PAT PAC--April 26th Membership Meeting

We hope you will join us for our annual PAT PAC Membership* Meeting on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30-7:30 PM. This meeting will be over Zoom. Please USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER.

At this meeting you will:

  • Learn about our endorsed candidates for the May primary election, and ways that you can help support them
  • Meet the PAT PAC board, and hear from candidates running for election to the PAC board
  • Learn about proposed changes to the PAC Bylaws
  • Learn more about PAT PAC’s processes and how the board operates
  • Learn ways you can get involved.

Voting for the PAC Board and the bylaws changes will occur via ballots that will be emailed to all contributors after the meeting.

*This meeting is only for contributors to the PAT PAC. If you do not yet give to the PAC, you can sign up to give here and then join us at the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you on April 26!

Substitute Committee-Ask Every Substitute to Join PAT

ASK Every Substitute Educator you see to join PAT

Donate to the Sick Leave Bank

Do you have unused sick leave hours? Please consider donating before the end of the school year to help support PAT members facing serious health issues for next year. Members may donate up to 40 hours of sick leave annually. 

Are you retiring or resigning this year? Employees who have already submitted their notice of resignation are exempted from this maximum limit, and may contribute as many hours as they would like. 

The PAT Sick Leave Bank (see PAT/PPS contract Article provides aid for colleagues who have exhausted their accumulated leave balances and are unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. With the help of the Sick Leave Bank, they are able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage during their illness. 

You can donate hours using this online form, or go to our website for additional information.

April 27th, An Evening with Nichole Watson

This promises to be a meaningful time of food, listening, and learning about where PAT has been with racial equity and where we are going. Nichole Watson is an Oregon native, PPS graduate and a former PPS educator. In 2018-2019, Nichole was on full-time release to focus on racial equity in PAT and PPS. She created a more than 200-page report which included personal essays from parents, educators, and union reps from PPS and throughout the state, which was not released by PAT at the time. Nichole is currently the principal of Prescott Elementary School in Parkrose. We will also have an opportunity to hear from our own PAT leaders, as we are currently in bargaining to improve racial equity in our district. Please RSVP by  Mon April 24th, so we can order enough food. 

Verselandia! April 27th

Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m., Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Literary Arts cordially invites you to Verselandia! They’d love to see as many students and educators as possible there! Use this request form to order as many free tickets as you would like for your student group! 

All PAT Representative Summit, May 3rd

All reps should join us Wednesday, May 3rd from 12:30-4:30pm* for updates about PAT's Bargaining Progress, plan for our next actions, and collaboration time with your colleagues and Zone Liaisons.

Every rep at every building should plan to attend. Register today!

National Board Certification Informational Session, May 4th

OEA is hosting an informational meeting for members with questions regarding the National Board Certification on May 4th. 

Please see the event's flyer and click here to RSVP.



Labor Notes Troublemakers School, May 6th!

The Labor Notes Troublemakers School is coming back to Portland! PAT is co-sponsoring this event 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Saturday, May 6th at McDaniel High School. This is FREE for PAT members! Come learn from other labor activists and members about organizing, representation, direct action, and contract campaigns. PAT will be heavily featured and we look forward to our members coming to learn and teach. Register today.

May 8th, Financial Planning Seminar

PAT will be hosting a Retirement/Financial Planning seminar on Monday, May 8 from 4:30-6:00pm, at the PAT office. This seminar is about investment options for educators, and will be led by veteran financial advisor Ed Foster. Topics for this seminar include:

  • Brief overview of your PERS/OPSRP plan
  • The IAP account and investment options
  • How investments work generally
  • What happens if (or when) the market goes down
  • Setting up a 403b (how and why)
  • How much money you need to retire

RSVP here. (A light dinner will be provided.)

(*This retirement seminar is a benefit of PAT membership, and only available for PAT members. Not a member yet? Join here!)

