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November Newsletter, Issue #66

Issue # 66: November 9, 2023

Update from the President

Frankie Cocanour

Update from the President



Last Friday we met with the college to go over proposals on articles /(Article XX, Appendix B, Article New 12, and Article 3) that we had sent over to the college on October 30th. The college sent back counter proposals on November 2nd. We are close to getting a TA on Appendix B which deals with Titan Court. We are asking that each time before the college renews the contract to outsource the running of Titan Court they run an analysis of running the faculty internally. New Article 12 deals with layoffs and bumping rights. Part of this article needs to have Article 18 (Comp and Class) TA’d so that we can move forward. The college would also like to have a comp and class study done per what Shane Turner VP of HR said during bargaining. We are hoping that when we meet again at the table that Shane will have sent us a counter proposal on it. We are also asking for more layoff rights for 1039’s. We are all aware that 1039 employees are no longer just temporary employees. After the mass layoff of all 1039 employees we need them to have better layoff protections. Article 3 we are working on some of the employee definitions, hiring processes, and backfill. And Article XX deals with technology and working from home. This might be one that we will be going back and forth on for a while. One of the concerns for me with this article is how AI technology is used. It should be used to enhance our jobs and make them easier so that we can assist and support more students, not make our jobs redundant and have AI replace positions at this college.

We also discussed the lack of bargaining meetings in November and December due to holidays. We asked the college to find some alternative times for us to work in extra bargaining days. When we find out those dates we will notify everyone.

GTFF Voted To Strike:

The Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation just voted to strike with90% of the union members voting and  97% of them voting yes to strike last Monday. They haven’t walked out yet, but when they do, we want to be ready to support them. GTFF has been one of our largest supporters and it will be nice for us to return the favor by standing in solidarity with them. Some of us will be going and picketing with them if they picket. When we go we will announce the times so that anyone who is available can join us and we can go as a group. Here is the link to their website. GTFF Going and standing with them will also help all of us to see what it is like to picket. 

Possible Healthcare Alternative For 1039 Employees:

Amazon Prime is now offering affordable health plans for their prime members. I just found out about this program this morning. If you have a Prime Membership you pay only $99 a year or $9 a month for the service. I don’t know how well their medical plan is, I do see that you use their doctors and that it is virtual. I think that it is worth checking out and I hope that it can help These are all services that are all virtual care for common issues, anything more extensive and they would help you to find a provider in our area. So it is not the full service that you would get  with a primary care provider.. AMAZON PRIME HEALTHCARE I do know that we have some members that don’t support Amazon and I respect that, but I am always looking for ways that people can access affordable healthcare and this seems to be a great option for anyone who doesn’t have insurance and needs basic medical services. Please pass this information on to anyone that you know needs affordable healthcare.


Announcements and Reminders

Executive Officer Elections 2023

Curious about who’s running? Check out the elections web page.

You are all invited! Four of our candidates have requested Meet the Candidate Zoom sessions: 

Zack Roush, Elections Committee: October 31, 2023, at 12:00 PM


Linda Reling, Treasurer: November 2, 2023, at 12:00 PM


Buck Potter, Membership Officer: November 3, 2023, at 12:00PM


Claire Graman, Communications Officer: November 3, 2023 at 12:30PM


Each will be recorded, and the recordings will be both posted to the elections website.

Take care,

Elections Committee


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Friday, November 17, 2023 AT 2:00 pm

We know Friday at 2 pm is not a convenient time for members to join bargaining as an observer in person, but can you spare a break? We are asking members to wear red, take a break, meet in 30/135, and walk in to bargaining together holding signs. This can show management we are paying attention.

Attend in person as an observer in LCC Building 30, Room 121 or online in LCCEFs Zoom

Members have requested to see the proposed Articles of the Bargaining Team and the College Team. Below is a link you can use to get in the weeds with your Bargaining Team! 

Current Articles for Bargaining

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:



RSVP for bargaining Slack Chat

Vice President of Labor Relations

Buck Potter (2022-2023 Term)

No Update or information on the Labor Relations front that can be discussed to the membership. Reclassifications will be due in April 2024, and if you want to have help on this, please reach out to Amanda Blunt in HR concerning this. 

Here’s the links for re-classification:

Congratulations on SAG-AFTRA and Hollywood studios coming to an agreement on their contract negotiations. 

Have a wonderful Veterans’ Day, and give your thanks to the Veterans you know.

Vice President of Organizing

Colin Vurek (2023-2024 Term)

Greetings members, bargaining continues tomorrow Friday, November 17, 2023 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in Building 30. Please see the above announcement for further information. We love to see you all there in-person for the action planned by the CAT.

CAT is working on a number of in-person actions at the next bargaining session on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in Building 30 room 121. It is extremely important that observers use the LCCEF Zoom link and NOT the one that the college sends out! We want to have better control over how members-observers are viewing the session! 

