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Weekly Communications Update 6/17/2019

 

Board of Ed Meeting

Read LCCEF President Robin Geyer’s message to the board here.  It speaks to the lack of respect Classified staff are shown by administration and the board.  Well said Robin!

 

General membership Meeting – 6/17/2019 @ 12:05pm

I know, that was earlier today. The good news is that it was recorded and will be available on lccef.org to view very soon.  If you were not able to attend in person, or watch as it streamed on Zoom, check back tomorrow for a link to watch the recording.

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Bargaining sessions have been discontinued until July when we will continue bargaining the economics.  Check these weekly messages, or the calendar at lccef.org, for future dates.

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking a late lunch and eat with us. As a reminder, sessions start at 1 p.m. in Center, Room 303. Even staying for 15 minutes and joining in solidarity will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those members showing support by wearing red on Fridays, sitting in on Bargaining sessions and displaying posters We really appreciate the support!

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Our latest Bargaining Update is after the meeting on June 7, 2019.  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

Insurance Committee

2019-20 Insurance Information and Links
This page will be updated as we find more information to educate us on our new insurance and resources.  Please check here first if you have questions about coverage, rates or if a specific doctor is available to you.

Please watch for an announcement coming soon from HR with dates and times of Insurance 101 information sessions.

 

Joint Insurance Committee composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance.***

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

From Patsy Slaughter: We are happy to announce that Katheryn Blair from the Child Care Center has been selected by the Employee Recognition Program to be honored for the Winter Term 2019.

Thanks to Katheryn for all the work she does!

Have a classified staff member you would like to recognize?  Send it to communications@lccef.org.

 

Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact communications@lccef.org and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on Fridays  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

AFT Member Benefits Brochure!

See all the benefits available to you in one place.

More info here: AFT Plus Member Benefits Brochure 2018-19

 

Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining – Economic Reopener – Currently underway
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee

 

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Useful Links

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OEBB Resources and Links

This post will be populated with links to resources for OEBB’s insurance plans and benefits.  Check back.  Things will be added as we find them!

 

OEBB General

 


Presentations


 

MODA

 


 

Kaiser

 


 

Misc Info

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Weekly Communication’s Update 6/10/2019

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking a late lunch and eat with us. As a reminder, sessions start at 1 p.m. in Center, Room 303. Even staying for 15 minutes and joining in solidarity will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those members showing support by wearing red on Fridays, sitting in on Bargaining sessions and displaying posters We really appreciate the support!

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Our latest Bargaining Update is after the meeting on June 7, 2019.  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

Insurance Survey

While we were hoping to have survey information ready for us for bargaining last Friday, it’s not too late!  If you have not yet filled out the insurance survey, please plan on doing so as soon as possible. Like, tonight, or tomorrow.  Remember, we are bargaining for our benefits.

https://lccef.org/2019/06/bargaining-poll-june-6-2019/

 

Membership Drive

Monday, June 10th – Thursday, June 13th 2019

LCCEF is holding a membership drive this week!  Our goal for our membership drive is to continue to reach out to classified staff, have conversations with non-members about joining LCCEF as a member and ask existing members to join us in delivering our post card pledge cards at the June 13th board meeting. By continuing to increase membership and participation we continue to strengthen LCCEF as a union.

 

Insurance Committee

2019-20 OEBB Rates and Plan Designs

Our current PacificSource plans with 16.5% Increase

The college monthly premium levels have been tentatively agreed to as follows; Employee only $824.48 Employee +1 $1770.99 Employee +Child $1770.99 Full Family $2390.89

Pat Cross our benefits agent-of-record, has clarified it will not be productive to engage in a “check bid” process with other potential health insurance carriers for the following reasons:

  • The current in-excess of 100% utilization rates (claims experience) for PacificSource plans.
  • The reality that there are State health insurance plan options for public employers and their covered employees to consider.
  • Pat believe there will not be competitive “check bids” submitted given the two realities outlined above.

As a point of clarification when Utilization rates/experience ratings exceed 85-88% the insurance company loses money on the group.

Please watch for an announcement coming soon from HR with dates and times of Insurance 101 information sessions.

 

Joint Insurance Committee composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance.***

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

A HUGE thanks to all the Classified employees who will be working nights and weekends at the end of June to close out the fiscal year!

