July 29, 2021: Retro Checks Expected with the August Paycheck

Dear Educator,

In June, PAT members voted overwhelmingly to ratify a two-year successor to our Collective Bargaining Agreement. On June 29th, the PPS School Board voted unanimously to ratify it, as well.

Part of the agreement was a 3% Cost-of-Living Allowance for 2020-21, with retroactive pay to July 1st, 2020. While PPS had hoped to get retro-checks out with the July paycheck, they now plan send retro-payments as a separate check the end of August.  

All PAT educators will also receive a 3% COLA for the 2021-22 school year. You will see this increase reflected starting with your September paycheck. 

In addition to keeping up with rising cost of living, we also won important new provisions which aim to better attract, retain, and support educators of color. These provisions were developed and prioritized by PAT members of color, and include: a new stipend for bilingual and DLI educators; extended responsibility pay for educators who lead student affinity groups; the creation of a program of peer support for new educators of color; and new professional development for all members on anti-racism, implicit bias, and culturally responsive practices.

You can see the new CBA, including these new provisions and our new salary schedules, on our website.

Portland Association of Teachers