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Racial Justice Brainstorming Meeting
March 17, 2017
The Local 2 Racial Justice Working Group met last week to welcome new members and plan the direction for the Local in 2017. The meeting included members from SEIU, AFT, APWU, WMATA and others. The group will focus on the unique challenges facing people of color and allies in the workplace and the labor movement, the impact of the Black Lives Matter Movement on the fight for collective change and how Local 2 can be a part of the discussion of racial justice in our shops.
There were a lot of new faces and great ideas exchanged. The group wanted to focus on holding different racial justice events, such as a special viewing of the movie "13; and developing material that will assist other shops in having difficult race conversation; and continue to include racial justice conversations at the OPEIU Local 2 Executive Board meetings. This active and highly motivated group wants to hold monthly meetings to continue planning and expanding on ideas.
Thanks to the support of the Local 2 leadership racial justice has become a priority for our union. If you would like to join us, please email Caniesha Washington at email@example.com. Keep your eyes open for the next meeting of the Racial Justice Working Group!
Working Together, We're Stronger Together
March 3, 2017
Greetings Brothers and Sisters of Local 2:
Shop Steward Training: On Saturday, February 25, forty-six stewards attended the Local 2 Shop Steward training held at the American Federation of Teacher, located in Washington, D.C.
After teaching a brief section on how to investigate, write and file a grievance, I turned it over to OPEIU International President Richard Lanigan. The training was divided into two sections: the first dealing with discipline and discharge and the second on handling past practice. Our shop steward class was an all-day event from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., both topics where covered heavily in great detail.
It was clear to all in attendance, our International President Lanigan has spent a lot of time researching and refining the subjects’ matters. His deliverance during the class, was intuitive, he spoke in a way that was both instructive and entertaining. Out of the 46 stewards that were present at the start of the program, all but 1 where still engaged at the end. Reflects why I speak highly of our International President Richard Lanigan. Local 2 and I look forward to planning our next stewards training and will always welcome our OPEIU International President Richard Lanigan to future steward training at Local 2’s.
Negotiations in Progress: Contracts that are open and being negotiated include: International Union of Operating Engineers, WMATA, International Association of Fire Fighters, United Food and Commercial Workers, and the American Federation of Government Employees. The open contracts cover close to 1,300 Local 2 members. Contracts that have been recently completed and ratified by the membership include: the Fairfax Connector, Union Privilege, the National Football League Players Association and the D.C. Circulator.
Upcoming events include: The Local 2 next membership meeting is on Tuesday, April 4th, which will include the installation of the newly elected officers.
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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.
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April 1, 2017 at 10 am
Local 2 Office, 8555 16th Street. Suite 550
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Local 2 Membership Meeting
April 4, 2017 at 6 pm
**UPDATED: The normal start time of the general membership meeting has been moved to 6pm**
The Captiol Hilton
1001 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Capital Hilton is located on 16th Street and K Street, in Northwest ,Washington, DC.
Nearest Metro Stations: Farragut North (Red Line), Farragut West (Blue & Orange Lines), and
McPherson Square (Blue & Orange Lines).
Local 2 Office Address:
8555 16th Street. Suite 550
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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