3/18/2019 Weekly Communications Update

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Food Services and Titan Bookstore

On Thursday, March 14, 2019 the Board of Education voted on the recommendation put forth by the college to outsource the Titan Bookstore and Food Services.  The Bookstore has been given one more year in a 4 to 3 vote but, sadly, Food Services lost in a 5 to 2 vote. Food Services will be outsourced to local businesses starting July 1, 2019, assuming any local businesses are willing to take on the challenge.  

Please continue to support Food Services and be especially kind to our employees there.  LCCEF will work with the college to reassign our contracted employees but the non-contracted employees do not have those same rights.

Thank you to everyone who worked to oppose outsourcing of these services by sending in your comments and thoughts, attending board meetings and speaking to the board during public comment.  Clearly it did impact their decision.

 

General Membership Meeting

Scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2019, 12:05-12:55, location 4/106

Topics for GMM:

  • AFT Oregon Conference
  • Bargaining
  • Food Services and Titan Store
  • Budget Development Subcommittee
  • Classification and Compensation Study
  • Constitution and Bylaws
  • Membership
  • Surveys

 

AFT Oregon Conference

The AFT Oregon State Convention takes place May 2-3, 2019.  We are finding we must be very frugal with funds so we decided not to ask for delegates but to have one of the two automatic delegates attend the conference.  The two automatic delegates are the President and Vice President. This year the Vice President, Kenny Ascheri will attend the conference.

 

Classification and Compensation Study

What does that email mean?  What do the letter grades mean?  Did my job title change? Will I be receiving additional compensation? How do I know if I should appeal?

Have any of these questions flitted through your head as you read the email sent out on Friday that contained all of those attachments?  Not to worry, you are not alone. The Class and Comp Committee knew this would be very confusing which is why we reserved numerous information and drop in sessions.  Please attend a session to get your questions answered! Also keep in mind this is really just the 3rd step in a multi-step process.

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Today’s post covers LCCEF’s first proposal. Please take a few minutes to read the post and send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

Insurance

A group of 16 employees, 10 Classified and 6 Managers have been meeting to research Insurance Options.  Four subcommittees are assigned to the following topics Health Savings Accounts (HSA), OEBB, Section 125, Impact Options.  The 4 subcommittees are meeting separately from the group and then bringing the results of their research back to the entire group.

At the last meeting (3-12-2019) the group decided to go out to bid and HR has begun that process.  In the meantime the group plans to create reference materials and information sessions to educate our members on all of our findings.

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.

 

Lisa Fragala for LCC Board of Education (Last Notice)

Voting day is May 21, 2019.  

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.

 

AFT Membership Organizing Institute: Now recruiting members for Round 3 (Last Notice)

For more information, view the post, or contact Jessica Foster at jfoster@aft.org or 971-888-5665.

 

Seattle Mariners Package (2nd announcement)

It has been several years since we had an LCCEF Seattle Mariners trip.  We are reaching out to see if there is interest in this trip. We need at least 20 people to get the package deal.  If you are interested please contact Alen Bahret.  The package has always included round trip train, a stay at the Crowne Plaza in Seattle and tickets to the game.  Thank you Alen for taking this on!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

Building Bridges through Language

Join the AFT’s Rosetta Stone Language Learning Group

The AFT is reintroducing our upgraded Rosetta Stone language learning program. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • One year of access to a single language learning program for $99 a year;
  • Free USB-ready headset;
  • Participation in a learning group for your language;
  • Orientation webcasts;
  • Live, 30-minute online tutoring sessions;
  • Games and activities; and
  • Mobile app.

https://www.aft.org/member-benefits/building-bridges-through-language

 

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 Committee

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: 22 active cases including 2 multiple member/group issues, 88 resolved since Jan 1, 2018, helped place 17 members in new positions.

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