President’s Update 4/17/19

LCC Faculty Colleagues,

I’m writing with more updates on bargaining, college budget, and statewide legislative issues.

Bargaining:

If you have not done so, please read the bargaining update provided by your LCCEA Bargaining Team last week. The LCCEA presented extensive data including:

  • the erosion of faculty salaries,
  • the inadequate compensation of part-time faculty causing some to be eligible for food stamps even while working half-time
  • the significant recent decrease in contracted faculty positions.

The LCCEA proposal would make substantial strides toward pay equity for part-time faculty as well as establish a threshold for contracted faculty positions.

The College presented an offer of $0 / 0% salary schedule increase (COLA) and zero steps for all faculty (a step “freeze”).

This is the worst offer the college has provided to the faculty in the forty-four year history of the LCCEA.

Please keep your eyes peeled for additional information from the Action Team, LCCEA Organizer John Groves, and your department rep(s) as we work toward a reasonable agreement with the college. In the meantime, please share your stories about how working part-time has impacted you or your students and/or how not filling vacant full-time positions has impacted you, your program, or your department at: https://forms.gle/Ey1io5hC197ENZDV8

LCC Budget:

While there was a significant projected deficit for next year, there is now a balanced budget proposal ready for Board of Education and Budget Committee approval. The Board voted last Thursday to outsource the campus bookstore and on April 1 to increase tuition, after an earlier vote to outsource Food Services as well. These changes will undoubtedly impact the campus community and especially students and staff. On a positive note, college administrators have made a commitment to involve faculty leaders in the evaluation of any proposed contract with Barnes and Noble in order to ensure that such a contract protects academic freedom as well as free, unfettered use of OERs.

Despite the substantial deficit that had been projected for next year, there are a number of factors impacting the budget positively.  State funding is up slightly; tuition will be generate more revenue, and the projected deficit included $6.4 million in vacant positions as well as other expenses that had been carried over (e.g major maintenance funding) at levels exceeding regular allocations. In addition, enrollment has improved and is also much better relative to other mid-sized / large community colleges in the state, which will positively affect Lane’s percentage of the state allocation. All these factors combined portend a budget that is objectively better than many recent years.

The key to fiscal sustainability at LCC depends not only on state funding but also on reforming college budgeting practices and ensuring that allocations and expenditures align with the mission and the primary purpose of LCC as an institution of higher education.

Better choices are possible.

For instance, some pressure on the college budget stems from the college-owned Titan Court apartment building, which has expenses that exceed revenues by approximately $635K per year. That $635K net-loss is being paid out of the general fund this year. This reduces available funds for essential programs and student services. If the College continues with current practice by keeping the apartment complex, the annual payments will continue through 2036 in order to pay off the debt, which totals approximately $16M.

In addition, based on information provided to LCCEA, LCCCEF, and Management Steering Committee (MSC), it appears the College is now planning to fill 11 vacant or new manager positions, bringing the total up to 72 for next year. At the same time 13 full-time faculty positions are slated to be filled for a total of approximately 202, which will still result in a decrease in contracted positions for next year, continuing the recent practice of replacing contracted faculty vacancies by hiring new part-time members paid far less to teach the same classes.

The LCCEA has called for a college-wide staffing analysis of all employee groups from all funds in order to begin the process of aligning expenditures to the mission — to instruction and student services. Such an analysis and alignment of budget allocations with needs would preclude across-the-board cuts, which disparately impact some departments, especially instructional departments with growing enrollment. Share your voice in advocating for adding sections whenever classes are full and additional sections should be added — the college generally sets aside funding for sections based on demand, and your instructional deans can play an important role in accessing such funds. You will find here a list of additional strategies for fiscal sustainability that I presented to the Board of Education last week: Long-termStrategiesforSustainableBudget

Legislative and Statewide issues:

Community College Funding

While better choices are possible for the LCC budget, it is also true that additional funding is necessary from the state. When adjusted for inflation, state allocations for community colleges have remained stagnant and have placed additional burden on students to cover an increasing percentage of their educational costs.