PAT Committees (RSVP Today) and Other Relevant Meetings

  • PPS School Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 25th (MPEC)
  • All PAT PAC Member Meeting, Wednesday, April 26th, 6:30-8:30 PM (Virtual, register today)
  • PAT/PPS Bargaining
    • Thursday, April 27th 12:00 PM-7:00 PM (MPEC)
    • May 11th, location and time TBD 
  • Internal Organizing, Monday, May 1st, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Advocacy Committee*, Wednesday, May 3rd, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • ELD Sub-Committee, Wednesday, May 3rd, 4:30-6:30 PM (register HERE for Zoom link)
  • Membership Committee, Wednesday, May 3rd, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • IPD Committee, Wednesday, May 10th, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Legislative Committee & PAT PAC, Wednesday, May 10th, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • External Organizing, Thursday, May 11th, 4:30-6:30 PM

*Marks closed committees

For all upcoming events, please see the PAT calendar and OEA calendar.

Bargaining Brief, April 13th, 2023

Hello PAT Educators,

We met with District management for our 7th Bargaining Session today.  

We had a guest School Psychologist, Emilee Refvem and a guest Counselor, Amy Henry join Bargaining Team member and Counselor Samara Bockelman to discuss the crushing workloads that have been created by the mental and behavioral health crisis that our students are facing (Check out their testimony HERE).  Hearing them discuss the challenges that they and their students face on a daily basis was difficult and emotionally draining.  They made it perfectly clear that our students are best served with a full team of student services educators, including Social Workers and Qualified Mental Healthcare Professionals.  

They also helped all of us to understand how negatively an entire school community is impacted when a full team of mental and behavioral health professionals are not available to students.  This leads to our current reality; Dysregulated students, room clears, students at risk of hurting others or themselves.  We heard testimony about hundreds of suicide evaluations being performed just this year so far.  This is why our proposals calls for a Counselor, School Psychologist, Social Worker, and Qualified Mental Healthcare Professional to be available for every student. But its not enough to claim you have these supports in place, you must ensure that caseloads are kept within a range that makes it possible to serve the needs of students.  This is why our proposal not only mandates student support teams but places caseload caps on their workloads to ensure that when a student is in crisis there is a caring and qualified person who can help.

Both teams continued to exchange proposals on less central articles, and we tentatively on Article 5- Grievance Procedure, preserving some of our rights that are unique to our contract.  We continue to be concerned that the District is proposing to remove Just Cause rights from our contract, a standard contract clause that requires the District actually have a valid reason to discipline Educators. 

We are scheduled to meet with Management again on April 27th.  It is our hope that District Management will be ready to engage with us on mental health supports, and some of the other critical issues such as class size/caseload caps for all, more planning time, compensation that keeps up with inflation and the many other pressing needs of students and educator that are a part of our bargaining platform (link to platform here).

We are going to be escalating our organizing in the field around our Contract Campaign.  We will win the best contract we have ever had by organizing ourselves internally and allying with our community.  Please watch for upcoming contract actions and see your Building Reps and Internal Organizers for more information.

In Solidarity,

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

TONIGHT! SOLIDARITY ALERT: Support Bargaining and Book Bans in Oregon


As Union Members, we know that a harm to one is a harm to all. Please see events happening in our educational community below. Show up to show our solidarity and support in your PAT blue or Red for Ed! When our union siblings win, they help set the tone for our wins. Let’s show up and show out! #SolidarityForever

    • Monday, April 10th, 7pm at Silverton High School, 1456 Pine St, Silverton, OR 97381
    • Tuesday, April 11th, 5:15pm at Woodburn School District Office, 1390 Meridian Dr, Woodburn, OR 97071
    • Wednesday, April 19th, 5:00pm at Woodburn School District Office, 1390 Meridian Dr, Woodburn, OR 97071
    • Submit Public Comment for April 10th, May 8th, June 12th School Board Meetings

Read on for more details.

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Bargaining Brief, April 4, 2023

Hello Educators,

Today your PAT Bargaining Team met with PPS management for our 6th bargaining session. 

We spent most of the session discussing our proposals for hard class size caps and additional planning time. 

