Know Your Contract: Early Retirement

KNOW YOUR CONTRACT: Early Retirement: Benefits and Important Dates

During our last big contract negotiations, PAT protected what is called the “PERS Bubble” (officially called “Re-employment of Retirees”) and the Early Retirement Incentive. Both of those provisions are explained in detail in Article 15 of the PAT/PPS contract.

These benefits assure that educators are able to retire with dignity when they feel it’s time. They are benefits that all PAT members should receive, and they are benefits that we have all fought to maintain.

 

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Get Involved: November is Native American/ Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month

November is National Native American/Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month. The PAT Racial Equity Committee is continuing our book reading recordings to grow the collection of asynchronous material to use in our classrooms.  If you are interested in participating in our storytelling project as a volunteer reader, please fill out this form

If you are looking for some inspiration to prepare for your book reading,  watch our series of PAT Educators reading children's books celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Culture.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for events, curriculum, and resources to help you celebrate Native American/ Indigenous Peoples’ Month with your students.

Bargaining Brief, October 16, 2020

PAT Colleagues:

The bargaining session on Friday, October 16 (view here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) resulted in some major gains for all PAT members.  The PAT and PPS bargaining teams reached tentative agreements on one complete section of the 2020 – 2021 Distance and Hybrid Work Agreement (view signed TA document here).

One of the most important issues settled Friday is working conditions for educators who have a total assignment of less than .66 FTE.  We were able to get an agreement that guarantees no less than the prorated amount of the 950 minutes per week of educator-directed time.  That means that .5 FTE teachers get at least 475 minutes of educator-directed time.  In addition, those educators are not required to attend PLC meetings, which means that some individuals may receive more than the prorated educator-directed time. 

Both teams agreed to terms for PLC meetings.  We were able to get the district to agree that the extraordinary number of PLC meetings is not an expectation for schedules once we return to a “normal” school year.  PLC meeting time must now be divided into two parts.  The first half of the time must follow a schedule agreed to by the building instructional team and the building administrator, and the second half must be mutually agreed to by the administrator and the professional educators in the meeting.  Starting this week, professional educators have a real say in how the PLC meetings are conducted. 

We reached agreement on access to technology.  Although we could not move the district to accepting a tech stipend for educators, we were able to get the district to accept that educators can not only have access to their classrooms if they want to conduct CDL lessons from their school building, but educators are also able to bring home any technology that would normally be part of their classroom tech setup.  That means that technology normally locked to carts in classrooms may now be taken home by professional educators who need to work away from the school buildings.  Additionally, professional educators are to have access to copy machines and any other shared resources or equipment at their worksite. Finally, educators are to have access to supplies / consumables that would normally be available during in person instruction for use at home.

We finalized the evaluation agreement by including language on Student Learning Goals (SLGs).  Now, educators must submit two SLGs and one professional growth goal.  The goals can be focused on SEL, family or student engagement, and they are not due until November 1st

Finally, we agreed to language regarding the PAT Extended Responsibility positions.  The agreement is complicated, but in general:

  • If the ER is not being conducted (e.g. Safety Patrol) then ER will be canceled until in-person education resumes.
  • If the ER position is still going on, even with reduced elements (e.g. testing coordinator) the ER will be paid in full.
  • If the ER position is directly connected to an educator’s class and marked with an asterisk on the ER schedule, the ER will be paid in full, although if the number of performances expected is reduced the rate of pay may be changed.
  • Athletic ER has its own section which grants pay for proportions of seasons worked, rather than no pay at all. 

Negotiations regarding the COVID work environment is not concluded.  We still need to bargain “safe return to in-person instruction” language, and community/family support language.  Once those are completed, we will bring the full MOA to members for ratification. 

Once ratified, PAT and PPS will begin to bargain for the successor agreement to the current CBA.  We have a great deal of work ahead, but thanks to your support and engagement we have been able to move the district to agreements that protect everyone.

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President's Message: Building a More Just Future

Dear Educators,

This fall, we find ourselves in an ongoing state of disruption and uncertainty, and educators continue to go above and beyond to support our students.

Of course, educators are not alone grappling with the stress of this pandemic. We’ve all witnessed the terrible toll of COVID-19, especially for those most impacted- essential workers, those who have lost jobs, those without housing or enough to eat, those bearing the brunt of systemic racism, and everyone who has lost loved ones to the virus.

The pandemic has put a spotlight on the injustice and inequality permeating our society, and we need to do more than simply survive.

We must ensure Oregon emerges from this pandemic stronger.

This November, we have the opportunity to build toward our vision of a more just world, and this election, particularly the presidential race, is critical. I hope you’re doing everything you can to encourage your friends, family, and acquaintances to fill out their ballots and get them turned in.

