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September Newsletter, Issue #58

Issue # 58: September 14, 2023

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour


We met with the college last Tuesday to discuss our proposals. We TA’d the New Article 13 which deals with  Reclass, Reclass Appeal, Classification System. This is separate from class and Comp.

We also discussed wages, benefits, and how the college can’t afford anything and about how their Moody Credit Rating has dropped. I’m having trouble writing anything on this because it is not the fault of the classified employees and we should not be the employee group that is having to take cuts to benefits and a low COLA to fix it. Or depend on a few employees in the classified employee group to have to keep enrollment numbers high in order for us to get a step. 

Board of Education:

The board would like to hear from you. Here is a Group email address link to make it easier to send them a letter. Group LInk The board would like to support us. Please feel free to email them. It doesn’t have to be a long email full of numbers and statistics. They just would like to hear how the cuts to benefits and the low COLA will affect you. They would also like to hear about how you feel about the contingency clause in their proposal for steps. That really puts horrible pressure on just a few employees. 

General Membership Meeting:

Our next GMM is going to be at 1:30 in building 19 room 226. We have some stuff planned and we will have snacks.

Wear Red During Fall In-service Day!!! 

Please wear your red shirt to show the college that it is wrong for them to make our employee group the only one that takes the financial hit to balance the budget. We need to show them that we are strong and that we will not accept having our benefits cut and be given another small raise that won’t even cover the cuts to our benefits. 


Announcements and Reminders


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


Tuesday, September 19, 2023 AT 11:00 am!

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: 999 7579 3662

Dial by your location

+1 253 205 0468 US

+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Feel free to use the image below as your Zoom background. 


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)

Good Thursday to my colleagues:

I would like to share some information with you, that will hopefully shed some light on the situation with Grievances that have been ongoing for a while.  I’m going to highlight something that Claudia Riumallo shared a couple weeks back, and provide two links: 

EEOC Complaint: 1-800-237-3710 


BOLI Oregon: 971-673-0761


These two tools will also help with dealing with grievances/violations that have occurred in our workplace.  Know your rights, and DO NOT Be Afraid to make your voice heard at the State Of Oregon. 

Also, with regard to reclassification, I also have a couple of areas on the Lane website you will need to go to in order to start the process. Here is the page for Reclassification on the Lane website:

Here’s the forms that you will need to complete prior to the Reclassification deadlines of April 1st and October 1st of every calendar year: 

Job Description Questionnaire:

Classification Review Form:

This should give you the tools necessary to complete and turn in your reclassification request.  I’m glad to visit for a limited period of time concerning this, but I don’t know each person’s job, so it is best if you work on getting the details put together in a percentile format on the JDQ.  

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2023-2024 Term)

Greetings members, 

Greetings members, 

We’ll see you all at the In-service Thursday, September 21, 2023! 

LCCEF will have a table in the hallway. Please stop by to say HI! Wear red, grab a sign and other union swag! Please stop by to say HI!  

*********************************************************************************************************TThe Contract Action Team (CAT) meets every Wednesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm via Zoom. If you’d like to join and help out with actions, membership drives and be part of something big email me at:! If you are interested in attending see the link below:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 978 4217 8269



Grievance Officer

Claudia Riumallo (2023-2024 Term)


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

Where did the summer go? It will be great to see you all at inservice next week!

Records Officer

Tracy Weimer (2022-2024 Term)

Communications Officer

Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)

We need to know how you are affected by the College proposals. We have to share our stories and show solidarity. Reach out to CAT or officers, participate in actions wear Red.

Membership Officer

Skye Nguyen (2022-2023 Term)

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!

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

Resources you may need!

Submit an Important Life Event for you or another member may have coming up.

Chief Labor Delegate

Mark Jordan (2022-2023 Term)

COPE Officer

Fiora Starchild-Wolf (2022-2023 Term)

Bargaining From a Political Standpoint:  Those endorsements we make actually matter!

As a member of the Bargaining Team, as we see what our Management is proposing to “offer” us (as they take away equal or more in other areas), it becomes obvious that who sits on the Board of Education

Officer At Large

Katie Neall (2023-2024 Term)

Bargaining is ongoing and no acceptable resolutions have been reached. The time to make our voices heard is NOW. Reach out to your nearest union rep, and find out how you can help us move into a better future by joining and getting active in your union; become a part of the movement of positive change on Lane’s campus. Together, we will let the current administration know we won’t tolerate their third rate treatment of classified professionals. The college cannot and will not balance their budget on our backs. Many faculty are in support of the classified employees, and have spoken out about the unfairness of the current wage/benefits being negotiated. Join the efforts now and make your voice heard. 

If you have or will be negatively affected by the current wage and benefit bargaining, please reach out and tell me your story at: 

I want to hear from you.

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