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3/4/2019 Weekly Communications Update

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Snow Snow Snow!!

Wow! Our winter weather has been hitting us hard. We hope everyone is safe and warm.  

You can find college closure pay information at:


Early Separation Incentive

The deadline to accept this Early Separation Incentive has been extended because of college closure last week.  It is in 4 days, Friday, March 8, 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.


Constitution Committee Update

Ballots were counted and the amendment did not pass.  A ⅔ (or 66%) vote was needed for approval. The final count was 62% Yes, 37% No (109 cast, 68 Yes, 40 No, 1 abstain).  What this means is the Constitution Committee will ask you to vote multiple times on multiple sections instead of 1 vote to approve all changes.  For a few of the proposed changes see the posted notes dated 1.22.19.  You can also see our working draft with notes attached to it here. For comments, thoughts and questions reach out to the Constitution Chair Kyle Schmidt or EC Liaison to the Constitution Committee our Recording Secretary Marsha Sills.  Also see the Constitution webpage.


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.


Results of the Workload Survey

Thank you to everyone who completed this survey!  The results will help your Union Leaders advocate for specific needs.  

Forty-four (44) Employees from thirty (30) departments participated in the Workload Survey. Many departments lost FTE in the last 5 years and much of the work has been push onto the remaining staff, including part-time/hourly/student workers. Sometimes, work is left undone. 70% of the participants feel there is not enough staff to serve students and hiring more full time employees was the most popular suggestion.

See the full summary here.


Bargaining – Economic Re-opener

Our first meeting was Friday, February 22.  At this meeting we discussed ground rules and determined dates for recurring meetings. Meetings will be held on Fridays from 1-3pm until completed (location TBD).  These meetings will be open to members as silent observers. Members will need to use leave time or work out flex time with your manager in order to attend. Contact any of your Union Officers if you have questions.

This is an economic re-opener and is intended to cover the next 2 years, through June 30, 2021.  For several years now the 2 year reopener has been settled for just 1 year which puts us back in bargaining every year.  We will work to get a contract on economics for two years as it is hard on employees and morale to bargain every year.

Wages and insurance will be the biggest part of bargaining. Our insurance contract expires October 1, 2019.  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. A Plus 1 item is also to be bargained. We are hoping to address several items beyond just one in this session. 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.   The LCCEF Bargaining Negotiating Team consists of Kenny Ascheri, Matt Danskine, Robin Geyer, Steve Kayl, Bryan Lawley (AFT Rep), Nikki Li, Casandra Rhay, Dawn Rupp, and Marsha Sills.  


Non-Economic Bargaining Suggestions

As part of the economic reopener we have the ability to bargain one (1) non-economic issue.  We would like to hear from you!  What would the membership like our +1, non-economic issue to be?  Please email your suggestions to Some examples would be things like COPPS Policy enforcement, manager evaluations, zero-tolerance bullying policy… Think about what could be done at Lane to make it a better place that doesn’t directly involve money and send in your suggestions.


Insurance Committee

A group of 16 employees, both Classified (10) and Managers (6) has been formed to research Insurance Options.  We have met three times, and 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 are meeting separately from the group and then bringing the results of their research back to the entire group which is scheduled to meet every 2-3 weeks. 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.


AFT Membership Organizing Institute: Now recruiting members for Round 3

For more information, view the post, or contact Jessica Foster at or 971-888-5665


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 make recommendations to the President. For more information visit the governance blog site.


Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

Welcome to DinnerTime, where happiness is now being served.

The American Federation of Teachers and DinnerTime have partnered to make it more fun and less stressful for you to get a delicious, healthy dinner on the table—and save on groceries, too!

You’ll save time and money. We’ll plan meals you will love. Life will be so much easier.

As a DinnerTime member, you’ll get customized meal plans with nutritious entrees and side dishes based on your unique preferences—automatically using ingredients on sale at your local grocery store.


General Membership Meeting

Scheduled for March 21, 2019. Details to follow.


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 3 multiple member/group issues, 88 resolved since Jan 1, 2018, helped place 17 members in new positions.


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