Bargaining at a Crossroads

I hope you had a chance to read yesterday's message from PAT Bargaining Team Chair Steve Lancaster. As Steve discussed, your PAT Bargaining team has blocked off five days over the next week in the hopes of reaching a settlement with the District. In addition to meeting all day Thursday and Friday, we’re prepared to meet every day over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

One thing you can do to help is change your personal social media profile to the graphic including this message “Support Portland Teachers, Settle Now!” We’re hoping educators across the District will change their profile picture for the full five days we’re slated to bargain with the District, January 11th-15th.

While we hope for the best in next week’s mediation, we’re preparing for the worst, including escalating towards a job action.

Vote Yes for Measure 101

Have you received your ballot yet? Educators around the state are voting YES for Measure 101 because we see the impact of access to healthcare in our classrooms every day. Students who are sick are unable to focus and learn.

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Performance Evaluations for Probationary Educators - Heads Up!

Probationary educators must be evaluated each year during their 3-year probationary period. The process is described in the contract and the Educator Handbook for Professional Growth and Evaluation.  Performance ratings must align with the PPS Performance Evaluation Rubric and ratings must be based on direct evidence included in the written evaluation

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Substitutes Win Again

It felt like déjà vu, but PAT Substitutes once again prevailed in an Unfair Labor Practice case at the Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB).  Portland Public Schools was found guilty of “pursuing an unlawful subject of bargaining during its negotiations with Portland Association of Teachers” when it made bargaining proposals that that conflicted with Oregon state law. For months PPS has refused to recognize that the state’s new sick leave law applies to Substitute teachers.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Monday January 15th

Please join us for a public celebration of the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Keep Alive the Dream.

For 33 years the World Arts Foundation has hosted this tribute Dr. King, and this year’s event will include speakers, arts and musical tributes to local artists whose contributions have put Portland on the map and will last a lifetime.

When: Monday, January 15, 2018 - 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Where: Highland Center, 7600 NE Glisan St., Portland, Oregon 97213

A $5.00 donation or five units of non-perishable foods will be collected at the door and given to local food banks.

Oregon Teacher of the Year Nominations

Every day, educators across the city do amazing work despite the many challenges and obstacles we face, from old buildings with failing heat and no drinkable water to inadequate supplies or non-existent curricula. At PAT we see what you accomplish every day, which is why working with all of you is such an honor

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Reminder: Cast Your Vote in the PAT Election

Vote for PAT Officers, Executive Board Members, and PAT delegates to the OEA and NEA Representative Assemblies using our electronic voting process.  On January 24, a link will be sent to your PPS email address directing you to the Voters’ Pamphlet (which includes the Candidates’ Statements) and Ballots.  The link will also include videos of the speeches made by PAT Officer and Executive Board candidates at the January Representative Assembly.

Please remember not to vote during work time.  BALLOTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5:00 p.m. on February 9, 2018, to be counted.  

PAT PAC Endorsement Process

Our elected leaders have a huge influence on our school system—they determine our funding, the school rating system, housing and healthcare policies that impact our students’ lives, and much more. Teachers’ voices need to be elevated in politics, to ensure that we elect leaders who value public education, workers’ rights, and a more just society.

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Take the TELL Survey

In February, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will be asking all licensed, school-based educators to participate in the statewide TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning) Survey. This is your opportunity to weigh in on topics such as the allocation of time, facilities and resources, student learning, community engagement, school leadership, professional development, and mentoring.

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Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools - February 5-9, 2-18

The Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools is designed to spark critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities around issues of racial justice. With acts of racism and xenophobia multiplying across Oregon and around the country, it’s essential that we elevate the voices, experiences, and history of those communities under attack.

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Let's 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 training on the mechanics of how to be a listener and the technology we’re using will be provided on site.

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Member-to-Member Specials

Do you have a house you would like to rent?  Furniture you would like to sell? A side job you would like to promote?  Put an advertisement in our new Member Specials page on the PAT website.  Please fill out the form with all the necessary information. We look forward to providing these specials for you. Check back monthly for new specials. This is another benefit of being a PAT member!

OEA Conflict Resolution Workshop - February 3rd

Our statewide organization, the Oregon Education Association, is hosting three conflict resolution workshops around the state in 2018, and the closest one in our area will be February 3, 2018 at the OEA headquarters in Tigard.

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Athletic Grants from OEA and California Casualty

Applications are open for athletic grants from the OEA/NEA, sponsored by California Casualty. Sign up at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com. The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2018, with 2017/2018 recipients announced in April.

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A Message From your PAT Bargaining Chair

Your PAT Bargaining team has blocked off five days over the next week in the hopes of reaching a settlement with the District. In addition to meeting all day Thursday and Friday, we’re prepared to meet every day over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

We will do everything we can to facilitate a fair contract settlement this weekend.

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Happy Holidays!

As we head into a much-deserved winter break, I hope everyone will be able to take full advantage of the last few weeks of the year to reflect and recharge.

I know the past few months have been difficult for so many PAT members, whether it’s the escalating safety problems rippling across so many of our buildings, or fact that we’re heading into our third year of negotiations with the District.

But I continue to be inspired by the work you do every day, despite these challenges. And this week demonstrated, once again, just how powerful we are when we stand together—educators, parents, students, and community members.

 

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Bargaining Fact Sheet - Safety

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We Want Safe and Supportive Schools

As educators, we believe a safe and supportive learning environment is one of the cornerstones for creating great public schools.

We want PPS to be a place where students can make mistakes and be welcomed back into their classroom communities.

But we know that interventions are needed for this to work, and many students will require ongoing support. Indeed, the entire District needs reliable, consistent systems in place if we want to foster safer schools.

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Bargaining Brief, December 5, 2017

Your PAT bargaining team met with the District until close to 8:00 PM last night.

We presented a mini-package of issues to the District in the morning, and after an exchange of proposals we were able to settle on language for several smaller articles where we’ve been previously close to agreement.

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Addressing School Safety

As you heard earlier this week, one of the tough topics still in front of us in bargaining is the issue of school safety.

As educators, we want our schools to be a place where students can make mistakes and be welcomed back into their classroom communities. But we know that interventions are needed for this to work, and many students will require ongoing support.

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Ways to Support Pioneer

In the past week, we’ve received an overwhelming number of emails, calls, and other messages, looking for ways to support the students and staff in the Pioneer program.

One thing is clear—PAT members understand that an injury to one is an injury to all.

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Become a PAT Leader, Run for Office

Are you interested in getting more involved in PAT? 

Nominations opened at the November 1st PAT Representative Assembly
 (PAT RA) for several elected positions in PAT.  These positions are:  PAT President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, PAT Executive Board Directors (5 positions), and PAT Delegates to the Oregon Education Association and National Education Association Representative Assemblies. 

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Next Week is Teacher for a Day

On December 12th, The PAT will hold this year’s Teacher for a Day event.  We invited community leaders from the legislature, city government, business, and the non-profit world to become “guest teachers” in our schools. 

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