Have a classified staff member you would like to recognize?  Send it to communications@lccef.org.

 

Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact communications@lccef.org and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on Fridays  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

MetLife Auto & Home Insurance

Buying a car and a home are likely the two biggest purchases you will make in a lifetime. Because it is important to protect these valuable assets, the AFT has joined with MetLife Auto & Home to provide access to special group discounts on auto and home insurance.

More info here: http://snapquoteinsurance.com/aftbenefits

 

Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining – Economic Reopener – Currently underway
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee

 

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Useful Links

 

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Kaiser Permanente announces expansion of Eugene services, starts to fill Lane County health needs

Kaiser Permanente Northwest is moving and expanding its Eugene office by about six times the size of its current office, allowing the medical provider to offer new services such as on-site imaging and lab work and an area to address needs like vaccinations and stitches quicker than a regular appointment.

Kaiser Permanente will eventually close its current 3,273-square foot location and transfer all primary care and lab services to the new 18,697 square-foot office about three miles away in Chase Gardens Medical Center, which is scheduled to open May 2020.

With the expansion, Kaiser Permanente moves toward filling a gap in Lane County’s health needs. But that gap is so significant, particularly in areas of substance abuse and mental health supports, that county public health officials say even Kaiser’s expansion won’t be enough.

Bigger space, more services

Kaiser Permanente has been evaluating new sites for its primary care facility for the past year, because the lease on the downtown Eugene medical office at 100 W. 13th St. expires in 2020, according to spokesperson Kimberly Mounts.

“We have got a lot of feedback from the business community that said, ‘What’s next? Where will you be going?’ ” Mounts said. “So we wanted to get this out as soon as possible.”

Kaiser Permanente administration is planning for about 18 total exam rooms in the new Eugene office, compared to the eight exam rooms in its current location. The new office also will offer a nurse treatment center, expanded imaging and pharmacy services and additional on-site lab services. The existing support at the current location takes up about 2,000 square feet.

The nurse treatment center is a part of the new facility where patients can come in if they need to get something minor done and want to skip making an appointment with a physician. Needs such as vaccinations, stitches removal and anything else within a nurse’s scope of care can be done there.

“In primary care at Kaiser Permanente we have lots of different ways we serve patients and we try to create the right level of access for patients for their medical needs,” said Shannon Surber, senior administrator. ”(The nurse center) is a convenient way for members to get their needs met quickly.”

The provider also is expanding its access to digital appointments, or “telehealth” services. These are appointments done by phone, video chat or visits online. The website suggests these be used for quick questions about topics such as follow-up care, test results, birth control consultations and symptoms.

They also add convenience for members who live out of town or are unavailable to go to an in-person appointment for something simple.

“There are certain types of appointments that are very easy to be done face-to-face through a digital component or video technology,” Mounts said. “So that will be part of our expansion too … making those services more robust and providing appropriate spaces for those virtual medical appointments.”

The provider was looking to expand in Eugene following an uptick in demand when it started taking new memberships in 2018, two years after the downtown medical office opened in 2016. At first, the office was only available to those who already had a membership, but Mounts said after going through the legal hurdles, Kaiser Permanente opened up to new members and saw significant growth.

What Lane County still needs

Lane County has a significant need for more medical support related to substance abuse and mental health, according to Patrick Luedtke, senior public health officer for the county. And it’s an issue that outweighs an expansion of services even this large.

“It will not be enough,” Luedtke said. “It certainly would help, but we have more access needs than could be met in just doubling of one clinic.”

While the breadth of primary care available continues to expand in Lane County, he said it doesn’t mean people are making use of it.

“In some ways we’re fortunate in the primary care world,” he said. “But just because you have a clinic doesn’t mean you have access to care.”

Patients could still have to wait six months for an appointment, despite the expanding access to primary care providers such as PeaceHealth and Kaiser Permanente and with smaller clinics in the area like Junction City Medical Clinic and free options like White Bird Clinic and Occupy Medical.

But Surber said by integrating more aspects of a medical visit — such as imaging and picking up a prescription — into one place, Kaiser Permanente hopes it will help with access to preventative care and encourage people to continue care when needed since it will be in one spot.

