1/22/2019 Weekly Update

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New Website Communication

The LCCEF is changing the way we communicate updates and changes to the website with our members.  Following today, messages will be sent through a service called Mail Poet (this message will also be sent though the new service, so you may receive it twice).  We have subscribed all members to the mail list and each email you receive from the website will have an unsubscribe link at the bottom. Messages will be sent once a day at 3:30pm and will include all the posts that have been added to the LCCEF website since the previous day.  We believe this will be a cleaner, more effective way to communicate. We will avoid using Groupwise and the Classified List so that members who truly do not want to be disturbed will not receive these messages. When there is a more time sensitive message, or a message that simply must reach all members, the Groupwise list will still be used.  If you have any questions about this change, please feel free to contact communication@lccef.org.

 

Support Food Services/CML/Titan Store

Continued support can be expressed here.  The more support and information we provide the harder it is to make poor decisions. Just recently a Lane faculty member learned from Clackamas faculty that a major issue with the Clackamas contract with Barnes and Noble is their system did not interface well with the college’s financial system and Clackamas may have to purchase additional software to make this work which likely means increased cost and work for the IT department.   Read more.

 

Constitution & Bylaws Rewrite

Neither our constitution nor our bylaws have been comprehensively reviewed in more than twenty years (see the old document). In that time, the Union has changed considerably, and the documents are overdue for another revision. Based on this need, the Executive Council asked the Standing Constitution Committee to begin this work.

The committee started this work in August, 2018 and realized that, while both the constitution and bylaws could have technically been replaced through our current amendment process, in order to be as transparent as possible it was important to ask the membership for permission to revise (not just amend) our constitution and bylaws. The committee created an amendment for each of those documents to explicitly allow for a revision process.  And this is what we are asking you to vote on.

A yes vote for these amendments will allow the committee to prepare a revised constitution and bylaws. Once the revision is complete, there will be another vote to approve. Our goal is to have a new constitution for you to vote on before June.

We’d like to encourage you to participate in our revision work. Much as we’ve requested your help since August, 2018 (see dates below) we’d like to ask for your help again with these revisions.  If you would like to help, or have additional questions please feel free to contact Kyle Schmidt, Constitution Committee Chair, at schmidtk@lanecc.edu.

More updates and information on joining the work here. Also please see the Constitution Committee webpage. The rewrite has been listed in the weekly communications update, with requests for help on the following dates:

1/14/2019, 1/7/2019, 12/17/2018, 12/10/2018, 12/3/2018, 11/19/2018, 11/13/2018, 11/5/2018, 10/29/2018, 10/22/2018, 10/15/2018, Inservice GMM Notes from 10/12/2018, 10/8/2018, 10/1/2018, 9/24/2018, 9/17/2018, twice 9/10/2018, twice 8/27/2018, twice 8/20/2018, 8/13/2018 and 8/6/2018.

 

Budget Development Subcommittee (BDS):

BDS, a subcommittee of College Council resumed meeting weekly on January 9, 2019.  Classified Representatives are Kenny Ascheri and Robin Geyer. We will meet every Wednesday 12-1:30pm until June 2019 to create the annual budget for 2019-2020.  The meetings are held in LCC07/2212k and are open to the public. We have begun a conversation about the total budget of over 200 million while historically in BDS the focus has been on just Funds 1 & 9 which is approximately 90 million and are the funds where payroll and OPE reside.  Clearly there are funds that have restricted dollars, such as fund 5 (financial aid) but we would like to explore other unrestricted dollars and discuss them as a group as well. In addition, multiple information requests have been made by LCCEA and LCCEF. The process can be followed on Lane website through the Budget Office, see 2019-2020 Budget Development You might also want to take a look at the data found in the Data Standard Package

There are 3 funding sources for Lane, Property Taxes, Tuition and State Funding. The allocation from the state has not been set yet but there are two proposals put forward by Governor, Kate Brown.  1) Proposed State Funding of 543 million 2) the Governor’s Investment Budget of 646.7 million. Because the allocation to each college is based on enrollment Lane is seeing a smaller slice of the pie and even if the Governor’s Investment Budget were to pass we would still be looking at about a 3 million shortfall.  Oregon Community Colleges are currently building their budgets on a number roughly ½ way between the two at 590 million. This will leave Lane at about a 5 million deficit. At the last Board meeting the first reading of a resolution was read and is expected to be voted on at the Board retreat on January 26. The resolution is a call for increased revenue for community colleges.  The resolution is a coordinated effort by College Boards across the state to demand an increase in funding to Community Colleges. Join with faculty in the efforts to demonstrate the need for adequate funding on President’s Day with a March on the Capital and/or join the efforts on March 25th for education lobby day in Salem. To learn more and sign up go here.

 

Classification and Compensation Study

The Class & Comp Study Team are meeting tomorrow, 1-23-2019 to

  • Discuss PAQs that should be re-evaluated
  • Review Timeline with Committee
  • Communication Strategy
  • Schedule Information Sessions
  • Future Steps

We believe there are PAQ’s that may have left out pertinent information. There are also several classifications where individuals are clearly doing different levels of work from one another.  Of course, this is one of the reasons for doing this, to correct situations where someone may be working out of class. The team plans to look at all those anomalies as a second set of eyes to the consultant.  Once the team has re-evaluated PAQ’s, we will hold workshops to explain the point factor system and help you understand how to appeal the results if you believe one is warranted. Completing an accurate point factor analysis is the first step.  Step 2 is the appeal process. Once that is done the Consultant at LGPI will go out to market to determine pay scale of comparable jobs in the market. Given our decision to take a look at the PAQ’s ourselves, we are still a few months from completion.  

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

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Union families get access to these Legal Program benefits automatically — no enrollment forms or fees required. Simply select a participating lawyer and get access to these Legal Program benefits:

  • Free Initial Consultation
        Up to 30 minutes with a lawyer (in person or over the phone).
  • Free Simple Document Review and Explanation
  • Members can avoid mistakes by understanding what they sign. Members are provided with an oral interpretation of personal documents like leases, insurance policies and installment sales contracts.*
  • Free follow-up Services
        Including a simple letter or phone call, if likely to resolve a legal matter.
  • Most Additional Services are Discounted by 30%
        Includes lawyer’s hourly rates and flat fees for most common legal cases.
  • Written fee agreement
        Protecting members and preventing any surprises.

Legal Aid Services You Can Trust

  • Selective. Lawyers are carefully screened and selected to make sure members receive the best services available.
  • Labor-friendly. Many panel attorneys serving the program have been selected from lists of labor-friendly lawyers.
  • Experienced. Panel attorneys average 14 years in legal practice.
  • Confidential. Only your lawyer will know you are using  the service.

More info here:  https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/home/legal-help

 

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 (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance council

 

Our union by the numbers

  • Membership: 345 full members
  • Officers: 8 officer positions filled  / 1 position vacant (COPE Chair)
  • Labor Management: 36 active cases including 5 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.

 

LCCEF Executive Committee Meeting Notes

A summary of Executive Committee meetings is posted to the LCCEF.org website as soon after the meetings as we can get them there.  To view them all, just click here.  In the future, you can always use the “Union News By Category” pull-down menu on the right hand side of the website and pick the “Executive Committee” option.