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12-10-2018 Weekly Update

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Titan Store, CML, Food Services

The Titan Store, The CML and Food Services are all under review and recommendations will be presented at the December 13 Board of Ed. meeting.  Budget documents are available here.

    • Titan Store: Due to reduced enrollment levels and activity on campus, expenses continue to outpace revenue for the fourth year in a row.  The college recommends consideration of a proposal from Barnes and Noble. Existing staff would be retained in the proposal. Also recommend a restructure of Printing and Graphics and the mailroom under the new design.
      • Our Question: This change would have a potentially negative impact on Lane’s use of OER (Open Education Resources) as outlined by the OER Steering Committee in this letter.  How is this showing Titan P.R.I.D.E. and putting our students first?
    • CML: Since summer there have been adjustments to the CML that have had positive impacts in both revenue and expenses.  Changes include eliminating external catering contracts, offering fewer services at the Mary Spilde Center and controlling costs in part-time expenditures, materials and services resulting in the CML posting revenues higher than expenses.  The college believes the full time contracted staff will need to be reduced by 2.0-3.0FTE to maintain revenue-positive results for the rest of the fiscal year and overcome an ending fund deficit of $1.2 million.
      • Our Question: if we reduce the employee FTE for the CML will they be able  to continue to see revenues exceeding expense as they just accomplished this year?
    • Food Services: Due to reduced enrollment, Food Services expenses continue to outpace revenue for the fifth year in a row with an ending fund deficit of $2 million.  The college recommends finding placement for eligible employees and ceasing operation of college-operated, campus based food service on June 30, 2019.  Upon Board approval the college will begin negotiations and/or RFP process with outside vendors.
      • Our Question: If we cease Food Services where will our International Students find work on their limited VISAs?

LCCEF will be at the Board of Ed. meeting on Thursday December 13 in the boardroom, building 3, main campus @ 6:30pm to show our support for all three departments.  If you would like to show your support, please go here to add your name in support of The Titan Store, The CML and Food Services and we will share the list with the board.

We have also started a forum topic here.  Please discuss and share as you see fit.


LCCEF Leadership

  • LCCEF Executive Council met on Thursday Dec. 6 and made the following changes to the LCCEF Officers:
  • Kenny Ascheri approved as Vice President, formerly Labor Delegate
  • Nikki Li approved as Treasurer beginning January 1, 2019, currently officer in Training
  • Casandra Rhay approved as Labor Delegate beginning January 1, 2019, formerly Treasurer

Officer positions without change:

  • Robin Geyer, President
  • Dawn Rupp, Grievance Chair
  • Rosa Maria Banuelos-Uribe, Membership Chair
  • Matt Danskine, Corresponding (Communications) Officer
  • Marsha Sills, Recording Officer (in Training)
  • Cope Chair, vacant
  • Member at Large, vacant


AFT Winter School

Interested in becoming more involved in your Union?  AFT Winter School is a great way to learn. We are very interested in sending members who think they would like to run for an Officer position or become more involved in organizing.  See more information here.


Hard Copy Classified Contracts

HR began distributing paper copies of the classified contract at the end of November. This is the contract ratified in 2016 and extends for 7 years until 2023.  It has been available electronically through the HR website and at but we decided to send it to print to ensure everyone has easy access to the contract. Printed copies went out to full time classified employees at the end of November. The next round will be sent to hourly classified employees. Please be patient while HR works through the classified employee list.  If you do not receive a copy of the contract in the next 30 days, and would like one, please contact


Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

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As a union member, you can receive up to $15 off!  Just use COUPON CODE: WREATH online.  $5 off any order, $10 off $50+ or $15 off $100+ orders!


Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining in Spring 2019
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders


Budget Development Subcommittee (BDS) of College Council

We met again Friday, Dec. 7 for our last meeting of 2018.  So far we have discussed the proposed timeline, held a brief budget orientation, and made numerous information requests.  You can follow the process here.   Your classified representatives on this committee are Robin Geyer and Kenny Ascheri our new Vice President.


Our union by the numbers

  • Membership: 645 Total classified  / 349 members (~54.1%)  / 296 (~45.9%) Non-members (As of 10/22/2018)=
  • Officers: 8 officer positions filled  / 1 position vacant (Vice President) 1 position on temporary hiatus (COPE Chair)
  • Labor Management: 36 active cases including 6 multiple member/group issues. 61 resolved since Jan 1, 2018
  • Currently 1 formal complaint and 1 grievance.
  • Helped place 13 members in new positions with 1 more in process.


And Last But Not Least

We would like to move away from using the Classified Staff email address through Groupwise for these weekly communications updates.  Just go to and look to the right side of the home page.  You’ll see something that looks like the image.  So far, 90 have signed up!  If you have tried, but did not receive a confirmation email, please let me know at

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