In an historic vote, members of the Portland Federation of School Professionals (PFSP – AFT Local #111), the union representing 1,350 classified employees at Portland Public Schools, rejected ratification of their new tentative agreement and are heading back to the bargaining table.
“Our members are frustrated and exhausted,” said John MacDuffee, PFSP President. “They want a living wage, safe working conditions, and a higher quality of life. These are the same workers who were there on the front lines during the pandemic, showing up every day to support students – both in the classroom and behind the scenes - even when staffing shortages put them in harm’s way. The result of this vote indicates there is a lot of work still to do to improve the working conditions of our members. We are encouraged by their high level of engagement as we move forward.”
Bargaining will resume as soon as new negotiation dates can be worked out. “PFSP is hopeful for a contract that allows our workers to thrive now and in the future,” added MacDuffee. “Our dedicated volunteer bargaining team will continue to work until a mutually acceptable contract is achieved.”