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November Newsletter, Issue #12

Issue # 12: October 4, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour (2021-2022 Term)

What is Indigenous Peoples Day and what does it mean to us? 

On October 8th, 2021 Indigenous Peoples’ Day  which is observed on the second Monday of October was declared a national holiday by President Biden. This year it falls on Monday October 10th.  It’s a day that Americans should observe and observe with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Unfortunately with our staffing shortage on our campus there will be no ceremonies or activities at the longhouse. 

As someone who descends from the Mayflower and what I call the original colonizers I do not feel that I have what it takes to represent this holiday. But I am saddened that there will not be any activities at the college to represent our Native American coworkers and students. The Board of Education officially voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on June 17th, and the college announced on June 23, 2020 that they recognize the day. 

What can we do to change this in the future? Should this be a paid holiday so that we can observe and pay respect to the Native Americans in our country that have laid their lives down attempting to preserve their county that was stolen from them. Should we actively find ways in our community where we can help with local tribes that may be struggling? For now as suggested by a Native American coworker, maybe just take a trip over to the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History and spend time learning about Oregon’s First People.

Announcements and Reminders


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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.

Save the date for our next General Membership Meeting October 20th!

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 3 -4  labor relations issues we are working on, and have been having regular Labor Relations Meetings every two weeks with Human Resources. 

A reminder to all Classified Professionals, if you are having issues within your department, please contact myself concerning labor relations issues.  I’m currently dealing with a labor dispute, and want to make people aware of being mindful of workload expectations with the start of Fall Term and your job position assignments.

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2021-2022 Term)

Well, we all survived the first week of Fall term. I’d like to say unscathed but that’s never true! ? 

Since the GMM we’ve added several new members who are very enthusiastic. There is ACTION in the air! If you know anyone who may be on the fence about joining the union send them my way at

You all are getting another week reprieve before I start popping in your departments with union swag to chat about Worksite Leaders and the Contract Action Team (CAT). We need all hands on deck as we approach bargaining this Spring. 

Window clings and stickers are available. And I still have T-shirts available. Shoot me an email and I’ll drop them off to you! 

Speaking of bargaining, did you know you can observe the bargaining meeting via Zoom? Members are allowed to watch bargaining and be part of the action. I’ll be in the Zoom chat taking questions and ideas from members! 


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. We are meeting bi-weekly with HR on Fridays starting September 30 for Labor Management. 

In case you didn’t know here is the page for Employee Benefits

I couldn’t decide on one so you get two quotes this week. ?

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” Booker T. Washington

“Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” Madam C.J. Walker


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

Out of the Office this week.

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)

Working website updates with the help of Dawn and the rest of the EC. If you see something on the website you believe to be incorrect or have some suggestions for changes and clarifications, please let me know!

I am looking forward to our GMM on October 20th and getting regular Worksite Leader communications/meetings going.

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Membership Officer

VACANT (2022-2023 Term)

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)

Hi All!  The upcoming election has some important consequences, both for community college funding and for labor rights and support systems.  Please know that, even though it’s a “midterm election”, there are many federal,  state and local races that are vitally important to our everyday lives, and our work at Lane. Many of us and our students will be affected in our personal lives by whom is elected as Lane County Commissioner, Congress person, Governor, etc. Every vote counts!


Things to do:

Check your Voter Registration: Deadline Oct 18.  You can check your registration or register to vote on the Oregon Secretary of State’s election website here.

If you’d like to help elect strong Labor Candidates who will support us in our work at Lane, you can consider weekend canvassing or phone banking for a couple hours.

Labor Candidates who we have heard from, and who AFT, and the Lane County Labor Chapter support are:

Dawn Lesley for West Lane County

Tina Kotek for Governor

Val Hoyle for Congress, 4th District

Here is an email from Jet Bristol-Ramsey, who is helping to organize this work:

 Every week on Saturday at 10am and 1pm we meet at the AFSCME building for canvassing.

You can sign up for these shifts here

You can also doing phone calling to help elect Dawn here

*anytime between 9am-8:30pm

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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