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Oregon AFL-CIO & LERC Summer School

Please join us on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene for a weekend of engaging classes Aug. 2-4 that will help you develop your leadership skills and unify labor activists across generations and industries.

Topics include:

  • Creating a Leadership Pipeline in Your Union
  • Unions and Climate Change
  • Building Trades Values, Battles and Community of Interests: Change and Challenges Facing Building Trades Unionization
  • Unions 101
  • Solidarity and LGBTQ Unionists

Summer School is open to any LCCEF member.  Particularly if you are interested in kicking the tires and considering running for office in November.  To sign up, please contact communications@lccef.org.

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AFT-OREGON ACTION ALERT: State Higher Education Funding

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Student Success (JCSS) last week released its proposal (House Bill 2019) to invest $2 billion in new corporate taxes in education per biennium.  Although AFT-Oregon strongly supports increasing corporate taxes and investing in K-12 students, we are troubled that none of the proposed investments support community college or university students.
 
Governor Kate Brown is calling on the Legislature to include new funding in this bill for the Oregon Opportunity Grant as well as Community College CTE.  Now is the time for action.
 
We call on AFT-Oregon members to take one or more of the following actions this week:
 
1)      Testify at the Joint Committee on Student Success public hearing in Salem on Thursday, April 11 during 5:00-8:00PM (let us know in advance if you are coming so we can sign you up to testify).
 
2)      Send e-mails to key legislators from your area (use the list below).  Here is a draft e-mail:  My name is __________ and I am an employee at _________.  The Legislature has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve education in Oregon, but the current version of House Bill 2019 leaves all college students behind.  College debt is higher than ever and Oregonians need education and training beyond high school more than ever.  [Provide a short example of how important community college has been for you or your students.] Please include Oregon college students in the Student Success Act.  Thank you.
 
3)      Call key legislators from your area (please use the list below).  Here is a draft script for your call:  My name is __________ and I am an employee at _________.  The Legislature has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve education in Oregon, but the current version of House Bill 2019 leaves all college students behind.  College debt is higher than ever and Oregonians need education and training beyond high school more than ever.  Please include Oregon college students in the Student Success Act.  Thank you.
 
We request you focus on the following key legislators from your area:
 
Lane Community College:
Senator Arnie Roblan
503-986-1705
Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Julie Fahey
503-986-1414
Rep.JulieFahey@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative John Lively
503-986-1412
Rep.JohnLively@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Nancy Nathanson
503-986-1413
Rep.NancyNathanson@oregonlegislature.gov

 
Blue Mountain Community College:
Senator Bill Hansell
503-986-1729
Sen.BillHansell@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Greg Smith
503-986-1457
Rep.GregSmith@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Central Oregon Community College:
Senator Tim Knopp
503-986-1727
Sen.TimKnopp@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Cheri Helt
503-986-1454
Rep.CheriHelt@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Chemeketa Community College:
Senator Kim Thatcher
503-986-1713
Sen.KimThatcher@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senator Fred Girod
503-986-1709
Sen.FredGirod@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Brian Clem
503-986-1421
Rep.BrianClem@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Sherrie Sprenger
503-986-1417
Rep.SherrieSprenger@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senate President Peter Courtney
503-986-1600
Sen.PeterCourtney@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Clackamas Community College:
Senator Kathleen Taylor
503-986-1721
Sen.KathleenTaylor@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senator Chuck Thomsen
503-986-1726
Sen.ChuckThomsen@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Columbia Gorge Community College:
Senator Chuck Thomsen
503-986-1726
Sen.ChuckThomsen@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Lane Community College:
Senator Arnie Roblan
503-986-1705
Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Julie Fahey
503-986-1414
Rep.JulieFahey@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative John Lively
503-986-1412
Rep.JohnLively@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Nancy Nathanson
503-986-1413
Rep.NancyNathanson@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Linn-Benton Community College:
Representative Sherrie Sprenger
503-986-1417
Rep.SherrieSprenger@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Ways and Means Co-Chair Dan Rayfield
503-986-1416
rep.danrayfield@oregonlegislature.gov  
 
Mt. Hood Community College:
Representative Barbara Smith Warner
503-986-1445
Rep.BarbaraSmithWarner@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Diego Hernandez
503-986-1447
Rep.DiegoHernandez@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Oregon Coast Community College:
Senator Arnie Roblan
503-986-1705
Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov
 
 Portland Community College:
Representative Barbara Smith Warner
503-986-1445
Rep.BarbaraSmithWarner@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senator Lew Frederick
503-986-1722
Sen.LewFrederick@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senator Mark Hass
503-986-1714
Sen.MarkHass@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senator Kathleen Taylor
503-986-1721
Sen.KathleenTaylor@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Representative Diego Hernandez
503-986-1447
Rep.DiegoHernandez@oregonlegislature.gov
 
House Speaker Tina Kotek
503-986-1200
Rep.TinaKotek@oregonlegislature.gov
 
House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson
503-986-1436
Rep.JenniferWilliamson@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick
503-986-1700
Sen.GinnyBurdick@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Rogue Community College:
House Republican Leader Carl Wilson
503-986-1403
Rep.CarlWilson@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger
503-986-1702
Sen.HermanBaertschiger@oregonlegislature.gov
 
Southwestern Oregon Community College:
Senator Arnie Roblan
503-986-1705
Sen.ArnieRoblan@oregonlegislature.gov

Defazio

You’re Invited: Public Town Hall Meeting on Government Shutdown

Dear Friend,

The government shutdown has now dragged on for 34 days — the longest shutdown in our nation’s history. It’s impacting every aspect of daily life and hurting thousands of families across the country who aren’t able to pay their essential bills. This shutdown is harming our nation’s aviation system, Coast Guard, law enforcement, food inspection agencies, emergency management personnel, Forest Service, and much more.

