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Announcement – Constitution Amendments – Vote #2

Fellow union members,

Thank you all for your participation in the last set of amendments. As promised, here are the other half of the amendments recommended by the Constitution Committee for adoption. Following the resolution of these amendments, the committee has no plans to introduce additional amendments during 2019. Bylaws work will wait until after officer elections. Please read these proposals carefully. Some of the changes proposed here include expanding who is eligible for holding office, changing some officer duties, and staggering elections to ensure some continuity in the executive council. 

The proposals below are presented in the order in which they apply to articles in the current Constitution. For reference, you can view a complete copy of the current Union Constitution (including the changes from the last set of proposals) at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oRUdq-UCBTu46_zNdc3M5mANnn4kRoWIYntBlzTMDFU/edit?usp=sharing

 

Drop-in sessions: If you would like to speak with the Constitution Committee about these changes, drop-in sessions have been scheduled in LCC01/212 on October 15th and 17th, from noon until 1pm.

 

Table of Contents:

  1. Modifications to Article II, Objectives    1
  2. Update officer duties    3
  3. Reduce eligibility requirements for holding office to six months    5
  4. Clarify guidance and law around elections    6
  5. Clarify officer removal procedure    7
  6. Stagger election cycles and add term limits    9
  7. Remove requirement to sign regarding receipt of ballot    10
  8. Clarify that ex officio officers on committees retain voting rights    11
  9. Change how we send constitution and bylaw changes to affiliates    12

 

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Wear Red for LCCEA October 3, 2019

That’s right!  Our brothers and sisters in LCCEA, the LaneCC Faculty Union, are bargaining tomorrow and we would love to show our support by wearing red!

LCCEA and LCCEF work together to make sure each gets a fair shake. 

Lets show our solidarity to management!

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Fred Meyer Boycott

After stalled talks, I encourage you all to stand with our union cousins at UFCW 555 and boycott Fred Meyer due to lack of pay equity for genders. See below PRESS Release .  AFT-Oregon  will soon get it on our website and I also encourage your locals to make social media announcements. I understand that some of us may reside in a community and  not have alternatives such as a COSTCO, WINCO or BIMART ( all employed own) to get their needed prescriptions. Please do not jeopardizes your health.  As an alternative,  if you must use a Fred Meyer you can always sign their recruitment clip board for temporary employees by writing – ” I stand with workers” on it.  As union members everywhere are greatest strength is our collective voice.  NO union worker should be working without a contract. 
 
Jaime
 
“Retail Grocery Workers’ Union Calls For Boycott of Fred Meyer Stores where employees are working without a contract.
 
Tigard, Ore – Following fifteen+ months of tense labor negotiations in which Fred Meyer/Kroger continually refused to respond to reasonable pleas to fix gross inequity in pay and thereafter committed unfair labor practices to coerce employees to settle for less, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 is calling on consumers to boycott, effective immediately, all Fred Meyer departments in Oregon and SW Washington where employees are now working without a labor contract. (Click here for departmental details.)
 
As Jeff Anderson, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 555 states, “If Fred Meyer won’t listen to workers’ voices, perhaps they will listen to the sound of departments devoid of shoppers.”

The Union’s call for a consumer boycott is the first economic action taken by the Union in response to Fred Meyer’s unfair labor practices, as well as an effort to highlight Fred Meyer’s refusal to address livable wages for its workers, and its disinterest in closing the gender equity gap by more than a dime a year.


Until Fred Meyer ceases its unfair practices against its unionized employees and reaches reasonable contract settlements with their Union, UFCW Local 555 asks shoppers to actively demonstrate their support for fair negotiations and for livable wages and gender equity in their communities by boycotting the following Fred Meyer store departments https://www.ufcw555.org/boycott/.

To quote President Dan Clay, “We call on our communities to make sure Kroger and Fred Meyer understand our Northwest values of decency, dignity, and respect by shopping elsewhere until our members are treated in accordance with those values.”

*** Next steps and further updates on the boycott to follow on September 28th, after completion of the next round of bargaining scheduled for September 26th and 27th.”

SOLIDARITY!


In Solidarity, 

 
Jaime Rodriguez –
President,  AFT-Oregon
10228 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219
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9/16/2019 Communications Update

 

Constitution Amendment Vote Details 

Details about each of these amendments: https://lccef.org/2019/08/constitution-amendment-vote-notification/ 

1.  Assign membership application and withdrawal duties to the membership chair 

2. Clarify that chairs and secretaries are officers 

3.  Create a second Vice President position 

4.  Removing redundant language about officer term 

5.  Changing the Policy Manual to an Administrative Manual 

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

96%

4%

98%

2%

81%

19%

98%

2%

92%

8%

 

6.  Adding an article about Strikes 

7.  Clarify annual meeting date 

8.  Require rationale and reporting for some actions 

9.  Removing Fair Share dues 

10.  Clarifying the Rules of Order for business 

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

YES

NO

90%

10%

100%

0%

98%

2%

89%

11%

96%

4%

Just to clarify, #9 isn’t really an option.  Fair Share Dues are now illegal due to a court case in 2018. All we are doing is removing the language. Had this vote gone down, LCCEF could still not take Fair Share Dues from members.

