Tuesday evening at 9:14 PM, PPS emailed a proposal to your PAT bargaining team. After a review of the document on Wednesday, we realized that there were:
- Brand-new proposals, despite being long-past the deadline for new issues;
- Proposals that altered or removed already agreed upon items;
- Proposals which were so poorly written that we could not determine their meaning;
Your team found it offensive that we received this incomplete, inaccurate, and sloppy document after hundreds of hours in negotiations. Both sides were slated to meet for mediation today, but we worked separately the entire day. The state mediator presented our feelings and our written summary of some of the problems in their document to the PPS team. After that, PPS spent the rest of the day working on correcting/altering their careless work.Continue reading
District’s Bargaining Team Pushing for a Crisis!
(1) The District’s team ended interest-based bargaining (IBB).
(2) The District’s team asked for mediation. This is one of three decision points in state law to move towards the ability to unilaterally implement the District’s bargaining proposal and for PAT to declare a strike.
(3) The District is repeating a bargaining strategy used in 2013 to refuse to bargain over permissive subjects of bargaining. This time the District’s strategists are refusing to bargain over workload, class sizes, caseloads, number of preparations (distinct courses), and staff meetings. PAT is now forced to create complex alternate bargaining proposals to preserve its interests. This is a time-consuming strategy that delays the bargaining process. To make matters worse, the Districts strategists are rolling out their objections a few at a time. This delays the necessary legal review before creating alternative packages.
(4) District team members have stated that we need to be in a crisis to reach a settlement.Continue reading
District Returns to Legal Maneuvers to Force PAT to Eliminate Workload Protections
If you were here in 2013 before PAT almost went on strike, you will be disappointed to learn that District negotiators are repeating the same aggressive legal strategy to force PAT to abandon protections in our contract. Once again District negotiators are refusing to bargain over certain “permissive” subjects of bargaining*. This time around, PPS Chief Negotiator Laird Cusack is demanding that our workload language must be removed from the contract because it is “permissive” and the District chooses not to bargain over this topic. PAT disagrees with this legal analysis and may be forced to file another unfair labor practice charge for bad faith bargaining.
District Withdraws from Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB)
Our IBB protocols require that both sides meet with the IBB facilitator prior to withdrawing from the process. The District triggered such a meeting which was held last week. At that meeting, it became clear that the District had no interest in continuing interest-based discussions. District negotiators insisted upon leaving the collaborative process. The District stated: “Until we get to a crisis point where one side can strike and one side can implement, we won’t get to a deal.”
District No-Shows Today’s Negotiations
A Message From Your Bargaining Chair:
While your Bargaining Team came ready to begin another attempt to collaboratively resolve our contract negotiations, we must report that the District chose not to attend bargaining today. In addition, our team has indications that District leadership is preparing to move out of the Interest Based Bargaining (IBB) process and will call for mediation. PAT is deeply disappointed that after nearly two years of attempting to find a collaborative way to address the issues that are critical to teachers and students, the District appears ready to walk away and return to doing business in a way that creates constant conflict.Continue reading
May 8 & 9, 2017 Bargaining Sessions
Your bargaining team met with the PPS team for two straight days on Monday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 9th. As with many of the Bargaining Briefs you have received, we have to report that there were significant differences exposed as well as progress in a few areas.
Progress, but not yet Close to a Settlement
Your PAT team met with the District on Monday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. We originally described the meeting as a “settlement” day, but quickly realized that both sides needed some additional financial information not yet available to the group. We therefore set up new bargaining dates on May 8th and 9th. We were disappointed that we were not able to schedule the next group bargaining session earlier, but there were several conflicts with schedules.Continue reading
PAT Salaries Drop in Metro 14
The District has presented data in bargaining that may show that PPS staffing ratios may be lower than many metro area districts. That is directly related to PAT’s Schools Portland Students Deserve campaign that focused on reducing workload and creating more reasonable learning conditions for students. There is much work yet to be done in this area. However, our focus on reducing workload and improving students’ learning conditions has apparently come at a cost to you. PAT members’ starting and top salaries have both fallen in comparison to other Metro 14 locals. PAT starting salaries are dead last in this group! Below are PERS-adjusted salaries for 2016-17 based on the 190-day PPS calendar for beginning and top salaries*: