Winning Health Insurance Improvements

The PAT has achieved a significant improvement in member health benefits.  On September 28, 2017, PAT signed an agreement that ensured that our insurance plans were fully compliant with all elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

That change has added a series of new components to PAT member benefits like preventive care, hearing aid coverage, positive changes in the out of pocket maximum calculations, and improvements in alternative care coverage.

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Help PAT Engage!

PAT is conducting a listening campaign and it’s going great! 

On Friday, October 27th, we were out listening to our colleagues at seven schools: Atkinson, Creston, Duniway, Grout, Lewis, Richmond, and Winterhaven. That brings our total to nine schools, but we’ve got lots of ground to cover.

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Promoting Racial Equity in PPS

The Racial Equity Task Force is hosting a Happy Hour/Social for PAT educators of color on Thursday, December 7th from 4:30-6:30 PM at the PAT office: 345 NE 8th Ave.

The Racial Equity Task Force is working on recommendations to PAT and PPS outlining how to advance racial equity in our schools. In order to better advocate for our members of color, we need to understand what issues you are facing at work. We want to hear from you!

The event is primarily our social, but please RSVP so we can tailor the event to your expectations, and order enough food.   

 

PERS Bubble and Mid-Year Retirement

We have completed a PERS Bubble Agreement for this school year.  This Agreement allows members to retire and work until the end of the school year while collecting PERS benefits.  Members may start as early as December 1, 2017.  To retire by December 1st, you must submit your intent to retire by November 6th.  Please review the complete PERS Bubble Agreement for more details.  

New Memoranda of Agreement

PAT and the District have finalized three memoranda of Agreement (MOAs).  They can be accessed here:

Host a Guest Teacher for a Day

One of the most important events that PAT hosts is Teacher For a Day. We invite policy makers, community leaders, and other partners to see our classrooms first-hand.   This year, it will take place on Tuesday, December 12th. If you are interested in hosting a guest teacher in your classroom, or if you would like to nominate a colleague as a host, please sign up here or contact Madeleine Allen at [email protected]

OEA Promising Practice Grants

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. 

There are four $500 grants available to PAT members.  To apply, please complete the short application form available online

The completed grant application form must be sent to [email protected]  by December 11th.

Athletic Grants from OEA and California Casualty

Applications are open for OEA/NEA sponsored California Casualty’s Athletics Grant. Sign up at www.calcasathleticsgrant.com. The deadline for consideration is January 15, 2018, with 2017/2018 recipients announced in April.

Grants are typically between $1,000 and $3,000. In recent years, PAT members have obtained grants for much-needed uniforms, shoes and athletic gear at Franklin, Roosevelt, and Pioneer High Schools. 

Now Middle Schools are eligible for grants to fund athletics programs too.

Contact PAT’s California Casualty Representative, Sherry Hanacek, if you have questions: [email protected] or 971-226-8966.

Social Movement Unionism: Hope in Hard Times

Please join the Critical Educators Collective and Portland Association of Teachers for Social Movement Unionism: Hope in Hard Times, a six session Inquiry to Action Groups (ItAG) where we will meet to learn how other educators have used their unions to become forces for justice, and develop action plans that achieve this vision.  Click here to RSVP! Space is limited: RSVP by November 5th to save your spot.

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Member-to-Member Specials

Do you have a house you would like to rent?  Furniture you would like to sell? A side job you would like to promote?  

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Donate to the Sick Leave Bank

During the 2016-17 school year, PAT members helped 30 colleagues in need thanks to contributions to the PAT Sick Leave Bank.  These colleagues had exhausted their accumulated leave balances, but were unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. But thanks to our contributions to the Sick Leave Bank, they were able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage.

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Bargaining Brief - October 31, 2017

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Future Mediation Dates

There are several bargaining dates scheduled in November. We have agreed to three mediation dates on November 2nd, 15th, and 16th. In addition, we have scheduled multiple small group meetings between HR representatives and PAT staff to work on the mechanics of the proposals. We should have a good idea by November 17th whether we are making progress towards a settlement.

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Bargaining Fact Sheet - Workload

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We Need Time!

As professionals, we need time to do our jobs well. Unfortunately, the District’s bargaining proposals shortchange teaching and learning and will only add to our overstretched workload.

We feel the squeeze on many levels.

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Add Your Own Flair to Organizing and Make it Shine

Buttons! We’ve asked you to wear them, but I wanted to highlight some examples of creativity and collective solidarity we’ve seen as part of this campaign.

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PAT Supports Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria’s devastating impact on Puerto Rico is still unfolding, but one thing is certain—the island's most vulnerable communities have been pummeled the hardest and face the longest road to recovery. That’s why your Executive Board voted to contribute $1,000 to support frontline Puerto Rican communities in the recovery from Hurricane Maria.

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Help PAT Engage!

Have you heard? PAT is doing a listening campaign and we need your help.

With so much going on in our district, and in education nationwide, there couldn’t be a better time to talk seriously with our members about the challenges they’re facing and their hopes for the future.

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Donate to the Sick Leave Bank

During the 2016-17 school year, PAT members helped 30 colleagues in need thanks to contributions to the PAT Sick Leave Bank.  These colleagues had exhausted their accumulated leave balances, but were unable to work due to extended or recurring personal illness. But thanks to our contributions to the Sick Leave Bank, they were able to avoid the additional hardships of lost salary and lost insurance coverage.

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Advancing on the Salary Schedule - Upcoming Deadline October 31st

If you have earned enough credit to advance to another column on the salary schedule, our contract requires the District to pay you at this new level within twenty (20) days of the time you supplied the transcripts or other required verification to the District.  The salary advancements will not be retroactive. However credits verified by October 31st will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year. Check to make sure that PPS has received your verification and get an email, a receipt, or some other written confirmation from PPS that they have received the verification. 

PERS Bubble and Mid-Year Retirement

We have completed a PERS Bubble Agreement for this school year.  This Agreement allows members to retire and work until the end of the school year while collecting PERS benefits.  Members may start as early as December 1, 2017.  To retire by December 1st, you must submit your intent to retire by November 6th.  Please review the complete PERS Bubble Agreement for more details.  

Attendance at Staff Meetings

Professional educators are generally required to attend staff meetings or trainings for up to two hours beyond the workday on Tuesdays.  Such meetings are a part of the workweek and attendance is a professional responsibility.  Any educator who establishes a pattern of non-attendance may subject him/herself to potential disciplinary action. 

However, an educator may have to be absent from a staff meeting/training for a medical appointment, personal matter, or other reason.  On such occasions, the educator is not required to use accumulated leave if they miss all or a part of a Tuesday afternoon meeting/training.  Please see new contract language in Article 14.A.1.d. which makes that clear.    

PAT Welcomes New Superintendent

Yesterday, October 3rd, a group of educators attended the school board meeting to welcome our new Superintendent, Guadalupe Guerrero, and lay out our union’s vision for public education. 

 

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