Bargaining Brief, September 23rd

PAT and PPS bargained Wednesday, September 23rd from about 12:15 until 3:15; you may view the sessions here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.  Our discussion focused almost entirely on evaluations of professional educators during CDL.  

Although there were some areas of agreement, the two sides were unable to reach agreement.  PPS agreed with PAT that educators primarily need support during CDL, but they asserted that the District must retain the right to non-extend or non-renew an educator based on distance learning evaluations.  Astoundingly, they recognize that no one in the district, including administrators, is fully experienced in distance online learning, and yet the PPS bargaining team insisted on having the ability to remove a teacher from teaching because of unsatisfactory performance teaching students during CDL.  

The right and requirement to evaluate educators is part of Oregon state law, but the moments of a tone deaf approach by the PPS district-administrators was surprising.  

The two teams agreed in concept to form a committee whose responsibility is to modify the existing evaluation rubric so that it is applicable to distance learning.  The committee will have equal numbers of PAT-appointed members and District management, and the District wants the committee to complete its task by October 26th.  According to the District, if the committee can’t complete the job by the 26th, PPS administrators will be able to evaluate educators using the existing rubric.  The District is adamant about this even though they have admitted that the rubric is unsuited to current teaching and learning conditions.  Your PAT team totally rejects that position and will continue to fight to achieve humane and sensible evaluation language.  

Until we have a complete agreement on the topic, PAT professional educators may have administrators do drop-in observations, but no educator should have a formal observation conducted.  

Your PAT team meets with the District again on September 28th from noon until 4 to continue negotiations.

In Solidarity,

 

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Retirement Seminar October 8th, 4:30-6:00PM

Are You Considering Retirement?

Join us virtually October 8th from 4:30-6:00PM to discuss pensions, IAP accounts, PERS, timing and all the details to retiring as a PPS Educator. 

This event is free to all PAT members.

Please RSVP here.   Once we receive your RSVP, we will send you the ZOOM meeting sign-in information.  Make the most of your union membership by joining this educational workshop and taking advantage of the free resources available to members only.

Bargaining Brief September 17, 2020

PAT Colleagues,

Once again, your PAT Bargaining Team met with PPS to continue negotiations on the MOA for working conditions and common understandings under CDL.  You may view the session from yesterday (September 17) here to get the full discussion that took place: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4

Today’s negotiations lead to two major agreements. PAT and PPS agreed to language for DLI educators regarding compensation for translating student materials for instruction, as well as language for additional compensation for PAT members who have to process the backlog of IEPs and evaluations resulting from the COVID-19 shutdown between March and August. 

Based on our agreement, all DLI teachers will receive compensation of up to five hours per week for time spent translating student core content materials when the district fails to provide those materials one week prior to the date they will be presented to students.  PAT and PPS hope and believe that there will be a limited number of times that DLI teachers will have to utilize the new language because PPS has expanded the number of outside translation services producing the materials.  Still, the District finally has recognized that DLI educators have workload issues unlike the rest of their PAT colleagues. 

For Special Education and related service educators, PAT was successful in getting an agreement that grants educators 2 hours of compensation for paperwork related to each IEP or evaluation postponed due to the COVID-19 shutdown.  The two hours per IEP/evaluation is in addition to language in the current CBA for time to write IEPs.  Like the DLI agreement, the District made significant movement when it recognized the enormous workload that the backlog of IEPs and evaluations presented. 

Finally, there were positive discussions regarding securing educator-directed time for all part-time PAT members, as well as a common understanding of what are appropriate activities for educators in PLCs. 

 We will meet with PPS again on September 23rd.   

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President's Message: The Year Ahead

Over the last 9 days, we have lived through yet another real-time crisis. As fires have raged across our state and most of the Western United States, the anxiety has been as thick as the smoke.  

Many of you have had to evacuate or prepare to evacuate your homes. Others have helped friends and loved-ones move to safer ground, or have taken refugees from evacuation zones into your homes. 

As always, I am blown away by the dedication and compassion of educators in our District. In the face of staggering current events, I see educators creating spaces for students to process, inquire, and lead, while prioritizing safe and supportive communities in a time of isolation. 

