Portland Association of Teachers

After restorative justice coordinators unionize, Portland Public Schools ‘unassigns’ them

Although there’s no indication that the cuts are linked to their organizing efforts, workers say they feel anxious and disrespected.

Portland teachers go back to work

A 26-day strike led to an improved contract for 3,700 teachers, counselors, and librarians, including raises totaling 14.6% over three years.

PPS teacher strike: a difficult ballet

The onus for this crisis, which will soon spread, lies squarely with legislators who determine a state budget every two years.

Portland teachers strike for fair wages and smaller classes

It’s a fight that teachers say has been brewing a long time.

Parents emerge as ‘third force’ in Portland teachers strike

Parents are joining Portland teachers on strike picket lines throughout the district — because they support what teachers are fighting for.

Portland teachers strike ‘for the common good‘

Nearly 4,500 teachers in Portland Public Schools began picketing Nov. 1 in the first-ever teachers strike at Oregon’s largest school district.

Teachers declare impasse, could strike at Portland Public Schools

PAT is pursuing a strategy known as “bargaining for the common good,” incorporating community members’ ideas into their contract.

Teachers union demand: No more mice in school

Teachers also want better security measures, an enforceable limit to class sizes, and public school for every child over the age of 3.

Reopening schools: What do teachers think?

Is it possible for schools to reopen safely? Can online learning replace in-person instruction? We asked Portland teachers union president Elizabeth Thiel.

Beating the odds, free public preschool ballot initiative turns in signatures

Aimed at the November 2020 ballot, it would provide free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds in Multnomah County, and living wages for preschool teachers.

Lessons of the West Virginia teachers strike

One of the strike’s leaders will be visiting Portland July 23.

Breakthrough in new teacher contract at Portland Public Schools: class size limits

The long-delayed agreement also raises pay 8 percent and adds an extra day to the school year.

Portland Public Schools teachers close to settling new contract

PAT negotiators say they're hopeful they can formalize the deal Thursday.

At the Oregon Legislature: Labor’s agenda inches forward

Will the Oregon Legislature ban anti-union ‘right-to-work’ ordinances?

Fund schools, not tests: Portland teachers sponsor family fun in Pioneer Square

Teachers unions are throwing a party with free pumpkins, face-painting … and standardized tests. 

Behind the startling reversal at Portland Public Schools: Looking back at the almost-strike

As strike neared, district faced unified teachers backed by broad public support

Portland teachers ratify new contract

The three-year deal lightens teacher workload and provides 2.3 percent annual raises

Teachers strike averted at Portland Public Schools

Details won't be released until teachers vote on the tentative agreement.

Portland Public Schools declares impasse, triggering timetable for strike

Teachers could strike as early as Jan. 6, when students return from Winter Break

Still no deal for teachers at Portland Public Schools

Class size is a key sticking point