But with all the national attention, and national significance, of November 3, please don’t ignore the state and local races, as well as a number of breakthrough ballot measures. There is so much opportunity on the Portland ballot to build toward a more just future.

We have the chance to provide essential supports for our students and their families, including providing Preschool for All, and the restoration of programming through our city Parks.

We have the chance to build much needed infrastructure. The PPS bond will ensure planned building renewals move forward, and will also create new partnerships through the Center for Black Student Excellence. We have the chance to invest in our county library system, including investing in the North Portland and Albina libraries, and a new flagship library in East Portland. And we can take a big step forward for public transportation, pedestrian safety, and accessibility through the Metro bond—including making busy roads like 82nd Avenue safe for students- and putting many more buses, bike paths, and sidewalks into service across the city.

These services and infrastructure do cost money, but they also create living-wage jobs for thousands of workers in our community, strengthening our economy and helping jumpstart our recovery.

Finally, we have the chance to make long-needed policy changes to create more justice and transparency. The Real Police Accountability measure will finally create a fair and transparent process for reviewing police use-of-force incidents. And the Fair and Honest Elections measure will finally amend our Constitution to allow for campaign contribution limits, so that we can curb the outsized influence of corporations and the extremely wealthy in decision-making in our state.

Look for your ballot in the mail by the end of the week!

In Solidarity,

Elizabeth Thiel
PAT President

VOTE to Invest in Our Values: PAT-Endorsed Ballot Measures

PAT is proud to endorse the following ballot measures on the November ballot which all play a part in building a more just, sustainable, and supportive city.

  • Preschool for All Measure 26-214 has merged with the Universal Preschool for All campaign. The combined package will tax high earners in order to provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County. The plan will also guarantee a living wage for all preschool teachers and assistants, and gives them the right to unionize.
  • Multnomah County Library Bond Measure 26-211 will expand and modernize the library branches in the neighborhoods that need them most, and build a new flagship library in East County. 
  • Portland Schools Bond: Measure 26-215 will invest in our schools with funds to modernize Jefferson High School, create the new Center for Black Student Excellence, update curriculum resources, and make needed safety and accessibility improvements.
  • Let’s Get Moving: Metro Bond Measure 26-218 will improve 17 of our most dangerous and congested roadways, greatly improve public transit options, address climate and equity priorities, and provide free youth passes for everyone under 18.
  • Portland Parks Levy Measure 26-213 will maintain our parks and natural areas and restore vital recreation services and community center offerings, while maintaining jobs.
  • The Real Police Accountability Measure 26-217 will give our community a voice in police use-of-force incidents, ensuring that police live up to our community values. 

PAT PAC Candidate Endorsements

The PAT PAC (Political Action Committee) is proud to endorse the following candidates in the November General Election:

Oregon State Legislature

  • HD 33: Maxine Dexter 
  • HD 36: Lisa Reynolds
  • HD 46: Khanh Pham
  • SD 21: Kathleen Taylor

Portland City Council Position 4: Chloe Eudaly

Metro Council District 5: Mary Nolan

The OEA PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates for state-wide races:

  • Oregon Secretary of State: Shemia Fagan
  • Oregon State Treasurer: Tobias Reed
  • Oregon Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum

Contribute to the PAT PAC: Make a Difference in Local Elections

Did you know that PAT has our own Political Action Committee (PAT PAC) that helps get great local candidates elected? Dues dollars can’t be used to donate to candidates, so we rely on members like you to make small monthly PAC contributions that, when we all chip in, add up to the ability to make a big difference in getting people into office who support public education, our community, our members, and our students. 

Not a PAC member yet? Sign up here! New members who sign up before Nov. 18 (and current members who increase their contributions) will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards. Everyone who gives to the PAC wins the knowledge that they’re helping to make sure the right people are in public office. 

Know Your Contract: Submit Your Transcripts to Advance on the Salary Schedule

If you have earned educational credits over the summer, or if you are a new hire and have yet to submit your educational background, you must submit the official documentation to HR no later than October 31st if you want the credits to count retroactively from the start of the year.

The PAT-PPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) states in Article 12:

“12.2.1.3  In order to receive a salary adjustment retroactive to the beginning of the current school year, a professional educator must, by October 31st, provide the Human Resources Department with proof of completion of coursework. Adjustments based upon proof received after October 31st will be made effective the first day of the next pay period.”

If you submit the credits to HR after October 31st, they will move you on the salary schedule, but the credits will not be calculated for any retroactive payments going back to the start of the school year

Workload Overage for First Semester

While we are in Comprehensive Distance Learning, our current contract language still stands, except when we agree to different terms through a Memorandum of Agrement (MOA). This means our workload overage language in Article 8 is unchanged.

