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2-11-2019 Weekly Communications Update

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Early Separation Incentive

Reminder the deadline to accept this Early Separation Incentive is in 17 days, March 1, 2019. This will likely be your last chance to receive this separation incentive.  We recommend you consult with a personal financial planner before making your decision. The college will host information sessions but cannot advise you on this decision.

Separation Incentive Info Session

Human Resources and LCCEF Leadership will be holding an information session this Wednesday, February 13th from 1:00-2:30 in Building 2, Room 214.

All posts about the incentive can be found here.

PERS Retirement Workshops

Human Resources has arranged to have John Van Ravenhorst from Voya and Anna Pomykala from Foresters to conduct the following PERS retirement workshops.  

Tuesday, February 12
9:00am – 10:00am
Building 16, Room 211
Presenter: John Van Ravenhorst

Wednesday, February 13
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Building 16, Room 211
Presenter: John Van Ravenhorst

Thursday, February 14
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Building 17, Room 308
Presenter: Anna Pomykala

Tuesday, February 19
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Building 17, Room 308
Presenter: Anna Pomykala

 

Food Services/CML/Titan Store

Reminder:  Thursday, 2/14/2019 is the Board of Ed Meeting in the Boardroom. Public Comment begins near 6:30pm. Please send us your thoughts and ideas and see the information we have posted so far here.

 

Insurance Committee

A group of 16 employees, both Classified (10) and Managers (6) has been formed to research Insurance Options.  We have met twice, have established 4 topics to research and created 4 subcommittees based on the 4 topics.

Topics include:

  1. Health Savings Accounts (HSA)
  2. OEBB
  3. Section 125
  4. Impact Options.  

The 4 subcommittees will meet separately from the group as often as they believe is necessary and the entire group will meet every 2-3 weeks to report back. Our Insurance is with PacificSource (both Classified and Managers) until Oct 1, 2019.  We are trying to be proactive in researching options so members have enough time to digest the information and make informed decisions. More as things progress.

 

Lane’s Governance Review

Lane’s Governance System has been under review for almost 1 year.  A task force was created by President Hamilton to assist in the process.  The taskforce included employees from all 3 groups. Four working groups were formed from the members of the task force in the following areas:

  • Data Synthesizing and Evaluation
  • Principles and Evaluation Criteria
  • Framing Questions
  • Models and Best Practices

Now the Governance Subcommittee (GSC) of College Council are meeting to assess all this information and and make recommendations to the President. For more information visit the governance blog site.

 

Constitution Committee Update

Got questions about the Constitution Committee’s work or about the current amendment on the ballot? Come chat with us!

Constitution Committee members will be available for coffee talks about the committee’s review of the Constitution, proposed changes AND to help address questions about the amendment on the ballot. Ballots are due Feb. 20.

Come join us for a FREE cup of coffee on these dates and times:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 12,  12:15 – 12:45 p.m., Building 2, Room 213
  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8:00 – 8:30 a.m., Building 2, Room 213
  • Thursday, Feb. 14, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Building 2, Room 214
  • Friday, Feb. 15, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Building 2, Room 213

 

Lisa Fragala for LCC Board of Education

LCCEF proudly endorses Lisa Fragala for Lane Community College Board of Education. Lisa is a 2nd grade teacher in Eugene, an active member in multiple labor union organizations including our local labor chapter and the OEA Board Director for District 5. Lisa continues to bring her passion for social justice, a local workforce, and love for Lane’s community to each position she holds.

Lisa was a student at Lane years ago and has great memories of her time here. She told the local labor chapter that she remembers our college as an unforgettable part of her higher education experience and recognizes the significant impact LCC has for other students’ lives and the community as a whole.

Please read more about Lisa on her campaign page here. Also like and share her Facebook page Lisa Fragala for Lane Community College Board.

 

Bargaining – Economic Re-opener

The college submitted their demand to bargain.  

This is an economic re-opener and is supposed to cover the next 2 years. Wages will be the biggest part of bargaining and our insurance contract that expires October 1, 2019 so we will bargain the impact of that as well.  In addition to economics we plan to bargain the impact of the Janus decision and fixing the language in our contract that refers to fair share employees. We have 4 subcommittees formed to research, and provide information and insights for the negotiations team at the table.  Those subcommittees are:

  • Communications
  • Insurance
  • Surveys
  • Contract Language (Janus Impact)

If you are interested in serving on the Bargaining Team or Bargaining Committee please reach out to us via our Interest Form.

