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September Newsletter, Issue #10

Issue # 10: September 20, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour (2021-2022 Term)

On Thursday September 22nd, at 1:30 pm there will be our annual Inservice General Membership meeting. At this meeting we will be having small group discussions about what you think is important when it comes to bargaining our contract next year. It’s important to note that we all agree that we need to bargain for good raises, but what are other things or changes would you like us to bargain on? We are going to have someone in each group take the notes from  and we are going to have them available for the bargaining committee and for our Contract Action Team to use to develop future surveys. These discussions will be done without EC members facilitating. We have decided that we don’t want to influence the discussions in any way. It’s easy for us to say, “Oh, that’s already in the contract”, “In our experience the college would never go for that”, or “Why don’t we do this instead”. It’s important that we get organic answers without our opinions.

We are excited to see all of you there whether it is in person or via Zoom. One important thing to note is that if the college gets closed down due to heavy smoke we will still have our meeting on Zoom for everyone.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!

Are you good at Haiku? For the next few newsletters we would like to have a section for fun fall term union Haikus. Please submit your Haiku to us at Our weekly prize will be a gift card for J&J Coffee and will draw a winner from our weekly submitters and the winner will be announced in the next week’s newsletter.

Announcements and Reminders


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Today is National Voter Registration Day! 

The last day to register to vote in Oregon is Tuesday, October 18, 2022 online or in person at your local elections office. If you’re registering by mail, your envelope must be postmarked on or before October 18, 2022.

UPDATE: General Membership Meeting!

When: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Where: Forum Building 17, room 309

Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)

Labor relations are in full swing as we work with the College to review department staffing needs. We have 4 – 6 labor relations issues we are still working on, and have been having regular Labor Relations Meetings every two weeks with Human Resources.  Please Wear Red this Wednesday and Thursday for our General Membership Meeting! 

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2021-2022 Term)

This past Saturday I joined the Weyerhaeuser in Lebanon, OR. to show LCCEF 2417’s solidarity.  Local Lodge W246 had an awesome turnout. I took some pictures and chatted with a lot of folks. They are looking for folks to sign up and walk the picket lines with them. Below is the link. There are local spots so you wouldn’t have to go to Lebanon, but I must say it was a beautiful drive. Below is a link for signing up. The link doesn’t include their newest building at 5000 Franklin Blvd in Eugene. You can just show up there.                               

Oregon Schools Employees Association from Eugene!

Grievance Officer

Dawn Rupp (2021-2022 Term)

Currently there are no grievances but a few folks we are working with to have some resolution to the dysfunction with management and their co-workers. If you are in need of help please feel free to reach out to any of your Executive Council members.

Wanted all who read this to really think about it. If it resonates on something you are doing please reflect on it and stop it. My encounters lately have been women mistreating each other and it really needs to stop.

Definition of bullying

Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.

Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time (for example, through sharing of digital records).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying.

What bullying is not:

  • single episodes of social rejection or dislike
  • single episode acts of nastiness or spite
  • random acts of aggression or intimidation
  • mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.

These actions can cause great distress. However, they do not fit the definition of bullying and they’re not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them.

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

Getting organized and paying dues. Excited for the GMM on Thursday!

Records Officer

VACANT (2021-2022 Term)

While currently vacant, this role is up for election this term and would be for two years in 2023-2024. Here’s your chance to get involved behind the scenes. Do you love taking minutes? The Executive Council needs your help! Please reach out to LCCEF President Frankie Cocanour at: to express your interest.

Communications Officer

Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)

Busy week preparing as much as possible for our GMM this week. Will you be there?Help us make this newsletter work for you! Newsletter Feedback Survey Google Form

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

VACANT (2022-2023 Term)

Enjoy meeting with fellow unions in the county? Learning about what events, organizing, and partnerships are being offered throughout Lane County? Anyone appointed to this position would continue to serve the remaining one year of term in 2023.

COPE Officer

Fiora Starchild-Wolf (2022-2023 Term)

Lane County Elections is always needing supportive volunteers to help with the elections process itself.  You can sign up to be an election observer, or to take in envelopes and stack them for elections workers, or even become a certified elections worker yourself.  

And of course, helping to get people registered to vote and, once registered, helping make sure people get their ballots actually submitted! 


If you really want to help, though, we have very strong candidates who support labor, support education funding, and support a number of other initiatives that will help our students to be college students and us to have good jobs into the future.  All of them are being contested in difficult races right now, with much funding from outside of Oregon. 

If you have even an hour to spare, these campaigns love to have volunteers help with mailings, with phone banking (you can usually do this from home or wherever you are using an app on your phone), and with door-knocking to discuss things with your neighbors.

I’m available at, or at, if you have any questions about how you can make a difference!

  • Voter Registration Deadline:  Oct 18, 2022
  • Ballots Mailed to Voters in Oregon:  Oct 19, 2022
  • Election Day/Deadline to drop or mail ballots:  Nov 8, 2022!

Officer At Large

VACANT (2021-2022 Term)

This is another vacant position that is up for election this fall, anyone appointed would serve through the end of the year, so its a great way to try out the role! Are you a part- time timesheet employee who is looking to be more involved and help LCCEF build part-time power to increase benefits and working conditions for fellow part-timers?

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