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August Newsletter, Issue #56

Issue # 56: August 31, 2023

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour


We will be bargaining this upcoming Tuesday at 11:00 am. The bargaining team will be meeting tonight to discuss what we will present to the college. We have had some of our own members out for vacation and so we have a lot of work to do tonight. 

Please be there in person and be wearing your union shirts or another red shirt if you don’t have a union shirt. We need to show the college how important it is that we get a fair contract and that we are in this together. If you can only attend via zoom, then please show your red by using the union template and if you know how to change your profile name, change it to your favorite union slogan. It’s good for management to see that the members who are silently watching via zoom also care about a fair contract.

We Still Need 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!!

The CAT Team should be announcing the plans for meeting in the afternoon prior to the September 6th BOE Meeting. 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

Online signup for Board Comment

I actually found quite a few interesting topics that will be discussed at the BOE meeting next week. I think it’s worth everyone’s time to look at the agenda. Look at value of next year’s contract that the college is paying the management company for Titan Court next year. Worth reading.

Board Agenda for 09/06/2023

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:

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Meeting ID: 961 8362 3044

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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, 

Please remember that the LCC Board of Education meets next week on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 6:00pm in the Boardroom in Building 1, second floor. We believe that they may render their verdict on the LCC Student Health Clinic.

DON’T FORGET TO WEAR RED to the meeting! 

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:

Tomorrow is the last day of the Summer closures! Make the best of it! 


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

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




Grievance Officer

Claudia Riumallo (2023-2024 Term)


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

On vacation…

Records Officer

Tracy Weimer (2022-2024 Term)

Communications Officer

Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)

Labor Chapter Labor Day Celebration

Monday, September 4, 2023 – Noon – 3:30 p.m.

Splash Pool Picnic Shelter, 6100 Thurston Road, Springfield, OR

Labor Chapter Labor Day Celebration Flier

AFL-CIO has a full list of Union-Made in America Barbecue products: burgers and dogs, toppings, bread, sides, beer, wine, juice and soda, cookies and crackers. The graphic below is just a small part of the list available.

Membership Officer

Skye Nguyen (2022-2023 Term)

Hello everyone! It is exciting to see everyone coming to bargaining both in-person and virtual! If you haven’t come please do, it keeps you and others you know informed around bargaining. The college can’t ignore us if we all pull together. Keep up the focused energy and see you at the next one!

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!

Your Benefit Info of the Week

Are you or someone you know moving soon? You can save on rental moving vans and trucks as a member! Save money on the biggest expenses by utilizing member benefits through AFT. Learn more about this benefit on the AFT website!

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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)

As we move into the dog days of summer, and prepare for the second term of the 2023-24 school year, please take a moment to consider what changes you would like to see on campus and consider how your participation in LCCEF Local 2417 Union can help you achieve these goals. A union is only as strong as its members! 

Contract bargaining is ongoing, and the college is currently offering a rather paltry sum for classified staff, which amounts to more of a pay cut than a pay raise or COLA. Additionally, all wage increases for classified employees will be restricted by enrollment numbers. Now is the time for classified staff to unite. We must rally together and let the college administration know that we will not stand for their biased and unfair treatment of classified professionals. 
Reach out to me at to find out ways you can participate in supporting the union as we continue bargaining for a fair contract for classified employees.

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