There has been a significant push in advocacy for community college funding over the past two weeks, both locally and statewide. LCCEA has engaged Career Technical (CT) faculty in a letter-writing campaign to the governor and state legislators with a focus on increasing funding for the CCSF as well as advocacy for the $70M proposed for additional funding to expand CT programs at community colleges. Thank you to the many faculty who have participated, and a special thank you to Sharon Hagan and Christina Howard, who have shared their letters publicly. You can access them on the LCCEA website at: https://lccea.org/  In addition, LCCEA coordinated a statewide effort expanding the letter writing campaign to include community colleges throughout the state.

Read it in the Register Guard Today!
Finally, I had the great pleasure of collaborating with LCC’s student body President, Nick Keough, in writing an Op-Ed to advocate for CC funding — it was published in today’s Register-Guard, and you will find it at: https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/20190416/keough-and-mitchell-vital-community-colleges-forced-to-scale-back

PERS

You have likely read about Governor Brown’s proposed changes to PERS. She proposed that employees who are currently working and part of Tier 1 or 2 would have to dedicate 3% of earnings (after the first $20K) to a fund to offset the unfunded PERS balance for current retirees. This 3% would be diverted from individual retirement accounts to a separate fund for 14 years or until the time when the PERS system becomes fully funded. For OPSRP members (AKA Tier 3), the percentage diverted from individual accounts would be 1.5%. This proposal would certainly affect K-12. However, it is unclear at this time whether community college employees would be impacted. The governor made reference to a separate fund / similar system for public higher ed employees, but there are no details available as this would likely depend on any resulting legislation. Meanwhile, other legislators including Senate President Courtney and House Speaker Kotek have announced they are working on their own proposal.

The OEA has responded quickly and strongly to this potential change. In addition, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia has spoken with the governor to advocate on behalf of Oregon educators, asking if the governor wishes to be the only one in the nation to propose reducing teacher compensation at a time when public educators nationwide are increasingly engaged in campaigns to increase direly needed funding for education.

You may wish to contact the governor to express support for community college funding or to share your opinion on proposed PERS reforms at: https://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx

Part-time faculty insurance

Senate Bill 852, which would provide insurance to part-time faculty statewide through OEBB and would result in a net increase to the LCC budget of approximately $1 – $1.4M, has been moved by the Senate to the Ways and Means Committee with a “do pass” recommendation. OEA, in coalition with AFT-O, AAUP, and other higher education alliance members, has strongly advocated for this bill an will continue this important effort.

Community College Member Interests

OEA is currently conducting a statewide survey of community college members. Your input is important. In addition, LCCEA welcomes any feedback you may have regarding communications you receive from OEA.

Board of Education Endorsement

A reminder — there are several positions on the Board of Education up for election in May. LCCEA endorses Lisa Fragala, who has been advocating consistently for community college funding at the state level and who continues to ask critical questions on the Board to ensure that the college budget is developed on a rational basis. All supporters are invited to a canvassing event this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at 224 E. 11th Ave.

Save the Date: Statewide Educator Day of Action May 8

Save the date for the statewide educator day of action! This will be an opportunity to publicly demonstrate the need for increased funding from the state.

Thank you for all that you do every day as faculty members at Lane.

My best,

Adrienne

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Update on Bargaining for 2019

See News and Updates for a complete update on contract bargaining.

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Letters in Support of Support for CC Education in Health Professions

Sharon Hagan, Coordinator of the Dental Hygiene Program at Lane, and Christina Howard, Coordinator of Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Lane, wrote letters this week to their representatives in Salem asking for their support of Health Professions program education. Read their letters below:

Sharon Hagan Letter for Support of Dental Hygiene Education

Christina Howard Letter for Support of Physical Therapist Assistant Education 

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LCCEA President’s Update

LCC Faculty Colleagues,

I hope the first week of the term is going well for you. I’m writing with a brief update regarding the college budget and Monday’s Board of Education Special meeting.

Budget Update

On Friday of finals week, the College Council held a special meeting to consider the Budget Development Subcommittee’s budget proposal. The Council approved a consensus-based, balanced budget incorporating, in large part, the recommendations of the Budget Development Subcommittee. The proposal included a $4.50 per credit tuition increase as well as a number of other budget reduction measures, all of which would avoid involuntary layoffs or program eliminations. In addition to tuition, the budget incorporates state funding at the level proposed by the Ways and Means Co-Chairs ($590M), which amounts to an approximate $1.6M increase over two years for LCC, along with a modest increase in anticipated property tax revenue. Additional measures to balance the budget include eliminating last year’s increase to major maintenance funding, a reduction in Materials and Services budgets, particularly travel, as well as some savings from budgeted vacancies.

