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October Newsletter, Issue #13

Issue # 13: October 11, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour (2021-2022 Term)

What is Paid Leave Oregon and how is it going to affect me.

Paid Leave Oregon is separate from other types of leave. Employees can take Paid Leave at the same time as leave through the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA.) Employees cannot get Paid Leave Oregon benefits if they are receiving workers’ compensation or Unemployment Insurance benefits. You can read more about this.​

On Jan. 1, 2023, you will start paying into Paid Leave Oregon. A small amount will come out of your paycheck. On Sept. 3, 2023, you will be able to apply for benefits if you have a qualifying life event. The amount paid into the State of Oregon will be 1% of your wages. You will be responsible for 60% and the college will be responsible for 40% by what is laid out by the state. 

LCCEF has asked the college to bargain on this. We will start bargaining today, Tuesday 10/11/2022 and we will continue to bargain until we get the same contract that LCCEA received. We will keep you posted in our weekly newsletter, if something urgent comes up we will send out an update.

While we are bargaining here is some information for you about the program.

What kind of leave is covered?

Events that happen in your life or in a family member’s life that keep you from working may mean you qualify for coverage. These can fall into three different categories: Family, Medical and Safe Leave.

Family Leave

  • The birth of a child
  • Bonding with a child:
    • In the first year after birth.
    • Through adoption.
    • When they’re placed in your home through foster care.
  • To care for a family member with a serious illness or injury.

Medical Leave

  • To care for yourself when you have a serious illness or injury.

Safe Leave

  • For survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, or stalking.

Who is a “family member?”

A “family member” is any of the following:

  • Your spouse or domestic partner.
  • Your child or the child’s spouse or domestic partner.
  • Your parent or your parent’s spouse or domestic partner.
  • Your sibling or step-sibling or their spouse or domestic partner.
  • Your grandparent or your grandparent’s spouse or domestic partner.
  • Your grandchild or your grandchild’s spouse or domestic partner.
  • Anyone you are related to by blood or anyone who lives with or is connected to you like a family member.

What about Pay?

Time off with pay

  • You can take up to 12 weeks of paid time off in a year.
  • If you’re pregnant, have given birth or have health issues related to child-birth, you may be able to take up to two more weeks, for a total of 14 weeks.
  • You can take leave for a week or a single day at a time.

Job protection

  • By law, your job is protected while you are on leave if you have worked at least 90 days for your employer.
  • By law, your employer cannot fire you or threaten you for taking time off if you are eligible. They must give you time off.
  • By law, if you have worked for your employer for at least 90 days, and you take Paid Leave, you have the right to the same job position you had when you left. This means you do not lose your job title or role.

How you get paid

Paid Leave Oregon will make sure your benefits are there when you need to take leave. Here’s how it works:

  • Paid Leave Oregon pays you a weekly amount.
  • The amount you get paid is based on how much you earn. Many employees will get 100% of their wages.

You can sign up for updates from the state here.

Public Student Loan Forgiveness:

The deadline for this year’s public student loan forgiveness is October 31st, 2022. If you have questions or need assistance, use this link.

AFT Public Student Loan Forgiveness

Announcements and Reminders


Executive Council Elections

Executive Council Positions:

  • President
  • Vice President of Organizing
  • Grievance Officer
  • Records Officer
  • Officer At Large

EC Election Timeline:

  • Nomination Window – Oct. 10th-24th 
  • October 31st- November 4th – Meet the Candidate zooms
  • 12:01am – November 7th — 11:59pm November 20th – Election is open
  • November 21st – Results announced

If you’d like to run, email us at We’ll set up a google form for you. You’ll need to secure 10 “signatures” on those forms from members in good standing. You must get 10 signatures by 3:00PM on October 24th.

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Midterm Elections 2022

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.

General Membership Meeting

Save the date for our next General Membership Meeting October 20th at 12 pm and 5:15 pm.

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)

Greetings from vacation land. I have to say, please take the time they give us to refresh. As they say, USE OR LOSE IT!

Your union Executives are gearing up for bargaining Spring 2023. LCCEF members will be able to observe via Zoom. You can participate via chat in a Google chat room. I’ll be on both links.

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 – 6

I also have window clings and stickers for you to flaunt your support for your union! See below! 


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. 

From HR: Greetings Colleagues, 

Per Article 14.4.6., Classified employees in budgeted positions .500 FTE or greater, employees can “sell back” up to 16 hours of accrued vacation hours during fall term.  You can do so starting now through December 15, 2022.   To “sell back” your vacation hours please complete the Request for Cash Out of Vacation Leave form 

Sharon Daniel, SPHR, SHRM-SCP  

This email is being sent to all LCC Classified Employees

From Dawn Barth about masks-


As you are aware, the college has offered to provide N95 masks for employees requesting to use them as a source control tool for COVID-19.  In order for the college to provide the masks, you must complete fit testing. Keep in mind, these masks are different from the KN95 masks which we will continue to provide if requested.  KN95 masks do not require fit testing. If you would like a KN95 mask, you should ask your department/division admin to contact Tami Hill on your behalf. 

I have set aside the following dates and times for fit testing. 

October 13, October 18 and October 19 between 10:30 am and 1:00pm. 

Testing will take place in the Human Resources Office. 

Please sign up for a 30 minute time slot using the below link:

In order to get reliable results, do not have anything to eat or drink for at least 15 minutes prior to your test time, including gum or mints. Do not smoke or vape for at least 15 minutes. 

Based on the testing outcomes, you may need to schedule a follow up fitting appointment. This will be done as needed. 

Please let me know if you have any questions.  —

Dawn Marie Barth, M.S. 

“I believe that working with good people matters because then the work environment is good. If there is a sense of respect and belief among the people you work with, that is when good work is done.” – Ranbir Kapoor


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day! I am working on paying bills.

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)

Have you thought about how you can help our union this year? I know running for Executive Committee is a large commitment, jumping into the CAT or Worksite Leader roles might be too much or too unknown… but we have opportunities for every skill coming up. Maybe it’s a short term sub-committee we can have focused on one issue or a single event that will need assistance, could also be a regular task that could be completed that wouldn’t regular specific meeting times. Enjoy writing? Photography? graphic design? Talking to people? We have so many places to weave your skill in to make us stronger as we prepare for a year of bargaining. Contact us! We can have a conversation and find the best fit for you! 

Thank you for the newsletter feedback so far, we will continue to put effort into improving it. Help us make this newsletter work for you! Newsletter Feedback Survey Google Form

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 who is elected as Lane County Commissioner, Congressperson, 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

These candidates are very supportive of unions.  Val Hoyle has been our Oregon Labor Commissioner, and has, in fact, given direct help to the LCCEF as we bargained last year.

Alek Skarlotos,who is Val Hoyle’s opponent,  is completely inexperienced in political work, and has made it clear that he is against labor unions, particularly public employees unions.

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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