There is another vote scheduled for additional changes to the union’s constitution.  Details to follow.

 

We need you!

Please consider running for office. Officer Elections will begin in October/November and we need all hands on deck. If you have questions about a specific officer position or the Executive Council in general, contact any officer. 

 

Insurance Open Enrollment 

Classified Open enrollment will run Sept. 23 – Oct. 16, with an effective date of Nov. 1. 

Look for updated information from the Benefits Team about information session dates during the open enrollment period. Here’s the link to the enrollment information: https://www.lanecc.edu/hr/benefits/open-enrollment

 

Health Clinic Access Extended until 10/31/2019

Excerpt of an email sent to all classified staff from Sharon Daniel 9/16/19:

The College has agreed to extend Health Clinic access until October 31, 2019.  As of November 1, 2019, access to the Health Clinic will not longer be available. 

This would be because the new OEBB insurance does not kick in until 11/1/19 and there are a number of us who use the Health Clinic as our primary care.  This will bridge that gap.

 

Salary changes coming your way 

When will the MOA changes hit your paycheck? 

Sept. 10: The 2.75 percent pay rate increase hit paychecks for payroll period Aug. 16-Aug. 31. The 2.75 percent reflects: 1.75 percent increase for move to OEBB and 1 percent increase as a cost of living adjustment. 

Sept. 25: Retroactive pay for July 1 to Aug. 15 for the MOA salary schedule adjustment 

Oct. 25: Look for change in insurance premium cost reflected in your paycheck. 

The salary schedules are being revised and will be posted to the HR website very soon.

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

Congrats to Marla Norton (Music, Dance and Theatre Arts) as an Employee of the Spring Term honoree recognized recently by the Classified Professional Development Team’s Employee Recognition Program. Special thanks to Patsy Slaughter (Specialized Support Services) for continuing this program. 

Also, special thanks to Stacey Vasquez (Counseling and Advising/VA Educational Benefits Certifying Officer), LynnMarie Chowdhury (Maxwell Student Veterans Center Coordinator), Chief Lisa Rupp (former COPE Chair) and our Public Safety Officers for organizing the campus’ 9/11 Ceremony. It was a beautiful event inclusive of our local law enforcement, fire departments and students who are active military. 

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

 

Bargaining

Don’t take down those “Fair Contract Now” signs yet! 

The Bargaining Team picked up its team meetings (without administration) this Monday to work out next steps for the following outstanding terms in the approved MOA:  

When management sets future bargaining meetings, we’ll post and share with General Membership. 

 

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 – continued negotiations 
  • 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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Vote on the Proposed Amendments to our LCCEF Constitution

The Vote on the Proposed Amendments to our Lane Community College Employee Federation Constitution.  Each amendment passed individually by 81% or more.

Thank you for voting and a big thank you to thr 5 people who gave their time to count this Ballot.

Don Patton

LCCEF Elections Chair

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9/4/2019 Communications Update

General Membership Meeting Recap 

Thanks to those members who attended Tuesday’s meeting and educated themselves on the first 10 proposed changes to our constitution recommended by our Constitution Committee. The remaining proposed changes will be on a second, future ballot planned prior to our officer elections. 

At the meeting, Committee Chair Kyle Schmidt explained the reasoning behind each proposed change. The full message on the upcoming amendment election and proposed changes can be viewed here:  https://lccef.org/2019/08/constitution-amendment-vote-notification/.  

Special thanks to committee chair, Kyle Schmidt and committee members: Elizabeth Andrade, Kenny Ascheri, Alen Bahret, Rosa Maria Banuelos-Uribe, Zhasmene Bowles, Matt Daskine, Robin Geyer, Nikki Li, Casandra Rhay, Linda Schantol and Marsha Sills. 

Still have questions? Please try to attend a drop-in session in Building 2, Room 213 from noon to 1 p.m. on one of the following days: Sept. 4, 5, 6. 

Members can also email Kyle Schmidt, Constitution Committee Chair, with questions.  schmidtk@lanecc.edu.

 

Insurance Committee – Drop-In Enrollment Help Sept. 9

If you haven’t heard or read yet, the College will pick up the additional Pacific Source premiums for October since OEBB plans will not take effect until Nov. 1. 

Plan to attend a drop-in informational session if you have questions about selecting a plan: 

September 9: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bldg 2, Room 212

Drop-In Enrollment Assistance. In this computer lab setting, Human Resources staff will be available to assist you in the online enrollment process, through MyOEBB.

 

We need you!

Please consider running for office. Officer Elections will begin in a couple months and we need all hands on deck. 

Salary changes coming your way 

When will the MOA changes hit your paycheck? 

