Recruiting Teams for CSA Bowling
The Community Services Agency (CSA) of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO is Proud to announce their 24th Annual "Bowling for Gold“ Union Bowling Tournament. Last year OPEIU Local 2 had several teams participate in this tournament and we're looking to do it again!
Sunday, January 31, 2016, Crofton Bowling Center, Crofton, Md; $25 per person to register.
We’ll have fun while helping to raise money for the Community Services Agency and its Emergency Assistance Fund for working families in need! Prizes include Highest Team Score, Highest Individual Score, Largest Dollar Amount of Pledges Collected by a Team and Individual, 50-50 Raffle, and MORE! We are looking to put some OPEIU Local 2 teams together to support the CSA! If you’d like to join us please email email@example.com.
Recap: 2015 Walk to End HIV
Thank you to all those that donated to the OPEIU Local 2 team for the Walk to End HIV. We exceeded our fundraising goal and raised $1,185! On Saturday, Oct. 24 the OPEIU Local 2 walking team included OPEIU Local 2 members Tim Kauffman, Akua Laplanche, Denise Alves and Chelsea Bland. Other walking team members included Eboné Bell, Natalie Thompson and Ashley McKinley. Click here if you’d still like to donate to the efforts of Whitman Walker Health (the organizer of the walk).
You Can Make a Difference
The Community Services Agency helps hundreds of workers and their families every year but only because of the generosity of local unions and their members. As we head into the colder months, that support is needed more than ever.
Here’s how YOU can help:
Make a direct donation: give securely online by clicking here now; no contribution is too small or too big!
Distribute the flyer to your members or co-workers: click here to download and pass along. For hard copies of the flyer, call 202 974-8221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Invite a speaker from CSA to address your executive board or union meetings this fall while the United Way, DC One Fund, CFC and Maryland Charity Campaigns are running. Contact me at 202-974-8221 or email@example.com.
Know Your Rights About Wage Theft
A three-city study of workers in low-wage industries found that in any given week, two-thirds experienced at least one pay-related violation. The researchers estimated that the average loss per worker over the course of a year was $2,634, out of total earnings of $17,616. The total annual wage theft from front-line workers in low-wage industries in the three cities approached $3 billion. If these findings in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles are representative of the entire U.S. low-wage workforce of 30 million, wage theft is costing workers more than $50 billion a year. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)
Based on the above, we can estimate the loss of wages in one form or another in the District of Columbia to be in the area of millions. One DC worker is currently fighting to recover over $7000 from her former employer, Indigo Restaurant. Indigo did not pay her the minimum wage or for overtime hours over a period of months. The effect on the living standards in DC is dramatic. It is time for us to focus our attention on this problem and develop a strategy for bringing the violators to justice.
Attend the “Know Your Rights” presentation at the OPEIU Local 2 Office Saturday October 24th, 10 AM to 11 AM. The focus will be on the DC Wage Theft act that is now in force but not being enforced. Being informed is the first step.
Join the OPEIU Local 2 Team for HIV Walk
Saturday, September 26, 2015
The October 24 Walk to End HIV is a fundraising walk and 5K timed run benefiting and produced by Whitman-Walker Health, a non-profit community-based health organization which provides dependable, high-quality, comprehensive and accessible health care to those infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is "Super Heroes Don’t Fly – They Walk to end HIV."
Get your spandex ready: we see OPEIU Local 2 capes in our future! If you are unable to participate in the walk you can click here to donate to the team.
Why Black Women Should Join Unions
Saturday, September 26, 2015
I started working as a classroom aide in Baltimore 50 years ago. My colleagues and I—mostly black women—were making $2.25 an hour with no benefits. A gallon of milk cost a dollar and a dozen eggs cost 60 cents, and we knew the work we did was worth a lot more than that. So, we organized. We joined with the Baltimore Teachers Union. And in 1970, when we negotiated our first contract, we won a grievance procedure and salary steps. That’s the power of a union. Being union members helped me and my colleagues win the respect we deserved as education support professionals. We all know the statistics: African-American women earning 64 cents and Latina women earning 56 cents for every dollar earned by a white, non-Hispanic man. But here’s a stat you may not have heard: Women covered by a union contract earn 31 percent more than their nonunion peers. Black women earn 34 percent more. And Hispanic women earn 42 percent more. No matter your job. No matter your community. No matter your race. If you are a woman and you are covered by a union contract, you earn more. Read more here.
By Lorretta Johnson
Shop Steward Corner
Local 2 Shop Stewards play a vital role in building a strong workplace and protecting our members. Stewards represent workers in meetings with management, help mobilize co-workers to take action, introduce the union to new employees and more.
Alternative Approaches to Discipline
Dealing with Property Damage
Keeping Your Cool
Dealing with Workplace Bullying
The Charge: Stealing Time
Witness for the Union
Make the Most of Employment Law
Black Friday Protests @ Walmart
Nov 27, 2015
This year Walmart workers are fasting but we can support by attending this event!
H Street location
OPEIU Local 2 Holiday Party
December 4, 2015
Come celebrate the holiday season with your fellow Local 2 members
$5 for members/$10 for guests
**Includes one drink ticket, good food, music, dancing and fun
The Mad Hatter
1319 Connecticut Ave, NW
5:30 – 9:30 PM
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