And once again, I see educators shouldering the burden of a school system that is not resourced or fully prepared for the challenges we face. Despite the lack of resources and harrowing circumstances, you continue to provide students with the best experience possible.  This has always been the case, but 2020 has a way of amplifying the persistent inequities that are our duty to correct.

This is why we fight for educators to have the time and the resources we need to do our jobs. 

In our recent Memorandum of Agreement with PPS:

  •       We fought for and won the right for every educator to have an average of at least 3 hours and 10 minutes (on average) each work day as educator-directed time—to create meaningful lessons, to reach out to students and families, to give students individual feedback on their work.
  •       We are still fighting for Dual Language Immersion educators to have the materials and supports for students in the language of instruction.
  •       We are still fighting for Special Educators to be given time to meet their students’ needs, or be compensated when required to work outside of the contract day to complete required meetings and paperwork.
  •       We are still fighting for our students and families to get the support that they need to be able to equitably access education in a Distance-Learning model.

As bargaining team member Emy Markewitz said, we aren’t asking for an extra cookie—we are asking for WHAT WE NEED. 

As a union, we will not stop asking for what we need to serve our students and create the schools that they deserve. 

Thank you for all you’re doing to improve the lives of our students, and please stay safe.

In Solidarity,

 

Elizabeth Thiel

PAT President

PAT and PPS Making Progress on an MOA for 2020/2021 School Year

Since July, PAT and PPS have been in negotiations regarding a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the 2020/2021 school year.  The PAT has proposed sections on what constitutes a safe return to work, working conditions (including educator-directed time), and support for families of the students we serve, among other topics.  Last week we agreed on key terms for the workday that should help each professional educator as we move past the “soft” open on September 14th. 

The work schedule for all educators contains the following provisions:

  •     The schedule must meet statutory requirements for instruction time, and for educator-facilitated instructional time in compliance with the ODE’s guidance set forth in Ready Schools, Safe Learners of August, 2020.
  •     All professional educators will receive an average of no less than three hours and ten minutes per day, or at least 950 minutes per week, of educator-directed time over the course of a full school week, that shall include the following:
  •     Educator-directed planning time;
  •     Educator-directed time to communicate with students and families;
  •     Educator-directed time to provide actionable feedback to students;
  •     Educator-directed time to assess student performance, and gather, track, and enter data.

“Educator-directed time” is flexible time - - educators are required to do the activities, but educators may conduct them when they are able.  This means that if an individual educator needs to take time to care for their child/children or to provide elder care, they may flex the time.  We also agreed that times in the day where the District has indicated options such as student “support/ office hours,” or “small group instruction/ asynchronous learning/ office hours,” etc. are times where the educator (not the administrator) decides what happens when. 

Finally, both sides agreed that office hours don’t count as part of the educator-directed time or educator planning time

Advocacy Cadre

Got a question about the PAT contract? The new PAT Advocacy Cadre can help! 

We are in our second week of operating the PAT Advocacy Cadre, a group of 10 member-educators who will work closely with the UniServ Consultants to become experts on our contracts, and to support members who need help navigating the language of our union contracts. 

PAT Advocacy Cadre Hotline Hours: Mondays, 5-6:30 p.m. 

Prior to contacting the Cadre Hotline, members should first speak with their building representative. You can send an e-mail or voicemail to the cadre at any time, but they will only be responding during Monday hotline hours. 

Through this program, we hope to continuously expand our contract advocacy and contract education work so that all members feel empowered to enforce their contractual rights in their buildings.  

Meet our 2020-2021 Advocacy Cadre on our website.

Upcoming Dates in Our Contract

The PAT Advocacy Committee would like to highlight several important dates that are quickly approaching.  These contractual dates are still in effect even though we are working in a Comprehensive Distance Learning model.  Due to our remote working arrangements, it is imperative to track these dates if you are a new hire or if you are considering applying for a leave of absence in the spring.

  • October 31-   Proof of Coursework-  Art. 9.B.1.c- “In order to receive a salary adjustment retroactive to the beginning of the current school year, a professional educator must, by October 31st, provide the Human Resources Department with proof of completion of coursework.”
  • 60 days from start of employment-   Proof of Experience Credit-  Art. 9.B.2.g-  “Such salary adjustments [based on previous experience] will not be retroactive, except that experience verified within sixty (60) days of the start of employment shall be retroactive to the first day of employment.”
  • 2nd Monday in October-   Study Leave – Spring Semester-   14.D.6.b(4)-  “Such applications for study leave for spring semester must be filed by the second Monday in October preceding the spring semester.”

