President's Message: This Could Change Everything

Welcome to 2019-2020 school year!

I hope you had a great summer break, and are feeling ready for the coming school year.

We have a big year ahead of us. After a major campaign for fully-funded schools, culminating in over 35,000 educators, families, and community allies taking action across the state on May 8th, we won the passage of the Student Success Act. 

This legislation will put over a billion dollars into Oregon’s schools.

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Get to Know Your PAT Committees

PAT members have set the gold standard in our state for what unified and motivated professionals can achieve through collective bargaining in recent years. In addition to bargaining, much of the union’s work is accomplished by PAT members on our standing committees, benefitting all our colleagues and every Portland student.

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PERS Update: Union Coalition Files Lawsuit

OEA, in coalition with other labor unions, filed a lawsuit against the retirement cuts handed down by the State Legislature earlier this year.

SB 1049 targeted working people, taking money out of our personal accounts to pay employers' pension obligations to retirees. In our case, James v. the State of Oregon, et al, public employees are asserting that the loss of retirement benefits violates the Constitution, is a breach of contract, and is an illegal taking without compensation.

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Meet Nichole Watson, PAT's New Racial Equity Organizer

My name is Nichole Watson and I am super excited to be on full-time release with PAT to strengthen our organizational focus on racial equity and community partnerships. This incredible opportunity is a result of the Racial Equity Task Force, which was the brainchild of our very own Adolfo Garza-Cano and former PPS educator Tai Said-Hall.

In 2018-19, I stepped in to co-chair the Racial Equity Task Force alongside Adolfo and chair the Black Lives Matter Committee, one of our subcommittees.  During the academic year, the Racial Equity Task Force, which is intentionally comprised of educators of color, focused on providing affinity spaces to build solid relationships and offer a safe opportunity to share our experiences, fears, setbacks, obstacles, victories and aspirations in the classroom. We successfully hosted three mixers for educators of color that were well attended and deeply impactful.

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Meet Peter Brogan, PAT's New Uniserv Consultant

My name is Peter Brogan and I am overjoyed to be joining the PAT this year as your new UniServ Consultant. I was born and raised in New York City, but for the last few years I've been working with teachers and other education workers across Northern California, as an organizer and representative with the California Federation of Teachers (CFT). Prior to working at CFT, I was an organizer with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), where I organized and represented mental health workers at Kaiser Permanente, from Fresno to the Napa Valley.

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Join the OEA Mediation Network

The Oregon Education Association is creating a statewide network of trained mediators to help resolve disputes at the building level beginning in March 2020.  

Once the program is up and running, union members will be able to request dispute resolution assistance from OEA, and the program will confidentially assign mediators, based on need and geographic area.

The program is currently recruiting candidates from different regions across the state to serve as mediators, including individuals who will make at least a three-year commitment to helping resolve peer-to-peer conflict among educators in their geographic area through the mediation network.

Candidates will attend two weekend training sessions in the fall, and then practice their new skills through a field project in the winter.

The application deadline is September 16th.

Interested educators can find out more and apply online at

PAT Party in the Park: Join Us Friday September 13th!

Please join PAT Members and their families at PAT's annual Party in the Park! Food and drinks are provided.

Date: Friday, September 13th
Time: 3:30-6:30 PM
Place: Laurelhurst Park, Area D

The event is kid-friendly, and a great chance to reconnect with colleagues and friends, and meet new educators in PPS.

Kevin's All Stars will be providing music.

Laurelhurst Park is in Southeast Portland, off Cesar Chavez and Ankeny.

PAT Party in the Park

Friday, September 13 from 3:30-6:30pm at Laurelhurst Park

     PAT Members and their families are invited to PAT's Party in the Park!

     Food and drinks provided

     Music by Kevin's All Stars

     Located at Laurelhurst Park, Area D (Off SE Cesar Chavez and Ankeny)

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Welcome PAT members!

This area is a resource for you, to help you get involved with our union and find answers to your questions. 

  • Check out our calendar to find out about upcoming events, committee meetings, Representative Assemblies, and more. 
  • You can find materials and information from past Representative Assemblies, including slides to use at PAT meetings at your building, in the Rep Materials tab.
  • To read your complete contract, salary schedule, current MOU's and MOA's, and more, look under Know Your Contract.
  • Look under Forms to find membership, sick leave bank, workload, and contract exception forms.

Student Loan Forgiveness Powerpoint- NEA Member Benefits

Student Loan Forgiveness Powerpoint

NEA Member Benefits Providing Financial Support: Loan Forgiveness and Financial Planning



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Member Benefits

There are so many benefits to being an active union member. In addition to the all of the guarantees and protections from our contract, PAT members also have access to substantial discounts on auto and home insurance. There are a number of other services available through the Oregon Education Association and the National Education Association.

Get help supporting students from the OEA Foundation: Members can apply for grants of up to $100 to help their students meet basic, urgent needs so they can attend and succeed in school. Grants may be used for things like eyeglasses, winter coats, dental work, shoes, and many other basic supports for students. Apply for a grant or donate to the foundation by visiting

Find professional development opportunities: OEA provides and vets many professional development trainings throughout the year so members can better support students. Topics include licensure, classroom management, career development, and more - including online offerings. Visit to find an opportunity that advances your practice.

Save money with member discounts: Your OEA and NEA membership gains you access to many financial discounts through NEA Member Benefits. From cheap movie tickets and Disneyland passes to credit card offers, discounted hotels and car rentals to personal loan offers, many members find savings that more than equal their yearly annual dues. Visit for more.

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President's Message: This is Only the Beginning!

