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Questions from GMM 6/17/2019

Question: Once on an OEBB plan can the Union ever offer other options?
Answer: A group that moves to OEBB can opt out of OEBB one time.  However the group would leave without an insurance rating so any new provider would likely charge very high rates.  On the other hand, our current insurance ratings are so high perhaps we wouldn’t be any worse off than we are now. 
 
Question: If we vote no, are we in HS?
Answer:  We are not sure what HS stands for so are unable to answer this question.
 
Question: Why do we want to switch to OEBB just to save the college money?
Answer:  Switching to OEBB isn’t about saving the college money.  In fact, by our calculations, the college will actually spend more by having us move to OEBB.  What savings they realize in lower premiums is more than taken up in the 1.75% salary scale increase.  This salary increase stays on the salary schedule into the future.
 
High deductible plans could save the college money.  This also opens up Health Savings Accounts to those who choose to use them, which is a new benefit to our members.
 
If we remain on PacificSource, then college saves money.  They have had a freeze on the amount they will put toward our benefits since 2015.  If we stay on PacificSource, the full change in premium hits our paychecks.  The college doesn’t lose a dime.
 
Question: Why are you guys (LCCEF Leadership) pushing us to take OEBB instead of staying with PacificSource?
The EC has no say whether the classified unit moves to OEBB.  That decision is made through a vote of the membership.  What we did by signing the tentative agreement to move to OEBB is in fact giving you, our members, the choice.  Had we not signed this tentative agreement the rate increase would have hit our paychecks.  It would be irresponsible for LCCEF to ignore the problem and not consider alternatives. 
 
We strongly encourage each and every one of you to consider how you use insurance, compare PacificSource to OEBB and vote for which makes the most sense for your personal situation. 
 
 
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6/17/2019 GMM Video

Following is a link to the video recording of the General Membership Meeting held on 6/17/2019 at 12:05pm on main campus.  I am told there were a few audio issues, but the video should help answer some questions from our membership around the tentative agreement.

As always, please do not share this video with management.  It’s really none of their business and we are still in bargaining.

 

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Weekly Communications Update 6/17/2019

 

Board of Ed Meeting

Read LCCEF President Robin Geyer’s message to the board here.  It speaks to the lack of respect Classified staff are shown by administration and the board.  Well said Robin!

 

General membership Meeting – 6/17/2019 @ 12:05pm

I know, that was earlier today. The good news is that it was recorded and will be available on lccef.org to view very soon.  If you were not able to attend in person, or watch as it streamed on Zoom, check back tomorrow for a link to watch the recording.

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Bargaining sessions have been discontinued until July when we will continue bargaining the economics.  Check these weekly messages, or the calendar at lccef.org, for future dates.

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking a late lunch and eat with us. As a reminder, sessions start at 1 p.m. in Center, Room 303. Even staying for 15 minutes and joining in solidarity will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those members showing support by wearing red on Fridays, sitting in on Bargaining sessions and displaying posters We really appreciate the support!

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Our latest Bargaining Update is after the meeting on June 7, 2019.  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

Insurance Committee

2019-20 Insurance Information and Links
This page will be updated as we find more information to educate us on our new insurance and resources.  Please check here first if you have questions about coverage, rates or if a specific doctor is available to you.

Please watch for an announcement coming soon from HR with dates and times of Insurance 101 information sessions.

 

Joint Insurance Committee composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance.***

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

From Patsy Slaughter: We are happy to announce that Katheryn Blair from the Child Care Center has been selected by the Employee Recognition Program to be honored for the Winter Term 2019.

Thanks to Katheryn for all the work she does!

Have a classified staff member you would like to recognize?  Send it to communications@lccef.org.

 

Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact communications@lccef.org and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on Fridays  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

AFT Member Benefits Brochure!

See all the benefits available to you in one place.

More info here: AFT Plus Member Benefits Brochure 2018-19

 

Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining – Economic Reopener – Currently underway
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee

 

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LCCEF President’s words to the Board of Ed 6/13/2019

I’ve really Struggled with the message I would share with you tonight. I typed information that seems pertinent but I feel it is useless as most of you appear to ignore information from LCCEF, LCCEA, and ASLCC if it does not agree with the messages from the Administration.

