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Weekly Update: An MOA For 1039s

We wanted to update everyone with what we’ve been working on. Despite there being no official layoff protections for 1039 employees in the contract, we couldn’t in good conscience allow the College to leave you with nothing. We’ve been trying our very best to get you everything we could and, after many negotiations and countless hours, have just signed an MOA with the College that we sincerely hope will help those who have been laid off. We know we can’t fix what was done, but we hope some of the benefits in this MOA will be of use to you and can help you transition into a new role, at Lane or elsewhere. We will not be the same without you, and we’d love to see you come back in the future.

The entire MOA is shown at the bottom of this post, but here is a summary of the main points.

  • The College will provide a tuition waiver of up to twelve credits to displaced 1039 employees for each of the Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms.
    • There’s still time to register for Spring; contact the department admins (including myself, Zhasmene, in Science) for class registration help, Enrollment Services (including Fiora Starchild) for general registration questions, and Financial Aid (including Dacia Smith) for financial aid questions. We want to help you use this benefit.

  • These 1039 employees shall be treated as internal applicants for all positions that are posted during the next 12 months. Employee email accounts will be maintained during this period for inclusion on internal posting email distributions.
    • Don’t forget that we will also be including laid-off workers in the distribution of funds obtained from our Class and Comp arbitration. Keep an eye on your email for updates as this progresses.

  • The College also agrees to explore an abbreviated search process that would reduce the burden on impacted 1039 employees in reapplying as well as on departmental staff in administering the recruitment.
    • We are working to make it easier for you to apply for new positions as they open. The College will need more full-time employees once enrollment picks up again and we want you back!

  • Upon reemployment, any unused sick leave balance accrued by the displaced 1039 employee will be restored.
    • You won’t have to start from scratch with your sick leave, even if you are taking a full-time and/or newly-created position.

  • Upon reemployment, employees hired back into a position that they previously held will be placed at the same step placement as they held when their position was eliminated.
    • For those of you whose positions are reopened, you won’t have to worry about salary negotiations or being made to start at the bottom step again.

If you have any questions about the MOA please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Comments on this post are encouraged.

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