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September Newsletter, Issue #9

Issue # 9: September 13, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour (2021-2022 Term)

LCCEF and the college came to an agreement for COVID working conditions. It is not exactly what we wanted, but it is still a good MOA going forward for the next school year. There were a couple items that we were not able to get that the majority of our members who answered the survey wanted, but we still come out feeling that we have a fair MOA. There are some big changes. The college will no longer require masks unless the state or other agencies such as the CDC or OSHA mandate them; we will now be required to dip into our vacation after we have exhausted our sick leave in the case of COVID illness, but we can preserve up to 80 hours of vacation. So if you have more than 80 hours you will use your vacation pay until you hit 80 and if you have less than 80 hours vacation pay you won’t have to use your vacation pay. We can still work remote IF it works in your department plan, but it will probably not be at the previous levels. Vaccines will no longer be mandated by the college, instead they will be encouraged. There’s a lot more in that MOA that is listed here, please follow the link provided and read the MOA.

Reopening Working Conditions CORONAVIRUS MOA through the end of Spring term

 Please understand that we will have members that are happy with this MOA and some unhappy, we did our best to fight for what the majority of members who filled out the survey asked for. We took it down to the wire the day before our last MOA expired. We will continue to do our best in the future with all MOAs and contracts. 

Currently the bargaining team is meeting weekly to review each article of our current contract. It’s been more fun than I thought it would be. It’s interesting to listen to everyone’s concerns and ideas. 

Announcements and Reminder


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Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)

Buck was out of the office this week, and we look forward to his return this week!

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2021-2022 Term)

I still have more union t-shirts available for Wear Red on Wednesdays! I’ll put the count below. If you are on campus, I’d love to deliver them personally to your office and meet you for a short chat. 

To get your T-shirt mail me at:

T-shirt sizes and count                                         

  • Small – 9
  • Medium – 33
  • Large – 32
  • Extra Large – 7
  • 3X – 2 

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Fall In-Service and our GMM scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022 1-3pm. Location TBD.  
Now for some exciting news!!! The LCCEF Election Committee will be rolling out our new Electronic Voting very soon, so be on the lookout for that! It will be a couple questions for our members to have their input!

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. If you are in need of help please feel free to reach out to any of your Executive Council members.

Transfer List information: If you are looking to be added to the transfer list because you are looking for more opportunities to grow here is a message from Amanda Blunt who manages the transfer list. 

“To officially add you, please send me your resume.  

The way the process is, at this time, you are still required to apply for positions as they arise to fulfill the competitive hiring process requirement, and please notify me when you do apply for a position. If HR thinks this might be a match we will approach the responsible manager to generally speak about your qualifications.  It doesn’t always guarantee that you won’t have to go through the interview process, but it may.  Please note that we do our best to maintain confidentiality till there is a potential match.   

Another way I have seen transfers successfully happen is if the employee is aware of a potential position and meets with the manager sort of like an informational interview. If they feel like this could be a match a transfer can be activated that way. 

There are a lot of things going on with recruitment so it would also be helpful to understand the kinds of positions that may be of interest to you”. Contact Amanda Blunt if you have any questions.

“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” – Cesar Chavez


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

Getting organized and paying dues.

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)

The Executive Council voted yesterday to appoint me to the position of Communications Officer and I am excited to dig in. It’s such a big year for organizing, I have a feeling the Communications Officer will keep me busy.  If you have any ideas for communications and social media, or interest in getting involved, please let me know. I hope to get a committee together soon so we can expand transparency.

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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)

Local Labor-friendly politicians–many of them with union families themselves–who are running for highly contested seats in Lane County.  We need to elect them! These candidates are our way to keep labor friendly, and higher education friendly policy makers in important offices that can either help us, or if we let their opponents win, harm us. 

Val Hoyle for Congressional District 4.

Dawn Lesley for West Lane County Commissioner.

Tina Kotek for Governor.

Many local city elections that you may want to help out.


I spoke with every one of the candidates asking for support and asked them what we can do as LCCEF to help them.  Each of them said “Knock on Doors”.  So, if you would like to get involved, please contact me and I will help you get connected to your nearest GOTV campaign effort.

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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