“The most exciting thing is the co-location of primary care and ancillary services,” Surber said. “For example, if the pharmacy is right there and accessible you’re more likely to fill your prescription than if you have to drive across town. If you sprain your ankle, you’re more likely to get imaging done if it’s down the hall than if you have to make another appointment …”

The access piece is most important, particularly in the major issues of treatment for mental health and substance abuse, Luedtke said, because a person’s social situation has a major impact on their health. This is especially important when talking about homelessness and overall public health.

“One of the biggest things we could do for them is get them housing. And not just a warm house, but what we call supportive housing,” he said. Supportive housing could include programs like vocational or counseling services.

“This is not just an epidemic — this is a syndemic,” said Luedtke. “You can’t solve one without the other sometimes.”

The new Kaiser Permanente medical office will be at Chase Gardens Medical Center, 360 S. Garden Way.

Kaiser Permanente opened its downtown medical center and its Valley River dental office at 1011 Valley River Way in January 2016. The dental office will continue to operate at its current location.

Follow Jordyn Brown on Twitter @thejordynbrown or email at jbrown@registerguard.com.

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6/3/2019 Weekly Communications Update

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Current Bargaining Offer from Lane Community College

As of May 24, 2019

Salary Schedule Adjustment
(a.k.a. Pay Raises)

Step Increase

Insurance

1.75%
(But only if we move to OEBB)

None

Move to OEBB
Discontinue FSA
(This amounts to a pay decrease for anyone using the FSA benefit)

This is a synopsis of the current official proposal from the college.  Other discussions and “supposals” may be outlined in bargaining updates, but if it’s not in the table above, it’s not official.

If you want to make a big splash, come sit in on bargaining

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking a late lunch and eat with us. As a reminder, sessions start at 1 p.m. in Center, Room 303. Even staying for 15 minutes and joining in solidarity will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those members showing support by wearing red on Fridays, sitting in on Bargaining sessions and displaying posters We really appreciate the support!

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Our last Bargaining Update was after the meeting on May 24, 2019 (we did not bargain last Friday, May 31st).  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 — 5:15pm

Forum, Bldg 17 Room 308/309

The bulk of the agenda will be devoted to contract bargaining and questions about insurance.  Please be there if at all possible!

See the latest proposal from the college here.

Membership Drive

Monday, June 10th – Thursday, June 13th 2019

LCCEF will be organizing a spring term membership drive and we are excited for you to help!

Our goal for our  membership drive is to continue to reach out to classified staff, have conversations with non-members about joining LCCEF as a member and ask existing members to join us in delivering our post card pledge cards at the June 13th board meeting. By continuing to increase membership and participation we continue to strengthen LCCEF as a union.

Please sign up for the times you will make it (not just broad availability), we will send out shift reminders a day in advance. SIGN IN HERE

 

Union Vote

There is a possibility that we could have a contract ratification vote as soon as June 27, 2019.

In order to vote, you must be a member of the union.  Becoming a full member just requires you to sign a membership card but processing the new membership through HR takes a little time, so please don’t wait until the last minute if you would like to have a vote.

If we hold a contract ratification vote on June 27th, and you are not already a full member, you will need to have your membership application signed and submitted to any Union Officer no later than Friday, June 7th (that’s this coming Friday, friends).

If you are not a full member, please consider becoming one.  Our strength is in numbers. You and your vote matter tremendously.

 

Insurance Committee

2019-20 OEBB Rates and Plan Designs

Reminder: there is a Joint Insurance Committee composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

With the intent of providing information and education, the OEBB subcommittee created a summary (not all inclusive) of 2018/2019 PacificSource plans in comparison to the 2 most popular 2018/2019 Faculty OEBB plans.  (Please note we used the most expensive and least expensive or our current PacificSource plans and did not include the Pacific Source 800 or 1200 deductible Smart Choice plans in this summary.) The summary can be viewed here.

The full PacificSource plan comparisons and rate chart  are available on the HR website as well as information on the Faculty plans.  Please note these are current rates (2018/2019), not the new rates.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance.
This summary is for information and education purposes only. ***

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

General services and carpenters For helping the CML office staff so quickly and with a pleasant attitude. We appreciate all the hard work you do!

Employee appreciate planning team and set up team. It was a great event!