Administration Budget Proposal

The Administration presented a budget to the Board of Education that aligns with the College Council proposal with one notable exception. (See https://www.lanecc.edu/sites/default/files/budget/4.1.19_boe_materials_v2.pdf ) The Administration has requested that the Board of Education consider outsourcing the bookstore at their regular April 11 meeting. (The Board had voted not to outsource in March, but did so without receiving a budget update.) In addition, the Administration has recommended a review and restructure of the Health Clinic model but not a closure of the clinic.

Board of Education Special Meeting, Monday, April 1

The primary agenda item for Monday’s Board of Education Special meeting was tuition. In previous meetings, Board members had pressed the Administration to clearly and specifically identify what the impacts would be without a tuition increase. Both President Hamilton and Vice President Jarrell clearly and eloquently articulated the importance of maintaining focus on the college mission and our primary function as an institution of higher education, noting that instruction and critical student services are the very last place that should be considered for budget reductions. However, due to the questions raised in previous meetings about specific impacts that might result without sufficient revenue, the Administration’s presentation included notes about the types of programs that would be impacted if there were not sufficient revenue generated by tuition or other means to cover regular, continued operating expenses.

In a meeting with Association representatives yesterday, the administration made clear that they are not currently proposing or planning to reduce the programs that they provided as examples to the Board on Monday. These programs include: Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Flight Technology, Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Medical Assisting, Welding, and Drafting.

Tuition

While a $4.50 per credit is significant, it represents a 4% increase. This is roughly the increase that had been tied to a $647M allocation for community colleges in the governor’s investment budget. Thus, because the expected state allocation is only $590M, the tuition increase is substantially less than what would be needed to bridge the funding gap. It mitigates only 11% of the projected deficit at Lane and is substantially less than the 5-10% increases that other community colleges are considering adopting for next year.

In addition, Vice President Paul Jarrell presented a Tuition Recommendation document to the Board: See BoE Tuition 4.1.19.  The document includes a summary of the cost of attendance for independent, full-time students. While tuition continues to increase, the largest expenses for students, generally, are housing. As you may be aware, the OEA has been active in legislative efforts to ameliorate escalating housing costs, which impact many of our members as well as students and their families.

The Board ultimately voted 6-1 to approve the proposed $4.50/ credit tuition increase.

Next Steps

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet next Thursday to consider the bookstore and the projected budget deficit, among other agenda items. Regular Board and Budget Committee meetings will continue in May until the final budget is officially adopted in June.

Job Security

While no programs are currently proposed for elimination, the budget cycle does often raise questions about job security for faculty — both part-time and full-time. If you are a part-time faculty, the Association recommends that you consider seeking assignments in more than one department, discipline, or accrual family, if qualified. If you are a contracted faculty member, the Association recommends that you seek certification for additional courses or positions and verify that all such courses are listed on the official RIF lists that are printed every October. If nothing else, these measures may provide peace of mind during the annual budget cycle.

Volunteer Interest

Many hands make light work! As you likely know the LCCEA is almost entirely a volunteer organization. There are many ways to participate and contribute to the the Association and for the benefit of all faculty, our college community, and state… even if for one hour per year. If you wish to volunteer at some time now or in the future, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the interest survey at: https://forms.gle/7SvEp48qnKByrhfW9 Thank you to part-time faculty member, John Groves, for developing the survey and serving as an LCCEA organizer.

Regards,

Adrienne

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LCCEA President’s Update

Dear Colleagues,
I’m writing with a brief update regarding the college budget and Board of Education meetings, especially in light of the Eugene Weekly article published today regarding the Board’s regular meeting last week, which is the impetus for this email.

College Budget and Deficit
As you are likely aware, there is a projected budget deficit for next year. The projected deficit increased from approximately $6.8 million to approximately $8.5 million last week due to updated projections and estimates of the percentage allocation that Lane will receive from the state CCSF (Community College Support Fund). These figures represent the projected deficit from the college general fund budget (Funds I and IX) of approximately $90 million and from a total college budget (all funds) of approximately $209 million. There are a large number of factors that will ultimately impact the budget, including the allocation by the state legislature for the next biennium (beginning July 1 of this year).

