OPB asked leaders at Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers to elaborate on key sticking points in their ongoing contract negotiations.
Editor’s note: This chart is based on the latest information released to the media and public.
|Portland Public Schools||Portland Association of Teachers|
|School year: Add two days to the school year (three days at high schools).||School year: Keep the school year the same length at most schools; add three days to the year at focus and priority schools. Adding teachers and reducing class size takes priority over extending the academic year.|
|Health insurance: Continue the health insurance split, with the district paying 93 percent of costs and employees paying 7 percent.||Health insurance: Continue the health insurance split, with the district paying 93 percent percent of costs and employees paying 7 percent. Change insurance carrier to save money.|
|Workload: Establish a joint workload committee. Increase planning time for elementary teachers. In a side agreement, the district proposes spending $7.8 million to hire 88 full-time equivalent teachers and returning to 2010-11 workload levels by the 2016-17 school year.||Workload: Establish a joint workload committee. Increase planning time for elementary teachers. Reduce workload by 5 percent to 10 percent, with a focus on reducing class sizes. Hire 175 to 200 full-time equivalent teachers to accomplish workload goals.|
|Early retirement: Phase out early retirement incentives over the next five years. Until then, guarantee teachers with at least 15 years experience a $425 per month payment for five years if they take early retirement.||Early retirement: Maintain the status quo. The union says that encouraging more senior employees to retire sooner saves the district money, because retirees tend to be replaced by lower-paid staff.|
|Hiring: Limit teacher hiring to one round of internal hiring.||Hiring: Accepts one round of hiring as a concession to the district.|
|Pay increases: Offer a 2 percent per year cost of living adjustment for each of the next three years. Also pay 1.05 percent more per year as compensation for extra instructional days.||Pay increases: Cost of living increases: 2.6 percent in year one; 2.55 percent in year two; 2.5 percent in year three.|
|Length of contract: Three-year agreement.||Length of contract: Three-year agreement for most items, with six-year agreement on some topics.|
|View Portland Public Schools mediation package document (PDF)||Visit the Portland Association of Teachers website.|
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