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July Newsletter. Issue #1

Issue # 1: July 19, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour

We have started this 2022-2023 year off with a lot of transitions within the College Cabinet. The LCCEF EC wants a warm welcome to Dr. George Stalliard, VP of Finance and Operations and LCC’s new President Dr. Stephanie Bulger. 

Indoor masks required

As of Friday, July 15 masks are required indoors at any LCC facility due to Lane County’s community risk level of COVID-19 changing from moderate to high last week. Please continue to check your email for updates about our COVID-19 protocols this summer.

Announcements and Reminders

Remember if you are interested in becoming a Worksite Leaders or joining CAT (Contract Action Team), drop in for some information and ask questions we have a drop-in session this Thursday, Jul 21, 2022 from 12pm-1pm. Use this Zoom link: to chat with Marleena Pearson, Recording Officer and Colin Vurek Vice President of Organizing. 

Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter

Labor relations are in full swing as we work with the College to review department staffing needs. We have 8 – 10 labor relations issues we are working on, and have been having regular Labor Relations Meetings every two weeks with Human Resources. 

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek

This week we are holding out Worksite Leaders and CAT (Contract Action Team) drop-in session Thursday, Jul 21, 2022 from 12pm-1pm. Use this Zoom link: to chat with Marleena Pearson, Recording Officer and Colin Vurek Vice President of Organizing. 

We are looking forward to seeing you all and answer any questions you may have about becoming a Work Site Leader (AKA Steward) or if you are interested in becoming a CAT member. 

Grievance Officer

Dawn Rupp

No current grievances to report but several labor issues we are working on with HR. If you have any questions or concerns you can always email any of your officers. The only wrong question is the one you don’t ask. ?


Linda Reling

It’s that time again, working on the budget. Linda is currently on vacation. 

Recording Officer

Marleena Pearson

Working on preparing this upcoming year in an organized scheduled way, so members will be able to easily see the next General Membership meeting as well as see workshops and union history as we prepare for full contract bargaining.

Communications Officer

Sam Ramberg

Getting regular timelines for news and updates from the EC and committees. I will be resigning September 1st. We will have one of our other officers fill in my role until elections.

Membership Officer


Enjoy reaching out to new employees? Interested in working closely with Colin and Linda to build out union membership with organizing and tracking?

Chief Labor Delegate


Enjoy meeting with fellow unions in the county? Learning about what events, organizing, and partnerships are being offered throughout Lane County? 

COPE Officer

Fiora Starchild-Wolf

We’re in Summer time, and things seem somewhat quiet on elections.  However, as we see one revelation after another through the January 6th hearings, it’s important to understand both the implications of what actually happened that day, and in the months leading up to it, and the efforts being made at the state level in multiple states across the country, to ensure that elections remain free and fair for all voters. 

The mid-term elections this coming November seem far away. Right now, what we can do is ensure that everyone has a voice.

There are voter registration efforts going on, and you can participate! 

  1. You can help register voters in Oregon.
  2. You can use phone calling apps to help with voter registration efforts in key states like Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina, and Virginia.  
  3. You can reach out to a candidate you are interested in and volunteer some time for their campaign.

If you have any questions about what you might be able to do, or how to get involved, feel free to contact me!     —Fiora Starchild-Wolf

Officer At Large


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