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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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Update: MOA for Separation Incentive/Double Coverage Waiver

We wanted to share the results of the most recent poll; respondents were overwhelmingly (92.3%) in favor of separating the Separation Incentive and Double Coverage Waiver into their own MOA.

We’ve sent our proposed MOA to the administration; we will update when we have their response.

For planning purposes: Per the College’s requirements, please know that employees intending to use the Retirement/Separation Incentive will need to be ready to separate from Lane by the end of September.

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Health Insurance Waiver Incentive

In our current economic reopener bargaining, we have been discussing the possibility of offering eligible, double-covered employees the option to opt-out of their Lane health insurance in exchange for an extra $200 per month in compensation.

If you are currently eligible for health insurance double coverage, and think you might be interested in taking advantage of this benefit, please let us know using the form linked in the full post.

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Separation Incentive Update

To continue negotiating the Separation Incentive, the administration needs to be able to calculate the potential savings for the College that could be provided by this incentive. To this end, they have asked us to pass on to them the names of any employees who would consider submitting a retirement/separation notice by September 30, 2020 with the last day of employment no later than December 31, 2020.

Please read the full post for more details and a link to the form.

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Furlough MOA

The college originally asked us to take 2 furlough days between the dates of June 15th and July 25th. Realizing the significant budget shortfall we face, and the fact that the Board is looking at potential layoffs, we chose to voluntarily take 6 furlough days, in alignment with faculty, between those dates. In order to prevent long term loss of income, the College enrolled in the Oregon Employment Department’s (OED) Work Share Program. For each week that we take a furlough day through July 25, all classified members (who do not have any other jobs), will receive approximately 20% of the weekly benefit amount that they are eligible to receive of their Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit plus the the additional $600 per week CARES Act benefits enacted by the Federal Government back in March.