Have a classified staff member you would like to recognize?  Send it to communications@lccef.org.

 

Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact communications@lccef.org and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on Fridays  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

Extra Holidays by Wyndham

As a member of the AFT, you will receive up to 20 percent off the “best available rate”

Wyndham ® Extra Holidays offers studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom deluxe suites with fully equipped kitchens, in room washer/dryer, separate bedrooms and living rooms, and over-sized jetted tubs. Three Exciting Brands, 37 desirable Vacation destinations throughout the United States including Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico! Our deluxe suites range in size from 500 to over 2,500 square feet allowing for a more memorable and comfortable vacation experience.

Even if you are just going to visit family, staying in a resort with amenities makes a huge difference.  And you can practically pay for the room with what you save by using the in-room kitchen instead of eating out 3 meals a day with your whole family.  

Visit: http://www.extraholidays.com/memberbenefit.aspx?identifier=8000000297

 

Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining – Economic Reopener – Currently
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee

Useful Links

 

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Notes from GMM on 5/21/2019

We met to share the details of the colleges proposal and LCCEF proposal, the status of bargaining and what we need to do next.  We shared how to access all our updates and information on the website.

We gave an update to insurance:

  • We’ve asked for RFP/bid from other Providers- not in yet
  • No new Pacific Source rates yet
  • We asked how many had attended the OEBB Moda Information Sessions and shared about the OEBB Kaiser Information Sessions to be held the next day
  • Discussed the June 30 deadline to tell OEBB we will switch.  That date for switching is 90 days before current plans ends. We can get an extension from PS but there would be a large cost for the extra 30 days.  
  • Discussed the negatives for switching to OEBB.  Once in we are stuck – we have no control of plan design – and there is a law that enforces OEBB to not go up more than 3.5% in any year which means they may have to change plans every year to keep the plans low.
  • Discussed the positives for switching OEBB.  We would be in a very large pool. All of K12 and nearly every community college are in the pool.  This keeps experience rating low which keeps premiums low. Historically faculty have paid zero to a very small premium for all plans since they have been on it for the past 10 years.
  • We encouraged everyone to educate themselves about how the change would impact them.  This is a very personal choice and only they can determine if it will be right for them.
  • A question was asked about an individuals experience rating when they retire and how it would work for them if we are in OEBB.  We found out the answer is this: experience ratings only apply to groups being insured each of us will have to fill out a provider application for insurance elsewhere if we leave LCC.   
  • Another member shared a belief that prescriptions will not be paid for until the deductible is met if on OEBB plans.  That is true only of HSA plans. Depending on the plan chosen prescription benefits are paid much like they are on Pacific Source.
  • See a brief insurance comparison summary based on 2018/2019 rates.  
  • OEBB RATES 19/20
  • OEBB PLANS 19/20
  • Pacific Source RATES 18/19
  • Pacific Source PLANS 18/19

We learned in Bargaining on 5.24.19 that the Pacific Source rates are in now and the college will share those with the campus community this week.

We discussed the following Actions Members can do to help bargaining

  • Sign pledge card – If you need a card reach out to any Union Officer
  • Wear red on Fridays – If you need a t-shirt reach out to any Union Officer
  • Hang signs and posters – If you need signs or posters reach out to any Union Officer
  • Attend a Bargaining Session – Every Friday, 1-3pm, CEN 303 – be sure to use flex time, lunch time, or personal time

 

Last we handed out a brief poll about Insurance

 

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Questions (and answers) from GMM on 5/21/2019

Questions asked by Members that were written on cards and left behind for our response.  

 

Question: Do we have any data/statistics on reduction and cost savings of classified staff after retirement incentives?

Answer: Take a look at the information at this link.  It shows the ESI Summary of employees back to 2015. https://www.lanecc.edu/sites/default/files/budget/separation_incentive_summaries_updated_2019.pdf

 

Question: What are they offering faculty economic wise?

Answer: We’ve been told they are offering them the same.  Zero steps, zero COLA. They are already with OEBB and received a salary schedule increase of 1.75% when they moved to OEBB in 2008/2009 year.

 

Question: What efforts are being made to make sure part time staff from other campuses are included in the conversation and know the consequences of the decisions we are discussing?  I think we need to meet face to face more so we can work through this conversations all together.