You find our complete contract on our website.

Work Share Update

While the majority of Work Share payments have been issued to PPS employees, there are still a handful of one-off cases where employees have not received at least 2 payments, or in some cases, where educators have not received any payments.  If you fall into this category, please complete our brief survey so we can submit your contact information to PPS Human Resources.  

Please note that the majority, if not all, PPS employees who were furloughed on the Work Share program still have not received the first payment (also referred to as “the waiting period payment”).  If you are missing only one payment, please do not complete this form.  PPS is aware that the Oregon Department of Unemployment still has not issued the first week of payments due to the computer glitch that does not allow the state to override the one week waiting period payment. As of today, the State still has not processed the one week “waiting period” checks, but we will continue to work with PPS Human Resources on this issue. 

Nominations & Elections: Run for Interim E-Board Director Seat

Interim Executive Board Position

The PAT Nominations & Elections (N&E) Committee announces that there will be an interim election for one PAT Executive Board Director on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (term ending on June 30, 2021).

Nominations for this position will open at the September RA on September 16, 2020, and will close at 5:00 PM on Monday, October 5, 2020. To nominate yourself for this position, please use this nomination form.  Nomination forms must be submitted electronically to Jennifer Dixon (Jennifer.Dixon@oregoned.org) by 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 2020.  Any PAT member in good standing may run for this position.  Non-members are not eligible to run for an elected union office. Learn more about Executive Board Director responsibilities.

In accordance with our bylaws, the Representative Assembly will elect the interim director. Voting will occur at the October 14 Virtual RA. There will be no nominations from the floor due to our online format. 

Prior to the RA, candidates for this position will pre-record their three-minute speech with the N&E Committee on Zoom on one of two dates (Thursday, October 8th or Monday, October 12th). Candidates will be contacted by the N&E Committee to arrange this. Each candidate will have one opportunity to record their speech. There will not be multiple attempts, unless there is a technical issue. 

Speeches will be presented at the October RA. The Voters’ Pamphlet and Ballots will be sent electronically to building representatives in attendance at the October 14th PAT RA.

For more information, you can refer to the PAT Nominations and Elections Handbook.    

PAT Endorses Ballot Measures on the November Ballot

In this time of crisis and uncertainty, it is crucial that we invest in supportive services for our community and in sustainable, living wage jobs to fuel our economic recovery; and that we create policies that live up to our values and ideals. PAT is proud to endorse the following ballot measures on the November ballot which all play a part in building a more just, sustainable, and supportive city.

  •     Preschool for All Measure 26-214 has merged with the Universal Preschool for All campaign. The combined package will tax high earners in order to provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County. The plan will also guarantee a living wage for all preschool teachers and assistants, and gives them the right to unionize.
  •     Multnomah County Library Bond Measure 26-211 will expand and modernize the library branches in the neighborhoods that need them most, and build a new flagship library in East County. 
  •     Portland Schools Bond: Measure 26-215 will invest in our schools with funds to modernize Jefferson High School, create the new Center for Black Student Excellence, update curriculum resources, and make needed safety and accessibility improvements.
  •     Let’s Get Moving: Metro Bond Measure 26-218 will improve 17 of our most dangerous and congested roadways, greatly improve public transit options, address climate and equity priorities, and provide free youth passes for everyone under 18.
  •     Portland Parks Levy Measure 26-213 will maintain our parks and natural areas and restore vital recreation services and community center offerings, while maintaining jobs.
  •     The Real Police Accountability Measure 26-217 will give our community a voice in police use-of-force incidents, ensuring that police live up to our community values. 

Register to Vote by October 13th

Are You Registered to Vote?

The deadline to register to vote in Oregon in the upcoming election is October 13, 2020. You’ll also need to update your registration if you’ve moved since you last registered. Registering is easy and can be done online.

Since it is so important that everyone participates in voting, please make sure to mention the October 13 voting registration deadline to your students, and encourage them to remind their parents.