That’s why I’ve decided to hold a public town hall meeting in Eugene this Saturday at Lane Community College.

Nearly 10,000 federal workers in Oregon alone have been furloughed or have been working without pay since before Christmas. Many families cannot make their mortgage payments, pay for childcare, afford groceries, and make payments for other important bills. The shutdown is having secondary effects on small businesses and local economies.

Please join me to hear about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. and share how this shutdown has affected you, your family, and your community.

See you there,

Rep. Peter DeFazio

 

Saturday, January 26- 3:00 PM PST
Town Hall Meeting on Impacts of Government Shutdown
Center for Meeting and Learning
Main Campus, Lane Community College-Building 19
4000 E. 30th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405

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#WeAreLA – UTLA Strike Solidarity

Dear Colleagues:

While the New Year has ushered in breaths of fresh air in many states, as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives, our UTLA union family is in the midst of a serious struggle. A strike is imminent. As members of the United Teachers Los Angeles take a stand to confront austerity and fight for the conditions they and their students need, I ask you to stand with them.

UTLA members will strike on Thursday, Jan. 10, absent a contract. They are making a last-ditch attempt starting Jan. 7 to get district officials to engage in real bargaining. Los Angeles educators are fighting for every child in the city to have a safe and welcoming place for learning, and against the austerity measures for public schools that the district’s superintendent continues to promote despite almost $2 billion in reserves. 

Enough is enough. L.A. students and educators deserve better.

That’s why your national union is asking all of our locals and state affiliates to join this fight to fund our future. We must show solidarity with our colleagues in L.A. Indeed, from Jan. 10 onward, we are all L.A. 

UTLA members are fighting for things that are sadly familiar: adequate funding for public schools, counselors and nurses, smaller class size, fair compensation, community schools. These are the same issues we face all across the country. 

As the strike date approaches, we are asking you to plan for two solidarity actions. Both are important demonstrations that public education in L.A. and in every American town and city has the support of parents, educators, students and community partners. It’s crucial that we show decision-makers in Los Angeles that we stand with UTLA in this fight.

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AFT Winter School

Interested in becoming more involved in your union? 

AFT Winter School is a great way to learn!

Each year, AFT Oregon puts on a couple weekend training sessions to help unions. Since there has been some interest in the officer shadowing program, we would like to offer our members the opportunity to attend Winter School to learn more about running the union and how you can help. 

If you have some interest in becoming an officer in the LCCEF, and would like to attend Winter School, please contact president@lccef.org or vp@lccef.org to get registered.

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Member Organizer Position Available (UPDATED)

I’m pleased to announce that our local will be participating in AFT-Oregon’s Member Organizer Institute, a training and development opportunity for emerging leaders who are ready to take their union organizing skills to the next level and build our local for the future.

MOI is a 3 month intensive paid training program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with staff and local leaders. This program capitalizes on one of our most valuable resources–our members–to help build union power and activism.

The goal of the institute is to train union members to build power, grow our membership, engage current members in our union and ensure the long-term sustainability of our local by having members trained to continue their organizing work and help develop other members after participating in the institute.

We are looking for members who are interested in using this development opportunity as a way to jump-start or deepen a long-term involvement with our local. Does that sound like you? Read on …

Program highlights include:

  • Attend a two-day organizing training with other member organizing institute/academy participants
  • Get real-world field experience under guidance from professional organizing staff
  • Regular team meetings with other MOI participants to compare and learn
  • Establish & build organizing practices for our local

Admittance into the institute is competitive and will be based on an application and interview.

Send your applications and questions to Jessica Foster, jfoster@aft.org. The application deadline is November 26, 2018, but I recommend submitting your application ASAP to be considered for the program. More details about the program and the application are attached.

ATTACHMENTS
2018-19 AFT OR MOI Brochure
2018-19 AFT OR Member Organizer Position Description_Requirements

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Membership Drive 10-15 –> 10-19-2018

LCCEF is organizing its Fall membership drive and we are excited to have you volunteer! The drive will take place from Oct 15th- 19th and LCCEF will focus on finding new and returning classified employees that are non-members and talking to them about our Union, the importance of becoming a Union member and inviting them to sign their membership card to become a member of LCCEF. Volunteers will be paired up with a fellow member or leader, given all them materials needed and will go over some best practices for membership outreach before going out. We will be set up in the Union conference room located in the Center building in room 14, down stairs. Please sign up for shifts that you can commit to and not just a broad availability.

We can’t do this without members like you!

Click here to pick your spot!

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Member Organizer Position Available

I’m pleased to announce that our local will be participating in AFT-Oregon’s Member Organizer Institute, a training and development opportunity for emerging leaders who are ready to take their union organizing skills to the next level and build our local for the future.

The Member Organizer Institute is a 3-month paid training program that teaches organizing skills through real-world experience in concert with AFT-Oregon staff and local leaders. This program capitalizes on one of our most valuable resources–our members–to help build union power and activism.

The goal of the institute is to train union members to grow our membership, engage current members in our union and ensure the long-term sustainability of our local by having members trained to continue their organizing work and help develop other members.

We are looking for members who are interested in using this development opportunity as a way to jump-start or deepen a long-term involvement with our local. Does that sound like you? Read on …

Program highlights include:

  • Attend a three-day organizing training with other member organizing institute/academy participants
  • Get real-world field experience under guidance from professional organizing staff
  • Regular team meetings with otherMember Organizer Institute participants to compare and learn
  • Establish & build organizing practices for our local

Send your applications and questions to Jessica Foster, jfoster@aft.org. The application deadline is September 14, 2018, but I recommend submitting your application ASAP to be considered for the program. More details about the program and the application below.

2018-19 AFT OR Member Organizer Position