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One-Sheets – Upcoming Constitution Amendments Vote

Members received the following one-sheets in an email on Thursday, September 10, and we wanted to share them on as well. They lay out the details for the three proposed constitutional amendments you will be voting on, and will hopefully answer any questions you may have. If you have additional questions, please attend the informational Zoom session on Thursday, Sep 17, 2020 at 5:15 PM, or leave your questions in the comments on the post.

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Have You Been Affected by the Wildfires? We want to help.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the fires. We are saddened and scared for our friends, family, and colleagues who have been displaced and we would like to help in any way we can.

We’ve teamed up with the College to take stock of our available resources that might be useful to those in need. To be most effective in finding and allocating supplies and resources, we need to know what your current needs are.

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“Us Too” Grievance Success – Sept 2020

Good news! On Sept 8, 2020, we received results of the “Us Too” Grievance arbitration against LCC. LCCEF is awarded step increases for all .5 FTE step eligible employees with retroactive payment back to July 1, 2019. Arbitrator Henry sustained the grievance, finding that LCC violated the plain terms of Paragraph 15 of the CBA’s “Us Too” provision by not providing a step increase to the LCCEF members after it provided a step increase to LCCEA.

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Happy Labor Day

On this glorious Labor Day weekend, we wish you and your family health, happiness, and relaxation. We want to recognize the hard work you do to support our students and let you know how honored we are to be working for you. We also want to give our thanks to the countless workers and labor unions whose efforts throughout time have allowed us to have this three-day weekend (and weekends in general) as a break from our labors.

We encourage you to think about one way having a union has helped you, and one way YOU can help your union be stronger and better? Post your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Petition – Principles for Safe Re-Opening

There has been growing pressure lately to reopen schools and have our members resume their work in person. We want to ensure any return to work occurs only under conditions that protect workers, students, and the health of the community.

To meet these objectives, the Lane County Labor Chapter Education Caucus (representing educational workers in K-12, community college, and university settings) has developed a set of ten principles for the safe re-opening of educational institutions in our area.

LCCEF endorses these principles and urges our members to pledge their support and sign the associated petition (please share with friends and family as well). They reflect our shared commitment to ensuring safe working and learning conditions for all!

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COPE Seeking Volunteers

Hi Everyone!

Happy Labor Day!  I’m your COPE Chair for LCCEF. This stands for Committee On Political Education–meaning the group that keeps track of local and state politicians, federal election activity, and how that affects our members and Labor in general.

So far, this year, because of our primary endorsements, we have had the ear of certain local and state politicians, when I have reached out to them on matters that affected us. We also had help with endorsements of our Bond measure from political candidates that LCCEF endorsed. These are just a couple of ways this interaction helps our members.

As everyone is completely aware, we are now in the main part of Election Season. Both major parties have had their conventions, expressing very different points of view. Our parent union, AFT-National, has also had our national convention, in which many issues, from the pandemic, to Black Lives Matter, to the national and state elections, were discussed as to how these affect us in the world of Education. 

Now is The Time to Get Active!!

Our job on COPE is:

  • Review local and state candidates, interview them, and choose whether and whom to endorse. 
  • Help our members and others register to vote
  • Help get out the vote in a MAJOR way, as there is so much riding on this election.

I need you, because, without you, there’s no committee for the “Committee” part of “COPE”!

In the coming few weeks, being on COPE will mean a commitment of about 1 hour/week, set by consensus on what works for everyone. Nobody will be “kicked off” the committee if you can’t make a meeting.

I promise you’ll have fun!  You get to know some of your local politicians, who honestly are all working hard for our county. And you get to participate in the power of making change in your world.

This is an Election Season like none any of us alive has ever seen. Let’s ensure LCCEF is represented!

In Solidarity,
Fiora, your COPE Chair

Interested? Email Fiora!

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Early Vacation Sell Back MOA

Good news, we have reached an agreement with the College to allow early sell-back of vacation hours this year. Every Fall Term, our contract allows classified employees to sell-back up to 16 hours of accrued vacation time at their current rate of pay, and this MOA has adjusted the dates for this year to allow that sell-back process to begin now (it will continue to be available to employees until 12/31/20).

Please see the full post for more information.

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MOA Signed – Separation Incentive and Double-Coverage Waiver

The Separation Incentive and Double-Coverage MOA has been signed by LCCEF and the College Administration and is now active.

Please comment on the post with any questions or contact us directly.

If you would like to take advantage of the Separation Incentive benefit, you will find details, instructions, and the necessary HR forms in the full post.