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A Heartbreaking Loss in Our LCC Family

We did not plan to write any updates over the holiday break, as we know most employees are taking the time to rest and recharge away from our work emails. Unfortunately, the last week has not been restful for all our classified family, and it is with heavy hearts that we felt we must share the following.

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Coming Soon: KN95 Masks for Employees!

Good News! The College has recently ordered KN95 masks and will make them available to all classified employees who request one. They will be distributed through Public Safety in the same way that the other masks are distributed.

We’ll send out another message once they’ve arrived and are available for distribution (the order was just completed today).

Wondering about the difference between N95 and KN95?

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EC Election Results

Many of you already heard the news in our General Membership Meetings yesterday, but the EC election votes have been tallied and the results are in:

– President: Frankie Cocanour – 96.15%
– Vice President of Organization:
– Buck Potter – 91.43%
– Grievance Officer: Colin Vurek – 80.85%
– Recording Officer: Brett Moody – 98.04%
– Chief Labor Delegate: Marleena Pearson – 100%
– Member at Large: No one attained enough to qualify as a write-in

Congratulations to our new and continuing EC Officers!

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Waiting Week Payment Update

Good News! Despite hearing that the Work Share “waiting week” payments may be delayed until the end of December, many members are seeing their funds now.

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Oregon’s “Two-Week Freeze”

Kate Brown recently announced a “Two-Week Freeze” for Oregon (a partial lock-down from November 18 to December 2) to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In anticipation of questions regarding College operations and essential College employees still working on campus, we wanted to share what we know at this time.

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Virtual Wellness Rooms and Affinity Groups

We wanted to share with you a resource that Lines for Life has recently rolled out statewide. The Oregon Helpers Initiative is geared towards supporting workers who are helping others and offers peer-facilitated Virtual Wellness Rooms to communities statewide. These drop-in peer support meetings are open to all frontline workers including medical and behavioral health providers, social workers, home caregivers, educators, and more.

So many of you are working to support our community and our students through this harrowing time. We are grateful for all the work you do and hope this resource can be a support for you to find connection and prioritize your own wellness.

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Local Election Results

Hi All,

Well, Election Day is well past, and while we try to all keep breathing while the vote-by-mail count goes on for President of the United States and Senate/House membership, I just wanted to fill you in on races where LCCEF or the AFL-CIO Labor Chapter endorsed candidates. LCCEF did not endorse in every race, only those where a candidate or their campaign reached out to us. We made our choices after carefully reviewing each candidate and their opponent for their support of issues such as labor/unions, education, students, housing, and healthcare, which all impact our members and those we serve.

LCCEF Endorsed Candidates:  

  • Peter DeFazio, US House Representative – Won
  • Shemia Fagan, Oregon Secretary of State – Won
  • Marty Wilde, Oregon State Representative – Won
  • Laurie Treiger, Lane County Commissioner, South Eugene seat – Won. 
    • This was a race between two excellent candidates Laurie and Joel Iboa. Both LCCEF and LCCEA endorsed both of them. Laurie has a lot of experience to bring to the Lane County Commission and has a strong focus on resolving issues of homelessness and housing in general and public health and education concerns in Lane County.  She will be the first woman elected to the South Eugene seat on the Commission.
  • Jo Beaudreau, Mayor of Florence – Lost
    • Jo Beaudreau lost to incumbent Joe Henry, but by only 125 votes, a difference of 2.2% of the total votes cast. A very good race! Jo has said she will be seeking a recently vacant seat on the Florence City Council, to serve in that capacity.

All Lane County Results:

Here is a complete list of all Lane County results:

As always, your involvement in your governance begins with voting! So, if you participated in this election by doing so, thank you! There are so many other ways to impact governance, so reach out to those who were elected if you have ideas, needs, concerns, or wish to get involved. And, if they were endorsed by LCCEF, be sure to mention that you are a member!