Since bargaining started, the school district has sought contract changes that would help all students attain high academic standards, regardless of race or class. PPS’ offer would:
“We hope impasse will spur both sides to address these issues and reach a settlement in a timely manner,” said Sean Murray, PPS chief human resources officer. “Contract talks that go on for months or years disrupt schools and hurt students.”
Impasse has led to PPS-PAT settlements in the past
Impasse comes 216 days after PPS and PAT started bargaining on April 18, 2013. The two sides have been working with a state mediator for more than a month. So far, the bargaining teams have reached agreement on just five of 27 contract articles.
Impasse is the next step after mediation and it can help focus bargaining teams on reaching a final agreement. For example, in 2010, PPS and PAT went to impasse after nearly two years of bargaining, and the sides then reached a settlement in a matter of weeks.
Once impasse is reached, the two sides have seven days to submit their final contract offers and cost estimates to a mediator. The mediator will make both offers public.
That starts a 30-day cooling off period during which the sides may continue bargaining. If there is no agreement after 30 days, the school board may implement conditions of its final offer, and teachers may choose to strike. Bargaining continues through this period until a settlement is reached.
PPS offer will keep teacher compensation competitive with other school districts
The school district offer includes provisions that will keep teacher compensation competitive, including salaries, school district contributions to teacher health insurance and other benefits.
Under the school district offer:
PPS would raise its insurance contribution by 2 percent a year in 2014-15 and 2015-16. It also would stop paying a percentage of premium costs and instead pay a set dollar amount. This year, PPS would continue paying its current rate of $1,431 per month, but teachers’ premium payments actually would fall, to $82.22 per month from the current $121.25. Under PAT’s proposal, teachers would pay $116.94 per month.
PAT offer adds more restrictions on teaching and learning
The PAT proposal would add more restrictive rules to the current contract, which would get in the way of effective teaching and improved student learning. These proposals include:
The school district’s goal is a contract that helps increase the graduation rate, with students ready for college and careers. The school board and the district bargaining team are committed to resolving these issues at the bargaining table, and doing so in a timely manner.
For more information about bargaining and the teacher contract, visit http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/laborrelations/9042.htm.
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