Legislative Committee

Join us in supporting a Portland that works for everyone!

We are thrilled to share that PAT has announced our official support and endorsement of the Portland United for Change campaign to vote YES on Measure 26-228

We are excited by the real and comprehensive change that Measure 26-228 will bring to Portland’s government. Measure 26-228 strengthens our democracy by giving Portland voters more voice and more choice in City Council elections and making our government more accountable and responsive to community needs. Based on the feedback of thousands of Portlanders and the recommendations of the Portland Charter Commission, Measure 26-228 is our opportunity to move toward a more hopeful future for all of Portland. 

We’re not the only ones who are energized by this change. Our endorsement joins dozens and dozens of other civic, business, labor, and community organizations and leaders.

You can join us in supporting Measure 26-228 by donating to their campaign. Any amount you can give will go a long way to helping get the word out. 

If you are unable to donate but want to support the campaign, go to portlandunitedforchange.com/events to get involved. We are kicking off connecting with neighbors in-person THIS Saturday, Sept 24 at 1pm in Southeast Portland (location provided upon RSVP) and over the phone NEXT Tuesday, Sept 27th at 5:30pm

Join PUC:

  • At any of their weekly Tuesday phone banks 5:30-8:30 PM starting September 27th through the end of the election. 
  • Every Saturday and Sunday (morning or early afternoon), starting September 24th they will be knocking on neighbors’ doors in different parts of the city.

Training and materials will always be provided! Many types of volunteer opportunities are available.

And remember, vote YES on Measure 26-228 this Fall!

Get Involved in PAT PAC

NO meetings! NO committees! Just building our power by supporting endorsed candidates. Commit to ONE campaign activity per election cycle. Sign up here!

HOT TIP: Prepare for Absences!

Emergency sub plans: Please remember to make 3 days worth of Emergency Substitute Educator/Guest Teacher plans! These plans could include:

  • A general run down of the routine in your classroom: How do students ask to leave the classroom/space? Is there a morning Routine? Bell work? Typical end of period routine?
  • Make sure to leave a message for students in the folder reminding them to be flexible, and that with guest teachers sometimes things do not always stay the same and that is ok! 

How to Request a Substitute

Remember: As SOON as you start to feel sick or show any symptoms, please go to Absence Management and request a substitute. Then email your school secretary and admin sharing your absence. If you know you need to schedule a day in advance for training or Professional Development, please add your jobs to Absence Management ASAP.

Remember, you do NOT need to explain why, just what type of leave you are using. For example:

  • Sick leave (mental and physical): “I am unable to come in because of illness. I have already requested a substitute with Absence Management under the code SICK.”
  • Personal leave: “I am unable to come in due to an emergency [OR an appointment I cannot reschedule].  I have already requested a substitute with Absence Management under the code PERSONAL.”
  • Professional Development leave: “As we discussed, I am taking a day for PD today.  I have already requested a substitute with Absence Management under the code Professional Dev.”
  • COVID quarantine: “I have tested positive for COVID and must isolate for 5 days. I have put this into the notes on Absence Management under the code ‘Quarantine’. I will let you know if my symptoms have not improved and I must continue to isolate after the 5 days of my isolation period.”

NEW: Each One Teach One (EOTO)

There are some things grad school prepares you for and some things it does not. Many go to trusted colleagues to get this information, but it can be hard to know what you don’t know. If you are a new educator, you may not know who to even ask! PAT will start holding one hour sessions where educators can get concrete support around classroom basics like creating a para educator schedule, preparing for a substitute, and how to create small groups for workshop models. The goal is that we share the instructional knowledge we have with each other outside of our buildings and departments.

  • Come prepare a substitute binder! (ZOOM): Angela Bonilla will share the Substitute Binder format she learned from a former Climate Coach, Niki Johnson + Substitute plan templates from our Substitute Committee! This will be a 1 hour session where you will be given access to Google Docs and other resources to prepare for substitutes.
    • Date: Tuesday October 11th
    • Time: 4:30pm-5:30 PM
    • Where: Zoom
  • If you are interested in running your own EOTO, please reach out to our IPD committee.

OEA and NEA Opportunities

  • OEA has grants and Professional Development available for educators! Learn more here!
  • OEA Mediation Network: Get Support!
    • The OEA Mediation Network is currently accepting cases to mediate peer to peer conflict at the building level. We generally see three areas of conflict: communication, decision making, and professionalism. OEA mediators will partner with a professional mediator to meet with each party individually and coordinate a time for mediation. During the mediation they will facilitate difficult conversations and help the parties find a solution that works for everyone. It is a collaborative, problem solving opportunity that builds union power. Please go to the website (https://oregoned.org/mediation) or connect with them directly at [email protected].
      We are now accepting interest forms to join our Second Cohort. An interest form can now be completed here. 
  • OEA Mediation: Become a Mediator!
    • The OEA Mediation Network is seeking applicants to join our next cohort of mediators.  This service to members is thoroughly outlined at our Mediation Webpage. We are seeking neutral, non-judgmental problem solvers from all across Oregon.  It is our goal that the mediators at the table have a similar lived experience to the folks in conflict, and therefore welcome applicants from all job families, classifications, and years of experience.  Here are the details about this program:
    • To become a mediator, you will complete a 32 hours, 4 day certification class.  We will cover the cost of your sub, travel, food and lodging.  
      • Fri/Sat Oct 7-8 in Portland
      • Fri/Sat Oct 21-22 in Eugene 

We meet monthly via Zoom for ongoing training and support.

We ask that people commit to being a part of our program for at least 2 years. 

You will co-mediate with an experienced mediator, usually with 1-3 cases per year. 

If you are interested in being a part of the OEA Mediation Network, please complete this brief application form: https://oregonea.wufoo.com/forms/oea-volunteer-mediator-application/

Feel free to reach out with any questions you have about our program: Peter Bauer, OEA Union School, Field Education and Training Coordinator, [email protected]

  • NEA info on the Teacher Pay Gap
  • NEA Training available under the Center for Just & Equitable Schools! Learn more HERE

Upcoming Events

  • Next RA: Wed. 10/19/22, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • Next E-Board: Wed. 9/28/22, 4:30-7:30 PM 
  • External Org Drive-Thru @ PAT: Sat. 10/15/22, 12-2 PM
  • Rep Retreat: Agate Beach, Newport-Sat. 10/1- Sun. 10/2

PAT Committees

  • Advocacy Committee: 10/05/22, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • Membership Committee: 10/5/22, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • IPD Committee: 10/12/22, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • Legislative Committee: 10/12/22, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • SJCO Committee: 11/03/22, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • Bargaining Committee: 11/09/22, 4:30-6:30 PM
  • Racial Equity Committee: 11/09/22, 4:30-6:30 PM 
  • Substitute Teacher Committee: Oct. TBD, 4:30-6:30 PM 

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