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January Newsletter, Issue #23

Issue # 23: January 10, 2023

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour (2022-2024 Term)

LCCEF 2023:

This Week is the start of the new year for LCCEF. This is going to be a very busy year for the EC members and the LCCEF bargaining team. We have been meeting almost every week going over the contract. We have gone over so much, yet it feels like we have barely scratched the surface of the work that we need to do for bargaining. The CAT team will start sending out surveys soon asking different questions about the contract as far as changes that we would like to see and what people would like us to bargain for. We will put together the list and do the best we can to get everything we would like. To get. We do have to be realistic and be aware that we won’t get everything that we would like. The most important thing is that we come away with a strong contract. When we go to bargain we will make sure that our members have a way to watch the bargaining sessions. We also would like to have as many members participating as possible. We have the CAT team that is available for our members to join. There are ways that you can helo that will not ask for a lot of your time, but will still make a huge difference with bargaining this year. Please contact Colin Vurek to see how you can help.

Recording Officer:

Please join me in welcoming Tracy Weimer as our new recording officer. We started working with her after all of you elected her and I have to say I’m super excited to have her join our team!!

EC Meetings:

We have changed the day and the time that the Union Executive Council meets. We were meeting on Mondays at 3:00 pm, but we were finding that this last term we were all getting pretty busy and were not all able to meet during that time. We will be meeting on Wednesdays at 11:00 am during winter term. Our first meeting will be Wednesday January 11th at 11:00 am.

Announcements and Reminders


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Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)

I will be filling in for the President Frankie Cocanour from 12/17/2022 – 01/03/2022 and for our Grievance Officer Dawn Rupp from 12/29/2022- 01/12/2022

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:

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 (2023-2024 Term)

Welcome to Winter Term!

I am excited to have a larger EC team, with adding Tracy and Skye.

Are you and your department ready for bargaining? How do you get ready, you have a connection to our Worksite Leaders and CAT groups. If we are going to get a fair contract this year, everyone is going to have to step up. Email me for more information:


To get your T-shirt email 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 (2023-2024 Term)

Happy New Year to all! Hope your holidays and time off were happy and we’re able to get some down time. 

We are back full force and look forward to going into 2023 strong and ready for bargaining. 

I am out on medical until February 9 but will be looking at all emails that come my way and helping out where I can with union issues. 

Feel free to reach out to any EC member as they will be covering for me.

Check out the following wellness opportunities for employees for Winter 2023 at

Quote (mantra) to start the new year:

• Do the things you love more often

• Let go of people or situations that drain you

• Sometimes you need to get uncomfortable, to get


• Wherever your attention goes your energy flows.

• If you change your mindset you will change your life.


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

Was that break long enough for you?

Records Officer

Tracy Weimer (2022-2024 Term)

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

Communications Officer

Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)

I don’t know about you, but that break wasn’t long enough. I did get a chance to spend some time with family, and got to start catching up a little bit… but it’s week one of the new term and I am already underwater. Does that sound like you and your department? Workload is a big topic of our discussions with Administration. Reach out and share your story so we have more of an understanding of where there are the issues on campus. Email Colin and help us organize:

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Membership Officer

Skye Nguyen (2022-2023 Term)

Have You Changed Addresses in the Past Year? 

Hello members! It is important that we have access to an accurate mailing address so we can keep you informed if something needs to be mailed to you. To make sure everything is up to date go into Expresslane, in the myPersonal Information tab, and check to see if your address is accurate!

If it is not accurate, you can click update Address(es) and Phone(s) to enter your correct information. ?

Your Benefit Info of the Week

Did you know that members get some really useful benefits? This week we are highlighting discounts and shopping to save after the holiday buzz! Get cashback and save on local shopping, dining, movie tickets and more. Check out the details on Union Plus for AFT Union Members.

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 out of office this week.

 Officer At Large


We are looking for a 1039 employee that cares about what rights the 1039 classified professionals have with the new contract. Are you frustrated with how 1039 classified professionals are being used to fill long term positions with no real benefits? Would you like more control over how you are treated by management? If this fits you please reach out. It is hard for LCCEF EC to know exactly what is needed at this time because we are all full-time contracted. Please contact an EC member if you are interested.

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