Answer: We completely agree with you and plan to hold another GMM in the next 2 weeks.  Date to be announced soon. As for ensuring others can participate we did film the last GMM and have made the link available to the Custodial Staff who work in the evenings.  We plan to announce in this update that we can make it available to others on a request basis. We do not intend to post it to our website as discussing bargaining strategies should not be public.

 

Statement: Let’s make it clear where those “retirement incentive” savings are going – 6 figure management & Assoc VP titles.

This is not framed as a question so we have no response other than to state we are ver opposed to the Administration’s decision to fill 11 manager vacancies.  

 

Suggestion: On one card left behind was this idea to assist with the Bargaining process. Please send us your ideas and willingness to implement them as well.  

Building a go to Community Support @ Food/Rent on LCCEF website – Who can organize…. give/need

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Weekly Communications Update 5/28/2019

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Current Bargaining Offer from Lane Community College

As of March 8, 2019

Salary Schedule Adjustment
(a.k.a. Pay Raises)

Step Increase

Insurance

0.00%

None

Move to OEBB

Discontinue FSA

(This amounts to a pay decrease for anyone using the FSA benefit)

This is a synopsis of the current official proposal from the college.  Other discussions and “supposals” may be outlined in bargaining updates, but if it’s not in the table above, it’s not official.

If you want to make a big splash, come sit in on bargaining

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking a late lunch and eat with us. As a reminder, sessions start at 1 p.m. in Center, Room 303. Even staying for 15 minutes and joining in solidarity will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those who sat in Bargaining last week!  We really appreciate the support!

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Our last Bargaining Update was after the meeting on May 24, 2019.  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

Insurance Committee

2019-20 OEBB Rates and Plan Designs

Reminder: there is a Joint Insurance Committee composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

With the intent of providing information and education, the OEBB subcommittee created a summary (not all inclusive) of our current PacificSource plans in comparison to the 2 most popular current Faculty OEBB plans.  (Please note we used the most expensive and least expensive or our current PacificSource plans and did not include the Pacific Source 800 or 1200 deductible Smart Choice plans in this summary.) The summary can be viewed here.

The full PacificSource plan comparisons and rate chart  are available on the HR website as well as information on the Faculty plans.  Please note these are current rates, not the new rates.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance. This summary is for information and education purposes only. ***

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

2019 EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION CELEBRATION, MAY 29

Please join us in the appreciation of employees who have reached milestone anniversaries and retirements during our annual Employee Recognition Celebration on Wednesday, May 29, in the Center for Meeting and Learning, Bldg. 19, 3-5 p.m. This is a time to show gratitude for these amazing employees’ dedicated service to our students and community.  

Please be certain to mark the date and time into your calendar, and plan to recognize your colleagues!

We will be honoring the following Lane staff:


*** Retirees

  

Barbara Bailey
Wendell Butler
Gayle Chisholm
Liz Coleman
Julie Copley
Tasha Drake

Mary Gilroy
Beverly Glass
Jane Marshall
Patty Martinez
Pam McClelland
Brian McMurray
Doug Monroe

Man Ngyen
Sue Norton
John Oglesby
Tina Reyes
Sara-Etha Schneider
Nancy Schwoerer
John Steele
Bren TielCarol Waterhouse


*** 40 Year

*** 30 Year

 

Dennis Mills

Debbie Brockmann
Kim Dawson
Cynthia Dietz
Jamie Kelsch

Randa Law
Ron Little
Janet Martin
Tracy Rea
Gail Shilliday

*** 20 Year

  

Linda Ackers
Barbara Barlow Powers
Joy Crump
Kathleen Fuller
Geneva Martin

Patty Martinez
Doug Monroe
Marla Norton
Andrea Rice
Marie Sagaberd

Jane Irwin

Paula Sena
Randal Wells
Kevin Williams


*** 10 Year

  

Rosa Maria Banuelos-Uribe
Matthew Cole
Terry Dale
Khristina Fuller
Shallu Gupta
Christopher Hanneson
David Jones
Donna Jones

Ray Knerl
Elisa Lais
Laura Lawver
Dee Lynch
Michael McCarthy
Julia Nellis
Cathy Nolan
Colleen Veharic

Elaine Zalonis
Angel Paz Murillo
Angela Pittaluga
David Reagan
Mark Richardson
Tanya Sellers
Joan Shelly
Barbara Sklar

Have a classified staff member you would like to recognize?  Send it to communications@lccef.org.