On a positive note, the state Ways and Means Co-Chairs released a budget that would increase funding for community colleges from what was proposed in the governor’s base budget of $543 million to $590 million, also an increase over the $570 million allocation for this biennium. $590 million is not sufficient, but it is the figure already in use in the college budget projections. OEA and OCCA, for example, have jointly asked for $787 million ($646 million + $70 million for expanding CTE programs + $70 million for additional student support services).

The College Council Budget Development Subcommittee has continued to meet collaboratively every week in order to develop a balanced budget proposal on track with its goal of presenting a balanced proposal at the regular April 11 Board meeting.

Board of Education Decisions and Process Last Week
The usual timeline provides that the Board of Education makes decisions about tuition increases in November or December for the academic year that begins the subsequent summer. This year the Board did not make a decision and requested that the College Council Budget Development Subcommittee (BDS) develop a proposal. Committee members presented a unanimous tuition proposal at the February meeting, and the Administration requested that the Board make a decision at the March meeting.

The March meeting, last Thursday, lasted until 11 p.m. Board members considered possible tuition increases but made no decision. They voted to outsource campus food services and voted not to outsource the campus bookstore. The meeting process diverged significantly from regular practice in that the Board members voted to consider these three items without following their own regular agenda and without allowing college administrators to present their budget update. The Board members asked questions about the budget but, because of the Board decision to change the agenda, they did not receive a presentation about the 19-page budget update prepared by the administration for the meeting.

In addition, the Board has scheduled a special meeting set for Monday, April 1 at 4 p.m. in CML 104 in order to provide time for public comment, especially from students, on a tuition increase. It is unclear what else will be on the agenda, if the Board will make any decisions on that date on tuition or any other items, or if presentations by the administration or Budget Development Subcommittee will be included on the agenda.

It is important to note that at this time, there are no proposed program or service cuts impacting faculty under consideration. The administration has not proposed to cut any program or service that includes faculty members. However, administrators have explained to the Board of Ed that without budget decisions, including a decision on tuition, they will be forced to propose such cuts. It is unclear if the Board will request that the Administration make such proposals.

Due to contract timelines, the Administration has provided notice to the Association of the possibility of a reduction in force and has scheduled a meeting with Association representatives for early in Spring term in order to discuss alternatives, consistent with Article 10.2 of the contract. This notice is a general one and does not specify programs or positions that would be reduced if the Administration is forced to make such proposals.

Ensuing College Budget Process
As a result of the new special meeting called by the Board for April 1, the Budget Development Subcommittee with representatives from administration, staff, faculty, managers, and students held a seven-hour meeting yesterday to finalize a balanced budget proposal, which will go to College Council tomorrow with a goal of presenting a balanced proposal to the Board on April 1. The proposal includes some increased revenues, namely tuition, as well as expense reductions, and budget reductions that obviate involuntary separations. The meeting, albeit lengthy, was productive and collaborative.

May Elections
A reminder — four positions on the Board of Education are up for election in May. At present LCCEA has endorsed a single candidate, Lisa Fragala. LCCEA Legislative Action Committee and Executive Council members voted unanimously in support of Lisa’s candidacy. Lisa is an experienced educator in Eugene, an active EEA member, and OEA Board member. She advocates tirelessly for funding for education and has been one of our most vocal Board members advocating for community college funding in Salem and with local legislators.

Save the Date
May 8 is the OEA statewide day of action to call on legislators to fully fund education, details TBA.

More information will be forthcoming in April about all of the above.

In the meantime, despite the uncertainties, I believe the college is moving on a positive trajectory. Much needed changes will transform the college and will certainly take time, but I have hope for what the future will bring.

I hope you can set all this aside and enjoy spring break.

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LCCEA President’s Update

Faculty Colleagues,

 

I hope that your return to campus after the winter storm has gone smoothly for both you and your students.  Many homes remain without power in Lane County, and some members of the LCC community continue to experience hardship. 

 

Mini-Grants for Your Students
Please keep in mind, especially at this time, that your LCCEA/OEA membership also provides an important resource for students – the OEA Foundation provides grants of up to $100 to students for needs such as clothing, books, transit, eyeglasses, medical care, etc. Any LCCEA member may apply for a grant to benefit any LCC student. The guidelines and short online application are available at: https://www.oregoned.org/oea-foundation/apply-for-a-grant . Please do not hesitate to contact the Association with any questions or concerns that you may have.

