Portland educators did an incredible job organizing for Measure 97. In addition to demanding adequate funding for education, healthcare, and senior services at the ballot box, many PAT members stepped out of their comfort zone, talking with voters across the state.Continue reading
On November 9th, the PAT Substitute Teachers' Bargaining Team, comprised of Mark Oshin, Jeff Kipilman, and Stephanie Ritzert, met with the PPS team to start negotiations over a new contract for PAT Substitutes. After a productive session discussing goals and process, the two teams met again on November 22nd to exchange proposals.Continue reading
Nominations will open at the November 30th PAT Representative Assembly (PAT RA) for election to several PAT positions. These include PAT Executive Board Directors (4 positions), PAT Delegates to the Oregon Education Association Representative Assembly, and PAT Delegates to the National Education Association Representative Assembly.Continue reading
Probationary educators shall be evaluated during each year of their three-year probationary period based on the PPS Performance Evaluation Rubric. The evaluation process requires a goal-setting conference in the fall and allows for informal observations by the evaluator. At least two (2) formal classroom observations are also required each year. Read the FAQ for a detailed description of the process.
Do you have a plan that could enhance your classroom skills or boost student achievement? An idea for a site-based professional development activity that could build partnerships? OEA’s Center for Great Public Schools awards Promising Practice Grants to individual PAT members.Continue reading
At the 2016 Oregon Education Association Representative Assembly, members passed New Business Item #8 calling for “OEA to provide release time for up to four members to attend State Board of Education meetings. The members released shall have expertise that reflects the agenda topics.Continue reading
PAT bargaining unit members are not required to submit a short leave form or to use their accumulated leave if they are absent from a Monday or Tuesday after-school staff meetingContinue reading
Our contract requires that any educator who has a concern about her/his workload or who believes her/his workload is inequitable must first discuss the concern with her/his immediate supervisor. If the concern is not resolved by the supervisor, the professional educator can report this concern to the joint PAT/PPS Workload Committee for review using the following form. The Workload Committee is actively reviewing cases now, using dedicated funds from the School Board to resolve as many problems as possible.
Not all of last night’s election results in our State and National races are the results that many of us wanted for the students we serve. Unfortunately, we lost on both our Measure 97 campaign and in the Presidential election. On the positive side Governor Kate Brown, who won her election, has said she expects proponents and opponents come to the table to “tackle the revenue challenges facing Oregon.”
Our union has always been strong because of our collective action, and our solidarity has only been strengthened by our work on the measure 97 campaign. We took our message to the doors all across the city, and Portland Voters did support Measure 97 and public education. Despite the election results, we know that educators are trusted voices and we have the respect of our community. We are committed to Fighting for the Schools our Students Deserve, and it’s clear that fight will continue.
We will fight in Salem this 2017 session to ward off cuts. We will advocate through our contract the best allocation of PPS dollars to meet our students' needs. We will work with the National Education Association to fight for strong public schools for all our students.
I can’t thank you enough for your service. In my first president’s message in August, I quoted Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Thank you for being involved in that change.
I think it’s important to remember is that the result for our campaign wasn’t a referendum on public education or Oregon’s educators. The opposition painted Measure 97 as a hidden sales tax, or a blank check to Salem, precisely because they didn’t want to talk about the state of our public schools or the fact that Oregon is dead last in corporate taxes. Thank you to everyone who joined us in this fight against corporate interests and greed. We did an amazing job! Because of our work on Measure 97, Oregon’s broken corporate tax system is now politically unavoidable.
Last night, we didn’t win the battle. But we are stronger together and we are stronger than ever. We live to fight another day.
Thanks to those who made it to the October RA! Here are the materials to bring back to you building:
- Know Your Paycheck slides
- Safety Update from the Advocacy Committee:
- Barraging Brief 10.20
- Measure 97 Events Reproducible: Please volunteer and get half your members to join you!
- PAT Voters' Guide
- Salary Grievance Form
- Mother Friendly Workplace Information
- Oregon v Federal Law Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers
- Slides for your 10 minute meeting
- On-line Signup form for all of PAT's Measure 97 events
Our next RA is Wednesday, November 30. Please review the Proposed Bylaws Amendment, which we will vote on at the November RA.
- What Does Fighting For the Schools Our Students Deserve Actually Look Like?
- Together for Measure 97
- Make Sure and Vote by November 8th
- Get the Latest on Bargaining
- PAT Grieves Added Minutes in PK-8 Workday
- PAT Grieves Salaries Promised (But Not Given) to New Members
- Substitute Given Building Restriction for Heart Condition
- Look for Your Materials and Supplies Stipend
- PAT Is Working to Make PPS Friendly for New Moms
- Join Us at These Upcoming Conferences
It was November 22, 2013, almost three years ago, when thousands of us came together on the Burnside Bridge. We were in the midst of our biggest campaign ever, “Fighting for the Schools Portland Students Deserve.” We knew that by standing together in the midst of horrible contract negotiations we had the opportunity to fight for our students and our city. And fight we did. We didn’t allow the District to gut our contract and roll back advances we have made for our students around workload.Continue reading
PAT has put out its Voter’s Guide for the November election. Recommendations come from the PAT PAC, and were made on the basis of the candidate’s record or position on educational issues, responses during the interviews, viability of campaign, PAT’s strategic organizational goals, and electability. In this election cycle, the PAT PAC board interviewed and deliberated over a period of 10 months, for over 44 hours in total, to make recommendations for candidates.Continue reading
Last week, we sent our second bargaining brief to every member’s personal email. If you haven’t already, be sure and check it out online. If you didn’t receive it, that means we don’t have your personal email! Make sure you’re getting the latest updates on our negotiations by sending your personal email to Kelli Williams, [email protected].
PAT has filed a grievance on behalf of our members in PK-8 schools after the District unilaterally increased student/teacher contact time for middle school educators. This is a clear violation of the workload language in our contract, and the protocols we have in place for our current Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB) with the District.Continue reading
PAT has filed a class-action grievance stating that PPS HR representatives promised multiple new members higher salaries than actually received. In most of these cases the HR specialists ignored salary placement guidelines around receiving a higher degree and/or advanced education hours beyond a bachelor’s degree prior to receiving licensure. In some cases, HR representatives also ignored information about years of experience. After members had accepted the position, they were later given a contract with an actual salary that was in many cases several thousand dollars lower.Continue reading
A building principal has requested that one of our substitute members receive a building restriction after the member had to leave during the school day because she was experiencing extreme chest pains. After calling the office for help, the substitute waited over 20 minutes for support to arrive. After scheduling an emergency appointment with the OHSU cardio clinic, the substitute brought her students to the office and left to go to the cardio clinic. She later had to seek additional medical treatment for her heart condition. Unfortunately, human resources processed the request for a building restriction without question. PAT is demanding that the restriction be dropped, and that the district conduct an investigation into the actions of administration and HR.
The PAT/PPS contract provides that each professional educator shall receive a materials and supplies stipend of $100 each school year to use to purchase materials. This is in addition to materials and supplies budgeted by the school or district. Educators are NOT required to submit any receipts or itemized requests for reimbursement to receive this stipend. Instead, the stipend is provided as an additional $100 on the October paycheck.
In the last few months, there have been many calls from new mothers who are experiencing difficulties with District administration when it comes to allowing for time and a private location to express milk. Click the following link to find out more information about legal requirements for expressing milk, and find out how PAT is pushing the District to rectify this situation.