You have thanked me and my team for our respectful and collaborative behavior several times. I am a firm believer that dialog has to stay respectful for everyone to stay engaged and at the table. I also believe that to create authentic, trust filled relationships, each person involved must behave with integrity.

BP635 Institutional Integrity
The institution strives to adhere to the highest ethical standards in its representation to its constituencies… in treatment of students, faculty and staff… The Board is responsible to insure the integrity of the college…. Integrity is demonstrated by conduct that is honest in words and in actions, and promotes respect, fairness, and openness… All college employees are expected to conduct themselves with integrity.

Do you realize that if issues we’ve brought to you were resolved you would not hear the same things from us month after month? We don’t just make up things to have something to complain about.

Lane is a hostile work environment. And Lane is a college that is risk averse which just emboldens bullies to do and say anything they want. They publicly attack colleagues with vicious lies and toxic messages. These messages create anxiety and poor morale and certainly less productivity. And the college does nothing.

We have an Administration who do not operate with the highest of ethical standards toward their employees. There is a lack of honesty in words and actions. And there is a lack of fairness and openness. I am beyond disappointed with this Administration.

It is not respectful to hire more managers when we have such low enrollment and we are told we are in a budget crisis

It is not respectful to outsource needed services and hold onto student housing that cannot pay for itself but contributes to the budget crisis

It is not respectful to create yet another management position from the work of a soon to be retired classified employee.

It is not respectful to take away benefits without giving something back in equal measure. Taking something from someone that does not want to give it up is actually called stealing.

It is not respectful to tell your employees there is no money for a Cost of Living Increase when the proposed starting fund balance for the next year is over $28 million.

We have collected to date nearly 300 pledge cards from our members who also agree the Administration and the Board need to treat us with respect and in accordance with BP635.

With the highest ethical standards….with respect and integrity.

 


 

This portion was not read, but was printed out and handed to the board due to a lack of time.

 

Yesterday we signed a Tentative Agreement regarding insurance. Monday we will hold a General Membership Meeting to discuss the terms of the agreement. This was only a partial contract as we retained our rights to bargain for other economic issues for the next 2 years. We decided in the best interests of our members that separating out the insurance piece from the rest was what we should do. Yesterday was the last day we could TA for insurance without potentially needing an extension for PacificSource. That extension may have incurred heavy expenses for our members in increased premium costs.

The reason we were not willing to settle on the rest of the contract is a simple one. We believe what the college was offering for everything else was unjust.

We along with the faculty have been told for months there will be no increases for steps or Cost of Living Adjustment. And they maintain this is all because of the budget crisis we are in. The Classified are a very dedicated and giving group. We have through the years given back to the college in many ways including wages. There was a year not so long ago where many of us volunteered to reduce our hours so our wage could be reduced to help the college budget. And other years where we’ve accepted very little in wage increases including a zero COLA. We believe in the college and are willing to sacrifice to help it survive. But we need to see our Administration do the same thing. That is not what we are seeing. Instead we see vacant management positions being filled and new ones created. Decisions like filling the vacancies of 11 manager positions. Quick math; 100,000 annual salary x’s 11= 1.1m add OPE 715k, total 1.8m. That might be a bit high so let’s round down a bit and call it 1.5m for 11 positions. A total of 72 managers. A 73rd management position was posted just last week. I’ve been told that posting was pulled after we wrote to the college stating we will file a grievance because that position was actually the work of the classified Health Professions Project Coordinator who is retiring. Yes, the college decided they would assign classified work to a manager position.

We are still waiting for the college to produce a cost analysis with all the pertinent details of outsourcing both the Titan Bookstore and Food Services. They continue to leave out any information regarding wages and benefits provided by new contractors.

In the proposed budget document for FY20 it shows beginning fund balances of 17m and contingency fund balances of nearly 11m. A total of 28m.

State Legislative Budget came in 50m higher than expected. Fantastic news! This means 2m more each year for Lane than we were expecting.

Yet the college states it is not fiscally sustainable for them to pay its employees a cost of living increase.

