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November Newsletter, Issue #18

Issue # 18: November 15, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour (2021-2022 Term)

Dues update:

This is a reminder to our members, when you reach your annual maximum of  $900, you will no longer see the union dues deduction on your paychecks. Your dues deduction will restart with the 1/10/2023 paycheck.  If you have any questions please reach out with an email to

AFT- Oregon Retirees:

Frequently there are many of us that don’t think about union membership as a retiree and what benefits that you can receive. Here is the link to their website for members that are going to be retiring. AFT-Oregon Retirees

Announcements and Reminders


EC Election Timeline:

  • October 31st- November 4th – Meet the Candidate zooms
  • Election opens 12:01am – November 7th — 11:59pm November 20th – 
  • November 21st – Results announced
  • Also on ballot we are asking members to approve the purchase of new t-shirts!

Executive Council Positions:

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

EC Election Timeline:

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

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Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)

Good Tuesday and Election Day to you!  Please make sure to get out and Vote before 8 PM Today. 

I felt today was a good day to do a historic look back at our own Labor Union, American Federation of Teachers – A Union of Professionals.  AFT has been around since 1916, and if you would like to learn more about AFT’s history, here’s a link to their About Page: 

History | American Federation of Teachers

I also wanted to remind you of the links below, which have been up for a couple of weeks.  I’ve still been hearing from members that they have a hesitation to use their Weingarten Rights.  Please Do Not Be Afraid To Use Them!  

Here’s some links concerning your rights as well: 

Here’s some links concerning your rights as well: 

Weingarten Rights | National Labor Relations Board – Nat’l Labor Relations Board

Weingarten Rights | Beaverton Chapter 48– Beaverton OSEA Chapter – Exact language to use should you be in a meeting that is potentially going disciplinary

Have a Fantastic week!

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2021-2022 Term)


Greetings LCCEF members!

Join Communications Officer Marleena Pearson and Vice President or Organizing Colin Vurek Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 12:00pm to discuss ways that LCCEF members can get involved in your union!

Here’s the Zoom link:

And please don’t forget that LCCEF members will be able to observe via Zoom. You can participate via chat in a separate 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 working on pay equality with the college and hope to have some answers soon.

Please reach out to your EC team when you know of someone on the classified team that is struggling with illness or loss of someone in their family. We would like to make sure we are here to support all during hard times.

Quote(s) this week! ?

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

I am back from vacation and working on finishing things up for this year. Can you believe it is almost Thanksgiving?! 

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)

I hope to work on the website for the next couple weeks, and see where I can find things that haven’t been updated or are maybe missing. Do you have anything you want to see on our website? Do you know of a page that is outdated? Please let me know! It’s a bit of a maze and I’d like to get your suggestions and corrections first. 

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)

Whew!  Last week’s newsletter went out on Election Day!  We didn’t know what to expect. 

Yours truly was at Val Hoyle’s election watch party that night, where I saw multiple candidates we interviewed for the US House District 4 primary race, there to watch, support, and ultimately congratulate Val on her victory in winning the position of the first woman to hold the House seat for our district, after Congressman Peter DeFazio retires officially this winter. It was wonderful to see how everyone–including former opponents–came together to support for the greater good.

So, here we are a week later, and there are still some House district races out there, and one US Senate seat going to a runoff election.

Not all of Oregon’s ballots are counted yet, either, and when we say “Every Vote Counts”, but also can call certain races without having all the ballots counted, how does that work?  Here is my explanation:  1) Every ballot DOES count!!! Close races in Oregon have occurred and sometimes it’s down to just a few hundred votes or less.  In that case, YOUR vote might make the difference between win or lose.  Here’s an article about the “power of one vote”

2) Races can be determined early if the margins of difference are wide enough that, mathematically, it can be accurately predicted that what is left outstanding will not cause the lagging candidate to come within a certain range of the leading candidate.  Here is an article by the AP about how they call election races:

That being said, most races have been called in our state, though there are still ballots being counted and elections are not finalized.  Here is BallotPedia’s page that is documenting and tracking ALL election highlights and results across the country:  BallotPedia Election Results

 But, here are some of the results that are closer to home, to us as Lane workers, and union members:

Oregon Results: Oregonian Election Results

US Senate: Ron Wyden

US House, District 4: Val Hoyle

Oregon Governor: Tina Kotek

Lane County Results: We live all over Lane County and have many races for our Oregon House, Oregon Senate, County Commissioners, and local measures that we follow. Ballots are continuing to be counted, as last minute mailed ballots were allowed to be postmarked as of Election Day, and were still coming in over the weekend.  Here are the continuously updated results from KVAL News:  KVAL News Election Results.

One thing I can tell you is that, for Lane County Commissioner, West Position 1, Dawn Lesley, who was our hoped for Commissioner, lost to Ryan Cenniga.

Also, at this point, with most ballots counted,all measures, statewide and county wide, as well as local, seem to be passing. 

If you’ve read this far, just know that your participation counted!  Your participation is appreciated!  

 Officer At Large


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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