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Questions to think about

  • What is the cost to the college in monitoring contracts with subcontractors?
  • Is the subcontractor paying their utility costs such as electricity, water and gas, or is Lane?
  • How much IT support will be needed? If the subcontractor needs access to Banner, wifi, Lane’s internal network, Lane’s phone system… the impact to IT could be quite high. Who pays for that?
  • How about the Facilities Trades people and our Custodial Staff? Do subcontractors reimburse the college for these labor costs?
  • Who will pay for the repair and maintenance of Facilities? The college or the subcontractor?
  • We just invested $5,260,000 in the Titan Store remodel and $1,858,000 in the Food Services remodel.  
  • Might Food Services be able to show improvement now that there is stable management after multiple years of erratic leadership?
  • Barnes & Noble (B&N) are a for profit company. How will OER (Open Education Resource) materials be supported by B&N? Will they raise prices for textbooks to make up for losses from OER? Whether they raise book prices, or refuse to provide OER materials, this is a cost that passes directly to our students.
  • If B&N retains Lane employees but pay their employees less and offer less benefits, how will that inequity of pay impact the employees working together?
  • What are the other hidden issues that will show up when we share space with people who are not part of Lane’s family?
  • Will those not part of Lane’s family feel the pride in the new facilities (Titan Store and Food Services)?
  • Will the employees of a subcontractor such as Barnes and Noble be around long enough to get to know student and employee faces giving that personal touch?

Please share your thoughts and show your support for these services by submitting your name and comments here and if possible by being in attendance at the Board meeting on Thursday 1/10/19 at 6:30pm in the boardroom. We will do our best to share all of your comments with the Board during the Statements from Audience and will submit all responses to the Board members for their review.

 If attending the Board meeting remember to wear your Union t-shirts and/or buttons!

Please Note: In addition to arranging for comments to the Board your LCCEF team have been submitting requests for information and meeting with management from the Service areas and Administration to discuss restructuring that would help keep these services sustainable.

For instance:

  • One idea is to shift some FTE to the General fund for those employees who have duties in line with other employees at the college.
  • There are ideas for merging the services in creative ways to make the departments more streamlined to avoid duplication of services.
  • There could be savings in changing hours of operation.

Do you have ideas? Please share them here.

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12-17-2018 Weekly Update

UPDATE: Food Services/CML/Titan Store

Five of your Union Officers attended the Board meeting on Thursday, December 13, 2018 in support of the Center for Meeting and Learning (CML), Food Services and Titan Store. These services have all been under review since the summer of 2018.  We have posted new information in our weekly communications each time we have learned something new. Each of the 3 service departments have met with the college and the Union to engage them in conversation for restructuring ideas that would help them to be sustainable.  We learned what those recommendations were when the board packet was released to the Board, LCCEA & LCCEF just a few days before the Board meeting. We passed that information onto our members in our weekly communication Monday, December 10, 2018. Unfortunately that post was one day before the college met with Food Services to deliver the news.  For that we did apologized and are truly sorry. It was certainly not our intent to make matters more difficult but we did want to communicate with our membership as soon as possible.  

At the Board meeting, public comment was heard and the 20 minutes allotted for public comment was surpassed.  The room was filled to capacity with additional classified members spilling into the lobby. In addition we had 27 submissions from our members made through the lccef website.  Three of our Officers read the written submissions before handing them to the Board. Thank you so much to those who showed up and those who submitted comments. These things do make a difference!

Our impression from the Board’s questions and statements is that they are not in favor of outsourcing, however, some Board members did ask questions about local options for food services and bookstore operations. They recognized that the recommended changes from administration are not in line with our college mission and they do not serve our students, but we must remain financially responsible. They also understood that outsourcing of Food Services and the Titan Bookstore would have a domino effect impacting our International Students P&G.  There are many other issues to share and we will post them on lccef.org. The Board said they would prefer to see creative solutions instead of outsourcing. This is hopeful news, but we are not out of the woods yet, especially for Food Services.  We ask that everyone puts on their thinking caps and send us your ideas prior to the January Board Meeting. In addition, please attend the board meeting in January wearing your Union shirts.  Changes to these departments will be implemented July 1, 2019.

ULP Pre-Hearing Agreement

There are not, and have not been, managers, temporary or otherwise, serving as officers in the LCCEF.  There was a misunderstanding and a pre-hearing agreement reached. We are not aware of any other ULP fillings against us.

Our Classified Union is filled with excellent individuals like yourselves – some of whom have gone on to receive management positions. Remember Pat Griffin’s letter to membership as his farewell before accepting his new management position? Though we would prefer not to lose excellent classified members to management these changes are positive for our peers.  Some of our most respected and respectful managers started at Lane as classified employees. For example, Sharon Daniel, Craig Taylor, Thad Cowdin, Sue Norton, Don McNair, Jennifer Hayward, Heath Pierce, Russ Pierson and now Pat Griffin.

