A quick bargaining update and a follow-up to the General Membership Meetings from last week.
Good News! The College has recently ordered KN95 masks and will make them available to all classified employees who request one. They will be distributed through Public Safety in the same way that the other masks are distributed.
We’ll send out another message once they’ve arrived and are available for distribution (the order was just completed today).
Wondering about the difference between N95 and KN95?
Kate Brown recently announced a “Two-Week Freeze” for Oregon (a partial lock-down from November 18 to December 2) to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In anticipation of questions regarding College operations and essential College employees still working on campus, we wanted to share what we know at this time.
Good news! On Sept 8, 2020, we received results of the “Us Too” Grievance arbitration against LCC. LCCEF is awarded step increases for all .5 FTE step eligible employees with retroactive payment back to July 1, 2019. Arbitrator Henry sustained the grievance, finding that LCC violated the plain terms of Paragraph 15 of the CBA’s “Us Too” provision by not providing a step increase to the LCCEF members after it provided a step increase to LCCEA.
There has been growing pressure lately to reopen schools and have our members resume their work in person. We want to ensure any return to work occurs only under conditions that protect workers, students, and the health of the community.
To meet these objectives, the Lane County Labor Chapter Education Caucus (representing educational workers in K-12, community college, and university settings) has developed a set of ten principles for the safe re-opening of educational institutions in our area.
LCCEF endorses these principles and urges our members to pledge their support and sign the associated petition (please share with friends and family as well). They reflect our shared commitment to ensuring safe working and learning conditions for all!
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.