Need to register to vote?- Register here:  https://sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/registration.aspx?lang=en 

Not sure if you’re registered correctly? Check here:  https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?lang=eng&source=SOS 

Need to update your registration? Enter your info here, then click “Update Registration”:

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/orestar/vr/showVoterSearch.do?lang=eng&source=SOS 

Voting is a vital part of our democracy, and your power is in your vote- but you can’t vote if you’re not registered!

Get Counted: 2020 Census

The final deadline for the 2020 United States Census is September 30th. You can still participate and ensure you are counted. Please visit https://2020census.gov/en.html to complete the questionnaire and be counted.

Participation in the Census is safe, important, and necessary. The Census affects $800 billion in public education funding, and we want to make sure our community is counted and will receive its fair share of federal and state funding for schools and other critical services.

Please educate your students about the Census, and encourage them to talk to their families about the importance of getting counted. For resources and ideas, visit https://www.nea.org/2020-census.

Join a PAT Committee

Part of what makes PAT such a strong and powerful union is the strength of our committees.  PAT committees give members a way to get involved with issues that matter to them.  Many of our committees are open to all members.

Learn more about our committees  and let us know you want to get involved.  Your voice will make a difference.

“How to Be an Anti-Racist” Book Group

Start a Book Discussion Group with your Colleagues

This summer the PAT Executive Board and Committees Chairs committed to reading and discussing Ibram X Kendi’s book,  How to be an Anti-racist. Educators from Bridlemile, DART, and Gray MS organized discussion groups for members there as well. 

We invite you to organize an Anti-Racist book study with your colleagues as well. Here are some easy steps to get you started: 

  • Invite your colleagues to join you
  • Acquire the Book: You can download the audio or e-book version of How to be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi from the Multnomah County Library with no wait, for free!
  • Set the pace: We recommend meeting for 30 minutes, once a week, for 4 weeks, discussing about 4 chapters each week.Set the calendar: Pick a time and create a video-chat link. Pick someone to send out reminders each week.
  • Facilitate the discussion: You can pick someone to facilitate the whole process, or switch facilitators each week. It can be helpful to have discussion questions/homework ahead of time, like
  • What concept or story from this week’s reading is especially applicable to your classroom?
  • What is a sentence or paragraph from this week that really spoke to you and why?
  • What did you learn that you were not aware of before?
  • Or use the official book Book Club Kit questions 

Please let us know if you are interested in organizing an anti-racist book group at your site. If you need support around this, or want to talk it through, e-mail diana.collins@oregoned.org.

Event: How to Be an Anti-Racist: An Evening of Art + Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

PAT is proud to sponsor Human Solutions’ event: “How to Be an Anti-Racist: An Evening of Art + Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi”. This free on-line event is an invitation to understand and embrace anti-racism. Here are the details:

Join us on Thursday, October 1 at 6:30pm, for a  thought-provoking evening of art & conversation, featuring performing artists, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestselling book “How To Be An Anti-Racist,” with performing artists curated by BoomArts.

Guests will see relevant performances by local artists, hear a 20-minute presentation by Dr. Kendi and a 20-minute conversation with Dr. Kendi and Commissioner Hardesty, followed by 15 minutes of audience Q & A.

Register today to reserve a space: https://www.humansolutions.org/antiracist

HUNGRY? Order dinner from one these Black-owned restaurants: https://iloveblackfood.com/pdx-directory/

Event: LERC Workshops

LERC Workshop Series: “The Intersection of Racial Justice and Worker Advocacy” 

This fall the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon is organizing a workshop series “The Intersection of Racial Justice and Worker Advocacy.” All talks are free and open to all. Learn more and sign up on the LERC website.

Please mark your calendar for upcoming sessions:

  • September 30, 5–6:15 PM, Interrupting Systems of Oppression in our Unions. This training will explore how institutional racism shows up in our society and the labor movement. Participants will identify historical and institutional barriers in our unions to building stronger, inclusive unions that fight for all workers.
  • October 14, 5–6:15 PM, Exploring Systemic Racism in Arbitration. Unions rely heavily on arbitration to resolve contract disputes. Arbitration is not immune from the impact of institutionalized racism. How does racial and gender bias show up in the arbitration process and what can unions do to combat it? (Note: this session is at the same time as our Rep Assembly, so if you are a rep and want to attend, please make sure another rep from your site is able to attend the RA.)
  • October 21, 5–6:15 PM, Toolbox Essentials for Creating Racial Justice. Allies for racial justice work in three overlapping domains, directly with union members, with our unions as institutions, and within the broader community and culture. This workshop will help unionists explore the complexities of creating an inclusive culture while engaging at all three levels.

