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November Newsletter, Issue #21

Issue # 21: December 7, 2022

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour (2021-2022 Term)

Section 125 Bargaining:

We will be bargaining with the college again tomorrow Wednesday at 2:00 pm. You can attend, it is via zoom. Please remember to stay muted. Please see the VP of Organizing post below in the newsletter for more information on attending. I’m hoping that we can get it wrapped up tomorrow.

AFT Member Benefits:

Frequently there are many of us that don’t think about union membership as a retiree and what benefits Don’t forget that there are benefits that we can get as union members. I haven’t used all of the benefits, but I have used a few. Sometimes they can really help you to save. I have had a couple friends in our union use them for traveling and they have saved money. Follow the link to see if there is anything you can use right now to save money.

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 Member Benefits:

Don’t forget that there are benefits that we can get as union members. I haven’t used all of the benefits, but I have used a few. Sometimes they can really help you to save. I have had a couple friends in our union use them for traveling and they have saved money. Follow the link to see if there is anything you can use right now to save money. 

AFT Benefits

Announcements and Reminders


Section 125 Bargaining Meeting

Today LCCEF is meeting with the College to bargain the Section 125 adjustments made due to IRS rules and requirements.

Today at 2:00 pm you can join us, make sure you are meeting the standards to attend by being on personal time or listening while working if that meets the standards for your department.

Attendees will need to remain muted and should not make comments in the chat.

Join Zoom Meeting

If you would like to participate in a chat facilitated by our CAT, please send an email to Colin at for an invite to the Google Chat

Winter Break Newsletter Notice

We will be taking a break and not sending a newsletter December 20th, December 27th, and January 3rd. If there is news to share, we will send out specific notifications to keep you updated, but as many members will be on vacations during this time, we will not have the formal newsletter.

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Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)

Buck in on vacation

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2021-2022 Term)


Greetings LCCEF members!

Greetings LCCEF members!

As promised I’m attaching the link to the College/LCCEF EC’s bargaining meeting for Wednesday, December 7, 2022 ⋅ 2:00 – 3:00pm

I need to reiterate that observers cannot talk in the session and should have your camera off. Profile pictures showing union support is welcome! 

Please send me an email at so I can invite you to the Google chat room I will set up Wednesday afternoon.  

Below is the Zoom Link for Wednesday’s bargaining session.
Join Zoom Meeting

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 we are preparing to file a grievance for violation of article 12.7.2 in correlation with encouraging individuals to file internal LCC complaints.

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 which includes eliminating levels under level 6 as we cannot find classified staff to fill positions at a wage lower than $15.12 an hour. Link to salary schedule below.

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.

Reminder for this week! ?


❤️You are doing the best you can

?It is okay to ask for help

?You are worthy and enough

?It is okay to be not okay

?Your boundaries are important

?You are capable of amazing things

?Your feelings are valid

?It is okay if you are a work in progress

?It is okay to allow yourself to heal


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

I am working on year end tasks. 2022 flew by!! 

Records Officer

This position is currently vacant but will be filled January 1st by Tracy Weimer.

Communications Officer

Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)

Marleena is off this week.

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Membership Officer

Skye Nguyen (2022-2023 Term)

I am Skye Nguyen and I am taking the role of membership officer. I am from the Academic Technology department working as a part of the ATC in assisting instructors and employees with technical issues surrounding Moodle and other applications. I originally started as a student worker in 2015 when I was a student at Lane and have moved into my current role of ATC support with a few extra roles. I am now a Graduate student at OSU eCampus. For fun, I play volleyball and do bouldering. I am looking forward to serving as membership officer of LCCEF!

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)

Fiora is off this week.

 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 time-sheet 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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