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.
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.
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.Continue reading
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.
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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!
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.Continue reading
Materials for the Bargaining Survey #2 (to be completed between January 16 and January 23)
- Slides for Bargaining Survey Meeting
- Instructions for Organizers and Reps for Bargaining Survey #2
- Bargaining Survey #2 Information Packet
- Link to the Bargaining Survey #2
Other Materials from the RA
- Evaluation Handout
- PAT T-Shirt Order Form
- ENGAGE! Sign Up
- Black Lives Matter Week of Action Sign Up
- Measure 101 Flyer
- Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Tribute Media Alert
- January Checklist for Reps and Organizers
- Complete Slides from the RA
- Slides for your 10-minute meeting
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.Continue reading
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.
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
- Addressing School Safety
- Ways to Support Pioneer
- Become a PAT Leader, Run for Office
- Next Week is Teacher for a Day
- Vote Yes on Measure 101!
- Help PAT Engage!
- Promoting Racial Equity in PPS
- Urban Educators from Around the Country Gather in Portland
- OEA Conflict Resolution Workshop, March 3, 2018
- Promising Practices Grants
- Athletic Grants from OEA and California Casualty
- Member-to-Member Specials
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.Continue reading
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.