OEA Relief Fund for Community College Members
In response to the financial hardship the COVID pandemic has caused for many community college educators, OEA has authorized disaster relief payments from the OEA Relief Fund.
The OEA Relief Fund is funded by members’ contributions for the purposes of member support during strikes, school closures and lock outs, and natural disasters. While OEA has successfully advocated for the majority of our members to continue to be paid during this unprecedented time of school closures and social distancing due to COVID-19, some membership categories have not had their salary kept whole.
This application is for Community College OEA members in the following membership categories who have lost salary as a result of COVID-19: community college part-time faculty, community college classified staff.
- Must be a member of OEA as of March 2, 2020
- Funding request is allowed for up to $1,000
- Funding requests must be due to a COVID-19 loss of salary, and funding must be in following categories: rent, mortgage, utility bills, food/sundries, medical expenses, childcare
- Application must include documentation substantiating the financial request and COVID-19 related salary loss
- Relief Fund funds will be deposited electronically
- Receipt and any unused funds must be sent back to OEA within 30 days of receiving relief funds
To fully qualify, the member must complete all three steps:
1. Submit online application, including two types of documentation: a) supporting document to indicate need. This could be a copy of rental agreement showing monthly amount, last month’s utility bill, childcare bill or other. b) A document that verifies that your loss of pay is due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 crisis. This could be an email from your supervisor to document the class cancellation/loss of pay if informed by phone or in person, or a statement from you that lists the classes/hours that have been canceled for Spring and the date of notice provided of the cancellation.
2. Once membership has been verified, a follow up email will be sent to gather your bank account and routing number.
3. Relief funds will be sent to the bank account indicated, and receipts as well as any unused funds must be submitted to OEA within 30 days. Address for receipt submission: Relief Fund, c/o OEA President, 6990 SW Atlanta St, Portland OR 97223.
Please send questions to email@example.com. Thank you for being a member of OEA, and be well!
Reopening Guidance for Community Colleges
On June 12, Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-28, which allows Oregon’s colleges and universities to resume in-person instruction, research and residential activities beginning June 14, 2020 as long as they comply with recommendations from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). The order also requires that colleges and universities develop a written plan detailing how they will comply with OHA recommendations, and then submit that plan to their governing board for approval. The Executive Order strongly encourages institutions of higher education to include faculty, classified staff and students in the development of these plans – and OEA is committed to ensuring our members will have a voice in this process.
The OHA guidance that each college and university must follow in order to reopen prioritizes keeping students and educators safe, while giving individual campuses the flexibility they need to begin the process of returning to in-person operations. The guidance continues to protect individuals in vulnerable populations by insisting that colleges and universities allow for remote and telework opportunities for employees who fall into a high-risk category, and provides detailed guidance for institutions on how they should handle incidents of COVID exposure. The guidance also requires that institutions of higher education implement stricter cleaning and disinfection practices, especially in high-contact areas, among other public health requirements.
We know that faculty and staff will be the ones who are largely responsible for implementing the reopening plans that are created by individual colleges and universities, and they will also be the ones who are working most directly with students on campus. That’s why it is absolutely essential that our institutions of higher education allow for real and substantial input from faculty and staff in the drafting of their reopening plans, and that any plans for reopening are designed to equitably support our students while keeping our campus communities safe.
We will continue to update you with new information as we receive it, and we will continue to fight for the safety and wellness of our students and educators.
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