It won’t be a surprise to any PAT member that, when it comes to planning time, PPS ranks near the bottom of the 14 districts in the Portland metro area. We have proposed a guaranteed minimum of 440 minutes of planning time each week at every grade level, including an additional 30 minute block of planning time within each school day for elementary educators. This would move us from 13th place to 5th place. Take a look at how PPS compares with the other districts in the Portland area

The District provided counter proposals for several smaller issues, but we are still waiting for the District to respond to most of our substantive proposals.

We’ve prepared a detailed side-by-side comparison of where we stand on the key issues in bargaining, which we encourage you to read and share with your colleagues.

Our PAT president Angela Bonilla summed what’s at stake today, remarking:

We cannot keep doing what we are doing because it is not working. We will continue to lose educators. I understand the educator shortage is a national trend, and we are not exempt. But educators going on strike is also a national trend… And why is that? It’s because we are done working for free. We are done being morally injured. We are done, as Special Educator Ginger Huizar always says, running ourselves ragged holding up a raggedy system. 

We have the opportunity to stitch a new garment, one that serves all students and all educators, one that allows kids to have individual attention and support. We know better, so we must do better. We need small class sizes to build Great Public Schools for our students. And like I tell my students when we are trying something that seems impossible: “I think we can do it. I believe in us”.

We will be back at the table on Thursday, April 13th, 2023. You can always watch us live on our YouTube page and catch up with the sessions from today.

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

PAT PAC Endorsements School Board Candidates

2023 School Board Candidate Endorsements:

The Portland Association of Teacher PAC Board is proud to endorse the following candidates for PPS School Board:


Andrew Scott for Zone 1

In his first term on the School Board, Director Scott has built his relationship with PAT and learned to view us as a partner. He is a strong advocate for increased  funding and new funding models for public schools, and is ready to join us in Salem to fight for it. In his endorsement interview he told us, “[The] $9.9 billion [that Governor Kotek is proposing for the state education budget] is not a win, it’s a cut.” This endorsement is a commitment to partner with him to keep that promise moving forward.


Michelle DePass for Zone 2

Director DePass has demonstrated tremendous growth in her four years on the School Board. She regularly reaches out to PAT for feedback, both about issues teachers are dealing with and for constructive criticism about her own leadership. We appreciate that openness and look forward to continuing to work with her in her second term.


Eddie Wang for Zone 7

Eddie was a teacher for 20 years, including at Benson Polytechnic High School 

in PPS. He knows what it’s like in the trenches and is ready to center teacher voices. Eddie has a deep understanding of the importance of academic freedom, authentic community engagement, and holding district leadership accountable.  We look forward to working with him to build great public schools for all students.

President's Message: Spring has Sprung!

Hello Educators,

As we near the end of the year, where Spring Break is just around the corner, take a deep breath. Congratulations to everyone for making it to the last quarter of the year!

Many of you are experiencing the difficult choice of deciding where to work next year (some by choice, others by unassignment), and I wish you all the best of luck. I know our union and bargaining team will continue to fight for the conditions that will keep you in our district serving our students. Thank you to all educators who filled out the personnel survey and spoke your truth. Thank you to all educators who wake up and come to work every day.

It is also a time for our Union advocacy work to ramp up. Shout out to all educators, union partners and community members who attended the PPS School Board meeting at McDaniel HS on Tuesday March 7th! 

We will continue to take actions to show management that the path we are going down is the wrong one. As I stated during my testimony, there are things profoundly wrong with our district and how those with power acknowledge and treat us. Unless we change our direction and culture, we will continue to fail our students, community and educators. We have said this before, but I want to make sure we make it clear: Educators want to feel like the work they do is sustainable, equitable, and stabilizing. We want to feel like the work is actually possible. Educators want to love working for PPS. 

Solidarity Forever

The beauty in our struggle is that we are not alone. Right now, we have several locals in the state and across the country going on strike or taking action in support of a strong contract and safe, equitable and sustainable public schools. We stand in solidarity with our Union Siblings in Silver Falls (SFEA) and Woodburn (WEA), who are also fighting for class size and caseload relief. We take great inspiration from their struggle and recognize their success is part of our bargaining struggle. We are appalled that the Woodburn administration would give themselves a 16 percent raise and offer teachers 3 percent. Shame on them! 