Administrative Transfers

(Classified Contract section 11.12) We all agree that sometimes employees just want a change in their work to feel energized again.  If you have found yourself stagnate and less than motivated in your work, perhaps a change in department or work would help. Since its inception, the transfer list has gone largely unused, but, in the past year, we’ve worked with the college to breathe new life into it.  We are attempting to use it as a means to help our members have new opportunities. When a position becomes available, HR will look at the list first to determine if there is a good fit for the vacant position before posting. We also encourage our members to reach out to the manager of a position you are aware of and interested in. Also let us know so we can advocate for you.  These are lateral transfers, not promotions. Reach out to Amanda Blunt in HR, or one of your Union Officers to learn more.  

AFT Winter School

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Contract Information in Plain English

The following is a summary of a portion of the layoff/recall section of the Classified Contract. To read it in its entirety, please click here. As always, if you have any questions about the contract, you can speak with your worksite leader, or ask the EC member of your choice.

11.4 Layoffs/Recall (For employees hired into budgeted positions of .500 FTE or greater)

11.4.1.1 Human Resources is required to provide at least 21-days advance notice if layoffs are planned.  Exceptions to this rule are

  1. If there is a position available for the targeted employee to move into (11.4.1.8.1)
  2. If the targeted employee has seniority and can bump an employee with less seniority in the same job class (11.4.1.8.2)
  3. If the targeted employee has seniority, but there is no less senior employee in the same job class, but there is a less senior employee if the same job family at the same pay level in a job the targeted employee is qualified to fill (11.4.1.8.3)
  4. If the employees job is grant funded (11.4.1.2.2)

    11.4.1.3 Order of layoffs

  1. All non-bargaining unit employees by job family college-wide
  2. Less than .500 FTE bargaining unit employees by job family college-wide
  3. .500 FTE or greater employees on trial service by job classification college wide.
  4. Permanent .500 FTE or greater employees by job classification college-wide.

11.4.1.5 Employees being retained must be qualified for the job to which they are assigned. Disputes regarding such qualifications shall be resolved through the grievance procedure.

11.4.1.6 No employee is required to “bump” or accept recall to a position of lesser FTE or salary. Refusal of such a position shall not affect an employee’s right to recall.

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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 in Spring 2019
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders
  • Grievance council

Our union by the numbers

  • Membership: 800 Total classified  / 349 members (~43.6%)  / 451 (~56.4%) Non-members (As of 11/30/2018)
  • Officers: 7 officer positions filled  / 2 positions vacant (Chief Labor Delegate, COPE Chair)
  • Labor Management: 36 active cases including 6 multiple member/group issues. 61 resolved since Jan 1, 2018
  • Currently 1 formal complaint and 1 grievance.
  • Helped place 13 members in new positions with 1 more in process.

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Email sent 12/12/2018

Hello Classified Staff,

We write to you today to request some help supporting Food Services, the Titan Store and the Center for Meeting and Learning (CML).  The Board of Ed meets tomorrow evening at 6:30pm in the boardroom in building 3.  One of the hot topics of this meeting are the outsourcing and/or restructuring of three important departments at Lane.  Not only do these departments provide necessary services, but they also provide important learning opportunities and jobs for our students, (student employees and work study students).

Center for Meeting and Learning (CML)

If FTE in the CML is reduced will they be able to continue to see revenue over expenses as they recently achieved due to restructuring efforts by Chef Tim and the CML staff?  The CML has 11 contracted staff, and 1 manager. The CML supports students by employing 6 work study students, 20-50 classified timesheet employees (a combination of students and off campus employees) and a number of lab students from the Culinary and Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management program (CAHRTM) every term as well as offering Co-op Ed opportunities for students interested in a hospitality career.

Reducing FTE in the CML would have a negative impact on our ability to manage the work that makes the CML such a positive environment for our students and the community at large.

What the CML provides

  • Tuition waivers for students who work in the CML. It is the tuition waiver that sometimes determines if a student can stay at Lane.
  • We employ not only students in the CAHRTM program but from business, media arts and international programs.
  • Hands on experience for students.  This has helped hundreds of students go on to be business owners and executive chefs.
  • We support LCC foundation scholarships with the Harvest Dinner fundraiser, the largest fundraiser of the year.
  • We support the Whiteaker Thanksgiving dinner by volunteering and providing facilities.
  • The CML is a key event space in the Eugene/Springfield area.
  • The CML hosts Gift of Literacy each year
  • Student orientations, welcome lunches, proms, graduations, weddings, celebrations of life, holiday parties, conferences, awards dinners…
  • Every winter the CML serves hot meals to our LCC Warming Center guests.
  • The CML is a great recruitment tool for Lane.

