Add Your Own Flair to Organizing and Make it Shine

Buttons! We’ve asked you to wear them, but I wanted to highlight some examples of creativity and collective solidarity we’ve seen as part of this campaign.

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PAT Supports Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico is still unfolding, but one thing is certain—the island's most vulnerable communities have been pummeled the hardest and face the longest road to recovery. That’s why your Executive Board voted to contribute $1,000 to support frontline Puerto Rican communities in the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

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Help PAT Engage!

Have you heard? PAT is doing a listening campaign and we need your help.

With so much going on in our district, and in education nationwide, there couldn’t be a better time to talk seriously with our members about the challenges they’re facing and their hopes for the future.

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Donate to the Sick Leave Bank

During the 2016-17 school year, PAT members helped 30 colleagues in need thanks to contributions to the PAT Sick Leave Bank.  These colleagues had exhausted their accumulated leave balances, but were unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. But thanks to our contributions to the Sick Leave Bank, they were able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage.

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Advancing on the Salary Schedule - Upcoming Deadline October 31st

If you have earned enough credit to advance to another column on the salary schedule, our contract requires the District to pay you at this new level within twenty (20) days of the time you supplied the transcripts or other required verification to the District.  The salary advancements will not be retroactive. However credits verified by October 31st will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. Check to make sure that PPS has received your verification and get an email, a receipt, or some other written confirmation from PPS that they have received the verification. 

PERS Bubble and Mid-Year Retirement

We have completed a PERS Bubble Agreement for this school year.  This Agreement allows members to retire and work until the end of the school year while collecting PERS benefits.  Members may start as early as December 1, 2017.  To retire by December 1st, you must submit your intent to retire by November 6th.  Please review the complete PERS Bubble Agreement for more details.  

Attendance at Staff Meetings

Professional educators are generally required to attend staff meetings or trainings for up to two hours beyond the workday on Tuesdays.  Such meetings are a part of the workweek and attendance is a professional responsibility.  Any educator who establishes a pattern of non-attendance may subject him/herself to potential disciplinary action. 

However, an educator may have to be absent from a staff meeting/training for a medical appointment, personal matter, or other reason.  On such occasions, the educator is not required to use accumulated leave if they miss all or a part of a Tuesday afternoon meeting/training.  Please see new contract language in Article 14.A.1.d. which makes that clear.    

Help PAT Engage!

We are so excited to launch a listening campaign this fall.

With so much going on in our District, and in education nationwide, there couldn’t be a better time to talk seriously with our members about the challenges they’re facing and their hopes for the future.

We’ve set an ambitious goal of talking with 75 percent of our members this fall about what‘s working in our schools, and what’s getting in the way of teaching and learning.

We will be regularly updating you with progress. If you are interested in being a listener please sign up here.

PAT Welcomes New Superintendent

Yesterday, October 3rd, a group of educators attended the school board meeting to welcome our new Superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero, and lay out our union’s vision for public education. 

 

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Victory for PAT Substitutes

The Oregon Employment Relations Board (ERB) recently ruled in favor of the Portland Association of Teachers and against PPS. The case definitively established that substitute teachers are entitled to sick leave under the same law as regular contracted educators represented by the PAT. PPS must now withdraw all illegal contract proposals, including one that offers less sick leave than mandated by law. 

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Supreme Court to Hear Anti-Union Case

The United States Supreme Court officially announced they will take up a case called Janus v. AFSCME, which challenges “fair share” fees paid by non-members who benefit from union-bargained contracts. This case challenges the same issue as the Friedrichs case two years ago.

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Help PAT Engage!

We are so excited to launch a listening campaign this fall.

With so much going on in our District, and in education nationwide, there couldn’t be a better time to talk seriously with our members about the challenges they’re facing and their hopes for the future.

We’ve set an ambitious goal of talking with 75 percent of our members this fall about what‘s working in our schools, and what’s getting in the way of teaching and learning.

We will be regularly updating you with progress. If you are interested in being a listener please sign up here.

Donate to the Sick Leave Bank!

