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August Newsletter, Issue #55

Issue # 55: August 24, 2023

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour

Testimonials For Bargaining And The Board OF Ed Meeting:

We are still looking for as many classified professionals as possible to read statements at our next bargaining session, then the BOE meeting September 6th. We need people to tell their truths about where they are struggling now in the financial climate that we are in and also how the cut in benefits are going to affect you. The Board of Education has more board members that are pro-labor than we have had in many years. They want to support us, so we need to give them the reasons why they should be supporting us. and they need to hear how you work hard, you deserve a fair wage increase, and how the college cutting benefits are going to affect (hurt) you. Please reach out to myself, Miche or Colin if you would like to volunteer. I know from personal experience that it is hard to do public speaking, but we really need as many people as we can so that we can give them a realistic picture of what the classified professionals are going through. If you are uncomfortable speaking, if you can attend the BOE meeting September 6th at 6:00 pm and hold a sign, that will help so much. We need as many people as we can get to show to the board that we are not accepting what the college is offering us, that we deserve real compensation for the work that we do!! We can do so much when we do it together!!

This will not require anyone to stay for the entire meeting, just long enough to attend. They have not yet posted the agenda for the September 6th meeting, but you can email in a request to speak at the meeting to the email in the link below.

Email link to sign up for Board Comment

Contracts signed in our area:

4J classified 

4J Contract Agreement

SEIU 503

SEIU 503 Contract Agreement


LTD Contract Agreement

Please read those contracts and let us know if you want to be valued as much as these employees are, then let us know and let the BOE know. We deserve what the other public sector unions in our area are getting. Balancing the budget by taking away our benefits and not giving a raise that will even cover what they are taking away from us is not valuing the Classified Professional on this campus. We are not classified correctly and we are underpaid!

And remember…..


Reclassification Deadline:

If you need assistance please contact our VP of Labor. The deadline is October 1st. 

Here are the links for the forms that you will need to fill out.

  • Classification Review Form (.pdf) (.doc)
  • Job Description Questionnaire (.pdf) (.doc)


Announcements and Reminders


WE HAVE NEW T-SHIRTS WE HAVE PLENTY OF EVERY SIZE. Please email me at to get yours! 


Tuesday, September 5, 2023 AT 2:00pm!

Members are welcomed to observe via Zoom with your microphones and cameras OFF, please. I will be running a Slack Chat to allow observers to chat with me and I can pass ideas to the team at the table. I will actually be at the table also but also in the chat and the Slack chat to answer questions you may have. Email me your private email address to: colinlccef@ so I can add you to the Slack chat. There is also a link below for anyone to RSVP on a Google form. You will find the link for the bargaining meeting below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 961 8362 3044

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       +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

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RSVP for bargaining Slack chat

I buttons and also have window clings for you to flaunt your support for your union!

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Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2023-2024 Term)

Greetings members, WOW what a week! The General Membership Meetings yesterday went really well. We discussed the meager fiscal proposal for the Classified Professionals that run this college. It basically amounts to a pay cut for the very people who form the foundation of college operations! Needless to say it’s INSULTING! 

The Contract Action Team (CAT) had our first meeting last month and we’ve come up with various ideas to tell the college that we are serious about getting the wages and benefits we all deserve!  

CAT meets every Wednesday at 12:00pm to 1:00pm. If you’d like to join and help out with actions, membership drives and be part of something big email me at:

We only have 2 Fridays left of the Summer closures! Make the best of them! 




Grievance Officer

Claudia Riumallo (2023-2024 Term)


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

I hope everyone is doing okay with the heat and fires

Records Officer

Tracy Weimer (2022-2024 Term)

Communications Officer

Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)

Did you hear about the fiscal offer from the College? Are you willing to take a pay cut? Cost of Living in Oregon is increasing, and many other unions are fighting for respect in working conditions and wages. Its time to increase our visibility as a union, increase the awareness of our issues with students and the Board of Education, and increase our power by getting more members. This is going to be a very important fall.

Membership Officer

Skye Nguyen (2022-2023 Term)

Finally, if anyone ever wants to chat about how they can get involved with the union just tag me! 🙂

If there are any questions about membership or someone has interest in joining, they can reach out to me ( or fill out the online membership form!

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Find out what other benefits you are qualified for as union members by going to

Resources you may need!

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Chief Labor Delegate

Mark Jordan (2022-2023 Term)

COPE Officer

Fiora Starchild-Wolf (2022-2023 Term)

Officer At Large

Katie Neall (2023-2024 Term)

Bargaining continues. Reach out to me, or one of your other union reps to find out ways you can get involved in the shaping of the future for classified professionals at Lane. Together we can make changes! We must remain in solidarity with each other to have the biggest impact.

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