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September Newsletter, Issue #8

Issue # 8: September 6, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour

Yesterday was Lane County Labor Chapter’s annual Labor Day picnic, a very nice day spent at the park. There weren’t very many of our members in attendance, but other unions didn’t have a strong showing of their members either. It was still good to see the faces for those that did attend.

There were many speakers yesterday, several of them were people running for local political offices. Two men James and Jake, from Starbucks stood out to me, and made me realize how lucky we are right now.

We are members of an established union, we weren’t the ones that had to fight to start LCCEF-Local 2417. We don’t have to worry about losing our jobs because we had people at this college who came before us decades ago that did that work. We are allowed the luxury of focusing on organizing, bargaining, and joining committees to ensure that our members (coworkers) are being treated equitably. James and Jake are former Starbucks employees who were fired after their efforts to organize. This happened here in our community at the 29th & Willamette and the W. 11th stores. This is something that can’t happen to us because we are already established and have a contract, but it is happening to them. They do have an event coming up and you can reach out to Fiora Starchild or myself to find out where and when. We won’t be publishing because it’s  a surprise event. I’m also sharing the gofundme link that was on a flier that was passed out at the picnic.

It is up to you to decide what you would like to do with the link, I just promised the person (who wasn’t James or Jake) that I would share it with our union members.

Fired Starbucks Union Organizers James M & Jake L gofundme

I’d also like to share the union chants for Starbucks.  

We won’t quit! We won’t submit! We won’t put up with Howie’s Shit!

What’s disgusting? Union Busting!

What’s outrageous?  Starbucks wages!

What’s appalling? Bosses stalling!

Get up, get down, Eugene is a union town!

Hey, hey, what do you say? The Starbucks union is here to stay!

is here to sta

Announcements and Reminder


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 6 – 8 labor relations issues we are working on, and have been having regular Labor Relations Meetings every two weeks with Human Resources.  We are also in COVID MOA Bargaining with the College, which has seen very little traction.  Bargaining won’t resume until September 8th. 

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. With mid-term elections on the horizon we are reminded that we are fighting labor rights in this country. For decades powerful companies spend millions of dollars every election cycle to bust unions and take away our rights to fair labor policies, like fair wages and benefits. Powerful Corporations have  posted record profits while hard working Americans find it almost impossible to afford to feed their families, pay skyrocketing rent, and afford life saving medications.

Please remember that the EC is not the union WE all are the union. I’m working toward increased engagement by members and increasing membership. I’m still looking for Worksite Leaders for departments. If you are interested in learning more contact me at

We are gearing up for the Fall In-Service and are looking forward to seeing you all in-person at our GMM scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2022 1-3pm. Location TBD.                                    

  • 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.

T-shirt sizes and count                                         

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

Grievance Officer

Dawn Rupp

We have had several classified members and a few faculty state that they have been directed by their director/manager/dean that they are not to go to President Bulger directly but they should go through them, that is absolutely false. You can contact Tami Hill and she will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

I asked HR and there doesn’t seem to be an “official” complaint form for employees to use to make a complaint against the behavior of their director/manager/dean but if you lack confidence in your director/manager/dean you can go to your AVP/VP but if no trust there you can report to HR, Shane Turner, Sharon Daniel and/or Aneita Grogan. I suggest all correspondence be done in writing and if you are comfortable copy one of your union leaders.

Below are a few links I found that may be options for your needs.

Affirmative Action

Lane Community College Complaint Procedures

Harassment and Discrimination Complaint Process Reporting form

LCC Incident/Concern/Feedback Reporting Form

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. ?

“The American Labor Movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest. It is, and has been, good for all America.” – John F. Kennedy


Linda Reling

Catching up! Where did the summer go?

Recording Officer

Marleena Pearson

I am working double duty to help with the role of Communications Officer and Recording Officer, including working on the newsletter (check out the survey in Communications Officer to help us improve it) and still looking for volunteers to join CAT and Worksite Leaders, we have some information if you are interested… and we can talk more at the in-service GMM. It will be very important this year to have everyone involved.

Communications Officer


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COPE Officer

Fiora Starchild-Wolf

Hi Everyone!  I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.  Labor Day is OUR holiday–the one that celebrates the many workers who rose from extremely oppressive working conditions, often threatening their lives, to join together and fight for workers rights, including safety, reasonable job security and wages, paid leave, and so much more.  I’m a history buff, and here is a nice video about the rise of the Labor Movement if you are interested:

My grandfathers were both union members.  One worked for Anheuser-Busch, making Budweiser his whole life, and one was a mail carrier for the USPS.  Both were proud to be in the union, and had a living wage, good benefits and a solid retirement pension at age 50. 

Yesterday, at the Labor Chapter Picnic, along with my burgers and delicious sides brought by all the people there, we listened to our 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.

And today!  There is a recall election TODAY for Eugene City Council member Claire Syrett.  

If you live in the River Road area, please know that Claire Syrett is a very labor friendly and education friendly council member.  The recall campaign is being funded by out-of-state corporate influences. We want people to vote “no” on recalling her.


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.

Starbucks Unionization Effort:

By far one of the most wonderful things to see at the picnic yesterday was the several Starbucks baristas from a few local stores, standing in front of all of us seasoned union members, telling their story and receiving so much support for their efforts!  

Frankie spoke quite a bit above!  So I won’t go into a lot of detail here.

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