 

Important Association Announcements
As we approach the end of Winter term, I’m writing with some brief updates regarding the following:

  • an LCCEA membership meeting next week,
  • faculty rights,
  • part-time coaches,
  • compensation,
  • workload,
  • the college budget,
  • funding for community colleges,
  • part-time faculty spotlight,
  • LCC Board of Education endorsement, and more. 

 

LCCEA Membership Meeting: Thursday, March 14, 3:00-4:30 p.m. CEN 402

All LCCEA members are cordially invited to attend a meeting on Thursday, March 14, 3:00-4:30 in CEN 402. Topics will include bargaining and the college budget, among others.

 

Know Your Rights

Faculty members have a right to an Association representative at any meeting for which they have a reasonable belief that discipline may result. These rights, called Weingarten Rights, apply to any employee who is a member of a bargaining unit in the U.S. and to any type of meeting that may be investigatory in nature.

 

In addition, our contract provides in Article 25.10 that the College will provide notice about this right in any meeting that may lead to discipline. This provision also requires that the College will accommodate the Association and faculty member when scheduling such a meeting.

 

Through a formal information request, the Association has learned about some irregular meetings and contacts with faculty members, which would require notice of the right to representation.  The Association and College have reached a resolution such that the College will communicate with managers about the requirement to provide notice to the faculty member about the right to have a representative present. Faculty members may invoke this right any time they have a reasonable belief that discipline may result or that they are asked to any type of investigatory meeting.

 

Part-time Coaches Grievance Resolution

The Association collaboratively resolved a grievance stemming from the posting of part-time faculty coaching positions in a newly created “extra duty/ non-credit” category that was not negotiated. The agreement reached with the College provides that some FTE will be attributed to part-time coaching work and remedies concerns that part-time faculty coaches were being excluded from the bargaining unit and denied benefits and protections associated with faculty status. 

 

While the grievance resolution does not impact stipends for part-time coaches, which continue to be disproportionately low and paid at rates below the part-time faculty salary schedule, the Association intends to address compensation in bargaining. 

 

Overall, the resolution represents significant progress in labor-relations, both in substance and process.

 

Compensation 

In order to comply with the contract and state statutes, the College must pay salary to faculty members according to the collective bargaining agreement. Beyond curriculum development work and modest FPD stipends, the official salary schedules for part-time faculty, part-time Flight Tech faculty, and full-time faculty are the rates that apply to faculty members. If you receive any compensation that does not align with the current salary schedules, please do not hesitate to contact the Association.

 

All faculty members will receive compensation as if they had worked their regular schedules during the college closure last week. This includes part-time Flight Tech faculty, for whom the Association reached a resolution about snow day compensation today.

 

Workload 

The Joint Workload Taskforce continues to make progress codifying maximum assignable workloads for each department / program, albeit slowly. Changes in workload require mutual agreement of the College and Association. While an individual faculty member may decide to allow an additional student or two to register for a particular section, the college may not unilaterally increase workload for faculty members by any means, including by department decision or straw poll. Under state law, the employer and union must negotiate such changes.

 

College Budget

The College Budget, Finance, and Planning office is projecting a $6.8M deficit for next year. There are many moving pieces that contribute to uncertainty about the budget including: the total state allocation for community colleges, the percentage LCC will receive of that allocation, property taxes, OPE rates, and more. While $6.8M does represent a significant percentage of the College’s general fund (Funds I and IX), which totals $88-90M, the total College budget in all funds is approximately $209M. 

 

The College Council Budget Development Subcommittee (BDS) has been meeting weekly and working collaboratively to develop a consensus budget proposal that would balance the budget without involuntary layoffs. Committee representatives read a unanimous statement on behalf of the committee to the Board of Education at the meeting in February (attached).

 

On a positive note, LCC’s enrollment has been holding steady at 1.5% down from last year. At the same time other large community colleges in the state have seen much more significant enrollment decreases this year (4% or more). This will ultimately result in an increase in LCC’s percentage of the state allocation in the future. In addition, numerous vacant positions are built into the budget and comprise approximately $3.6M of the $6.8 M deficit. The projected deficit also includes increased emergency major maintenance funding carried over from this year into next year, which, once adjusted to regular levels, will mitigate the deficit.

