidents are being addressed in our schools.

If incidents of hate speech have occurred at your school, please fill out this form and let us know what happened and how it was handled. 

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Do You Have a Student Loan?

Save the date to attend the Student Debt Forgiveness Workshop for PAT members sponsored by PAT and NEA.  Information will be provided to help you understand the various types of federal student loan forgiveness programs (Teacher Loan, Perkins Loan, & the Public Service Loan Programs) and how to apply for relief.  Additionally, a portion of the program will provide information on basic financial essentials and financial planning.   Thursday, March 15, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the PAT Office.  Find additional information and RSVP here

Workshops are only open to current members.

Creating True Sanctuary in Our Schools and Communities

light-bulb.pngPlease join the PAT Social Justice Committee for a Panel and Discussion about the role of schools in creating sanctuary of our immigrant students and families.  Guests include representatives from IRCO, Milenio, We are the Dreamers, and PAT educators.

Wednesday, March 14, 4:30-6:00, at PAT, 345 NE 8th Ave.

All are invited. Snacks and drinks will be provided.  Please RSVP here.  For more information, please contact the Social Justice Committee Chair, Rachel Hanes hanesian@gmail.com

March 24th - March for Our Lives

Students from across the Portland Metro are asking educators and the broader community to join them in the “March for Our Lives,” part of a nationwide student-led day of action to end gun violence. “Stand with the new generation of activists as we march for our lives.”

WHEN:           Saturday, March 24th at 10 AM

WHERE:         Terry Schrunk Plaza, 432 SW Madison St., Portland, OR 97204

Lessons from the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising

Wednesday, March 14, 7 to 9 PM,  at PAT, 345 NE 8th Avenue

The uprising began on Valentine’s day 2011, in response to Governor Scott Walker’s introduction of a bill designed to destroy public sector unions, an opening salvo in his war to slash public services.  Tens of thousands of union and community members occupied the capitol and tens of thousands more engaged in a series of marches and demonstrations over a four-month period. How did the movement grow so fast? What role did unions play? What were some of the strategic choices made by unions and working people in their struggle against the right in Wisconsin?

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Healthcare for All Oregon: Inner City Blues Festival

PAT is once again sponsoring HCAO’s annual Blues Festival.  Health Care for All-Oregon is an advocacy organization working to bring an equitable, affordable, comprehensive, publicly funded health care system to all Oregonians.  The 7th Annual Inner City Blues Festival, “Healing the Healthcare Blues,” returns April 21st to the North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter. (at Lombard). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and music runs until midnight.  Admission $20 in advance or $25 at the door.