Sept. 10: Look for the 2.75 percent pay rate increase in your paycheck for payroll period Aug. 16-Aug. 31. The 2.75 percent reflects: 1.75 percent increase for move to OEBB and 1 percent increase as a cost of living adjustment. 

Sept. 25: Retroactive pay for July 1 to Aug. 15 for the MOA salary schedule adjustment 

Oct. 25: Look for change in insurance premium cost reflected in your paycheck. 

The salary schedules are being revised and will be posted to the HR website very soon.

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

Congratulations to Brendan MacDonald in Printing & Graphics who was recognized last week by the Employee Recognition Program as the Employee of Spring Term 2019. Thanks for your hard work and dedication to Lane’s mission, Brendan! 

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

 

Bargaining

Don’t take down those “Fair Contract Now” signs yet! 

The Bargaining Team picked up its team meetings (without administration) this Monday to work out next steps for the following outstanding terms in the approved MOA:  

When management sets future bargaining meetings, we’ll post and share with General Membership. 

 

UFCW Local 555 Strike Authorization Vote

A message from Dan Clay, President of UFCW Local 555.

After 92 meetings held across Oregon and SW Washington this summer, we now know the answer: a strike (which could take place anywhere in the jurisdiction against Albertsons, Fred Meyer, QFC, and/or Safeway) has been authorized by an overwhelming YES vote. 

Such an authorization does not automatically trigger a strike; instead, it provides the Local 555 Unity Bargaining Team with the discretion to call for a strike if/when the Team considers such action necessary.

The next negotiation session between the Unity Bargaining Team and the employers’ negotiators will take place this Thursday, August 29th. You’ll hear from us again after that meeting has concluded. 

Why is this in our LCCEF weekly communication???

I have included this information from one of our fellow unions because I think the members of LCCEF don’t really understand what it means to get a strike vote.  There are laws around when a strike vote can even happen and there are an immense amount of meetings and negotiations that happen along the way. 

Now that we have passed the change to OEBB insurance, the LCCEF negotiating team will be able to bargain for better wages without the looming deadline for insurance premiums.  This is nothing but good for the LCCEF. However, in order to get the wages we deserve we may have to be together enough as a union to pass a strike vote like our friends in UFCW did.  We are optimistic that the work we have done as your union leadership will be carried on by the next leadership group. If LCCEF can work together (leadership and members included), there is nothing we can’t accomplish.  It just takes cooperation.

 

Future Communication from LCCEF

Since the biggest parts of bargaining is done for this cycle we are going to reduce the number of these “Weekly Communications Updates”.  Information important to the union will still be posted to the website at lccef.org and the website will still send out a daily digest email that includes titles and an excerpt for each new article.  Of course, when something important comes up that we need to share immediately, we will still do so using email from lccef@lanecc.edu.

We know that everyone has a lot of work to do (including us) and we don’t want to add to that work unless absolutely necessary.  We hope you understand and can appreciate our reasoning.

If you have a comment about this decision, feel free to share with communications@lccef.org

 

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 – continued negotiations 
  • 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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Job Opening with AFT-Oregon

AFT-OREGON
10228 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR 97219

 

Vacancy Announcement

Position: Data Management 1

Description: This position will assist with the data collection and data base management of individual AFT-Oregon locals. The person will work closely with AFT National during the data base transition. It will require continuing support in Knack in addition to assisting the locals currently utilizing Connect 1.0 until Connect 2.0 is available (October 2019-March 2020). Duties include:

  • Be the point person for AFT-Oregon and the AFT National Data Team.
  • Work closely with AFT National regarding data collection and data base transition.
  • Recommend locals for Connect 2.0 (Nov 2019-Mar2020).
  • Train and trouble shoot designated local contact on scheduled scrapes and address any ongoing local data needs (PSUFA &PCCFCCP).
  • Pull from Knack monthly and update membership as needed and time allows.
  • Pull and map AFT-Oregon locals to see what systems they are using.
  • Train AFT-Oregon Field staff on the database so they can assist the locals and answer questions while in the field.
  • Update the Action Network data list

 

Preferred Skills: 

  • Knowledge of AFT and AFT-Oregon databases, AFT-Oregon local organization structure
  • Knowledge of AFT membership’s suite, Knack and/or Connect, MS Windows OS

Must have:

  • ODL and vehicle insurance, ability to travel as needed, work independently

 

Salary: $20.00 per hour, reimbursed travel expenses and mileage

Projected hours 10 hours per week, but may increase if workload demands to 20 hrs.

Duration: 6 months from day of hire (1st day of work)

 

Submit Resume ASAP for best consideration to:

Jaime Rodriguez
jaimer@aft-oregon.org

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Classified Employees Appreciation Picnic 

YOU’RE INVITED! 

In appreciation for all you do for Lane, I invite you to enjoy a picnic 

on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 outside the Center building.

Burgers and veggie burgers with all the fixings will be served from noon to 2 p.m. 

Come out and enjoy good food and company!  

With my thanks,

Marge