Bargaining Brief 11.16

Hello educators,

Your bargaining team spent much of the day revising our Article 8 language related to class size. We continue to fight for true workload relief. We carefully crafted a method to ensure that your classes aren’t overloaded in the same way they are now and includes the families in problem solving.

We presented our updated class size language to the district this afternoon. We appreciated the questions district management asked and are hopeful that we’re making real movement toward agreement on this critical issue.

Click here to read our latest Article 8 language.

In other good news from today, we signed tentative agreements on four articles: Articles 10 (Academic Freedom & Instruction), 15 (Retirement), 16 (Extended Responsibility) and 20 (Reduction in Staff/Layoff). We have responses ready for a package of other articles that we are ready to present to district management once we reach a common understanding with them around class size language.

A reminder as the media frenzy continues: If it didn’t come from PAT, don’t believe that!

This afternoon we learned along with the rest of you and PPS families that it will not be an option for students to attend school next week regardless of the status of our contract settlement. However, it is certainly possible for educators to return to work next week should an agreement be reached.

In Solidarity,

Your Bargaining Team

Steve Lancaster | Chair Teacher, Social Studies
Francisca Alvarez | K-5 Bilingual Inst. Coach
Samara Bockelman | Middle School Counselor
Julia Fogg | K-5 Instructional Coach
Thea Keith Teacher | 8th Grade Science/Health
Charity Powell Teacher | K-8 Special Education

Ryan Olds, OEA Staff
Angela Bonilla, President