PAT Advocacy Cadre 2022-23

PAT is seeking members to serve on next year’s Advocacy Cadre. This small group of members will work closely with UniServ Consultants to become experts on our contract, and will provide member to member support.

The Advocacy Cadre will run a Zoom Advocacy Hotline, where Reps and other members can get immediate answers to questions about the contract and support to resolve problems in their buildings. In addition, the Advocacy Cadre will provide support with Rep Training, answering member emails to AskPAT@oregoned.org, and creating materials to help members better understand contract issues.

Goals for PAT:
-Build capacity among members to enforce our contract, support member rights, and organize and problem solve in buildings;
-Develop leadership within PAT that represents the diversity of our membership demographics and workforce positions;
-Create a pathway toward UniServ Consultant work for interested members.

Cadre Members Commit to:
- A minimum of 2 days Advocacy Training in Summer (paid at OEA cadre rate of $33/hr) August 16-17. (This will be held either live, or remotely, depending on safety recommendations at that time.)
- 1 Hotline shift a week, during the school year, Mondays, 4:30-6:30 at PAT (paid at OEA cadre rate). In addition to answering the hotline, this time may include ongoing training and other advocacy work with Uniserv Consultants.
-Up to a half day twice a month to follow up on unresolved member needs from the Hotline shift (release time can be provided).
- This is a minimum 1-year opportunity and commitment, paid at the OEA cadre-rate.
- Additional dates may be added depending on need.

Responsibilities:
-Assist members who come to Zoom Advocacy Hotline;
-Respond to emails and calls from members;
-Be a knowledgeable resource about the PAT contract and PAT systems for supporting members in different situations;
-Follow procedure to inform UniServ Consultants of issues, determining next steps;
-Potential additional release time/ pay for ongoing training or representation work;
-Potential to shadow UniServ Consultants on assignment.

Qualifications:
-Active membership
-Experience as a PAT building rep or other similar union experience preferred
-Interest in continued union advocacy work
-Special consideration given to applicants with an interest in pursuing work as a UniServ Consultant
-Special consideration given to applicants with characteristics that help create a group that represents the racial diversity of our membership, and of the job-types that our members hold.


To apply:
Fill out this application form by June 27th
Interviews to be scheduled in mid July.
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What is your name? *
Personal Email *
Best Phone Number *
Your School/ Program *
What is your job? *
With what Race/Ethnicity do you identify
Years in PAT *
Total years worked in education *
What experience do you have in union advocacy work? (For example Building Rep/ Advocacy committee/ work in other unions) *
Why do you want to be part of the PAT Advocacy Cadre? *
If you are interested in pursuing work as a UniServ Rep, please indicate that within your response.
Are you able to attend full day paid training on August 16th and 17th? *
Are you able to commit to working paid Hotline shifts on Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm at PAT? *
What is your interest level in occasional release-time from your classroom to help with representing members or shadowing UniServ Reps? *Release time is not required to be part of the cadre *
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