During the 2016-17 school year, PAT members helped 30 colleagues in need thanks to contributions to the PAT Sick Leave Bank.  These colleagues had exhausted their accumulated leave balances, but were unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. But thanks to our contributions to the Sick Leave Bank, they were able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage.

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Congratulations to Oregon's Teacher of the Year!

Mt. Tabor Middle School teacher Matthew Bacon-Brenes is Oregon’s 2018 Teacher of the Year! We are so excited to have a PAT member represent us at the state and national level.

We are also proud of all the Mt. Tabor staff who wore their 2nd Year, No Contract buttons when Oregon Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Salam Noor came to honor Matthew!

Read more about Matthew’s extraordinary commitment to students here.

Advancing on the Salary Schedule - Upcoming Deadline October 31st

If you have earned enough credit to advance to another column on the salary schedule, our contract requires the District to pay you at this new level within twenty (20) days of the time you supplied the transcripts or other required verification to the District.  The salary advancements will not be retroactive. However credits verified by October 31st will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. Check to make sure that PPS has received your verification and get an email, a receipt, or some other written confirmation from PPS that they have received the verification. 

National Board Certification Workshop - October 5th

The PAT contract has a $1,500 annual stipend for National Board certified teachers.  We expect this to be increased to $2,500 when our next contract is finalized.  Come learn how you can become National Board certified.  Find out about opportunities at the state level to get reimbursed for certification fees and how to waive Oregon licensure fees.  Find out how OEA supports you with a four-day Jump Start Seminar so you start the process on the right foot. The workshop will be held Thursday October 5th, 5:00-6:00 PM at the PAT office. 

Free for OEA members. Register online at:  http://www.oregoned.org/stay-informed/nbct-workshops

OEA Advocacy Conference - October 6th and 7th

Join classroom educators from around the state for the Oregon Education Association’s Advocacy Conference. Workshops include a broad range of issues, from how to build alliances with special education parents through the IEP process to how to get colleagues in your building involved in the union. OEA will cover travel and lodging costs for participating members. For more details, or to register, visit the OEA website.

Bargaining Brief 10/4/17

PPS Continues to Submit Incomplete and Inaccurate Bargaining Proposals

After months of exchanging bargaining proposals, Laird Cusack, the PPS bargaining chair, continues to submit inaccurate and incomplete bargaining proposals. The PPS proposals do not consistently employ standard contract writing processes which would show when current contract language is deleted or when new language is added. Therefore, your PAT team has been forced to review every word submitted in each PPS proposal. We have found random words missing inside paragraphs of contract language that are not being amended or discussed. We have also found whole sections of the current contract that simply disappeared without any notation that the language was eliminated. Additionally, PPS has failed to track past interest based bargaining consensus agreements and include them in the PPS proposals. Finally, PPS routinely deletes its past proposals including areas where we have moved to agreement. Laird routinely has failed to remember past conversations and proposals that have resolved certain portions of the contract. This forces PAT to research the bargaining history around these lost agreements and/or restart the conversations that led to the original solutions. All of this has stalled the bargaining process.

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Bargaining Fact Sheet - Compensation

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PPS Salary Proposal Falls Short

When it comes to compensation, our union’s goal is to secure a fair salary and benefits package, one that allows PPS to attract and retain professional educators. 

Unfortunately, Portland educators have been falling behind our peers in neighboring school districts for years. This gap has only widened as other districts have settled agreements with their respective unions, while we begin our second school year without a contract.

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Bargaining Brief 9/21/17

Today your Bargaining Team met with the district for our fourth day of mediation since the district ended the IBB process.

At the end of the day, we are wondering, did we take steps forward, or just fewer steps backward than we have become accustomed to?

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President's Message: Stronger Together

We know there is power in numbers and that we’re stronger when we stand together. But with all the challenges we face, from our current bargain to the looming threats from the Supreme Court, we need to get concrete about what that means. 

I believe our union is only as strong as the number of members who we can inspire to take action. Now more than ever we need every member to step up and get involved.

 

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