Local 2 Night with the Wizards
Welcome to Our New Website
We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! After two months of hard work and dedication by the Local 2 Communications Committee, we are delighted to officially announce the website fresh new look and user-friendly navigation.
With our new Local 2 NewsLetter, an active FaceBook page, and now our website, we are constantly striving to make every interaction with our members even better.
The new website still has all of the things you were able to find in the previous layout and more: easier navigation with tabs and drop-downs at the top
· a detailed contact information for officers and staff, & committee chairs
· Rights & Resources explanations of family medical leave,
· Video and info about your rights when disciplined
· Member Support information on hardship assistance and scholarships
· Expanded organizing pages under Need a Union? with info on organizing workplaces for power and respect
· much more info which will be updated on a regular basis with articles about our union as well as stories and information important to our members.
Employment Opportunity at Local 2
OPEIU Local 2 is seeking qualified applicants to fill a Staff Representative/Organizer position with the Local Union.
Among the responsibilities of this position are the negotiation and renegotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements, representing members in grievance and arbitration hearings, and general organizing - both external organizing and internal organizing in shops already under contract with the Local.
Candidates for this position should possess experience as a shop steward and extensive contract negotiating, servicing experience and a general familiarity with labor law and labor/management relations. Applicants should possess good communications and writing skills, the ability to relate to people, and the ability to perform general research.
Some experience in organizing is preferred. This is a salaried position and regularly requires evening and weekend work. Applicants must have a car and be able to travel in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia area. The Local Union provides comprehensive health and welfare coverage, participation in the OPEIU Pension Plan and a car allowance.
Members interested in being considered for this position should direct their applications and resume to the Local office by March 20, 2015.
Send application and resume to :
OPEIU Local 2
8555 16th St. Suite 550
Silver Spring, MD 20910
OPEIU Staff at LIU Vote No! To Final Offer
Displaying signs of "Unity" and "LIU workers unite," clerical, administrative and technical employees represented by OPEIU Local 153 voted overwhelmingly to reject the unfair "best final offer." While this was not a sweeping victory for the more militant members, it shows that, after two years, the majority have taken a courageous stand to keep fighting.
Negotiations between Long Island University and OPEIU Local 153 began in January 2012. In September 2014 the union filed "surface bargaining" and "bad faith" charges with the NLRB because the University was not making any counters to the union's proposals and it was continuing to submit new proposals. By January 2015 the University presented a "best final offer".
The University's best final offer included steep medical premium increases and no retroactivity (three years) OPEIU Local 153 members will be taking home less money in their paychecks than they had in 2012.
What does this have to do with Local 2?
Local 2 "Bowling for Gold"
Local 2 members participated in the 23rd annual "Bowling for Gold" union bowling tournament sponsored by the Community Services Agency (CSA) of the Metropolitan Washington Council this past Sunday. This event is held every year to help raise valuable funds to help CSA continue to provide vital support to local union members. The Mission of the Community Services Agency (CSA) is to improve the lives of workers and their families by meeting their human and social services needs; by building broad and diverse coalitions to promote and protect dignity and justice for workers; and by empowering workers and their unions to make their communities better, more responsive places to live, work, raise a family and retire.
Linda Bridges, 1st Vice President of Local 2, was one of the volunteers responsible for pulling off this annual event. In addition to Local 2 members being on different teams from IBEW, AFT and Machinists throughout the tournament and the OPEIU (AIL) team, members of the Local 2 Rising Stars Step Up Committee put together two teams of young workers to support the CSA. The 2 teams "OPEIU Rising Stars" and "Bowling for Cats" were all young workers of OPEIU Local 2 with a few friends from the DC Young Trade Unionists. "Although I am a terrible bowler, I wanted to come out and support an awesome community service event and have some fun with my union friends", says Caniesha Seldon, Chair of the Local 2 Rising Stars Committee.
Many local unions participated from IBEW, AFGE, Teamsters, IAFF, the Newspaper Guild, Bricklayers and many more. We are excited that Local 2 members were involved in this fun and important local labor event.
Bonnie Ladin Union Skills
The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program (BLUS) 2015 classes are now open for registration. The program is designed for union leaders, staff and community activists and offers intensive hands-on training around the areas of collective bargaining; organizing; arbitration and grievance handling; leadership for new union officers; strategic campaigns for contracts; teaching techniques; and best financial practices. Taught by a group of experienced instructors, the BLUS program brings together rising union activists and community allies with the end goal of helping participants to better serve their unions and communities. Most classes are held at the MITAGS training center in Linthicum, MD. MITAGS is close to BWI Airport, Amtrak, and I-95.
For more information click here.
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
Click here for more Steward Newsletters
February 26, 2015 - DC Young Trade Unionist Meeting
March 5, 2015 - We Were There: A Celebration of Women's History Month
March 14, 2015 - Metro Washington Council's Evening with Labor