May 8th was electrifying—over 25,000 teachers, parents, students, and community supporters rallying on the waterfront and marching through downtown.

Thousands more filled the streets in Eugene, Medford, Bend, and Klamath Falls. Educators even took over the Capitol in Salem driving home our message, that it’s time to fund the schools our students deserve.

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Portland School Board Elections: Vote by May 21st

The Portland Association of Teachers Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) is proud to announce its endorsements for the May 2019 School Board election.

The PAT PAC endorsement panel consisted of eight educators along with OEA staff. The panel considered the following criteria while making their endorsements: support for collective bargaining; commitment to educator voice; knowledge of education issues such as standardized testing and disrupted learning; commitment to racial equity; advocacy for strong, fully-funded public schools; and electability.

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Election for PAT Executive Board Director Position

The PAT Nominations and Elections Committee announces that an election will be held for one Executive Board Director position.  This is necessitated by a mid-term vacancy.  The term of the interim position is August 19, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

A nomination form (including the Candidate Statement) is due by 4:30 PM, June 12, 2019 at the PAT office, to be included in a flyer for distribution at the August 19, 2019, PAT RA.

Per PAT bylaws, the election will be by vote of the elected representatives at the August 19, 2020, PAT Representative Assembly.  Any PAT member may run for election to this position.  Nominations close at 10:00 AM on August 19, 2019. 

The nomination form and the Election Handbook are available at the PAT office or under "Forms" on the PAT website.

Building and Classroom Moves - Article 19 of Our Contract

The PAT Advocacy Committee reminds you that Article 19 provides compensation for packing and unpacking if your move is due to a District reconfiguration or change. Within your building, you are entitled to payment if your administrator directs you to move classrooms/offices after the school year has begun or for the second year in a row.

If your move is the result of typical Spring unassignments because of a reduction in positions in your building or program, or is the result of your voluntary decision to apply for a transfer, payment is not required.  See the FAQ on Building and Classroom Moves and Article 19 of our contract for specific information.  

Student Debt Workshop – Monday, May 20th

Is student debt dragging you down? It is one of the most serious financial challenges facing educators today. 

NEA Member Benefits and PAT want to help. Join us to learn how to:

  • Take advantage of the Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs (Teacher Loan, Perkins Loan, & the Public Service Loan Programs)
  • Use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine if you are eligible for a federal forgiveness program and how much you could potential reduce your loan debt
  • Focus on some basic financial essentials and basic financial planning

This event is free to all PAT members. A light dinner will be served. 

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 
Time: 4:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: PAT Office,  345 NE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97232)

Find out more - download the event flyer.

RSVP here.

Social Justice Social: Building Sanctuary, Thursday May 23rd

The rise of anti-immigrant policies, hate speech, and violence in our communities affects all of us in the classroom. This impacts our students whether they are immigrants themselves, belong to mixed status families, or are disturbed by these threats. Educators know how important it is to make classrooms more inclusive and welcoming. This event is the second part of a continued work session on building toolkits for classrooms and talking with other educators about our experiences.

By talking about immigration in positive, productive ways educators can disrupt the xenophobic messages around us!  We hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 23rd  at PAT
4:30-6:00 PM

RSVP here. 

LGBTQ Summit – Friday, June 21st

Join Diamond Law Training and LGBTQ union leaders, staff, and members for our 5th annual ACUTE training. Participants will learn the current legal landscape for LGBTQ and trans issues, deepen bargaining and organizing skills, develop and create affinity caucuses with new friends and allies from across the Pacific Northwest, and more! Special guests include our keynote speaker, the Honorable Fay Stetz-Waters, and Intisar Abioto of The Black Portlanders taking event photos. Allies welcome.

The event is Friday, June 21st, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM at SEIU 49, 3536 SE 26th Ave. View the full agenda

PAT is sponsoring fifteen spots for members. If you are interested in the code for free registration, please email: Suzanne Cohen Lunch provided.

Educators of Color - End of Year BBQ – Thursday, May 30th

Are you an educator of color? Don’t miss the end-of-the-year mixer and BBQ, Thursday, May 30th. The event starts at 4:30 PM at the PAT Office, 345 NE 8th Ave.

RSVP here.

Don't Miss the Summer OEA Conference!

From our buildings to our school boards to the state capitol, OEA members have made it clear this year that we are ready to stand up and fight for our students, our communities and our colleagues.

Join fellow OEA members from across the state at the OEA Summer Conference from July 30th to August 1st at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes in Bend, Oregon to build on this momentum, and to make plans for the 2019-2020 school year.

This year the Summer Conference will include sessions on: professional practice, organizing, advocacy, bargaining, equity, leadership development, and communication skills.  Building reps, PAT committee members, and PAT members who are simply looking to get more involved in the union should consider attending.  You can review the conference brochure to view all of the conference offerings. 

Registration ends June 26th.

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness & Basic Financial Planning Workshop - 5/20/19

Monday, May 20, 2019  - (4:30 - 7:00 PM) at the PAT Office, (Portland Association of Teachers, 345 NE 8th Ave., Portland, OR 97232)

Flyer here  

RSVP here

Student Loan Debt Dragging You Down?

It is one of the most serious financial challenges facing educators today.  NEA Member Benefits and PAT want to help.  Join us to learn how to:

  • Take advantage of the Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs (Teacher Loan, Perkins Loan, & the Public Service Loan Programs)
  • Use the new NEA Student Loan Forgiveness Navigator Tool (SAVI) to determine if you are eligible for a federal forgiveness program and how much you could potential reduce your loan debt.
  • Focus on some basic financial essentials and basic financial planning 

This event is free to all PAT members. A light dinner will be served.