 

Please attend the LCCEA membership meeting next week for more on the college budget.

 

Advocacy for Funding for Community Colleges

Advocating for community college funding is critical at this time. The legislature will be in session through June determining funding for the next two years. While Governor Kate Brown’s investment budget would provide a significant boost for community colleges with an allocation of $646.7M, the base budget proposal is only $543M, which represents a 4.7% decrease for community colleges. Increasing state revenue is crucial.

 

The LCC Board of Education is collaborating with the LCCEA and passed a resolution for increased revenue and increased community college funding by unanimous vote. This resolution (attached) is part of a coordinated statewide effort of the OEA to increase funding for education – numerous K-12 and community college boards are passing similar resolutions.

 

In addition, a good number of LCC faculty attended the March for Education along with 5,000 education supporters in the state capitol on President’s Day. LCC Administrators, President Marge Hamilton and Vice President Paul Jarrell along with Board members, Lisa Fragala, Matt Keating, and Rosie Pryor, joined part-time and full-time faculty, among others from Lane, in this historic event. Administrators, board members, and ASLCC leaders also joined faculty for afternoon meetings with Governor Kate Brown and state senators and representatives. (Photos attached — please note the administrators and board members joined faculty in wearing OEA #RedforEd t-shirts at the rally!)

 

We shared information (attached) about the need for increased funding for community colleges, highlighting the impacts on students, programs, and staff of potential budget cuts, and emphasizing the working conditions of part-time faculty in the state. We also provided copies of the LCC Board’s resolution.

 

Part-time Faculty SpotlightJoe Bowles

Part-time Chemistry faculty member, Joe Bowles was OEA’s featured educator last month. Joe shared his story in order to help OEA advocate for community college funding and faculty interests. OEA staff featured Joe’s story (attached), sharing it with legislators at the Capitol. To share your own story in order to advocate for community college funding, please do so at: https://www.oregoned.org/action-center/featured-educator-project 

 

Endorsement – Lisa Fragala for LCC Board of Education!

The LCCEA Legislative Action Committee and Executive Council members voted unanimously to endorse Lisa Fragala for LCC Board of Education. Lisa is a Eugene elementary school teacher, who is active in the Eugene Education Association and serves on the OEA Board. Lisa maintains a strong commitment to equity and the community college mission and is already advocating for community college funding with state legislators. For more information about her candidacy and impressive list of endorsements, please see: https://www.lisafragala.com/ 

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Upcoming LCCEA Dates and Deadlines

Part-Time Faculty: Know Your Contract

Know your contract” information for part-time faculty
https://bit.ly/2EAgk4G


March Deadlines and Events
Deadline:
Friday, 
March 8
Extended deadline for contracted faculty members to turn in separation incentive form to Human Resources

 

Demo: OER and Barnes and Noble
Monday, March 11 at noon in the Library (inside the Center Bldg). Lane’s OER Faculty Librarian, Meggie Wright, has scheduled a demo of Barnes & Noble’s “LoudCloud” LMS that they advertise as being “advanced OER.” Meggie reports that that the platform charges students a fee to access OER that has been remixed with some “value-added,” proprietary content. (The Board of Ed will vote at their next meeting on whether the College will pursue outsourcing of the college bookstore to Barnes & Noble.)

 

Hearing on Part-Time Faculty Insurance
M
onday, March 11 at 1:00 p.m. Legislative hearing on a bill to provide insurance for part-time faculty statewide. SB 852 would also increase funding for LCC. To attend the hearing before the Senate Education Committee, provide written or oral testimony, or support colleagues without insurance, please fill out this form at: https://bit.ly/2EzHpVH or contact OEA Government Relations staff member for community colleges, Kelli Horvath, at: kelli.horvath@oregoned.org 

 

Forum: Barnes and Noble at Lane?
Wednesday March 13, 10:00-11:30 a.m. College Administration’s Forum for faculty about possible outsourcing of the campus bookstore to the Barnes and Noble corporation.