I just want to say: Don't stop until you win. When the time comes to stand with your community on the picket line for the schools your students deserve, Portland Teachers will be with you! Together, we can win the future we know is possible for our schools, students, and educators.

Keep an eye out for more PAT actions coming up, including the Bargaining Campaign Petitions we have sent to each school site. Please encourage your colleagues and non educator friends to sign on and show the district we have support behind us!

Take Care,
Angela Bonilla
PAT President

La Casa Comun Solidarity Event Sunday, March 26th

The El Rancho Residents' Committee has been fighting for their rights for a year and now several residents have received unfair eviction notices.

This Sunday, March 26th, 2:00-5:00 PM, come hear their stories, join their struggle, and put pressure on the owner to stop the evictions!

El Rancho Mobile Home Park, 7265 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, 97218.

Fully Fund Special Education: March 27th Public Hearing on HB 2895

Here is an amazing opportunity to influence state funding for special education! 

House Bill 2895 proposes to remove the cap on state funding for special education. 

What: Public Hearing on House Bill 2895

When: Monday, March 27th @ 3:00 PM

Where: Capitol Building, 900 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301, Hearing Room D, Salem

If passed, this could be the first time special education has been fully funded in Oregon.

OEA Webinar, March 29th: Public Service Loan Forgiveness-- A Benefit for OEA Members

For years, NEA members have advocated together in favor of canceling college debt to help fix the educator shortage. Now, student loans taken out by millions of borrowers are being substantially reduced, forgiven, or even canceled outright due to recent changes in loan forgiveness programs.

However, the fight is not over, and NEA remains committed to helping you take advantage of these opportunities. Join OEA to learn more about how recent changes may impact your student debt, and resources available through your NEA Member Benefits to help you navigate the system.

Register today to reserve your place. Click the image to see our flier.

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 29 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
: Members $0, free as a benefit of membership. This is a members-only event.


March 29th, OEA Student Loan Forgiveness Seminar Register Today!

Join OEA to learn more about how recent changes may impact your student debt, and resources available through your NEA Member Benefits to help you navigate the system.

Register today to reserve your place. See our flyer below.

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 29 from 4:30-6:00 p.m., on Zoom

Cost: Members $0, free as a benefit of OEA membership. This is a members-only event.

Next PAT/PPS Bargaining Sessions

  • April 4th, 2023 11am-7pm @ PAT office

  • April 13th, 2023 11am-7pm @ PESC office

Set your reminders to watch and show your solidarity! Wear your buttons, Blues, and a cap with a bargaining button on it!

On Tuesday, April 4th, Take a photo with staff before or after school (or during lunch) and send to [email protected]

Wear any cap- put a bargaining button on it! Let’s show that we’re united for smaller class sizes.

Post your own photos & selfies:  Tag us @PDXteachers on Facebook, instagram, Twitter and TikTok

When posting: Use hashtags #PPSClassSizeMatters #PATbargaining #BluesdayPPS #BluesdayPAT

Professional Development by OHS and JAMO

Join the Oregon Historical Society and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon to learn about classroom-ready curriculum and other resources to teach about the experiences of Japanese Americans in Oregon. Click here to register.

Saturday, April 15th

  • Educator Workshop 12:30-2:00 PM
  • Public roundtable discussion with Yasui family members and historians 2:00-4:00 PM

Columbia Center for the Arts: 215 Cascade Ave, Hood River, OR 97031

PDU credits available

OHS is offering $150 stipends to a limited number of teachers who register for and attend the entire event.

Save the Date! Thursday, April 27th, An Evening with Nichole Watson

Join us at the PAT office for a discussion on where we’ve been and where we are going with racial equity.  More details to come.




Labor Notes Troublemakers School, May 6th!

The Labor Notes Troublemakers School is coming back to Portland! PAT is co-sponsoring this event 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Saturday, May 6th at McDaniel High School. This is FREE for PAT members! Come learn from other labor activists and members about organizing, representation, direct action, and contract campaigns. PAT will be heavily featured and we look forward to our members coming to learn and teach. Register today.