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OEBB Resources and Links

This post will be populated with links to resources for OEBB’s insurance plans and benefits.  Check back.  Things will be added as we find them!

 

OEBB General

 


Presentations


 

MODA

 


 

Kaiser

 


 

Misc Info

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OEBB Plan Details (Coverage)

Pages 1 & 2 are Kaiser Plans
Pages 3 – 6 are MODA Plans

  • High Deductible Plan 6 (HSA Plan) is on pages 5 & 6

Be on the lookout for an email from HR regarding info sessions if you have specific questions.

 

** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **

The specific plans that will be offered have not yet been chosen.  However, the plans in the document below are the ones to choose from.  We will be looking for your input on which plans best fit our needs in the near future.  Please take a little time to look the plan documents over and let us know which one is best for you when asked!

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Election Committee email 6/12/2019

Greetings to all,
 
I’m sorry this is so long, but there is a lot to cover. Please read this carefully.
1.     Elections Team
2.       Partial Contract Offer
3.       Absentee Ballots
4.       How to have your Ballot counted
5.       Short window of opportunity for this Election. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSE OF THE ELECTION, WEDNESDAY, June 27th, at noon.
 
First of all, I would like to remind you of the elections committee. The committee consists of Dennis Mills, Phil BarlowPowers, and myself (Don Patton)
 
We are starting the process to call and hold a vote on the Memorandum of Agreement between Lane Community College and Lane Community College Employee Federation. The MOA can be found at https://lccef.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Insurance-Proposal-6.12.19.pdf.
 
We will be voting by Absentee Ballot. All members in Good Standing shall receive a ballot via Lane Campus mail. Ballots will be mailed on or before Monday, June 17, 2018. ALL BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSE OF THE ELECTION, THURSDAY, June 27th, at noon.
 
There will be three places where you can cast your ballots. As usual, you can drop your ballots off at the ballot box located in IT, building 02 room 114. You can also drop them off on main campus in Building 30 front desk (or room 103). We will also have a ballot box at the Downtown campus, and it will be located in the Continuing Ed reception area. Our hope is that this will save time for those at the downtown campus as well as the Small Business Development Center Network and the Dental Clinic. We will also be picking up at Flight tech.
 
This election is important and we want to hear from everyone. For those not on the main campus or near a drop box, use of Lane mail or the US Postal service may be necessary. Unfortunately, this could cause for us not to receive your ballot if you mail it late. We recommend that you send your ballot back as soon as possible to avoid it being received after the due date.
 
ALL BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLOSE OF THE ELECTION, THURSDAY, June 27th, at noon.
 
Please contact one of your LCCEF Executive Committee Members if you have any questions about the contract. Questions about the election process can be directed to me, or one of our committee members.
 
Thanks so much for your patience as we present this process.
 
Sincerely,
 

Don Patton – Elections Committee Chair 541-463-5565 (x5565), pattond@lanecc.edu
Dennis Mills, MillsD@lanecc.edu
Phil BarlowPowers, BarlowPowersP@lanecc.edu

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6/12/2019 Contract Ratification Vote!

The last few days have been a whirlwind of bargaining activity! After several meetings, and numerous emails since last Friday, we now have a Tentative Agreement for the Insurance parts of our contract!  See that TA here.

We have not given up the right to Bargain for COLA, Steps, and other economic topics.  We will commence bargaining on the rest of the agreement for 2019/2020 & 2020/2021 beginning in July.

We believe we have gotten the best deal we can get on the insurance pieces of the economics to be bargained for this year based on the overall financial climate at Lane.  Line item details are as follows:

