Since November 1, Portland educators have been on strike, with public schools closing for the rest of the week as mediation drags on and teachers continue to picket. The Portland Association of Teachers is vying for smaller class sizes and raises that reflect the rising cost of living in Portland; the teachers’ union and the district have been in contract negotiations for around 10 months. Across the city, many Portland restaurants, coffee shops, and bars have been showing their solidarity with Portland teachers, offering free meals, “buy a teacher a beer” programs, and fundraisers. Below, find a list of Portland spots supporting the district’s first-ever teachers strike. Know of some more? Let us know via the tipline.
Every Tuesday, this Killingsworth neighborhood Italian restaurant donates 10 percent of the night’s sales to teachers as a part of a hardship fund for educators in Northeast Portland. Those funds are distributed in the form of grocery cards and gas cards for teachers on strike. Once the strike ends, Teacher Tuesday will continue, and the team at Gabbiano’s will work directly with PTAs to find the best places to donate money for teachers.
This bottled and canned cocktail brand is not only offering buy one, get one sparkling cocktails for all teachers who visit its Southeast Hawthorne tasting room — a portion of every bottle of the brand’s Maple Old Fashioned sold in November will go toward NW Outdoor School & Pride and Less Prejudice, two organizations that support teachers and students in Portland.
This Kenton neighborhood bar is supporting teachers in a variety of ways during the course of the strike. The bar is letting customers buy teachers a beer for as long as the strike lasts, either in-person at the bar or online. The bar is also throwing a chili cook-off to raise money for neighborhood PTAs, which will go to teacher appreciation once the strike has ended. The chili cook-off runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 11.
Free meals and discounts for teachers
Teachers get 30 percent off any meal at vibey Vietnamese restaurant Friendship Kitchen over the course of the strike.
Kachka and Kachka Lavka
During the strike, Portland public school teachers can get 50 percent off the lunch menu at Kachka’s upstairs deli and market, Kachka Lavka, for dine-in within Kachka’s dining room or takeout. Alternatively, they can get 25 percent off frozen dumplings to take home when purchased at Kachka Lavka. Teachers must show staff ID to redeem the discount.
Jojo is offering 20 percent off for teachers until the strike ends. Teachers must show their school ID to redeem.
This French-Scandinavian luncheonette is offering a free pot of tea to educators who stop by. “We fully support Portland educators,” a statement on the downtown restaurant’s Instagram reads. “Their dedication, passion, and hard work are both essential + undervalued.”
Teachers get 15 percent off their orders at any Atlas Pizza location when they present their school ID. The local pizzeria has also thrown fundraisers for schools and teachers throughout the strike, so keep an eye on Instagram for future fundraiser nights.
Laughing Planet is offering 20 percent off orders for teachers for the duration of the strike. Teachers need to show their badge to qualify. Additionally, kids who rely on schools’ meal assistance programs can eat for free at Laughing Planet, without proof of qualification.
This food cart within the Rose City Food Park is offering free coffee and a discount for Portland public school teachers on strike.
This Portland coffee chain is offering 50 percent off coffee drinks and retail coffee for teachers who can display their badges through Friday, November 10.
Upright Beer Station
Upright is offering half-price beers for all Portland public school teachers.
Buy a teacher a drink
Three on a Match Bars
This group of bars — including the Old Gold, Paydirt, Tough Luck, Hi-Top Tavern, and Holy Ghost— is offering free drinks for teachers on strike, with an option for customers to buy them a drink if they choose.
On November 1, this St. Johns beer bar hosted a party selling tickets for “teacher beers.” As of yesterday, the bar still had 125 beers available for teachers on strike, free of charge.
This North Portland beer bar is allowing customers to buy $6 drink tickets for Portland teachers, which staff adds to a pool for teachers who come visit. Teachers can come in and redeem those tickets throughout the duration of the strike.