Bargaining Brief, October 17th, 2023

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Hello Educators,

We began the day by sharing accurate financial stats with our local legislators who were understandably confused by the information shared by the District.  Several legislators indicated they would write letters in support of PAT’s bargaining platform and some have already done so. 

After significant member feedback and previous side bars with the District, the team worked on a Special Education Supposal in our Student-Centered package and agreed to another sidebar on this.  Additionally, we presented an Article 9 supposal in the student-centered package.  We made some movement on what district management has told us are their priorities in this article, while also maintaining our safety language and needed tiers of support for our students.  

After many District objections to previous proposals, we presented a mediation package taking into account the District’s demands.  Even with taking many of their objections into account, we expect the District to challenge our Final Offer.  

We once again presented ample information showing the District they can absolutely guarantee at least 440 minutes of planning time for all members.  

Unfortunately, we waited all day for any kind of proposal from district management and ended our day having received nothing from them, as of 7:34pm when we left PPS.  We can only conclude that management is waiting for us to back away from our demands.  After 10 months of negotiations, even with the assistance of a state mediator, we appear to have ceased to make progress.  At this point, we do not have another bargaining session scheduled.  We are waiting to receive proposals from management and will agree to meet as soon as management indicates they have proposals on your priorities for us to consider.  It now seems clear that district management will not listen to us at the table until they have heard from you at the strike vote ballot box.  

If you haven’t already voted in the Strike Vote, please reach out to your rep and/or CAT to make sure that you vote at your site by this Thursday! 

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