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Substitute Teachers To PPS: Give Us More Time Off


The Portland teachers' union has filed a complaint with the Oregon Employment Relations Board, claiming that Portland Public Schools is violating state law with its proposal to give substitute teachers five days of sick leave per year under Oregon's 2016 paid-sick-leave law. The union argues that substitutes are eligible for at least 10 sick days per school year under an earlier, more generous state law. 

The Portland teachers' union has filed a complaint with the Oregon Employment Relations Board, claiming that Portland Public Schools is violating state law with its proposal to give substitute teachers five days of sick leave per year under Oregon's 2016 paid-sick-leave law. The union argues that substitutes are eligible for at least 10 sick days per school year under an earlier, more generous state law. 

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The Portland Association of Teachers has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against Portland Public Schools on behalf of substitute teachers.

And while the complaint has no direct connection to ongoing contract negotiations between the district and full-time teachers who have a separate contract from substitutes, its filing is the latest signal from the teachers’ union that it’s frustrated with PPS.

Earlier this month, the president of the Portland Association of Teachers union, Suzanne Cohen, said full-time teachers were preparing for the worst possible outcome as their talks with the district entered mediation, a step that raises the threat of a strike this fall. The move came after PAT filed an unfair labor practice complaint on behalf of full-time teachers on May 25.

The latest complaint, filed July 13 with the Oregon Employment Relations Board, says Portland Public Schools is violating state law with its proposal to give substitute teachers five days of sick leave per year under Oregon’s 2016 paid-sick-leave law. The union says substitute teachers are entitled to a more generous minimum of 10 days of sick leave under a separate and earlier Oregon law that covers all school employees, including substitutes.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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