Contract Exceptions- Regular, and Unofficial for Terms of the MOA This Spring

What is a Contract Exception?

A Contract Exception is a process that allows a worksite to apply for an exception to the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). While creating exceptions to our contract language is not encouraged, we recognize that specific worksites may have a specific need for a given year. Find the PAT Contract Exception form here.

Two Types of Contract Exceptions

This year, there are two types of Contract Exceptions:

    1. Regular Contract Exceptions

Regular Contract exceptions for NEXT YEAR  (assuming we are not in some form of Hybrid instruction at that time) should follow the entire process explained by the Contract Exception form. The deadline is May 7, 2021.

   2. Unofficial Exceptions for Terms of the MOA this Spring

These only apply to the MOA ON RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION. You can view the agreement here

Under usual circumstances, Contract Exceptions must be approved by the PAT Advocacy Committee and the District prior to implementation. During Hybrid Instruction, we will not be able to formally approve Contract Exceptions during this 8-week period. However, if there is agreement among PAT members at your building about a specific need during Hybrid instruction this year, and the idea is supported by the principal, you may, under limited circumstances, make some exceptions. 

For Unofficial Exceptions during this time, continue to follow the process laid out in the Contract Exception form. The only change is that the Advocacy Committee will NOT be able to meet and approve Exceptions. Make sure that your members and your principal recognize that this type of agreement is only possible during Hybrid instruction in the 2020/2021 school year. Please contact your UniServ Consultant with any questions.  

PAT Scholarship for Aspiring Educators of Color

The deadline to apply for our recently launched PAT Scholarship for Aspiring Educators of Color is the end of business, April 23rd, 2021.

Please encourage students of color and PPS employees of color, who are seeking to start a career as a certified educator, to apply!

Two scholarships will be awarded to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students seeking a rewarding future career in education. 

  • One $6,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Portland Public Schools graduating senior who plans on enrolling in a college or university program to begin their journey towards becoming an educator. Download the application here.
  • One $6,000 scholarship to a Portland Public Schools employee (not PAT eligible) currently enrolled in a university program to become a certified educator. Any classified or non-represented employees, such as bus drivers, para-educators, community agents, custodians, and nutrition services workers are eligible to apply. Download the application here.

Applications are linked above and available on the PAT websitePlease contact [email protected] with questions about the application process. 

IPD Committee: Quality Assessment and More!

At our next IPD Committee meeting, we will again be discussing District assessment practices. Specifically, we will review the PPS K - 12 Quality Assessment Framework. This review will inform our discussion with District leadership at the Instructional Program Council (IPC) meeting. 

We will also be sending out surveys to two specific groups - Kindergarten & 1st grade teachers and Math CMAAC members & Field Test Teachers. Your feedback is so valuable to us as we have opportunities to talk to decision makers. We are grateful for the time you take to complete them!

Solidarity with PPS Custodians and Nutrition Service Workers

Custodians and nutrition services workers, represented by SEIU 503, have masked up and worked through the pandemic to keep school buildings safe and provide school lunches to families in need. They have been negotiating with the District for over two months, yet the District has refused to make any concessions on the basic health and safety protections and additional compensation SEIU has been asking for in negotiations. As a result of the District’s resistance, SEIU workers have been stepping up public actions to pressure PPS to do the right thing. 

PAT members are showing up in solidarity at SEIU rallies, writing emails to the School Board and District leadership, and will continue to show up in solidarity with our union siblings who we know are understaffed and underpaid. 

Here are some ways that SEIU 503 has asked us to demonstrate our support for custodian and nutrition services workers, and to put pressure on PPS to meet their fair and just demands:

  • Wear the “Unions United for Safe Schools” button when you are working, especially at staff meetings. (These were ponied last week to K-5 and K-8 buildings; coming this week to MS and HS sites).
  • Email Claire Hertz [email protected] and tell her to respect, protect, and pay SEIU members for the essential work we do.
  • If you are a member of your school’s PTA, attend the next meeting, and make an announcement to share this flyer, and tell other PTA members what our custodians and nutrition service colleagues are asking for. 

 Join SEIU workers at their upcoming rallies on Monday, April 19th:

Upcoming/Continuing Events

Spring 2021 OEA Leadership Learning Opportunities

Join OEA member leaders of all levels of experience from across the state for an ongoing series of learning leadership opportunities. All courses are presented by OEA staff on Zoom on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 PM. Register HERE.

  • April 28, Identifying Organizing Issues: Members aren't apathetic! Learn how to ask the right questions and take action in a meaningful way.
  • May 12, Conflict Styles and Conflict Resolution: Identify how you behave during conflict and recognize conflict styles in others. Use this knowledge to analyze and understand conflict resolution strategies.
  • May 26, Listening, Asking Questions, and the Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving: An experienced leader knows how to listen deeply, asks open-ended questions, and uses problem solving strategies that ensure all voices are heard.
  • June 2, Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator: Learn actionable strategies to stand up for your students and colleagues, and advocate for equitable outcomes for all! 

OEA Jump Start Series Now Registering for July and August

OEA's National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive, multi-day seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, and gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. 

Participants will receive 30 PDUs for completing a full suite of modules.

Registration fills up fast. Register now for this six part series

April 16-17, OEA Representative Assembly

A Virtual Visit with Dr. Bettina Love, Author of We Want to Do More Than Survive


Upcoming PAT Committees Meetings: RSVP Here

  • Advocacy Committee, April 21, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • IPD Committee, April 21, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Substitute Committee, April 21, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Bargaining Committee, April 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Racial Equity Committee, April 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Social Justice and Community Outreach Committee, April 28, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Membership Committee, May 6, 4:00-5:30 PM
  • Legislative Committee, May 6, 5:00-7:00 PM

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