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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! 

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Volunteer Opportunity – Get Out The Vote Phone Bank

LCCEF has been approached to join the Get Out The Vote phone bank for Peter DeFazio’s campaign. LCCEF has joined AFT-Oregon in endorsing Peter, but he’s got a very close race this time.

It’s fun and easy, and there is no need to “talk candidates”; at this point, the focus is just calling registered voters who have not yet submitted their ballot to help them make a plan to vote.

  1. Pick a time slot (or several).
  2. Log into the Zoom call at that time.
  3. See lots of others like you who are helping get the vote out.
  4. Get good training on the calling system and what to do.
  5. Call voters and have short conversations to help them get those ballots in!
  6. The Zoom room stays open and you can keep chatting with each other as you call, or use it for support if you have questions.

The time slots and the Zoom link are below:

Team DPLC for DeFazio:
  • Monday, Oct 26 — 12pm, 3pm, or 5pm
  • Saturday, Oct 31 — 12pm, 3pm, or 5pm
  • Monday, Nov 2 — 12pm, 3pm, or 5pm

Zoom Room:

There’s an updated GOTV Virtual Phone Bank —–> Click Here

Thank you! See you soon . . .

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LCCEF Endorsements

The COPE (Committee On Political Education) has reviewed some local and state candidates on the ballot. We have looked for those who are Labor-friendly, support public higher education, and will be helpful in their elected roles to our membership, our college, and our community. While we have not been able to review and consider all candidates on the ballot, there are a few races where either the candidates directly reached out to us or where a member has requested that we endorse a candidate. We have reviewed the websites of these candidates, and in some cases, had them fill out a questionnaire telling us their positions on issues important to many of our members, such as their support of organized labor and higher education/community colleges, their support of the diversity of our students and members, Covid, and the issues of homelessness and affordable housing in our county. 

Below is the list of LCCEF Endorsements that we specifically discussed and approved.

Florence Mayor

Jo Beaudreau

Jo is running against the incumbent mayor. She is an artist who runs an art supply store in Florence. Originally from a small town in California, she earned her BFA from San Jose State and became a high-level administrator at the University of Chicago. She moved to Florence to be with her aging parents. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and several other Florence organizations. She understands Lane Community College is an important part of the Florence infrastructure, understanding how education, access to wifi, and ongoing LCC programs help meet Florence’s needs. She supports our members. 

Lane County Commissioner, South Eugene

DUAL Endorsements: Laurie Trieger and Joel Iboa

Both candidates are extremely strong; both strongly support LCCEF and Lane Community College as one of the largest entities in Lane County and also as the educational engine that supports our community’s needs. Both candidates express wanting to ensure that Lane Community College remains strong, and both express their support for LCC’s Classified employees as a vital requirement for LCC to be able to serve Lane County. 

After reviewing their questionnaires and qualifications, while each has particular strengths that stand out, we could not agree on only one of them. Therefore, like LCCEA, we decided to offer a rare endorsement for both candidates.

We suggest you look at their websites to help you make your decision, and, if you wish to see their responses to the questionnaires, we can make those available to you. Either candidate would be a strong choice for Lane County.

State Representative, House District 11

Marty Wilde

Marty is the incumbent in this district and has reached out to us multiple times to let me know he is available to our members for any issues he can assist with in the Oregon House. Marty is a veteran and has long supported labor. He is a strong proponent of education at all levels and particularly desires to address the high levels of student loan debt students graduate with. Marty supports better funding for LCC, as well as for all k-college public education. 

Oregon Secretary of State

Shemia Fagan

In addition to managing statewide elections, which Oregon does very well, the Secretary of State in Oregon has the role of overseeing any disputes with redistricting of Congressional districts. This is a Census year, and in 2021, Oregon will conduct redistricting based on Census results. It is anticipated that, because Bend has increased their population, Oregon stands to gain at least one new Congressional district. Redistricting has been a contentious process, and we want to avoid gerrymandering and other problems, as it directly impacts how budgets are allocated through the state.

LCCEF COPE feels that Shemia Fagan, who is strongly pro-labor, worked her way through public higher education to get her degrees in Oregon, and has served in both the Oregon House and Senate, is an excellent candidate for fairness in the upcoming redistricting of Oregon’s House districts, as well as someone who will use her oversight capacities for state public spending to ensure funding that is supposed to go to colleges, and our PERS retirees will do so. 

House Representative

Peter DeFazio

Congressman DeFazio is in a tough race this election. Congressman DeFazio has worked hard for higher education and labor in general and has frequently helped LCC directly over the years. He wrote a letter to President Hamilton in support of LCCEA’s pay increase last year, and, back in 2009, was able to get Congressional funding of $400,000 in support of Lane’s Nursing Program. I have recently been on AFL-CIO calls with Congressman DeFazio, and he expresses strong support for Labor. There are many ways his local office has been available to our members over the years for help with a variety of issues, from rental and small business problems locally, to worker’s comp cases, to trouble with federal agencies such as Social Security. He is the Chair of the House Transportation Committee, and in July, he passed a transportation and infrastructure bill through Congress to fund $500 billion in roads, transit, and rail. This bill can directly impact the budget for some of Lane’s degree programs that support these industries, as well as local jobs. He also recently secured funding for those affected by wildfires in Oregon.

All Other Races:  

The Lane County Central Labor Chapter’s endorsements are below:

It's that time of year folks!GET OUT AND VOTE for Lane Labor's Endorsed Candidates: Peter DeFazio, Shemia Fagan for…

Posted by Lane County Central Labor Chapter on Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Oregon AFL-CIO has an Endorsements page:

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Constitution Amendments Voting Results

Hello and Happy October,

This is just a quick note to update you on the results of our recent constitution amendment vote. All three amendments passed by wide margins and the detailed results are in the full post.