Bargaining Brief 11/5/2023

We showed our power this week and the country took notice of our fight for our students! 

Our picket lines and rallies grew stronger every day. State lawmakers wrote the district and told them to refocus their priorities. We showed the district that our community stands behind our demands for public schools. 

Monday is as important as ever. We need every member on the picket line to support our bargaining team, stand up for our students, and push the district to settle at the table. Now is the time.

What tomorrow looks like:

TIME: 7:45 AM TO 10:45 AM

TIME: 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM


ZONES 1 & 2:
Peninsula Park
700 N. Rosa Parks Way

Grant Park
2300 NE 33rd Ave.

Roseway Parkway
7200 NE Sandy Blvd. 

Creston Park
4454 SE Powell Blvd

Lent Park
4808 SE 92nd Ave.

Talk to your strike captain.

ZONE 8 & 9:
Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison St

In the News...

Portland Teachers Are on Strike in the New York times

We are invigorated by the overwhelming support from educators coast to coast. Our fight for Portland students received recognition in national press like the New York Times.

We had a special visit from the Lovett or Leave It podcast, and we're thrilled to share that our very own Tiffany Koyama Lane was invited to the live show for an interview – be sure to give it a listen. Tiffany's segment kicks off around the 21-minute mark, so don't miss it.

Tweet from Crooked Media highlighting out story
President Bonilla on a picket line

Take a look back at our first day on strike, standing alongside Portland families across our community. Together, we are demonstrating what solidarity looks like. Together, we are demanding the schools that our students deserve.

Bargaining Brief, 11/5/2023

Hello Educators, 

We understand, agree with and have shared the sense of urgency that has been shared by PAT members and has also been echoed by other community members, including our governor and state legislators. 

We advised the mediators that the only path forward would require the district bargaining team to come with clear proposals and actual contract language for the issues that are keeping you on the line and away from your students: 

  • Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) 
  • Class Size Caps
  • Planning Time & Days
  • Special Education
  • Mental Health Supports
  • Physical Health & Safety 

We spent the morning refining our proposals around Article 9: Student Support, New Article for Special Education, and Article 9: Physical Health & Safety. The team has also developed a response to PPS’ a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Sustainable Community Schools.

When our team was informed that the district team had a proposal for planning time, we were tentatively hopeful. However, we were enraged to see that the proposal the district offered would increase our workday, add a work day to the year as a district-directed PD day, no additional planning days, increasing the number of PLCs in Elementary schools, enshrine the CSI/TSI training days they currently misuse and an inconsistent increase in weekly planning time. They then had the audacity to ask us to pause the strike.

Their behaviors and proposals show that our demands for the school board members to step in is the ONLY way to reach a settlement.

If you want to look at our current contract proposals, you can find them HERE.

Saturday, Directors Patte Sullivan and Julia Brim-Edwards were at our bargaining location. Today, we saw Director Scott in the halls during bargaining. We need them at the bargaining table, playing an active role, to end this Strike. Without significant improvements on our priorities, the strike continues.

One day longer, one day stronger.

Rain or Shine, we walk the line.

Please continue to join us daily on the picket line and at the noon regional rallies across the city. Together, we will show our solidarity and our commitment. Together, we are unstoppable!

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
Portland Association of Teachers