  • Move to OEBB effective 10/1/2019
  • Receive a 1.75% salary adjustment effective 7/1/2019
  • Establish a Health Savings Account (HSA) for those in eligible health insurance plans (Plan 6 on the OEBB rate chart) with the following contributions made by the college.
    • Employee Only = $800
    • Employee + 1 and Full Family = $1700
  • If you prefer a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) over the HSA, you can continue to receive that benefit at the same level as your 2019 (current) election including the $240 minimum employee contribution. 
  • Starting in 2021, the college contribution to FSA for all employees who choose to use it will be as follows:
    • Employee Only = $450
    • Employee + 1 = $700
    • Full Family = $900
    • $240 minimum employee contribution required
  • College contributions to insurance premiums will be as follows:
    • Employee Only = $824.48/mo
    • Employee + Spouse = $1770.99/mo
    • Employee + Children = $1770.99/mo
    • Full Family = $2390.89/mo
  • We were also able to include the Stop Loss language used by the faculty union regarding insurance premiums.
    • The Employer contribution toward monthly insurance premiums are the amounts
      listed above. If the premium for a plan exceeds the cap, classified employees may be
      responsible for picking up a portion of the insurance premium increase using the formula
      below:
      a. Employee Only — Employer pays 100% of increase.
      b. Employee + One — Employer pays 95% of increase. Employee pays 5%.
      c. Full Family — Employer pays 90% of increase. Employee pays 10%.

We agreed to separate out the Insurance section of bargaining because today (6/12/19) is the last day we could announce a ratification vote and get the vote completed by June 27th, 2019, the last college open business day of June.  

June 30 is our deadline for letting OEBB know we plan to move to them.  We could have filed for a 30 day extension with Pacific Source to bring our current contract end date to November 1, 2019 instead of October 1, 2019 but the college are maintaining they will not pay the increase in insurance premium that PacificSource would likely charge for that 30 day extension.  Certainly they could charge us at that 16.5% increase which more than doubles the cost to employees. Rather than take the chance of that burden being placed on you, our members, we decided to separate out the insurance vote and then continue to bargain for the rest of our economics.

We will hold a General Membership Meeting next week to discuss.  Be watching for the date, time and place.  We are still working out those details. 

We are also working with HR on Insurance Information Sessions that will provide you with the actual dollar amounts of premium cost to you based on the Tentative Agreement so you can cast a vote being fully informed.  Those session dates will be announced soon!

Our ratification vote will happen on June 27th.  Ballots will be due by noon on June 27, 2019.

Don Patton, Election Chair, will soon share specific election information with you.

Thank you for your continued support,

LCCEF Bargaining Negotiating Team

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Weekly Communication’s Update 6/10/2019

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking a late lunch and eat with us. As a reminder, sessions start at 1 p.m. in Center, Room 303. Even staying for 15 minutes and joining in solidarity will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those members showing support by wearing red on Fridays, sitting in on Bargaining sessions and displaying posters We really appreciate the support!

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Our latest Bargaining Update is after the meeting on June 7, 2019.  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

Insurance Survey

While we were hoping to have survey information ready for us for bargaining last Friday, it’s not too late!  If you have not yet filled out the insurance survey, please plan on doing so as soon as possible. Like, tonight, or tomorrow.  Remember, we are bargaining for our benefits.

https://lccef.org/2019/06/bargaining-poll-june-6-2019/

 

Membership Drive

Monday, June 10th – Thursday, June 13th 2019

LCCEF is holding a membership drive this week!  Our goal for our membership drive is to continue to reach out to classified staff, have conversations with non-members about joining LCCEF as a member and ask existing members to join us in delivering our post card pledge cards at the June 13th board meeting. By continuing to increase membership and participation we continue to strengthen LCCEF as a union.

 

Insurance Committee

2019-20 OEBB Rates and Plan Designs

Our current PacificSource plans with 16.5% Increase

The college monthly premium levels have been tentatively agreed to as follows; Employee only $824.48 Employee +1 $1770.99 Employee +Child $1770.99 Full Family $2390.89

Pat Cross our benefits agent-of-record, has clarified it will not be productive to engage in a “check bid” process with other potential health insurance carriers for the following reasons:

  • The current in-excess of 100% utilization rates (claims experience) for PacificSource plans.
  • The reality that there are State health insurance plan options for public employers and their covered employees to consider.
  • Pat believe there will not be competitive “check bids” submitted given the two realities outlined above.

As a point of clarification when Utilization rates/experience ratings exceed 85-88% the insurance company loses money on the group.

Please watch for an announcement coming soon from HR with dates and times of Insurance 101 information sessions.

 

Joint Insurance Committee composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance.***

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

A HUGE thanks to all the Classified employees who will be working nights and weekends at the end of June to close out the fiscal year!