The CML team has worked very hard to earn a top reputation for Lane Community College and reducing FTE would make it impossible to continue the same level of commitment and amount of student involvement.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do what needs to be done with less FTE. 

Food Services

If Food Services is outsourced we will displace 5 contracted staff, 1 manager, and approximately 60 classified timesheet employees (a combination of students and off campus employees).  If we bring in vendors we will no longer have control over what food we provide to our students or the quality of that food. In addition:

  • Food Services donates food to the Mission, helping those in need in our community.
  • Food Services mentors and trains students to help them be employable outside of Lane.
  • Food Services supports The Renaissance Room (the student restaurant) and the baking and pastry classes giving students real world experience in both front and back of house operations.
  • Food Services employs our International Students who have few opportunities for employment because of their student VISAs.  The international program is thriving.  Do we want to damage that?

Alternative ideas:

  • Perhaps we merge Food Services with Titan Store and P&G and share management and administrative employees.
  • Perhaps Titan Store contracts again with Food Services for their fresh foods (sandwiches, wraps, etc.)
  • Perhaps we increase the cost to customers by a small amount.
  • Perhaps we accept this is a service the college must support.

Questions:

  • Many years ago Taco time was at Lane.  What was the reason they left or were no longer allowed here?  What wasn’t working then?
  • We have a brand new Food Services facilities at great expense to the college.  Will vendors be expected to maintain or replace equipment?
  • Will vendors have to pay for custodial services and Facilities support?
  • How will it work for vendors to share the kitchen with the Culinary students?

Titan Store

If the Titan Store is run by Barnes and Noble (B&N), we risk losing the ability to support OER (Open Education Resources) that help our students afford the education they need. OER materials are, by definition, free or very inexpensive resources.  B&N is a for profit organization, so they have no incentive to offer free or “open” materials to our students.  The Titan Store  supports OER’s (to its detriment) because it is in the best interest of the students.  Will B&N do the same? 

As a college we have stated we need to focus our energy on what will benefit our students.   One source has told us that B&N managers receive incentives based on profit.  This could mean staggering book purchases to not have unsold books sitting on the shelves, but that could mean students are without books at the start of term.  Our Titan Store employs 12-15 Work Study students per year.  These students gain valuable work experience to help them get a retail job elsewhere while working on their certifications or degrees.  This will not be available through B&N. 

Other possibilities & questions:

  • B&N may choose not to use our Printing and Graphics service, causing a reduction in income in yet another service department.
  • B&N may choose to not purchase the entire Titan Store inventory causing Lane to sell it off at pennies on the dollar creating loss for the college.
  • Will the college expect B&N to pay for custodial services and Facilities support?  
  • Will B&N maintain or replace equipment damaged or depreciated over time?  
  • Will B&N use local vendors and businesses that Lane has built relationships with over the years or will they purchase from businesses elsewhere that may not pay a living wage to employees?  That would not be in line with Lane’s values. 

Alternative ideas:

  • Every year the Titan Store returns $500,000 to the General Fund. We don’t ask this of other necessary services at Lane such as Facilities and IT.  Perhaps during this historic low enrollment period we remove that requirement to help the store be more profitable.  We can always reinstate that in lucrative times.   
  • Perhaps we shift a few of the Titan Store employees to other areas of the campus. Example:  The IT Tech in Titan Store could be moved to the IT department but be dedicated for the Titan Store while also serving other campus IT needs.
  • Perhaps we merge Food Services with Titan Store and P&G and share management and administrative employees.
  • Perhaps we should wait and watch for the next year to see how it goes for Clackamas before we jump in the deep water with them. Clackamas has contracted with B&N for just 6 months and there are already grumblings.   

There are always unknown ramifications when huge changes occur such as the recommendations the college will propose to the Board tomorrow night.  We know that when the College’s Laundry service was eliminated it cost the CML additional expenses of about 16,000 for 2018 over what they paid when we had our own laundry.  The new service is not as good or as fast.  We know that this elimination also caused athletics some difficulty with laundering athletic uniforms and we were told the coaches were actually laundering the uniforms themselves.  What other negative impacts might have occurred with the elimination of the laundry?  Has the college assessed this?  What other negative impacts might occur with elimination of Food Services and Titan Store, and reduction to CML that we haven’t considered yet?   

Please consider going to the Board of Ed meeting and giving your opinion in support of these departments.  If you aren’t comfortable with that, or can’t make the meeting, at the very least please show your support here: https://lccef.org/2018/12/support-for-titan-store-cml-and-food-services/

Leave your comments, or just your name.  The more support we can show, the more weight our support has!  The list will be printed and given to the board, so please take a moment to show your support!

