2022 Election Candidate Statements

Election runs May 24-June 2.

Don Easton, Nominee for LCCEA Vice President for Transfer:

I am seeking election as the Vice President for Transfer Faculty. My experience as an educator and local leader have prepared me to take on this leadership role. I serve on the Academic Requirements Review Committee as chair and understand many of the challenges faced by students when transferring to another institution of higher learning and the faculty who support those students. I am also the CIT liaison for our CollegeNow program, which is an important part of student recruitment. I work on numerous committees locally and nationally, focused on higher education’s role as an integral component in the success of students and their families. I am a strong advocate for our students and our members and our union as a whole. The LCCEA leadership team must be committed to upholding our goals and values, while ensuring that high quality education is paramount when working with the college administration. I have been in public service for over 20 years, serving the community we live in. I have been a member of a collective bargaining union for many years, having served as a vice president and chief steward during that time. I am passionate about workers’ rights to fair and equitable treatment. I feel that we as professional educators should be treated as such and that we are the driving force at the college.

Kate Sullivan, Nominee for LCCEA Vice President for Transfer

Please consider supporting my bid for the position of VP of Transfer.  Although I haven’t held a union position in quite some time (I did, briefly, coordinate work around indoor air quality and building health between 2002-2005), I am a loyal union member and a consistent supporter of bargaining and other union efforts.  More pertinently, I have a great deal of experience with issues related to transfer at both the college and state, most recently in my role as Chair of Lane’s Academic Advisory Oversight Committee (APROC) and Coach for the Academic Program Review (APR) process, which has afforded me a comprehensive understanding of curricular issues across divisions and departments on campus.  In addition, over a decade’s worth of experience as a member of OWEAC–twice chairing–also has provided me with a deep understanding of how local curricular concerns interface and intersect with those at the state level: I have thrice participated in work on the curricular revisions to the AAOT writing outcomes under the jurisdiction of Oregon’s Joint Boards Articulation Commission (subsequently named the Joint Task Force Articulation Commission, which is called, for the present, OTAC).  A short list of relevant experience follows:

  • Chair, APROC, 2019-present
  • Faculty Representative, Oregon Transfer Council, 2021-2023
  • Member, Oregon Transfer & Articulation Commission, 2018-2020
  • Chair, OWEAC, 2008-2010; 2018-2020
  • OWEAC Liaison, Information Literacy Group of Oregon (ILAGO), 2007-2020
  • Member, Oregon Writing and English Advisory Committee (OWEAC), 2005-2020
  • Member & Coach, Academic Program Review Oversight Committee (APROC), 2015-present
  • Faculty Team Chair, Interstate Passport Workshop, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, 2018
  • Composition Coordinator, 2005-2010; 2015-2016
  • CLO Coordinator, Assessment Team, 2012-2014
  • Member, Team for the 2005-2008 AAOT Revisions to Writing
  • Member, Guided Pathways
  • Chair/member, Curricular and Pedagogical FIGs between 2012-2017, focused on both pedagogical and curricular issues  

Adrienne Mitchell, Nominee for LCCEA President:

It will be a tremendous honor to continue to serve as the LCCEA President. As both a union and a professional association, LCCEA has wide-ranging goals: from the most basic union functions of representing all faculty in negotiating wages, hours, and working conditions to supporting the vibrant, multi-dimensional role of faculty members as professionals in their fields to advocating for community college funding and legislative policy for the benefit our students and communities. A strong union supports faculty to do their best work, contributing to the college mission with a focus on equity and social justice, and ultimately supporting the fundamental role of a community college in a vibrant democracy.

To support the work of LCCEA, I bring more than fifteen years of union experience at the local and state level in a wide variety of leadership roles, committees and teams, including bargaining, grievance, individual representation, arbitration, workload, legislative action, and advocacy as well as professional development and coursework relevant to labor relations, contract law, and dispute resolution. (See list below.)

