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Member Organizing Institute – Round 3

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 March 20, 2019, but I recommend submitting your application ASAP to be considered for the program. More details about the program and the application are attached.

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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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Email from a union member to the college

Earlier this week I received one of those emails we sometimes see blasted out through Groupwise to a group of people. This particular email was in support of a manager who may have been unjustly released. While, as your classified union, we don’t have any power on management decisions about management, there was a section in this email that pertained to us, the LCCEF union.

I won’t quote the entire email, but I will quote the one paragraph…

“As I watch this all unfold I am reminded how grateful I am to be part of a union and of how important it is keep our unions strong. Is this how the college would treat us all if we were not protected? I am always concerned when I see unjust labor practices. This is the first time I have ever found myself needing to speak up for a management position, but I simply cannot remain silent. Does he deserve a forced removal without warning just a couple of years before 30 years at the college and in PERS? Should we all expect this as we near retirement age? He has demonstrated a broad array of skills and flexibility, while being asked to lead multiple unrelated areas, and yet the college finds absolutely NO place for him moving forward. There has been many an undeserving manager who was afforded far more options. Just because one may have the right to “fire at will”, does not mean that this practice should be utilized. At minimum even the worst individuals should be given warning and the opportunity to amend. Believe me, I am more than relieved and grateful when toxic, abusive, lazy, manipulative or vindictive managers are ultimately asked to leave…”

These are difficult times for Lane Community College.  College leadership has a lot of hard decisions to make.  Your union is here to make sure that the college leadership is not making rash decisions without considering the contract it has with the classified staff.

If you are a full member, please consider helping out on one of the committees doing the work of the union.  If you are not a full member, please consider joining the union as a full member. There is strength in numbers.  It is obvious, now more than ever, that we need that strength to make sure we all receive fair treatment and that our union has the funds and member numbers to enforce our contract.

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LCCEF Group Photo

To show our solidarity, the LCCEF Executive Council would like to have a group photo including as many members as can come.

Date/Time:  Thursday June 28th @ 12pm (noon)

Location:  The Plaza (West of  the Center Building on Main Campus)

Gear:  Please wear your union garb!  Union shirt, union buttons, Union signs, Red clothing.  Whatever you have that screams LCCEF! 

For those of you who can’t make it, or who are not able to get to Main Campus, please feel free to take selfies, or group photos in your locations and forward them along to communications@lccef.org!

This is a very important time for LCCEF, its members and unions across the country to show that we stand together!

 

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The impact of Janus on LCCEF

Today, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court turned their backs on workers to side with the wealthy and powerful who have spent hundreds of millions to attack and defund unions. In today’s decision in the Janus v. AFSCME, the Court overturned a precedent that for more than 40 years had recognized the ability of unions to collect “fair share” fees. In the 1977 Abood v. Detroit Board of Education case, the Supreme Court ruled that employees represented by a union — including nonmembers — should pay agency fees to compensate the union for bargaining contracts and other services.

The ruling today isn’t about petitioner Mark Janus, an Illinois public employee. It’s about the decades- long push by the mega-rich and powerful to preserve and expand their wealth and power at the expense of workers. It’s the latest offensive in the war on working families. It’s about making sure the rich keep getting richer while everyone else gets less.

 

The folks bankrolling the Janus case — the Koch Brothers, the DeVos family, and other corporate and wealthy interests — know that without unions, workers don’t have a voice to fight for a better life and greater opportunity. And with today’s ruling, the anti-union and anti-worker forces think they’ve won. They think we are defeated.

They couldn’t be more wrong!

In the wake of the Janus decision, expect right-wing extremists to step up their anti-union assault. Several state-based conservative think-tanks — like the Freedom Foundation and others — are already gearing up their union opt-out campaigns through door-to-door canvassing and media outreach. Their goal is to mislead union members into giving up our power and voice by opting out of union membership.

We will not be fooled!

Now is the time to stay in the fight. Together, in our unions, we are continuing the fight for our values — decent pay, quality healthcare, safe workplaces and fair treatment — our fundamental rights and our future.

We are ready to carry this fight forward — where our members work, in the communities we serve, and at the ballot box in November. Now is the time to stand together and stay united.

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Membership Drive Results

The LCCEF held a membership drive the week of 6/4 – 6/8/2018. We had a total of 82 conversations with classified employees, 47 members recommitted to their membership, we collected 2 political action fund donations and signed up 9 new members; raising membership to 54% of the bargaining unit!

Outstanding work by EC officers and worksite leaders that came out to volunteer during the week! Outstanding work by Rosa Maria who worked on the planning stages and volunteer outreach to make the drive successful. Thank you to Julia Trist and Maria Graybeal from AFT-Oregon for coming to help out!

Shout out to worksite leaders Marsha Sills, Nikki Li and EC officer Matt Danskine who rocked their first time organizing during the drive! 🌟 Shoutout to worksite leader, Amy Sanderson, for volunteering during both drives! 🌟 Shout out to Pat Griffin and Robin Geyer who had great conversations and collected the most Recommit cards!🌟

Lastly, shout out to our member organizer, D’Ante Carter, who has continued to do an amazing job before, and throughout the drive!

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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.