This fall the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon is organizing a workshop series “The Intersection of Racial Justice and Worker Advocacy.” All talks are free and open to all. Learn more and sign up on the LERC website.

Please mark your calendar for upcoming sessions:

  • September 30, 5–6:15 PM, Interrupting Systems of Oppression in our Unions. This training will explore how institutional racism shows up in our society and the labor movement. Participants will identify historical and institutional barriers in our unions to building stronger, inclusive unions that fight for all workers.
  • October 14, 5–6:15 PM, Exploring Systemic Racism in Arbitration. Unions rely heavily on arbitration to resolve contract disputes. Arbitration is not immune from the impact of institutionalized racism. How does racial and gender bias show up in the arbitration process and what can unions do to combat it? (Note: this session is at the same time as our Rep Assembly, so if you are a rep and want to attend, please make sure another rep from your site is able to attend the RA.)
  • October 21, 5–6:15 PM, Toolbox Essentials for Creating Racial Justice. Allies for racial justice work in three overlapping domains, directly with union members, with our unions as institutions, and within the broader community and culture. This workshop will help unionists explore the complexities of creating an inclusive culture while engaging at all three levels.

You are Invited: Jobs with Justice 2020 Virtual Annual Dinner!

PAT is proud to partner with Jobs with Justice, and we are once again sponsoring the annual fundraising dinner. This year, the event will take place virtually on Thursday September 24, 2020 at 6pm. Since it is virtual, there is room for all to attend! The program will be hosted on Zoom and will feature a keynote address​ from Bobbin Singh,​ ​founding Executive Director of Oregon Justice Resource Center.  Learn more here.

September is Latinx Heritage Month

Join us in celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th - October 15th! During this time we commemorate the beauty of our gente, our cultures, and the endless contributions to our society Latinos continue to make today. 

Find lessons on Latino cultures, history, and more on the PAT website. There are also multiple opportunities for our Latinx/Hispanic teachers to connect in affinity spaces. 

Are you doing anything in your classroom to recognize Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month? 

Visit out website for more information. Share pictures with us and use the hashtags #hispanicheritagemonth #LHMPAT on social media so we can all see the ways you are honoring and uplifting Latinx voices at your school! Adelante!

Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month

September 15th is the beginning of Latinx Heritage Month. 

The PAT Racial Equity Committee has pulled together a wide variety of resources including:

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Bargaining Brief, September 9, 2020

PAT Colleagues:

 

The PAT Bargaining Team met with the PPS team yesterday (Wednesday, September 9).  We know many of you were unable to watch the session because you were engaged in teaching, but you may view it here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

There is good news from today’s bargaining.  We have finally agreed to terms regarding the workday, particularly what has to be part of the educator’s flexible time.  PAT and PPS agreed that:

  • The stipulations are for all professional educators; there are no separate terms for “specials” or particular job descriptions.
  • The schedule must meet statutory requirements for instruction time, and for educator-facilitated instructional time in compliance with the ODE’s guidance set forth in Ready Schools, Safe Learners of August, 2020. 
  • All professional educators will receive an average of no less than three hours and ten minutes per day, or at least 950 minutes per week, of educator-directed time over the course of a full school week of time that shall include the following:
    • Educator-directed planning time;
    • Educator-directed time to communicate with students and families; 
    • Educator-directed time to provide actionable feedback to students;
    • Educator-directed time to assess student performance, and gather, track, and enter data.

Key to all educators is that both teams agreed that “educator-directed time” is flexible time - - educators are required to do the activities, but educators may conduct them when they are able.  This means that if an individual educator needs to take time to care for their child/children or to provide elder care, they may flex the time.  

We also agreed that times in the day where the District has indicated options such as student “support/ office hours,” or “small group instruction/ asynchronous learning/ office hours,” etc. are times where the educator (not the administrator) decides what happens when, and that office hours don’t count as part of the educator-directed time or educator planning time.  

Both sides continue to work to find a solution to addressing DLI and Special Education workload, part-time educator workload, and what may be required of educators in PLC meetings this year.  