The current PAT/PPS contract states, “Student loads will be calculated on the third Monday in October and the third Monday in February.” (Article 8.3.2.1)

This year, the third Monday in October is Monday, October 19th. All professional educators should save a copy of their Synergy class lists, and of their course preparation lists, on Monday October 19th, and then keep a copy of that record. PPS will make overage payments in the November check. 

Building Representatives should work with their colleagues to troubleshoot overage problems with their building administrators. If a professional educator’s load exceeds the limits in Article 8.3.3, the District will (1) move students to meet the limit, (2) provide a .5 FTE educational assistant for elementary (.5 FTE paraeducator for special education classroom) or (3) issue a stipend payment. 

If any professional educator does not receive payment for an overage, claims can be submitted to PPS in December.    

Getting a Substitute During Distance Learning

Working from home doesn’t mean you should have to work while you are sick.

Educators need to take care of themselves, and nothing has changed about your access to contractual leave in Comprehensive Distance Learning. Remember that you cannot offer the best of yourself to students if you are not able to “be your best” due to illness.

Please utilize substitute educators when you need to take a leave. Doing so ensures that you are able to provide for yourself, your family, and your students. In addition, utilizing substitute educators provides much needed work for our PAT substitute colleagues. 

This summer, PAT defended our substitute educator colleagues through a long and difficult Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) claim. We were able to force PPS to reopen the absence management platform so that classroom educators could access substitutes, and to train all substitute educators in how to access and present material using Google, Canvas, Seesaw, and other platforms. Substitutes have taken this training and are ready to work with your students.

 

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Update on K-5 Report Cards

Our PAT Instruction and Professional Development Committee (IPD) has been working hard since last fall on getting PPS to update and simplify the K-5 Report Card. We have a commitment from PPS that a significantly shorter and more relevant report card will be adopted in time for 2nd Quarter. For the first quarter this year, K-5 teachers will continue to use the Conference Form that has been used for 1st quarter grades for several years. 

Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference: Saturday, October 17th

PAT is once again excited to sponsor the Northwest Teaching for Social Justice Conference! The annual gathering of conversation, idea-sharing, and inspiration is just a few weeks away.

Join us on Saturday, October 17th online. The cost is just $10 — $5 for students.

Register Now

The keynote presentation this year is Revolutionary Public Education at the Crossroads of Race, Class, and COVID featuring Chenjerai Kumanyika and Demetrius Noble.

In addition, there are more than 25 workshops lined up in 2 sessions. See the full program at www.nwtsj.org.

We hope you can make it!

OEA Fall Seminar Series

Beginning on October 17th, the OEA will be hosting an online Fall Seminar Series open to all OEA members. The workshops on offer will be especially useful if you are a new PAT building rep, and will cover such topics as how to communicate and organize with your colleagues virtually, how to effectively influence your administrator, and how to recruit and engage new hires in a digital world. In addition, there are workshops on organizing and how to advance racial equity in contract negotiations. Spots are filling up fast, so please register now.

Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month: The Celebration Continues!

Latinx Heritage Month officially ends on October 15, but we hope the celebration of Latinx culture in your classroom will continue all year.  Find out more on our website. Below are some recent updates:

Resources for your classroom: Please use these recordings with your students of PAT Educators reading their favorite books to celebrate la cultura Hispana. Thank you to:

  • Pedro Cordero, Elementary School Social Worker, reading El Flamboyán Amarillo by Georgina Lázaro
  • Kenya Marquez from Lent Elementary reading I Am Latino by Sandra Pinkney
  • Ginger Huizar, Beaumont Middle School, reading Gabby Lost and Found.
  • Timisha Wilson from Arleta K-8, reading IslandBorn by Junot Diaz

Latinx Affinity Group for PAT Members

Latinx educators are invited to a weekly Latinx Affinity Group, every Friday at 4pm now through December 18th. Hosted by Leticia Alvarez, Cesar Chavez K-8. The purpose of this affinity group is to provide a safe space for Latinx educators to receive support and encouragement from their Latinx colleagues.  Register in advance to get the link to join. 

Teaching for Equity National Conference: October 17

This year, the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) will be hosting a national professional development conference on October 17th. Teach for Equity: Reaching all Students in Turbulent Times will help you reflect upon and sharpen your culturally responsive teaching with timely sessions from Geneviève DeBose, Alex Kajitani, Monica Washington, Michelle Cottrell-Williams & Leigh Ann Erickson, Lorrie Heagy & Rose Willard, Qorsho Hassan, and Abdul Wright.

The first 4,000 NEA members who register for the convening will be able to use the promotional code “NEAEquity” during registration to have the $50.00 event fee waived – so if you’re interested in attending Teach for Equity: Reaching all Students in Turbulent Times act fast!

Register online. 

OEA Promising Practices Grants

Every year, OEA gives Promising Practices Grants to educators to support student learning and professional development for OEA members across Oregon. This year, there is $2,000 available for grants to PAT members.

