The Substitute Newsletter - 3-27-17

Sub Bargaining Update
As all of you know, the 2012 – 2016 Substitute Teachers’ Agreement expired on June 30, 2016. We reported to all Substitutes that we entered into an MOU with the District that extended the terms of the CBA until December 30, 2016. Unfortunately, we were unable to get a successor agreement in place before the expiration on December 30.  During the period after a contract has expired and before a new contract is finalized, state law requires districts to generally maintain the status quo on contract provisions.

Your PAT Bargaining team for the new PAT PPS Substitute Teacher agreement has been meeting with the District to secure a new contract. In spite of snow days and team members on both sides with the flu, the two teams have met for three-hour minimum bargaining sessions on 11/22/2016, 11/29/2016, 1/102017, 2/14/2017, 3/13 and 3/24/2017. The negotiations are going well, but we have no final agreement to bring to you for ratification. What we can do is give you a snapshot of the two sides’ positions and indicate where progress is being made.

As we reported at the Sub Committee meetings following the two member surveys we conducted, the PAT Substitute Bargaining Team package consisted of proposals to improve:

  • Work day and work hour conditions (stopping administrators changing assignments, controlling what happens if a Substitute must cover for a second teacher in one assignment)
  • Payment for required trainings
  • A request for an experience pay rate and a seventy-day pay rate
  • A demand for clear assignment listings
  • Changes in the discipline procedures including improvements in the complaint procedure, the building restriction process, and the employee discipline language
  • Improvements in insurance
  • Improved Sick Leave language 

The PPS Bargaining Team proposed:

  • The removal of the Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Changes to the complaint procedure and the employee discipline language
  • Increasing the number of assignments for the Master list, the eventual removal of the Restricted list, and the removal of the right to be unavailable for work during a lawful PAT teacher strike
  • Change in sick leave language
  • Allowing for some paid trainings
  • Changes to insurance (still being clarified)
  • Reducing the ten-day rate of pay
  • Creating an Incentive-Pay program
  • Allowing PPS substitutes to use the Jobulator app when accepting assignments with the AESOP system

As you can see, the two proposals are not wildly different. In fact, at the last bargaining session, the two sides have made significant progress on all aspects of discipline, sick leave, and the issue of using the Jobulator app, conditions for both Master List and Restrict List postings, and creating financial incentives for Substitutes accepting jobs in high-need buildings. In addition, PPS has officially removed its proposal to end the FSA accounts for Substitutes.

The two teams agreed to bargain on April 13th and April 25th. We will update everyone after each of those bargains take place. We are hopeful that we can bring a finalized package before the year ends.

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 Still Having Trouble with the New AESOP “Upgrade” 

Are your employees having trouble accessing Aesop after the upgrade? Here are some tips from Aesop:

1)   Manually type in your log-in credentials without having them pre-populated by your web browser. If your login ID is a 10-digit phone number, do not include any dashes or spaces.

2)   Clear your web browser's cache, close your browser, and try again. Visit this article for more information on clearing your cache:  (click here)

3)   Avoid using a bookmarked or saved link. Open your web browser and type www.aesoponline.com directly into the address bar.

4)   Ensure that you are using an up-to-date web browser.

5)   If you are using a handheld device (ex: mobile phone or tablet), make sure that the web browser has cookies enabled.

6)   Double check that the local computer time on your clock is configured correctly (including the time zone).

7)   Avoid using Safari. Chrome is recommended.

8)   If a user is encountering an LDAP error, this means the user is using the wrong web address to login. All users should manually type in www.aesoponline.com into the address bar.

9)   Check out this article for more troubleshooting help: (click here).

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Don’t Forget About Cyber Security

As a PPS employee, your username and password provide access to multiple information systems (appropriate for your position) that contain confidential and sensitive information. Some examples are:

●  Microsoft O365 Email - Some emails are confidential or sensitive.

●  Oracle PeopleSoft and Employee Self Service - Where your personal and payroll information is stored and updated.

●· EduPoint Synergy - Where student and family information is stored and updated. 

When accessing information systems, the following best practices must be followed:

1.   Your password should never be shared with anyone, nor should it be written down where someone could find it (i.e. those sticky notes on your computer monitor, under a keyboard or in a desk drawer, or written on a lesson plan, etc.).

2.   Do not provide your username and password to a substitute or other individual filling in for you (classroom, office, administration, etc.). This is not an acceptable practice and is in direct violation of the District’s Acceptable Use Policy 8.60.041-AD.

3.   If you will be out of the office/classroom and another person will be filling in for you, they need to use their own login account. If additional access is required to complete the assignment, the IT Service Desk can assist.

4.   All PPS employees (including substitute teachers, secretaries, administrators, etc.) receive a PPS account.

5.   You are responsible for the safe keeping of your password and any use of your account to access information systems.

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Get Involved in PAT Activities.

As members of the PAT, you can attend the PAT Substitute Committee meetings that occur every second Monday of the month. The committee discusses issues of interest to substitutes and provides an avenue to share concerns about working conditions, and suggestions for substitute activities. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 10th. If you are interested in attending, simply email Lisa Wilkerson at lisa.wilkerson@oregoned.org to let her know you will attend.

In addition, the PAT has six other standing committees that meet each month. The committees are:

COMMUNITY & HUMAN RELATIONS

INSTRUCTIONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

LEGISLATIVE

PAT PAC

MEMBERSHIP & SPECIAL SERVICES

NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS

If you are interested in any of these topics or would like more information, please contact us at the PAT office and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Devastating State Budget Cuts Will Hit Students and Support Services

By now, the devastating effects of Oregon’s school budget are no longer an abstract discussion. Educators across the state are face-to-face with the crushing reality of what this budget means in our buildings.