We will meet with PPS in a small-group discussion (4 on 4) on Friday the 11th and again in full-team sessions on Thursday the 17th.  

 

In Solidarity,

 

Your PAT Bargaining Team-

Steve Lancaster, Chair

Emy Markewitz

Francisca Alvarez

Charity Powell

Andre Hawkins

Chelyn Joseph

PAT Advocacy Cadre Hotline

Got a question about the PAT contract? The new PAT Advocacy Cadre can help! 

 

We are excited to launch the PAT Advocacy Cadre, a group of 10 member-educators who will work closely with the UniServ Consultants to become experts on our contracts, and to support members who need help navigating the language of our union contracts. 

 

PAT Advocacy Cadre Hotline Hours

Mondays, 5:00-6:30 pm, starting TODAY, August 31st.

 

  • Phone: (503) 495-2144 (leave a voicemail and you will get a call back during hotline hours)
  • Zoom Drop-In (open 5-6:30pm on Hotline Mondays)
  • Email: askpat@oregoned.org (send a message and you will get a response during hotline hours)

 

The Advocacy Cadre will be answering phones and returning emails for all members who have contract-based questions.  Prior to calling the Cadre hotline, members should always speak with their building representatives at their school first, and if your building representative does not have the answer to your question, then you should either call, email, or Zoom with the Cadre members.  The Cadre members will only return calls and emails on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

 

The Cadre program serves the dual purpose of teaching members about their contractual rights while also strengthening the Cadre members’ technical knowledge of both the Contract-Educator Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Substitute-Educator Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Through this program, we hope to continuously expand our contract advocacy and contract education work so that all members feel empowered to enforce their contractual rights in their buildings.  

Bargaining Brief, August 27th, 2020

Dear PAT Colleagues:

 

Today, the PPS bargaining team refused to put in writing their verbal agreement that educators should get an average of 3 hours and 15 minutes per day of teacher-directed time for planning, communicating with students and families, and providing meaningful feedback to student work. Instead, the District proposed that we all trust that principals at every school will give all educators the time they need based on the proposed sample schedules provided in bargaining.  

While PPS management insisted that their schedules were clear, we repeatedly reminded them that principals were mis-interpreting Shawn Bird’s directives. As it stands, educators are being forced to educate their administrators about how to interpret work schedules, which is not appropriate.  We know that yellow highlighting on a few example schedules is not sufficient protection for educator workload. To see our precise proposal on the workday, see #6 under Section II of our current MOA

In addition, we still have differences around DLI workload and Special Education Educator workload. While PPS conceded that there is an overwhelming amount of backlogged work, and in response offered to allow all Special Education educators 8 hours to perform “catch up work” without prior approval.  However, PPS would not guarantee that Special Education educators would qualify for additional payment, even if they can demonstrate that they have a legitimate backlog which exceeds the hours in Article 6.5.4.  When we voiced serious concerns with this, management said this was a cost savings measure and they claimed that not all Special Education educators had the same backlog.  

PPS would not agree to pay for DLI educators to translate even core related materials when those materials are not provided by the District.  We were again asked to trust that the District will develop the curriculum needed for all DLI educators.  Amazingly, they seem content to force DLI instructors to create the curriculum that should be provided by the District, without additional pay, apparently because they are concerned that it might be too costly to compensate DLI educators for the work required to do their jobs.

We also proposed that part-time educators should have educator-directed time that is proportional to that of full-time educators. Again, while this sounds like mere logic, the District would not agree.

Here is what PPS has agreed to:

  • All educators have access to their buildings during comprehensive distance learning. 
  • No educator can be required to report to a building to do their work.  
  • Educator-directed time can be flexed so that PAT members could take care of their family members or demands of homelife.  

Despite these areas of agreement, the District’s unwillingness to commit to a firm number of minutes per week of planning time is leaving us frustrated that, as the school year starts for educators, they have not taken seriously our shared interest in an enforceable agreement upon which schedules can be built.  

The District would not commit to another official meeting until September 9th; however, we hope to push the District to move toward agreement in the interim.  

You can watch today’s bargaining session here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Your PAT Bargaining Team-

Steve Lancaster, Chair

Emy Markewitz

Francisca Alvarez

Charity Powell

Andre Hawkins

Chelyn Joseph