Grants can be used to fund projects or materials that support improved student achievement. The application is fully online this year and available here

Some examples of past projects funded by the Promising Practices Grant are:

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Bargaining Brief- October 2 & 9, 2020

PAT Colleagues:

 

We have some progress in bargaining to report.  PAT and PPS bargaining teams met on October 2nd and again on October 9th.  (The October 2nd meeting can be viewed here: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4. The October 9th meeting can be viewed here: Part 1Part 2Part 3.)  The result of those sessions are a number of agreements on working conditions.

 

The first set of agreements cover evaluations.  Starting now:

  • All goal setting is pushed back to November 1st, and the goals are to be SEL goals rather than academic goals.
  • No educator is to be negatively rated or impacted if they are not able to achieve the SEL goal.  No observation is to take place prior to November 1st
  • All probationary educators, regardless of their year in the probationary process, will follow the timelines for probationary 3 educators. 

 

We finally agreed to form a committee to modify the existing educator rubric so that the rubric identifies and encourages proficient and distinguished practice, and which recognizes that educators need support rather than unsatisfactory ratings on an evaluation. 

 

Last but not least, any educator on a Plan of Assistance (POA) that began prior to the COVID shutdown, or who was to be put on a POA, will have the plan restarted only after the PAT and PPS meet to agree which ones are appropriate to continue prior to full in-person education resuming. 

 

In a major workload improvement for some PAT members, the two sides agreed to 1.0 FTE Technical Assistant professional educators for both School Psychologists and SLPs. 

 

Although we did not reach agreement, your PAT team was able to make progress on fair working conditions for .5 FTE educators, and for terms related to providing services to students by Social Workers, Counselors, School Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, and QMHPs.  

 

We meet again on October 16th to discuss part-time work conditions in addition to other PAT proposals.

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November 2020 General Election Endorsements

The PAT PAC (Political Action Committee) is proud to endorse the following candidates in the November 2020 General Election:

Oregon State Legislature

HD 33: Maxine Dexter 

HD 36: Lisa Reynolds

HD 46: Khanh Pham

SD 21: Kathleen Taylor

Portland City Council Position 4: Chloe Eudaly

Metro Council District 5: Mary Nolan

The OEA PAC is proud to endorse the following candidates for state-wide races:

Oregon Secretary of State: Shemia Fagan

Oregon State Treasurer: Tobias Reed

Oregon Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum

 

PAT Ballot Measure Endorsements

PAT is proud to endorse the following ballot measures on the November ballot which all play a part in building a more just, sustainable, and supportive city.

  •     Preschool for All Measure 26-214 has merged with the Universal Preschool for All campaign. The combined package will tax high earners in order to provide preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County. The plan will also guarantee a living wage for all preschool teachers and assistants, and gives them the right to unionize.
  •     Multnomah County Library Bond Measure 26-211 will expand and modernize the library branches in the neighborhoods that need them most, and build a new flagship library in East County. 
  •     Portland Schools Bond: Measure 26-215 will invest in our schools with funds to modernize Jefferson High School, create the new Center for Black Student Excellence, update curriculum resources, and make needed safety and accessibility improvements.
  •     Let’s Get Moving: Metro Bond Measure 26-218 will improve 17 of our most dangerous and congested roadways, greatly improve public transit options, address climate and equity priorities, and provide free youth passes for everyone under 18.
  •     Portland Parks Levy Measure 26-213 will maintain our parks and natural areas and restore vital recreation services and community center offerings, while maintaining jobs.
  • The Real Police Accountability Measure 26-217will give our community a voice in police use-of-force incidents, ensuring that police live up to our community values. 

President's Message: Use Your Voice, and Vote

There is a lot at stake this November, and in this time of crisis and uncertainty, it is crucial that we invest in supportive services for our community and in sustainable, living wage jobs to fuel our economic recovery.

Too many people are talking about this election as a time for tough choices—between schools, libraries, parks, public transit, and preschool—arguing that we can’t afford to invest in so much all at once. That will certainly be the message from corporations and the extremely wealthy who have continued to profit during this pandemic while low-wage earners have lost so much. 

We cannot allow these measures to be pitted against each other. I hope we all talk to our friends, neighbors, and family members to explain that we can’t afford NOT to invest in our community right now. Supportive services and living-wage jobs is our road OUT of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. 

Recent events in Louisville, where a grand jury decided not to charge the officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor, also demonstrate why we cannot wait any longer for real police accountability. This November we can take a crucial step forward and implement policies that live up to our values and promote real community safety.  

Ballots will be mailed out the week of October 14. Please vote early, and spread the word about these important initiatives.

In Solidarity,

 

Elizabeth Thiel

PAT President