CAT is also working on an Action for the December 6, 2023 Board of Education meeting. We’ll keep you posted on the plans as they develop.


CAT is working on a number of in-person actions at the next bargaining session on Friday, November 3, 2023 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in Building 30 room 121. It is extremely important that observers use the LCCEF Zoom link and NOT the one that the college sends out! We want to have better control over how members-observers are viewing the session! 

We are also planning a Membership Drive in December. Stay tuned! We’d love for more members to be part of the Drive.

LCCEFs Zoom 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:!



Grievance Officer

Claudia Riumallo (2023-2024 Term)


Linda Reling (2022-2023 Term)

Happy almost Veteran’s Day!

I always have trouble coming up with newsletter-worthy things to write so I am going to try giving you a new section I am calling:

Contract Highlight of the Week – Shift Changes

For classified professionals .50+ FTE, we have the right to 10 working days’ notice for shift changes, 15 if the change is 4 hours or more! You can read the full text in section 12.4.

LCCEF Contract

Records Officer

Tracy Weimer (2022-2024 Term)

Communications Officer

Marleena Pearson (2022-2023 Term)

While bargaining isn’t happening this week, the team is still meeting to continue the work. We look forward to seeing you Friday, November 17th.

I want to try to share some information as an LCCEF rep on committees, I have been the Safety Committee Chair for a few years, and will share an update after each of our monthly meetings. We have been at this for a long time and have an amazing group of people on campus… but there are still opportunities to increase safety on campus. I am also starting as a rep on the IEC meeting today, and I will share what I can in next weeks newsletter. 

Membership Officer

Skye Nguyen (2022-2023 Term)

Hello and good day to everyone! I was just revving some of my reporting from this year so far and we have all done really well. We have accumulated about 38 new members this year. Only about 9 left due to dropping membership or retiring. Let’s keep pushing to increase this membership and great job to the CAT team for the membership drives as well! 

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

Did you know that members get some really useful benefits? This week we are highlighting  the AFT Legal Program with Metlife! If you are thinking of looking into legal services for a personal matter you might be able to find a more affordable price through your union membership benefits. Some of the options include hiring an attorney or just asking a legal question. Review the details of this program and see if it might be a good fit for you.

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)

Hi Everyone,

In addition to our bargaining, I’ve been paying close attention to unions in the news.  Labor solidarity is on the rise, as workers find ourselves in a position to ask for—and receive–higher levels of respect, recognition, and reward (Three “R”s?) for the work we do that runs this nation.

Here is an interview with UAW President Shawn Fain, speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about the strategy that he and the union took to win their historic contract. 

Interview with UAW President Shawn Fain

Please watch the video–Shawn talks about how he came on as UAW President only about 7 months ago–and how they delved right into contract negotiations-learning as they went…to success!

Portland Teachers are on strike right now, closer to home.We stand in solidarity with them. 

Also, as we begin to enter election season, there will be candidates locally and statewide who seek the endorsement of LCCEF.  Please reach out to me if you would like to be on a committee to make our process around this the best it can be, and participate in this.

Endorsements are not only important to the candidates, but definitely come back in ways that can help us later, if we help elect labor-friendly candidates. This is playing out right now and has done so before, So, please get involved with this.  

Politically in the US and in the world, much is in turmoil and much is shifting in directions that strongly challenge higher education and workers, while at the same time, there seems to be a resurgence in the Labor Movement.  

Officer At Large

Katie Neall (2023-2024 Term)

Greetings fellow members! 

I’m putting out a special request this week to all our 1039, C3 Classified Employees: 1039er’s, though you may not always feel it, YOUR VOICE MATTERS, so please commit to attend the upcoming Board of Education Meeting, December 6th, 6-9pm B3/216. Bring a friend! If you feel comfortable, sign up to speak to the board in person, or upload a letter to boarddocs. Let the board and administration know how you feel as a classified employee at Lane. If you are unable to attend in person, you can always join the livestream channel. We really need to remain vigilant in our solidarity as we continue to bargain for better wages and benefits. 


Next Thursday, 11/16, we will be having our first New Employee Orientation for C3 Employees. It will be held in Building 4, Room 106, from 2:30-4:30pm. I will send out a Zoom link for those who are unable to attend in person. 

There will be a meet and greet as well as an informational portion to the orientation, so please join us and get to know your fellow union members.

If you know any “new” C3 employees, help me spread the word! This will be the first orientation to happen since before the pandemic, so I’m pretty excited to see them get rolling again. It’s going to be a great way to connect with your fellow coworkers in a meaningful way and hopefully will facilitate a stronger sense of fellowship between us here on campus. I look forward to seeing you there!

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