Bargaining Brief, June 5, 2023

Hello Educators,

Yesterday, your PAT Bargaining Team met with PPS management for our 11th bargaining session. We gave the District counter proposals on the following Articles:

Article 6: Work Year
Article 7: Workday
Article 8: Workload
Article 11: School Improvement Councils
Article 14: Mileage, Parking, and Procurement Cards (P-Cards)
Article 17: Leaves
Article 21: Mentor Program
Article 22: Professional Growth
Article 23: Professional Educator Rights and Just Cause
Appendix L: Administrative Leave Letter Template

We also shared testimony from a community organizer related to our new Article: Supporting Students with Temporary Living Situations/Housing (Enrollment Stabilization Plan). President Bonilla made it clear: We aren’t asking PPS to become a rental agency. Our funding is tied to enrollment: We are asking that they plan long term about how we keep students in our catchment area. 

PPS management came without any proposals but did give counter proposals on Articles 11, 21, and 22 near the end of the day.

We said from the beginning we do not want to drag out bargaining for an extended period.  We are concerned that our pace of bargaining leaves open the possibility of extended bargaining and we cannot accept this while our schools are in crisis.  Please be prepared for more information on this shortly.

Many of you have already responded to the PAT Bargaining and Action Survey. Thank you! Your Bargaining Team will always fight for your priorities and the survey greatly informs our bargaining process. If you haven’t yet completed the survey sent to your PPS email, please complete it by June 15th. 

Get ready for our workplace action on Thursday, June 8!


We want all Portland Teachers to participate to send a message to PPS management and prepare our membership for the next steps in the bargaining process.  Please wear blue and be ready to walk in or walk out with your coworkers at Contract time. Sign the pledge that will be at your sites this week!

In Solidarity,
Your Bargaining Team
Steve Lancaster, Chair
Francisca Alvarez
Samara Bockelman
Julia Fogg
Thea Keith
Charity Powell
Portland Association of Teachers