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12-10-2018 Weekly Update

 

Titan Store, CML, Food Services

The Titan Store, The CML and Food Services are all under review and recommendations will be presented at the December 13 Board of Ed. meeting.  Budget documents are available here.

    • Titan Store: Due to reduced enrollment levels and activity on campus, expenses continue to outpace revenue for the fourth year in a row.  The college recommends consideration of a proposal from Barnes and Noble. Existing staff would be retained in the proposal. Also recommend a restructure of Printing and Graphics and the mailroom under the new design.
      • Our Question: This change would have a potentially negative impact on Lane’s use of OER (Open Education Resources) as outlined by the OER Steering Committee in this letter.  How is this showing Titan P.R.I.D.E. and putting our students first?
    • CML: Since summer there have been adjustments to the CML that have had positive impacts in both revenue and expenses.  Changes include eliminating external catering contracts, offering fewer services at the Mary Spilde Center and controlling costs in part-time expenditures, materials and services resulting in the CML posting revenues higher than expenses.  The college believes the full time contracted staff will need to be reduced by 2.0-3.0FTE to maintain revenue-positive results for the rest of the fiscal year and overcome an ending fund deficit of $1.2 million.
      • Our Question: if we reduce the employee FTE for the CML will they be able  to continue to see revenues exceeding expense as they just accomplished this year?
    • Food Services: Due to reduced enrollment, Food Services expenses continue to outpace revenue for the fifth year in a row with an ending fund deficit of $2 million.  The college recommends finding placement for eligible employees and ceasing operation of college-operated, campus based food service on June 30, 2019.  Upon Board approval the college will begin negotiations and/or RFP process with outside vendors.
      • Our Question: If we cease Food Services where will our International Students find work on their limited VISAs?

LCCEF will be at the Board of Ed. meeting on Thursday December 13 in the boardroom, building 3, main campus @ 6:30pm to show our support for all three departments.  If you would like to show your support, please go here to add your name in support of The Titan Store, The CML and Food Services and we will share the list with the board.

We have also started a forum topic here.  Please discuss and share as you see fit.

 

LCCEF Leadership

  • LCCEF Executive Council met on Thursday Dec. 6 and made the following changes to the LCCEF Officers:
  • Kenny Ascheri approved as Vice President, formerly Labor Delegate
  • Nikki Li approved as Treasurer beginning January 1, 2019, currently officer in Training
  • Casandra Rhay approved as Labor Delegate beginning January 1, 2019, formerly Treasurer

Officer positions without change:

  • Robin Geyer, President
  • Dawn Rupp, Grievance Chair
  • Rosa Maria Banuelos-Uribe, Membership Chair
  • Matt Danskine, Corresponding (Communications) Officer
  • Marsha Sills, Recording Officer (in Training)
  • Cope Chair, vacant
  • Member at Large, vacant

 

AFT Winter School

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Hard Copy Classified Contracts

HR began distributing paper copies of the classified contract at the end of November. This is the contract ratified in 2016 and extends for 7 years until 2023.  It has been available electronically through the HR website and at lccef.org but we decided to send it to print to ensure everyone has easy access to the contract. Printed copies went out to full time classified employees at the end of November. The next round will be sent to hourly classified employees. Please be patient while HR works through the classified employee list.  If you do not receive a copy of the contract in the next 30 days, and would like one, please contact communications@lccef.org.

 

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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 in Spring 2019
  • The Constitution and ByLaws rewrite
  • LCCEF Contract Committee
  • Member Organizer Institute
  • Officers in Training
  • Worksite Leaders

 

Budget Development Subcommittee (BDS) of College Council

We met again Friday, Dec. 7 for our last meeting of 2018.  So far we have discussed the proposed timeline, held a brief budget orientation, and made numerous information requests.  You can follow the process here.   Your classified representatives on this committee are Robin Geyer and Kenny Ascheri our new Vice President.

 

Our union by the numbers

  • Membership: 645 Total classified  / 349 members (~54.1%)  / 296 (~45.9%) Non-members (As of 10/22/2018)=
  • Officers: 8 officer positions filled  / 1 position vacant (Vice President) 1 position on temporary hiatus (COPE Chair)
  • Labor Management: 36 active cases including 6 multiple member/group issues. 61 resolved since Jan 1, 2018
  • Currently 1 formal complaint and 1 grievance.
  • Helped place 13 members in new positions with 1 more in process.

 

And Last But Not Least

We would like to move away from using the Classified Staff email address through Groupwise for these weekly communications updates.  Just go to lccef.org and look to the right side of the home page.  You’ll see something that looks like the image.  So far, 90 have signed up!  If you have tried, but did not receive a confirmation email, please let me know at communications@lccef.org.