LCCEA Meeting

Thursday, March 14, 3:00-4:30, LCCEA meeting for members, location CEN 402

 

Register to Lobby in Salem
March 25, OEA educator Lobby days in Salem. Register at: https://www.oregoned.org/action-center/events/lobby-day 

 

Spring Events

April 26-7, OEA Representative Assembly (OEA-RA) in Portland with LCCEA delegates to be elected by the membership soon. Several items of interest to community college faculty will be decided by a vote of delegates at the OEA-RA, including a resolution for pay equity for part-time faculty. Contact: LCCEA Secretary, Berri Hsiao hsiaob@lanecc.edu 

OEA Summer Leadership Conference – July 30-August 1, 2019 in Bend

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Update: Tentative Agreement, Voluntary Separation, March for Oregon Students

Board Signs Tentative Agreement

The Board of Education voted on Saturday February 3 to ratify the LCC-LCCEA Tentative Agreement reached for 2018-2019, so the contract for this academic year is now official!

Compensation is Being Processed

The payroll manager in HR has been diligently working on calculating retroactive and prospective salary adjustments and has provided the following information. “Pay changes (salary schedule adjustments/step increases for those step eligible) will reflect on the February 8th paycheck (1/16/19-1/31/19 payroll period). Retroactive compensation (7/1/18-7/15/18 pp through 1/1/19-1/15/19 pp) will reflect on the February 25th paycheck.”

Voluntary Separation Incentive

The College and Association have also reached agreement on a voluntary separation incentive for contracted faculty members. LCCEA-Vol-Sep-Incentive-2019Signed

The incentive provides:
* a one-time payment of $10,000 in addition to early retirement benefits outlined in Article 41 (if eligible)
* a choice between $10,000 and up to one year of employee-only medical insurance for those who are not eligible for early retirement benefits in Article 41

In order to be eligible, a faculty member must:
* be a current contracted faculty member
* be at least 55 years of age by June 30, 2019
* have been hired into a faculty position at LCC before January 2009 with at least seven years’ service as a contracted faculty member at LCC
* complete the voluntary separation form and submit to the Human Resources department by March 1, 2019 (Communication from HR with the form will be forthcoming.)

March for Our Students

OEA is sponsoring a “March for Our Students” in Salem on February 18 (President’s Day). More than 1,000 OEA members and have already signed up. Please see details attached and register online to join educators from across Oregon at this important event to advocate for increased funding for schools and community colleges at: bit.ly/RallyForStudents Please watch for additional information from the LCCEA Legislative Action Committee.

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President’s Update: Tentative Agreement, Budget, Outsourcing, Action Committee Events

Faculty Colleagues,

I hope your term is going well thus far.

I’m writing with brief some updates regarding: the tentative agreement, college budget, possible outsourcing of the campus bookstore and other services, statewide legislative issues, and more.

Tentative Agreement – Ratification Vote and Bargaining

As you likely have read, the faculty ratified the tentative agreement! Next, the Board of Education must also vote to ratify before retroactive compensation is processed. They will most likely conduct their vote at their retreat on January 26.

Please join me in thanking fellow LCCEA Bargaining Team members for their dedication to service to the faculty and work on reaching this agreement: Kelly Collins, Jim Salt, and Russell Shitabata! Also, we welcome Nancy Wood, LCCEA Vice President for Part-time faculty, who will be joining the team for the round of negotiations for the next contract (to take effect July 1, 2019), and Jim Salt will step off in order to pursue professional development while on sabbatical.

College Budget and Fund Structure

The College Council Budget Development Subcommittee (BDS), including your LCCEA representatives Lee Imonen and Adrienne Mitchell, is meeting weekly in order to prepare the annual college budget to present to the Board of Education.

You will find a plethora of data shared with the LCC Board of Education and the BDS at: https://www.lanecc.edu/budget/19-20-budget-development . The College has not yet released a final estimate for next year’s projected budget deficit, but it is likely that it will be roughly in the $6-$7 million range. Given that the general fund budget (Funds I and IX) is approximately $90 million, this represents a significant percentage. The projected deficit is, and will continue to be, somewhat of a moving target because it will be impacted by a number of factors including the allocation by the legislature to community colleges as well as the percentage that LCC receives of that total allocation. Oregon’s Community College Support Funding formula is based on enrollment, so Lane’s enrollment relative to other community colleges will ultimately determine our funding level.

