Portland Public Schools

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.

At PFSP, a surge in member involvement leads to contract wins

A revolt that began last year among rank-and-file members of AFT Local 111 has culminated in the best contract the union has won in years.

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.

Portland schools’ classified union rejects contract

The vote means the union of 1,350 school secretaries, teaching assistants, and other classified staff, is back to the bargaining table.

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.

Portland Public Schools is skimping on maintenance

A new report paid for by the district confirms what union tradespeople who maintain schools have been saying for years.

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.

School custodians want hazard pay for hazard conditions

As skies dumped snow on Portland, administrators were warm in home offices, but night custodians battled blizzard conditions to get to work.

High-bidding nonunion firm wins more Portland Public Schools work

Local building trades union leaders are baffled as an accused wage thief bids high and gets the worst rating, but wins contract.

What’s Portland Public Schools hiding? Possibly wage theft?

Construction union reps say the district delays, redacts, and charges exorbitantly for public records they need for wage theft investigations.

Union coalitions at shipyards, Portland, PPS under new leadership

Local 290 rep Pat Christensen's retirement left vacant leadership spots at the Metal Trades and union councils at PPS and City of Portland.

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.

Furloughed workers tighten belts waiting for WorkShare benefits

It seemed like a win-win when unions approved the furloughs, but Workshare benefits promised by the Oregon Employment Department have been slow to arrive.

How to get unemployment benefits while you’re still employed

Up to 10,000 Portland-area workers are getting paid more while working less thanks to a layoff prevention program.

Portland Public Schools ratifies union contracts with maintenance, custodians, food service workers

All told, nearly 600 workers will get raises of 3% to 5% a year and more over the next few years.

A life-saving school bus driver

The focus and reflexes of a member of Local 757 may have saved lives in a near-miss last month.