 

Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact communications@lccef.org and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on Fridays  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

25% off Vacation Rentals

AFT members will receive 25 percent off vacation rentals when booking online.

Details here: http://unionplus.tradingplaces.com/

 

Budget Committee Update

(2nd Announcement) The LCCEF Budget Committee has posted the 2017 Profit and Loss Summary.  To view this, and all other budget related information, please visit their page on the LCCEF website.

 

Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining – Economic Reopener – Currently
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee
  • Oregon AFL-CIO & LERC Summer School

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5/20/2019 Weekly Communications Update

 

General Membership Meeting

12:05 to 12:55 p.m. – Tuesday, May 21 – Bldg. 4, Room 106

We encourage classified employees to join us for the general membership meeting from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 in Building 4, Room 106. The primary goal is to mobilize as a bargaining unit and receive updates and feedback on current bargaining proposals, insurance and to discuss strategies as a unit. Your voice is needed!

 

Bargaining – Economic Reopener

Current Bargaining Offer from Lane Community College

As of March 8, 2019

Salary Schedule Adjustment
(a.k.a. Pay Raises)

Step Increase

Insurance

0.00%

None

Move to OEBB

Discontinue FSA

(This amounts to a pay decrease for anyone using the FSA benefit)

This is a synopsis of the current official proposal from the college.  Other discussions and “supposals” may be outlined in bargaining updates, but if it’s not in the table above, it’s not official.

If you want to make a big splash, come sit in on bargaining

Classified members are welcome and encouraged to attend the sessions. We recognize the hardship for some employees who are unable to take personal time to join; consider taking a late lunch and eat with us. As a reminder, sessions start at 1 p.m. in Center, Room 303. Even staying for 15 minutes and joining in solidarity will make an impact.  Please be sure to coordinate with your manager. Sitting in on bargaining can not be done on paid time, so you will need to use a lunch hour, break or personal/vacation time and be sure that attending does not negatively impact your daily work.

Thank you to those who sat in Bargaining last week!  We really appreciate the support!

Details about bargaining meetings will be posted each Monday and referenced in the weekly communications update (just like this).  All posts will be available through the Bargaining Committee page on the website.

Our last Bargaining Update was after the meeting on May 17, 2019.  Please send questions, or support, to the bargaining team.  You can also use the forums to discuss bargaining, but please remember to keep it professional.  

 

Insurance Committee

OEBB/Kaiser Information Sessions this week

Wednesday, May 22 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm in Building 4, Room 106
Wednesday, May 22 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Building 4, Room 106

2019-20 OEBB Rates and Plan Designs

Reminder: there is a Joint Insurance Committee composed of 10 classified members and 7 managers.  

With the intent of providing information and education, the OEBB subcommittee created a summary (not all inclusive) of our current PacificSource plans in comparison to the 2 most popular current Faculty OEBB plans.  (Please note we used the most expensive and least expensive or our current PacificSource plans and did not include the Pacific Source 800 or 1200 deductible Smart Choice plans in this summary.) The summary can be viewed here.

The full PacificSource plan comparisons and rate chart  are available on the HR website as well as information on the Faculty plans.  Please note these are current rates, not the new rates.  

*** Note there is no decision to go to OEBB.  The membership will vote on insurance. This summary is for information and education purposes only. ***

 

Classified Staff Spotlight

Science Classified Employees Called Out

Paul Ruscher, Science Dean, called out his Classified Employees on a VERY positive note for the support they provide to the Science Division, it’s faculty and students. Paul recently wrote of his team;