Your LCCEA representatives and other committee members have made a number of information requests about the budget, many of which have been posted online already. The committee is exploring questions about the general fund budget as well as the overall fund structure because the general fund comprises only approximately 40% of the total college budget from all funds (with a total over $200 million). Some of funds have restricted uses such as financial aid, so they will not impact the use of general fund dollars for instruction and student services. (See graphic of fund structure sent in email to all Lane faculty.)

Your LCCEA representatives will continue to advocate for transparency regarding the fund structure as well as for information about revenues and expenditures for all individual funds, including Fund VIII. In addition, we will continue to advocate for systemic changes that will help obviate the perennial budget deficit and align expenditures with the college mission.

Possible Outsourcing – Lane’s Bookstore and other Services

Given the projected deficit, the Board of Education has begun to consider outsourcing the Bookstore (Titan Store) and Food Services. In addition to the myriad concerns about corporatizing these essential services and the impact on classified staff, there are significant implications for faculty and students, especially with a potential outsourcing of the bookstore to Barnes and Noble.

Only one community college in Oregon (Clackamas CC) has outsourced its bookstore. The contract between Clackamas and Barnes and Noble is problematic for a number of reasons including language that limits academic freedom and instructor use of OERs (open educational resources). I shared the relevant sections of the Clackamas/Barnes and Noble contract with the Board of Education (attached in an email to all Lane faculty), expressing concerns about the impact on the use of OERs and the potential of such an agreement to violate the faculty contract. Lane’s OER Faculty Librarian, Meggie Wright, is leading an effort to advocate against outsourcing of the bookstore.

Managers of both Titan Store and Food Services have been discussing restructuring options with LCCEF — those options might include: reassigning contracted staff to other areas of the college, changes in days and times of operations, closing the downtown Titan store. Please see: https://lccef.org/category/food-services-cml-titan-store/ for updates from the LCCEF and details on how you can demonstrate solidarity with classified staff.

Legislative Session

The Oregon legislative session begins next week, and with a democratic governor and democratic supermajorities in both the state House and Senate, there is optimism that new revenue for education is possible. I, along with LCC President Marge Hamilton, Board of Ed member Matt Keating, and LCC’s Governmental Relations representative Brett Rowlett, had a collaborative meeting local legislator, John Lively, in order to advocate for increased funding for community colleges. Another collaborative meeting is planned with LCCEA, Lane’s VP Paul Jarrell, and State Representative Julie Fahey.

In addition, the LCC Board of Education is considering passing a resolution to call for increased revenue for community colleges. The resolution is part of a coordinated, statewide effort of the OEA in which K-12 and Community College Boards across the state are passing similar resolutions.

Increasing funding for community colleges is paramount. There are a number of ways for faculty members to participate in advocating for new revenue. OEA is organizing a March for Education on President’s Day. Join faculty and education colleagues from across the state to help demonstrate the need for ample funding for public education. Sign up online at: https://www.oregoned.org/action-center/events/lobby-day There will also be an education lobby day at the capitol on March 25, so please consider participating. (Sign up at link above.)

Announcements and dates:

The LCCEA is seeking additional volunteers for our Legislative Action Committee – please contact me at: mitchella@lanecc.edu or Alexandra Geddes at geddesa@lanecc.edu if you are interested in participating.

Feb 18: OEA March for Education, sign up at: https://www.oregoned.org/action-center/events/lobby-day

Feb 23, OEA Symposium, “Creating Pathways toward Racial Justice for our Students’” Register by Feb 15 (free for members) See https://www.oregoned.org/action-center/events/oea-symposium

March 25, Educator Lobby days in Salem

April 26-7, OEA Representative Assembly (OEA-RA) in Portland with LCCEA delegates to be elected by the membership in Winter term. Please keep an eye out for emails from Berri Hsiao, LCCEA’s new Secretary, later this term for details about putting your name forward to serve as a delegate. Thank you to Tracy Henninger, who volunteered to serve as Secretary for an extra term in Fall.

My best,

Adrienne

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What’s at Stake in LA #RedforEd #WeareLA

la teachers strike

The LA Teachers Strike begins today. Use your social media connections to spread the word in support of LA Teachers.

About the stakes of the “meta-strike” from the American Prospect and The Nation

https://prospect.org/article/la-teachers-potential-meta-strike-reveals-battle-lines-us-public-education-war

https://www.thenation.com/article/los-angeles-teachers-strike-2019/

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