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Bargaining Meeting 4/26/19

Your LCCEF Bargaining Team once again met with the college on Friday with high hopes of hearing updates on our Economic & Non-Economic Proposals. To the dismay of our team, the college brought back some ugly information. In fact, the college almost ‘shrugged off’ LCCEF’s economic proposal and reiterated that the college has no money to allocate to the Federation for bargaining but perhaps they will have a counter on May 10. Additionally, the college stated that they do not have a non-economic plus one item. Our non-economic plus one is to remove the internal application restrictions on non contract employees.

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The college complied with LCCEF’s request for lever values used by the college to estimate the financial impact of the proposal made by the Federation. Feel free to review the values in the Bargaining Costing Worksheet FY20 (PDF or Google Sheets).

Janus Language Counter Proposal

The college shared their counter proposal on Friday and explained that they would align the reports to LCCEF with how Faculty get their reports. We assured the college that there is existing technology that would accommodate the Federation’s proposal with no additional labor for the Human Resources staff but the college held their stance.

The Federation does not agree with the counter proposal submitted by administration especially since we now have semi-monthly reporting in our contract today.  The most notable addition by the college is a large expansion of the language in 7.2.4 about withholding dues and the Federation’s responsibility to defend and hold the college harmless for doing so. Your LCCEF Bargaining Team will not allow the college to add one sided language for their benefit.

Insurance

Your LCCEF Bargaining Team is forthcoming with the college by reiterating that we will need to go out for a vote on insurance in just 6 weeks in order to meet an OEBB deadline of June 30 but because the education piece has been slow in coming we doubt we can meet that deadline. We are urging the college to schedule and hold informational sessions about OEBB so that all of our bargaining unit members will feel adequately prepared to vote, whether that be in favor of accepting OEBB or not. Your Bargaining Team will not make the decision for you; we are not trying to persuade you one way or another. Personal health and wellness along with insurance is a very complex situation and each employee has their own needs.

Last year we contracted with Pacific Source for 15 months to set us in a better position to do one of two things, 1) to align with OEBB contract year or 2) to bargain another 15 month contract with the provider of choice so we would then align with a Jan-Dec plan year. Since our insurance contract now extends to Oct 1 we will not be rushed into a vote until we believe you have had adequate opportunity to weigh the options.

Time to get hyped!

Alright, the college has had a chance to work together with the Federation on interests and they’ve done nothing but reiterate that they’re not open to collaborate towards positive progress on coming to a fair contract. Now’s the time to be united, get involved, let administration know that we are all paying attention and we know that the college’s budget problem is simply a choice to not allocate funding for us – not the lack of having funding.

  • If you have a “Fair Contract Now” sign, or any union sign, get ‘em out in your doors and windows! Or reach out to us so we can provide you with one.
  • Talk to each other! Talk around the water cooler!
  • Wear LCCEF/Red shirts – Let’s create a sea of red!
  • Visit our table during Spring Conference
    • Friday, May 3 in CML 104 at 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Come by and say hi! We’ll show you some website updates, easy ways to find them online, and work that’s being done thus far
  • Looking to fill the room at an upcoming bargaining session
    • Friday at 1 p.m. later in the month of May (17/24/31)
    • Attend the entire 2 hours if you can
    • Attend on a 15 minute break during the 2 hour window
    • Connect with us LCCEF@lanecc.edu if you’re interested

This is the time we need everybody to do their part. Administration believes they can get by with reducing our units’ positions, restricting funding allocation to our labor wages, and constrict our benefits! We need to show them it’s not gonna go down that way!

 

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What Happens When “Right-to-Work” Becomes Law?

Hi Classified Staff,

Labor Unions are taking a real hit in the current climate across the United States. With the recent Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME the courts have decided to exhaust unions power to collect fees from non-union members. Seemingly savvy marketers are pushing this as a “Right-to-Work” but really it’s just the “Right-to-something-for-nothing”. Labor organizations tirelessly promote positive working conditions, better pay and health care, and equitable care throughout the community. 

Please come together on Tuesday, May 7, for a critical presentation by LERC’s Mark Brenner
4pm in the UO ERB Memorial Union, Lease Crutcher Lewis Room

The event is free and open to the public.

Find out more about the event on the LERC website’s event page for the Labor Research Colloquium.

 

 

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Formal Complaint against Classified Employee

Dear fellow Classified Colleagues,

Happy Monday everybody, my name is Kenny Ascheri and I am your Vice President of LCCEF. I have held this position since last November and have attended and spoke at most board meetings since then to make sure my voice is heard by the people making the large impact decisions of our college. I am actively engaged in consistent advocacy for all classified staff to have healthier working environments and gaining access to more professional development and skill building. I feel like these topics have a wide breadth and I believe in holding LCC administration to the highest standard for showing their classified staff that they truly care about us!

At first when I took this position I was anxious that I didn’t know enough about the workings of the classified unit and that I wouldn’t do well because of lack of experience with representing others. After months of treading water in the deep end, I will report that I feel quite comfortable in this new role. Don’t misunderstand my comfort in the new role with the tasks to be performed – the work is often voluntary, rigorous, and bleak – especially this time of year.

I wanted to reach out to everybody to be open and transparent that I have submitted a formal complaint against another Classified employee, on the grounds of repeated discourteous and disrespectful behavior towards other Classified employees. This behavior is in violation of our LCCEF contract 12.7.2, “The Union and the College agree that the maintenance of a safe and healthy work environment includes the expectation that all interactions among employees, and employees and managers, will be conducted with respect and courtesy.”