I want to mention to you how proud I am to be on the verge of completing another year as Science Dean. Today has been a tremendously fulfilling day as I’ve seen the fruits of your labor in support of our faculty and deployment of research opportunities for our students, majors and non-majors alike. We could not see this work succeed without your commitment and support, and I thank you all very much for your dedication! I truly believe that I have the fortune of working with the best team on campus.”  “Rosie Kirwin and Todd Stuhr serve in our science laboratories (life and physical sciences, respectively), and we’ve just hired Sara Pittman as our new Life Sciences Laboratory Instructional Specialist. Joe Bowles is our Project Coordinator/Chemical Hygiene Specialist, and Duane Dedrickson provides support as an instructional specialist in Physics. Star Glass serves as coordinator in our Science Resource Center, supported by Gavin Oliver. Our IT specialist is Priscella Johnson, supported by Kevin Lewis, and they also support the Mathematics Division. Four of these staff work for us only part-time in their classified roles, and have other duties here at Lane, and elsewhere. And finally, our front office staff includes Von Young, our Project Coordinator, and Zhasmene Bowles, our Administrative Specialist, both of whom provide incredible support to all of us.”  

WAY TO GO SCIENCE STAFF! And thank you Paul for showing them your appreciation!!

 

2019 EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION CELEBRATION, MAY 29

Please join us in the appreciation of employees who have reached milestone anniversaries and retirements during our annual Employee Recognition Celebration on Wednesday, May 29, in the Center for Meeting and Learning, Bldg. 19, 3-5 p.m. This is a time to show gratitude for these amazing employees’ dedicated service to our students and community.  

Please be certain to mark the date and time into your calendar, and plan to recognize your colleagues!

We will be honoring the following Lane staff:


 

*** Retirees

  

Barbara Bailey
Wendell Butler
Gayle Chisholm
Liz Coleman
Julie Copley
Tasha Drake

Mary Gilroy
Beverly Glass
Jane Marshall
Patty Martinez
Pam McClelland
Brian McMurray
Doug Monroe

Man Ngyen
Sue Norton
John Oglesby
Tina Reyes
Sara-Etha Schneider
Nancy Schwoerer
John Steele
Bren TielCarol Waterhouse


*** 40 Year

*** 30 Year

 

Dennis Mills

Debbie Brockmann
Kim Dawson
Cynthia Dietz
Jamie Kelsch

Randa Law
Ron Little
Janet Martin
Tracy Rea
Gail Shilliday

*** 20 Year

  

Linda Ackers
Barbara Barlow Powers
Joy Crump
Kathleen Fuller
Geneva Martin

Patty Martinez
Doug Monroe
Marla Norton
Andrea Rice
Marie Sagaberd

Jane Irwin

Paula Sena
Randal Wells
Kevin Williams


*** 10 Year

  

Rosa Maria Banuelos-Uribe
Matthew Cole
Terry Dale
Khristina Fuller
Shallu Gupta
Christopher Hanneson
David Jones
Donna Jones

Ray Knerl
Elisa Lais
Laura Lawver
Dee Lynch
Michael McCarthy
Julia Nellis
Cathy Nolan
Colleen Veharic

Elaine Zalonis
Angel Paz Murillo
Angela Pittaluga
David Reagan
Mark Richardson
Tanya Sellers
Joan Shelly
Barbara Sklar

Have a classified staff member you would like to recognize?  Send it to communications@lccef.org.

 

Do Your Part for Bargaining

The bargaining team needs your help!

Office Signs

If you have an office with a highly visible window and you would like a “Fair Contract NOW” sign, contact communications@lccef.org and we’ll get you one.  If you aren’t up to a big sign, get a smaller version here.  It will look great on your office door, or in your cubicle.  

Wear red on Fridays  

The bargaining team needs administration to see that the Classified union stands together.  Looking out the window on the 3rd floor of the Center Building during bargaining and seeing red shirts helps more than you know!

 

Union Benefits – Discounts on almost everything

Have Student Loan Debt?

If you work in the public service, this little-known government program called “Public Service Loan Forgiveness” could allow you to have all of your direct federal student loans forgiven, tax-free.

www.forgivemystudentdebt.org, a resource for those who need to learn the landscape of free and underused federal programs that help many student loan borrowers lower their monthly payments and, in some cases, even have their debt forgiven.

 

Budget Committee Update

(2nd Announcement) The LCCEF Budget Committee has posted the 2017 Profit and Loss Summary.  To view this, and all other budget related information, please visit their page on the LCCEF website.

 

Upcoming and Current Work.

Many hands make light work!  We could REALLY use your help! To participate in any of these opportunities, or to find out more, click here.

