11/7 Bargaining Brief

Today your Bargaining Team met face-to-face for several hours with our Superintendent, as well as School Board Members Herman Greene & Gary Hollands to describe the major issues that must be resolved to achieve a fair contract that delivers real improvements from what has become an untenable status quo.  These issues are:

  • A Cost of Living Adjustment that keeps up with inflation
  • Limits on Class Size/Caseload to provide workload relief
  • Guaranteed Educator-Led Planning/Grading Time
  • Increased mental health supports for students
  • Guaranteed improvements in Special Education
  • Environmental improvements that support safe, clean and healthy facilities

We also took time to listen to the issues of key importance to our Board.  Michelle DePass joined Directors Hollands and Greene at the table for this part of our discussion.

PAT Bargaining Team members joined President Bonilla at this evening’s School Board Meeting to hear our students, community members and union partners express their concerns and support for our shared vision of great public schools for all.

The discussions today in the bargaining room and at the public comments portion of tonight’s School Board meeting were honest and, we hope, will now lead to a long overdue breakthrough in our stalled negotiations.  It is our expectation that tomorrow the district’s bargaining team will now produce a comprehensive proposal on ALL of the issues that matter most to educators and the students we serve.  Your PAT team will also be working tomorrow to prepare a package of proposals that we hope will address the issues raised by the board and bring us closer to a fair settlement. We know we will not reach a settlement without the district providing concrete, legal proposals on our six priorities. 

Stay strong on the picket lines.
Keep talking to our community.
Your actions matter!

In Solidarity,

Your Bargaining Team
Steve Lancaster, Chair
Francisca Alvarez
Samara Bockelman
Julia Fogg
Thea Keith
Charity Powell

Ryan Olds, OEA Staff
Angela Bonilla, President