I feel that this employee has crossed the boundary repeatedly with disrespectful language commonly pointed at LCCEF EC and President Robin Geyer and I have finally found the appropriate administrative avenue to pursue in order to make a difference. That’s what I am going to do.

To be completely clear, I am not advocating for this employee to be removed from their platform – I am headstrong in pursuing the support from EVERYBODY for a respectful and courteous working environment. Remember, this isn’t like mainstream politics – LCCEF is not a two party system where we tear apart the other party. We are one single community of working people doing our best to pull together and stand in solidarity for healthier working conditions and adequate compensation!

Kenny Ascheri

 

Our Schools are in Crisis

JOIN OUR FIGHT TO FUND SCHOOLS!

OUR SCHOOLS ARE IN CRISIS!

After decades of disinvestment, Oregon schools have:

  • Overflowing classes
  • Low graduation rates
  • Missing supports like mental health counselors and school nurses

IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN STUDENTS!

Educators are standing up and standing together for students. Will you join us?

Lawmakers are considering the Student Success Act, which would invest $2 billion into Oregon schools. Email your legislator NOW to support students and educators. http://myoregonfuture.com/ and Take Action!

 

JOIN OUR FIGHT TO FUND SCHOOLS!

EMAIL YOUR LAWMAKERS AND TELL THEM IT’S TIME TO INVEST IN STUDENTS

JOIN EDUCATORS AND STAND UP FOR STUDENTS ON MAY 8!

SHARE YOUR SUPPORT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Tweet at lawmakers:
“It’s time to fund our schools! Vote YES on the Student Success Act to finally invite in our students. #orleg #yesonstudentsuccess”

 

Join LCCEF, LCCEA, and ASLCC

When: May 8 at 11:45 – 12:15

Where: Bristow Square (next to Center Building LCC Main Campus)

Save the date and stay tuned for more info!

 

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Fund our Future: Community College Rally

By an overwhelming margin, EEA teachers in 4j and Bethel, as well as many other school districts in Lane County have pledged to join a statewide walkout on May 8 to demand more revenue for schools.

By taking action on May 8, Oregon educators will be joining a growing number of our counterparts nationwide who are standing up for students in what has become known as the Red for Ed movement.

The May 8 action is designed to highlight the crisis facing Oregon schools due to chronic under funding over the last three decades.

On May 8 Lane County teachers will join others across the state in a series of actions and events to highlight the need to fully fund our Oregon schools. We need our community to stand with us and invite you to join us at one of the following actions:

 

May 8:

LCC Main Campus:

  • 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Gather in Bristow Square; wear Red for Ed!

 

Around the Community:

  • 8 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Sign waving and pickets at the following locations:
    • Bethel: WINCO intersection on Barger
    • 4J North: Beltline intersection at River Road & Silver Lane
    • 4J Sheldon: Coburg Road & Willakenzie
    • 4J Churchill: 18th & Chambers
    • 4J South: 29th & Willamette
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Rally at the Saturday Market Park Blocks
 
  • 12:45 p.m.  – Buses leave for Salem from Sheldon High School for a rally and march to the Capitol, where members will bring their concerns directly to legislators.
 
  • 4:30 – Depart Salem for Eugene

When educators, parents, students and community members stand together for students, we win. I hope you will join thousands of Oregon educators as we send the message that it’s time to fix the funding shortage in our schools.

Find more info at may8forstudents.org to get involved.  We need people to write their legislators and to write letters of support to the local papers.  Together we can make a difference.

Defazio

Rep. Peter DeFazio to Host Healthcare Town Hall Meetings

EUGENE—This week, Rep. DeFazio will hold a series of town hall meetings focused on healthcare, including a discussion about access to affordable care and the rising costs of prescription drugs. These meetings are open to the public as well as members of the media.

 

Tuesday, April 16th

Florence Healthcare Town Hall Meeting
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Siuslaw Public Library, Bromley Room*
1460 9th Street
Florence, OR 97439

 

Wednesday, April 17th

Corvallis Healthcare Town Hall Meeting
1:00-2:00 pm
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Main Meeting Room
645 NW Monroe Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330

Eugene Healthcare Town Hall Meeting
5:30-6:30 pm
Lane Community College
Downtown Campus, Rooms 112-114
101 W 10th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

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LCCEF is excited to be holding a Membership Drive, March 5-16, 2018!

Member volunteers, member organizers and EC officers will be actively reaching out to fellow classified staff from March 5th- 16th to talk about bargaining, our bargaining survey and membership in our Union. We will be joined by volunteers from United Academics of the University of Oregon Local 3209, Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation Local 3544 and AFT-Oregon staff. If you would like to know more about our membership drive or would like to volunteer to help us reach out to our fellow colleagues during the drive please feel free to contact:
Mayra Vasquez-Garcia mayravg@aft-oregon.org
Rosa Maria Banuelos-Uribe banuelos-uriber@lanecc.edu

Or simply sign up to help with the drive and show up during your selected shift to Cen 14.

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Bargaining Question Received via Email

Text as received from a member email 2.26.18…
 
“When will we see the new classification system and pay levels?”
– The results of the study are due June 30th.
 
“Also, as rumor control…
I’ve heard an offer of another “separation incentive” was made by management, and reject by the Exec Council.”
– We’ve only heard rumors as well, nothing official. What we have heard is that the administration is considering a targeted separation incentive. The concern was that in the past some departments lost too much experience all at once, so they are hesitant to offer a blanket incentive. Nothing has been offered or rejected.
 
“I’ve also heard that it is all but a “done-deal” that we will be moving to OEBB this year, but without the pay-increase faculty received when they moved.”
– The only news to report here is that Marge has asked to meet with us to discuss OEBB.