Have a classified staff member you would like to recognize?  Send it to communications@lccef.org.

 

Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact communications@lccef.org and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on Fridays  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

MetLife Auto & Home Insurance

Buying a car and a home are likely the two biggest purchases you will make in a lifetime. Because it is important to protect these valuable assets, the AFT has joined with MetLife Auto & Home to provide access to special group discounts on auto and home insurance.

More info here: http://snapquoteinsurance.com/aftbenefits

 

Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining – Economic Reopener – Currently underway
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee

 

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Bargaining 6/7/2019

The bargaining team met with the college for a bargaining session Friday, June 7, 2019 @ 1:00pm.  The college asked if we would be willing to engage in “sidebar discussions” with just 2 of our representatives and 2 of theirs.  The intent was so we could engage in more open supposal conversations without creating expectations that the details were then already proposals, but it didn’t really get us anywhere.  Bargaining continued until nearly 4:00pm, an hour past the scheduled time.

The college stated the Board are very intent on not putting more on the salary schedule for classified other than the 1.75% if we move to OEBB.  We hope you will all turn out for the Board meeting on June 13, 2019 @ 6:30pm to share your feelings about their stance!

 

 

FSA

The college still wants to sunset their contribution to FSA but conceded to doing it gradually rather than all at once on Jan 1, 2020.  

 

Professional Development

The college offered 50,000 in Professional Development funds but only as a pilot for 2019/2020.  They want to assess it after the first year before committing to continuing it. This is only a 25,000 increase over what we have had for several years, so we’re not sure what the hesitation is about.  

 

Insurance Premium Caps

The college agreed to the insurance caps we suggested in the interest of equity.

  • EE 824.48 E+1 1770.99 E+C 1770.99 FF 2390.89
    • This makes our full family contribution equal to the faculty contribution level which is $100.29 per month higher than our current level.

 

Stop Loss Language

For some reason the college pushed back against the stop loss contract language that is the same as what is in the faculty contract.  We simply stated this is just another equity example. Why would this be okay in the faculty contract but not ours? They said they would look into it.

 

Plus 1

The college agreed to our Plus 1 language which will allow all active non-contract/timesheet employees to apply internally for job postings.  Currently our contract stipulates non-contract employees need to have completed a 1040 hour trial service, and have worked at least 520 hours in the preceding 12 months.

 

Us Too MOA

The college agreed to “Us Too” MOA which protects us if the faculty bargains and receives better compensation than we do. The “US Too” Memorandum guarantees we will get what they get and it will be retroactive.  

 

Health Clinic

We discussed the Health Clinic and the college offered a 6 month extension for access.  We stated we would want that for at least the next year. It wouldn’t do us any good to simply agree to an extension and then need to demand to bargain 6 months from now.  

 

Year 2 Bargaining

As for year 2 the college offered a supposal of 1% on the salary scale with ½ step on July 1, 2020 and ½ step on Jan 1, 2021.

 

Counter Proposal (us to them)

We gave the following counter proposal

  • COLA at 1.55% which is the CPI-U (the Consumer Price Index the Faculty uses)
  • 1.75% salary adjustment if we move to OEBB
  • ½ steps for step eligible employees
  • Lowering FSA contributions to the faculty levels (E 450 E+1 700 FF 900) with a lump sum payout to those employees currently utilizing FSA for the next year.  This would basically keep the FSA contribution by the college at the same level it is now for one more year for those employees currently using the FSA.
  • Add HSA with college contributions set at $1600.00 for employee only and $3400.00 family (the deductible amounts on the high deductible plans eligible for HSA)
  • We removed the increase in insurance stipend for non-contract employees as long as they get the salary scale increase gained for change in insurance benefits along with contracted employees
  • We included 3 paid days off over winter break (that the college took away several years ago)
  • We left the health clinic access the same
  • Several other items.  See our full proposal here.  

 

This was our last Friday Bargaining session as the college cannot make the next two on June 14 & 21, and June 28 is the first summer closed Friday.  We have not scheduled any other sessions, but will likely be bargaining through the summer. We will add the dates and times of upcoming sessions to the LCCEF calendar found on the right side of lccef.org.