Portland Public Schools Special Education School Bus Drivers Ratify Tentative Agreement!
On Tuesday, August 14th, PPS Special Education drivers voted to ratify a tentative agreement with the District by a vote of 71 to 9! The contract now moves onto the PPS Board of Education for final approval.
The 100+ school bus drivers at PPS provide home-to-school transportation for Portland Public Schools’ Special Education students. Like any bus driver, they are highly-trained professionals who have fulfilled rigorous training requirements and maintain multiple professional certifications. Every day, they safely transport about 600 students with special needs, and we do it with skill and pride. But they were barely scraping by on low wages, trying to keep up with Portland’s skyrocketing cost of living.
While this tentative agreement isn’t everything Special Education drivers wanted, it’s a major improvement that sets us up for success in our next negotiations, which begin next year. To build on this milestone, we’ll need every member of Local 757 to show their solidarity with these drivers – stay tuned for ways you can support their fight!