• PPS and SEIU: Nutrition Services Workers are Vital to Supporting our Students

     Nutrition Services workers

    PPS Nutrition Services workers have served over 3.5 million meals since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photos by Beth Conyers)

    Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community, PPS Nutrition Services workers have played a vital role in supporting our students. They have served over 3.5 million meals since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Throughout this time, PPS had safety protocols and policies in place to protect the safety of Nutrition Services workers and meet the needs of our community. PPS and SEIU have been in on-going discussions, both formal and informal, regarding the best way to ensure a safe working environment and recognize the unique contributions from this group of employees during this challenging time. On April 23, 2021 the parties concluded negotiations over the return to in-person instruction. 

    In recognition and appreciation for the dedication and work by our Nutrition Services workers in the midst of a pandemic, and acknowledging the central role Nutrition Services workers play in healthy, safe school environments, Portland Public Schools has agreed to a one-time payment of $1,000 to those SEIU Nutrition Services workers working in hybrid who also actively staffed meal distribution sites this school year.