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

Valentine’s Day is Coming – Union Members Save 25% on Flowers

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14. Did you know that Teleflora has been working with local florists to deliver joy since 1934?

Get the deal here.

 

Weather Alerts

It’s that time of year again.  There have been a number of announcements about weather closures, but, just in case, here you go.

Lane Alert

Lane will always use Lane Alert to announce closures by 6:30am (for day shift) and 3:00pm (for evening shift).  LaneAlert notifications are sent via text and email, depending on your settings. Texting is the fastest way to be notified of an emergency. If you aren’t receiving LaneAlert texts or emails, login to myLane and click the Lane Alert Emergency Notification link in the Personal Information menu and update your contact information.

Flash Alert

https://www.flashalert.net/ is another great way to be notified.  It is a free service and also sends out email or text alerts.  Flash Alert also works with many public school districts, so, if you have children you may want to subscribe to Flash Alert for those schools as well.  I have used Flash Alert for many years and have never received questionable messages. They do not share your information.

 

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  / 3 positions vacant (1 COPE Chair, 2 Member at Large)
  • Labor Management: 17 active cases including 3 multiple member/group issues, 88 resolved since Jan 1, 2018, helped place 17 members in new positions.

 

Fitness & Happiness

Wendy Simmons, Lane’s Wellness Program Director, has agreed to allow the LCCEF to include her Happiness messages in our weekly updates.  Thank you Wendy!

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Now that you’ve reduced your stress levels, let’s get mindful.  And if you feel like sharing your experience from last week’s challenge, please do.

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. (“Mindful Staff” 10-8-14)

Research shows that there are many benefits of being mindful, including: Shapiro et. al (2006)

  • Reduced rumination
  • Stress reduction
  • Boost in working memory
  • Lower emotional reactivity
  • Increased relationship satisfaction

Challenge #1: Over the next week choose three meals to eat mindfully

Start by taking a good look at what you’re about to eat. Take note of the textures, shapes and colors, then, notice any smells and sounds. When you take a bite, notice the temperature, the texture and all the different tastes. Be aware of how the food feels on your fork or in your hand, then how it feels in your mouth. Notice your mouth chewing away, and your breathing as you go.

Benefits: Being mindful when we are eating food allows the body to respond properly to what it’s doing. If you eat whilst worrying about your next meeting, the body is in stress mode and digestion is compromised. Eating mindfully also allows for the proper signals to be sent to the brain when we’re full, preventing us overeating.

Challenge #2 Visit the LANE Labyrinth

Schedule a time this week to visit the labyrinth near the fountain on Lane’s main campus. Put your phone on silent and mindfully walk the labyrinth.  

“Before entering the labyrinth we need only take a few moments to think about what’s worrying us. After that, we should clear our mind, and let it go wherever it may as we walk the path. It is said that in this way we can gain great insight into our concerns. The path is continuous and has only one entrance, which serves as the exit once the path is completed. It is believed that it represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation tools. It is a metaphor for one’s life journey.” -Silvia Uribe

OR Challenge #3: Schedule meditations

This week, set aside 5-10 minutes at the start or end of your day to listen to a short meditation.  Aim to do this for at least 3 days of the week and see how you feel afterwards. You can use one the practices below to guide you.  

Try to focus your attention on the guided meditation and if you find your thoughts wandering, just be aware of this and guide yourself back to the words in the meditation.

Supplemental Information – Upcoming Free Class:

Discover the Joy of Hula! Hula is the indigenous movement art and voice of the Hawaiian people, the dance of life that connects us with the stories from ancient times to the present day, stories of the land, earth and sky.  This movement class offers hula in a fun and engaging fitness style that welcomes and supports participants of all skill levels, ages and body types. A great supplement to a health, as you engage in low-impact movements using core muscles and breathe to improve coordination, flexibility and whole body wellness.  No experience necessary. Wear modest, comfortable clothing you can move freely in. Be prepared to dance barefoot and bring a sarong wrap to wear. All employees and students are welcome.

Instructor Iwalani Raes, Asian-American & Pacific Islander Program Coordinator
Four Tuesdays, Feb 19 – March 12, 12 – 12:50 p.m.
Building 30, Room 135
Register for CRN 34018  

Cheers,
-Wendy   

 

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