  • Bargaining – Economic Reopener – Currently
  • Research into e-Voting for union business
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee (educate members and managers)
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance Committee
  • Oregon AFL-CIO & LERC Summer School

 

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2019-20 OEBB Rates and Plan Designs

First off, there has been no decision to move to OEBB. 

Please don’t assume that this is being posted because of some decision.  I simply want to share with you so you can be informed.  Information is power. 


2019-20 RATES & PLAN DESIGNS

 OEBB is pleased to announce the new plan designs and rates have been posted. You can find this information at:

www.OEBBplandocs.com

We appreciate your patience during this time as it has taken longer than previous years.  Moda medical plan offerings are changing this year, which required extra time to assure rates and designs were accurate.

You will notice some changes as you review the benefit and rate summaries. We will cover some of the highlights here. We encourage you to join one of our upcoming webinars to learn more. Scroll down to find the schedule and registration links below.

INSURANCE COMMITTEE WEBINARS

During these webinars you will hear directly from OEBB staff and the carriers. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.  Please click your preferred date/time below to register.

Insurance Committee Live Webinar Schedule:

Tuesday, May 21 (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 29 (10:00 – 11:30 a.m.)
Thursday, June 6 (12:30 – 2:00 p.m.)

Everyone who registers will receive an email after the session with a link to the slides and recording, so please register even if you can’t tune in. You can watch the recording at your convenience and still submit your questions the same way you would live. Your question will be delivered to OEBB staff via email and you can expect a response within the next few business days.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2019-20

Medical Plan Highlights

BENEFITS:

  • All medical plans will include a new fertility benefit.
  • Kaiser Permanente will expand coverage of services and prescriptions related to reproductive health and women’s preventive health with no cost-share.
  • Kaiser Permanente will enhance hearing aid coverage.
  • Moda is launching all new plans under just one network. All Moda plans will utilize Moda’s statewide Connexus provider network. The Synergy and Summit networks will be discontinued for all OEBB plans effective October 1, 2019.
  • Under Moda, members will still have a choice of plans with various deductibles and copays/coinsurance. OEBB will make a “crosswalk” available to members to help them identify which new plan has a deductible closest to their previous plan.
  • Each family member on a Moda medical plan will have the option to participate in coordinated care and receive an enhanced benefit compared to those who choose not to participate in coordinated care. To receive the enhanced benefit, the member must choose a primary care provider known as a “PCP 360” with Moda. These PCP 360 providers have agreed to:
    • deliver full-circle care, coordinating their care with other providers, as needed, and
    • be held accountable for the health of the patients who choose them.
  • Moda is in the process of contracting with PCP 360 providers. They will be updating their Find Care tool over the summer so members will be able to see which providers they may choose as their PCP 360.
  • Compared to those who do not choose coordinated care, the enhanced benefit includes:
    • a lower individual deductible,
    • a lower individual out-of-pocket maximum, and
    • lower copays for office, specialist, and alternative care visits.
  • Many OEBB members already see a PCP 360, so their choice will be easy. Others may need to change providers to receive the enhanced benefit of coordinated care. Keep in mind, all Connexus network providers will be “in-network”, so if a member prefers to stay with their current Connexus network provider who is not a PCP 360, they can still receive the non-coordinated care benefit by using a Connexus provider without going “out-of-network”.

RATES:

  • The OEBB Board is introducing an additional set of rates on the Moda medical plans for this upcoming plan year, called “Select” rates.
  • For some plans, the Select rates will be the same as the traditional rates. For other plans, they will differ.
  • Select rates apply only to members whose most recent OEBB medical plan enrollment between June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019 was in a Moda CCM Synergy/Summit Plan.
  • Members will not qualify for the Select rates if they were not eligible for OEBB benefits June 30, 2019 through September 30, 2019, or if their most recent OEBB medical plan enrollment June 30, 2019 through September 30, 2019, was Waiving, Opting Out or enrolled in a Kaiser Permanente or Moda PPO Connexus plan.

Dental and Vision Plan Highlights

  • Willamette Dental Group will have a change to their dental implant surgery benefit effective October 1, 2019.
  • Delta Dental and Kaiser Permanente dental plans will remain the same for the 2019-20 plan year.
  • The VSP vision plans will remain the same for the 2019-20 plan year.