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7/22/2019 Weekly Communications Update

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Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Our latest Bargaining Update is after the meeting on July 16 & 17, 2019.  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.   

This week Bargaining sessions are scheduled for Monday, July 22, from 2:00-3:30 and Thursday, July 25, 10:00-11:30. Both will be in CEN 303.  Check these weekly messages, or the calendar at, for future dates.

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking an early lunch and eat with us. Even showing up during your 15 minute break is a demonstration of solidarity and will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those members showing support by displaying posters, wearing red on Bargaining Days, sitting in on Bargaining Sessions, attending General Membership Meetings, and Board Meetings. We can’t do this without YOU!

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.


Bargaining Survey

If you are a full, dues-paying member, please take a few minutes to fill out the survey so we know what to bargain for. It’s not too late to fill it out.  We are still in active bargaining so if you want your preferences to be taken into consideration, please fill out the survey.

Survey Forms:


Take A Selfie to Show Your Support for a Fair Contract!

We are asking members to show your support by uploading a selfie of you wearing your red union shirt and holding a fair contract sign. All the photos that we receive will be entered in a drawing and winners will get some Lane swag. Send photos to:


Do You Want to Vote on the Next Contract Ratification?

If you would like your voice to count in the next contract ratification vote please turn in a membership form to any Union Officer before TODAY! It may already be too late but we will try to make it happen. We hope to have another TA ready to vote on early in August 2019.  Please be aware signing the membership form commits you to a minimum of one year. If you have questions about joining the Union talk to any of your Union Officers or send us an email at


OEBB & PEBB Double Coverage

Senate Bill 1067 (SB 1067). This law that was passed in 2017 would have affected your benefits starting October 1. Many of you expressed your concerns about the changes, and your voices were heard!

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 2266 (HB 2266) on June 25. This bill reversed the parts of SB 1067 affecting OEBB and PEBB double coverage and opt-out incentives before they took effect. This means:

  • Your family can continue to be double covered on more than one OEBB or PEBB plan.
  • You can also continue to receive a monthly incentive by opting out of your medical coverage.
  • You must be covered on another group plan
  • Your employer must offer this incentive.

So, it’s “business as usual” for the 2019-20 plan year – double coverage and opt-out incentives will still be allowed. HB 2266 will require a surcharge in 2020-21 for those double-covered in OEBB or PEBB medical plans. The OEBB Board will determine the surcharge amount to OEBB members. It will not take effect until October 1, 2020. We will keep you informed as more details become available.


Insurance Committee

In the event that the membership vote for OEBB the insurance committee chose the OEBB plans.  

2019-20 Insurance Information and Links
This page will be updated as we find more information to educate us on our new insurance and resources.  Please check here first if you have questions about coverage, rates or if a specific doctor is available to you.

The Joint Insurance Committee is composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance.***


Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

If you haven’t already, signed the “I Deserve a Raise!” pledge card it is highly recommended!  Just talk to your favorite officer if you need to get your hands on a pledge card.

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on bargaining days  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!


Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

Free College

Union Plus Free College, brought to you in partnership with AFSCME, offers union members and their families the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree for FREE, completely online.

Students can choose programs that include Business Management, Teacher Education, Criminal Justice, Cyber Security, Information Systems and more!

Classes are offered through Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited, public and non-profit college. Don’t let your members miss out!

New classes begin every 8 weeks, and the next start date is August 19, 2019!

More info here:


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 – Economic Reopener – Currently underway
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute 
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee



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