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School Board Candidates For Strong Public Schools

The PAT PAC is proud to announce our recommendations for the May 2017 Portland School Board election. These candidates share a proven track-record of leadership and commitment to strengthening Portland Public Schools so that our students can receive the education they deserve.

  • Rita Moore for Zone 4
  • Scott Bailey for Zone 5
  • Trisha Parks for Zone 6
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Support Candidates Who Support Public Education! Give to PAT PAC and OEA PIE

Now more than ever, we need to amplify the voice of educators in decision-making and politics.

This spring, we are asking all members to contribute to the PAT PAC and OEA PIE. In the fight to preserve and strengthen public education, we are up against big-money interests who want to cut our budgets and privatize our schools. Together, we can fight back!

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Congratulations to PAT Election Winners

Ballots were counted on February 20th for several PAT positions. Congratulations to the following members elected to represent our union:

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Promoting Racial Equity Through PAT

The Racial Equity Committee of the Portland Association of Teachers is looking for individuals to take part in a listening campaign this May.  The purpose of the “listening” is to hear directly from PAT members of color about their experiences in PPS, and how the PAT can better support them. We are recruiting listeners!

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PAT Bylaws Review

This year we reviewed PAT bylaws and are bringing several recommendations to the RA on Wednesday, March 22nd. The proposed bylaws revisions come with a “do pass” recommendation from the Executive Board. Your building reps will be voting on the recommendations at the April RA. The proposed changes can be found here

2017 Members Scholarships

The 2017 PAT Members’ Scholarship Application is now available.  If you are a member of the Portland Association of Teachers and you have a high school senior who is planning on attending college in the fall of 2017, they would be eligible to apply.  Six of these scholarships will be awarded in 2017.

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Deadline for Requests for Full-Year Unpaid Leave is April 15th

Requests for a full-year personal, exchange or career development leave of absence, whether part-time or full-time for the next school year, must be submitted to the PPS Human Resources prior to April 15th .  Requests submitted after that date will not be approved, except in extenuating circumstances.  See Article 14, D, on page 40.

Calling All Troublemakers!

On Saturday April 8th join union members, shop stewards, organizers, and community activists from across the Pacific Northwest for a day of skill-building workshops and strategy discussions to create a stronger workers’ movement in our region. The school will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 290 Training Center, 20210 SW Teton Ave in Tualatin, OR.

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6th Annual Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference: March 26-28th

Any PAT member who wants to engage school employees in creating healthier school environments that support the physical, social, emotional health and well-being of staff and students should consider attending the Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference being held at the The Riverhouse & Convention Center in Bend, Oregon.

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The Leadership We Need for PPS

In the next few months, PPS will have a new superintendent and could have as many as three new school board members. Given these big changes in our District, it’s an important time for us to reflect on our values and work to ensure our future leaders are prepared to deliver the schools Portland students deserve. We also have to make sure they are ready to lead the fight for great public schools for all Oregonians. 

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Building Utilization and the Upcoming Bond

The School Board voted to refer a $790 million bond to voters in May. The bond would continue PPS’ Long Range Facilities Plan, and includes money to rebuild Madison, Benson, and Lincoln High Schools, and Kellogg Middle School, as well as $150 million to address health and safety issues across the District.

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School Board Votes Yes on Contract Changes

On Tuesday March 7th the school board voted to approve both our snow day agreement and the mini-package of tentative agreements. There are several key issues that we continue to work on in Interest-Based Bargaining. However, these changes do have some immediate benefits for PAT members including: increasing hours in the sick leave bank; compensation for classroom moves; improved benefits for temporary educators; improved member protections; and new mother-friendly workplace language. Bargaining continues with the District and we are still hoping to wrap up negotiations in April.

2017 PAT Members Scholarships

The 2017 PAT Members’ Scholarship Application is now available.  If you are a member of the Portland Association of Teachers and you have a high school senior who is planning on attending college in the fall of 2017, they would be eligible to apply.  Six of these scholarships will be awarded in 2017

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Early Notice of Retirement/Resignation Stipend Deadline is March 15th

Our contract includes a stipend if members give early notice of retirement or resignation.  If members give early written notice of retirement/resignation prior to March 15th, the professional educator will receive $700 in the final paycheck. See Article 15, Section B1 on page 45 for more information

Deadline for Requests for Full-Year Unpaid Leave is April 15th

Requests for a full-year personal, exchange or career development leave of absence, whether part-time or full-time for the next school year, must be submitted to the PPS Human Resources prior to April 15th .  Requests submitted after that date will not be approved, except in extenuating circumstances.  See Article 14, D, on page 40.

Read Across America 2017 Grant Winners

Each year the National Education Association, the Oregon Education Association, and the Portland Association of Teachers sponsor Read Across America, an event designed to encourage reading and community involvement in our schools.

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OEA Symposium: Culturally Responsive Teaching, March 18th

Please join us on Saturday, March 18 for the 7th Annual OEA Symposium, Students in the Lead: Culturally Responsive Teaching. This year, we welcome educator and author Zaretta Hammond for a day of provocative dialogue, discussion, and learning.

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Calling All Troublemakers!

On Saturday April 8th join union members, shop stewards, organizers, and community activists from across the Pacific Northwest for a day of skill-building workshops and strategy discussions to create a stronger workers’ movement in our region. The school will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 290 Training Center, 20210 SW Teton Ave in Tualatin, OR.

Continue reading

6th Annual Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference: March 26th-28th

Any PAT member who wants to engage school employees in creating healthier school environments that support the physical, social, emotional health and well-being of staff and students should consider attending the Oregon School Employee Wellness Conference being held at the The Riverhouse & Convention Center in Bend, Oregon.

Continue reading