Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct union and union president.
The rejection means the Portland Federation of School Professionals – which represents family service workers, administrative assistants, library assistants, physical therapists, and more – will go back to the negotiating table with the school district.
“Our members are frustrated and exhausted,” union president John MacDuffee said. “They want a living wage, safe working conditions, and a higher quality of life. The result of this vote indicates there is a lot of work still to do.”
While the agreement doesn’t include teachers, it does include jobs such as paraeducators, campus safety associates, therapeutic intervention coaches and sign language interpreters.
According to the Portland Federation of School Professionals, the proposed three-year contract would have brought the employee’s minimum wage to $20 an hour with 98% of the bargaining unit making more than that. Long-term employees would have also received a $500 bonus in both their second and third years on the job.