1-28-2019 Weekly Communications Update

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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.

Recently, a Lane faculty member retold a story heard from a Clackamas faculty member.  Allegedly, the Barnes and Noble system does not interface well with the college financial system so Clackamas may have to purchase additional software increasing cost and work for the IT department.  We have not been able to confirm this first hand, but these are exactly the kinds of issues that are all too common when bringing two large systems together and expecting them to share data.  All of this cost cuts into the potential profits, or commissions, seen from having an outside vendor handle the bookstore.  Is it really worth it?

Other Information Sources
Open Oregon Education Resources blog post about Clackamas and B&N

To see all related posts on lccef.org, click here.

 

New Website Communication

The LCCEF has changed the way we communicate updates and changes to the website with our members.  Starting 1/22/2019 messages are sent through a service called Mail Poet. We have subscribed all members to the mailing 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 3:00pm 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.

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

Union Plus Motor Club

  • Family coverage for only $69/year, with low monthly payment options available.
  • 24-hour Emergency Roadside Assistance and Locksmith Services — Up to $125 per service call, three times a year.
  • Emergency Towing — To your home, a dealership, or your mechanic.
  • Battery Boost — Jump-start your battery
  • Flat Tire Change — Remove your flat and install your inflated spare.
  • Lockout Service — Get you back inside your vehicle.
  • Fuel Delivery — Up to two gallons if you run out of gas.

https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/auto/motor-club

 

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.

 

Fitness & Happiness

Wendy Simmons leads a group on main campus that focuses on fitness and all around general happiness.  Two very good things! She sends emails out to the group and has agreed to allow the LCCEF to include her messages in our weekly updates.  Thank you Wendy! Here’s the first installment.

Welcome to the Happiness Challenge!  This week’s Challenge topic is gratitude.  Choose one of the two options below to focus on for the week.

Extensive research within the field on positive psychology exhibits enormous benefits for individuals who practice expressing gratitude. Expressing gratefulness for aspects of life such as daily events, social relationships, and favors from others correlates significantly with high levels of well-being. Acts of gratitude, like thanking a friend, are shown to increase emotional well-being (i.e. happiness, positive affect).

Results of those who completed the following challenges:

  • increased alertness, enthusiasm, attentiveness, and energy
  • more time spent exercising, reduced physical ailments, and increased optimism

Challenge #1: Three Good Things Journal

Every night for the next week, set aside five to ten minutes before you go to sleep to write down three things that went well that day and why. You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it is important that you have a physical record of what you wrote. The three things may seem mundane but are still important. Next to each positive event, answer the question “Why did this happen?”

“Participants who counted blessings rated their life as a whole, and their expectations for the future, more positively than those who simply reflected on daily events or hassles.” (Emmons & McCullough, 2003)

OR Challenge #2: The Gratitude Letter

When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life. Also, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them. But sometimes our ‘thank you’ is said so casually or quickly that it is nearly meaningless. In this exercise you will have the opportunity to experience expressing gratitude in a thoughtful, purposeful manner.

Close your eyes and think of someone (still alive) who said or did something that changed your life for the better; someone you may have never properly thanked. Your task is to write a letter of gratitude to this individual and deliver it either in person or via phone call. The letter should be concrete and specific about what that person did for you and how it affected your life. Let them know what you are doing now and how you often remember what they did for you. Once you have written the letter, either read it to them over the phone or in person. (Emmons & Stern, 2013)

Optional information

“The Gratitude Experiment”, a 5 minute video, on why gratitude makes you happy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcJ7sHakE-c

Article on the benefits of gratitude https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude like improving your sleep

 

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