You can read the resolution below:
Dear Members of the LCC Board and President Hamilton,
At its meeting on Thursday, November 21, the Democratic Party of Lane County Central Committee passed by unanimous vote the following resolution relating to collective bargaining at LCC:
WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the Democratic Party of Lane County, according to the DPLC Platform of 2017, to “[Protect] workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain;” and
WHEREAS, the DPLC has previously resolved in 2019 to support UFCW Local 555, SEIU Local 49, SEIU Local 503 and the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation in their attempts to secure a fair contract; and
WHEREAS, Lane Community College faculty have been in contract negotiations for 11 months and have been working under an expired contract since July 1; and
WHEREAS, part-time LCC faculty, who have the same qualifications as full-time faculty, are receiving wages at only 60 percent of full-time faculty on a per-credit basis; and
WHEREAS, on November 15, Congressman Peter DeFazio expressed his concerns in a letter to the President of Lane Community College that called on “LCC Board of Education to offer a fair contract proposal that adequately compensates both full-time and part-time faculty;” and
WHEREAS, all seven members of the LCC Board of Education are registered Democrats, five of whom sought and received the endorsement of the DPLC during their most recent elections.
THEREFORE, the Democratic Party of Lane County resolves:
SECTION 1: To join Congressman DeFazio in calling on the LCC Board of Education to offer a fair contract proposal that adequately compensates both full-time and part-time faculty.
SECTION 2: To communicate our position on this issue to the LCC Board of Education.
SECTION 3: To stand in solidarity with the workers represented by Lane Community College Education Association and their families if LCC’s inability to offer a fair contract results in a strike.
SECTION 4: To raise awareness of this issue through traditional and social media if opportunities for action present themselves.
I have also attached a copy of the resolution as a PDF for your records.
Thank you for considering the DPLC’s position in this matter, and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. In my opinion as a local taxpayer, lining up with Congressman DeFazio, our local legislators and your own Party seems like a no-brainer. Let’s get this done.
Chris WigDPLC Chair