Over the past four years as your LCCEA President, our union has navigated unprecedented challenges. The 2018 – 2019 year began with the US Supreme Court Janus decision that made fair share fees unlawful, in an effort to reduce public employee unions and state investment in the public education. Our membership committee and department reps took action to successfully sustain our membership, ensuring the viability of LCCEA into the future. Four years later, despite substantial turnover of faculty, LCCEA maintains excellent full-time membership and the highest part-time faculty membership rate in Oregon, cementing our role as a model among community college unions. Our bargaining team successfully negotiated necessary updates to our contract after Janus in the face of hostile paperwork from the Freedom Foundation at the bargaining table. Faculty stood together in 2019 in a substantial organizing campaign, achieving a contract that: provides pay parity salary adjustments for part-time faculty, establishes a minimum number of full-time positions, and increases funding for our faculty-led faculty professional development program. Over the course of the pandemic, our bargaining team has negotiated numerous MOAs, protecting safety for faculty on campus, providing curriculum development funding for part-time faculty teaching remotely, increasing paid class preparation time for full-time faculty, reducing class sizes for the Hyflex modality, and preventing program cuts and layoffs in 2020, among others. Last year, LCCEA and LCCEF joined forces and negotiated a first-ever joint MOA, which ensures LCC follows CDC and OHA guidelines this year, centering public health for the common good during the pandemic. Our grievance team has successfully resolved dozens of issues, providing remedies resulting in compensation of hundreds of thousands of dollars for individuals and groups of faculty.

We have strengthened our union over these four years. As your LCCEA President, I have provided leadership to build our organization through: adoption of a mission, strategic planning, establishment of systems and committees to increase engagement, initiatives to become a more inclusive union, provision of direct support to members, strengthening solidarity with other unions, amplifying the community college voice in OEA programs and legislative objectives, and building faculty power. These efforts have led to: formation of the Lane County Education Workers, a progressive OEA dues structure for PT faculty, emergency funds for our members, founding of the Racial Equity and Social Justice Committee, a strengthened active department rep structure, and development of a communications system through our website and social media. Now, nearly 15% of all faculty serve on an LCCEA committee or in an LCCEA role, not including FPD or LCCEA appointees to collegewide committees, which add dozens more contributing to our collective work. And there is more to do.

Faculty solidarity is more important than ever. As we welcome a new college president, organize to support negotiations for a fair contract, ensure the election of pro-education candidates in November, and prepare for advocacy in the 2023 Oregon legislative session, it is critical that faculty continue to stand together. Together we are stronger, and together we will build the next generation of LCCEA leadership and create a better future for Lane Community College, our students, and our community.

List of Select, Relevant Experiences

Lane Community College Education Association

LCCEA President, 2018-present

LCCEA Vice President for Learning Advancement, 2015-2018

Bargaining Team member, Vice Chair, Co-Chair, or Chair, 2007-present, negotiated 5 main contracts, 4

 economic reopeners, and numerous MOAs

Labor – Management Committee member, 2015-present

Grievance Team member or Chair, 2008-2009, 2017-present

Membership Committee, 2018-present

Representative to Joint Workload Taskforce, 2014-2020

Action Team member, 2006-2007

Department Rep, 2001-2018

Oregon Education Association

Vice President, OEA Community College Council, 2020-present

Delegate, OEA Representative Assembly, 2016, 2017, 2019-present

Member, OEA Community College Council Legislative and Political Action Committee, 2016-present

Delegate, OEA PAC Convention, 2022

OEA Presidential Citation Award for Organizing, 2020

Chair, OEA Taskforce on Part-time Dues, 2019-2020

Treasurer, OEA Community College Council, 2016-2020

Member, OEA Community College Council Coordinated Bargaining Committee, 2016-2019

OEA Community College Council Liaison to Oregon Community College Association, 2015-2016

Other LCCEA Appointments or Positions

LCCEA appointee to College Council Budget Development Subcommittee, 2012-present

Faculty Professional Development Coordinator, 2014-2018 and 2006-2012

LCCEA appointee to Faculty Level Change committee, 2003-2004

Union Professional Development

National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education conferences, 2017- present

Founding member, Lane County Education Workers, 2021- present

Liaison to Lane County Labor Chapter of AFL-CIO, 2020- present

UO Labor Education and Research Center, Racial Equity and Union Solidarity Series, 2021

Coordinator, OEA Summer Conference Community College Member Track, 2017

Presenter, NEA Higher Education Conference, 2016

OEA Bargaining and Organizing Summits, Summer Conferences

Educational Background

Legal coursework, Mitchell-Hamline School of Law

M. A., Romance Language, UO

M. Ed., Educational Leadership, UO

B. A., Spanish with Honors, Sociology, minor in Italian, Summa Cum Laude, UO