• President’s Message: Welcome Back, Educators

  • Get Involved Electing Education-Friendly Government

  • Listen: PAT President Angela Bonilla is on OPB's Think Out Loud

  • Response to SCOTUS Decision (photo credit: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

  • Cut Class Sizes, Not Teachers

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    PAT Member Desmond Spann featured on OEA Grow Podcast

    PAT member Desmond Spann was this week’s guest on OEA's Grow podcast, talking about student motivation and engagement. Find Desmond's episode here. Find more Grow podcast episodes on OEA's website or wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee

    SEPTEMBER 15th-OCTOBER 19th.

    PAT Latinx Heritage Month resource materials are beginning to be renamed Latine Heritage Month. “Latine (pronounced la·ˈ​ti·​ne) is a gender-neutral form of the word Latino, created by LGBTQIA+, gender non-binary, and feminist communities in Spanish speaking countries. The objective of the term Latine is to remove gender from the Spanish word Latino, by replacing it with the gender-neutral Spanish letter E. This idea is native to the Spanish language and can be seen in many gender-neutral words like “estudiante”. – callmelatine.com 

    There are many ways for people to name their racial, cultural, and ethnic identities. We also know that language evolves and as invested members of mutually sustaining communities, we need to listen to members of our community and recognize there will alway be multiple points of view. Here are some more resources if you are interested in additional thoughts about the terms Latine and Latinx, but more importantly, we encourage you to listen to those within your own community and follow their lead.

    Why People Are Using the Term ‘Latinx’

    What’s the Deal with Latinx? 

    The X in Latinx is a Wound, not a Trend   

    Call Me Latine    

    From Hispanic to Latine

    Heritage/Affinity Month Release Planning Day

    Do you identify as Hispanic, Latine, Latino, Indigenous, Native American, or Filipino? Do you have a personal connection with folx with disabilities? On Friday, October 7th we will refine, revisit, and reimagine our current PAT resources for Latine Heritage Month and Indigenous/Native American Heritage Month. We will also begin to put together resources for Filipino Heritage Month and International Day of Persons with Disabilities. People who do not share an identity with these groups but have the desire to support and augment the work are also needed and invited. Indicate your interest HERE (space is limited, but we will contact everyone who signs up) and be entered to win a gift card to Third Eye Books! PAT will pay your substitute leave and will provide lunch at the PAT office.


    Click the link to learn about the PAT Flying Squad and what it has to do with union solidarity! See below for an example of union solidarity


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    External Organizing

    Let's build momentum and solidarity as we enter into bargaining for a fair contract!

    Who: All community members who love teachers are invited to come by for a community drive thru event at the Portland Association of Teachers office!
    Where: 345 NE 8th Ave, PDX, 97232
    When: Saturday, October 15th from 12pm-2pm

    • Music + dancing 🎉
    • Free yard signs
    • Temporary tattoos
    • Spin the wheel
    • for more SWAG!!

    Link to FB event here. Thanks for sharing!

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    Racial Equity Committee

    Celebrate the Renaming of BESC after Dr. Matthew Prophet

    WHAT:  The PPS School Board voted Unanimously on Tuesday September 20th to rename the BESC Building after Dr. Matthew Prophet, who served as Portland Public Schools Superintendent from 1982-1992.  Please join us at his virtual tribute on Saturday October 22nd!

    For more information, contact: Lurlene Shamsud-Din: 971.354.0970 or Renee Anderson: 971. 207.1242  

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    Apply to Join the 2022-23 PAT Advocacy Cadre!

    PAT is seeking members to serve on next year’s  Advocacy Cadre. To apply, fill out this application form by June 27th. 

    What is The PAT Advocacy Cadre? 

    This small group of members will work closely with UniServ to become experts on our contract, and will provide member to member support.

    The Advocacy Cadre will run a Zoom Advocacy Hotline, where Reps and other members can get immediate answers to questions about the contract and support to resolve problems in their buildings. 

    In addition, the Advocacy Cadre will provide support with Rep Training, answering member emails to [email protected],org, and creating materials to help members better understand contract issues.

    You can read about this year's Advocacy Cadre here: www.pdxteachers.org/pat_advocacy_cadre

    Cadre Members Commit to:

    • 2 days Advocacy Training on August 16th and 17th. (This will be held either live, or remotely, depending on safety recommendations at that time.)
    • 1 Zoom Hotline shift a week, during the school year, Mondays, 4:30-6:30 at PAT. 
    • Up to a half day twice a month to follow up on unresolved member needs from the Hotline shift (release time can be provided).
    • In addition to answering the hotline, this time may include ongoing training and other advocacy work with Uniserv Reps. Additional dates may be added depending on need.
    • This is a minimum 1-year opportunity and commitment, paid at the OEA cadre-rate ($33/hour)


    • Assist Building Representatives and members who come to Zoom Advocacy Hotline;
    • Respond to emails from members;
    • Be a knowledgeable resource about the PAT contract and PAT systems for supporting members in different situations;
    • Follow procedure to inform UniServ reps of issues, determining next steps;
    • Potential additional release time/ pay for ongoing training or representation work;
    • Potential to shadow UniServ Reps on assignment.


    • Active PAT membership;
    • Experience as a PAT building rep or other similar union experience preferred;
    • Interest in continued union advocacy work;
    • Special consideration given to applicants with an interest in pursuing work as a UniServ Consultant; 
    • Special consideration given to applicants with characteristics that help create a group that represents the racial diversity of our membership, and of the job-types that our members hold.

    Goals for PAT:

    • Build capacity among members to enforce our contract, support member rights, and organize and problem solve in buildings;
    • Develop leadership within PAT that represents the diversity of our membership demographics and workforce positions;
    • Create a pathway toward UniServ work for interested members.

    To apply

    Portland Association of Teachers

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    Donate to the PAT Sick Leave Bank

    Do you have unused sick leave hours? Please consider donating them to help support PAT members  facing serious health issues.

    Members may donate up to 40 hours of sick leave annually. Employees who have already submitted their notice of resignation are exempted from this maximum limit, and may contribute as many hours as they would like. 

    The PAT Sick Leave Bank (see PAT/PPS contract Article provides aid for colleagues who have exhausted their accumulated leave balances and are unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. With the help of the Sick Leave Bank, they are able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage during their illness. 

    You can donate hours using this online form, or go to our website for additional information.

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    Thinking Ahead About Retirement? Find Retirement Planning Resources Online

    PAT has frequently hosted workshops on financial well being and planning for the future, led by veteran financial advisor Ed Foster.  Whether you are a new educator thinking ahead, or in the last years of your career, we now have Ed Foster’s sage advice available for you online, whenever you need it: