Employment Opportunity at Local 2
April 26, 2017
OPEIU Local 2 is seeking qualified applicants to fill a Staff Representative 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 communication 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, D.C., Maryland and Virginia environs.
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 application and resume to the Local Union office by Wednesday, May 17, 2017.
Send applications and resume to: Dan Dyer
OPEIU Local 2
8555 16th Street, Suite 550 Silver Spring, MD 20910
or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program Now Accepting Applications.
April 12, 2017
Applications are now being accepted for the OPEIU Student Reduction Program to help OPEIU members and associate members repay their student debt. The fund provides five awards of $2,500 each year to a member who has completed an associate or undergraduate degree and who can demonstrate they have at least $10,000 in student debt and their account is current. Application deadline is June 30, so apply today.
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Passing of Local 2 Member: Alton Speight
April 7, 2017
Alton honorably served the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) for 17 years as a security guard, and was one of the original members of the security team who voted to select OPEIU Local 2 to represent the security guards at AFT. Members from different locations expressed their condolences, because they remembered his kindness on their visits to the AFT building/AFL-CIO Credit Union.
The funeral will be April 13, 2017 at Riverside Baptist Church, 9111 Oxon Hill Rd, Ft. Washington, MD 20744.
10:00am – 11:30am Funeral Service (at Riverside);
11:30am – 1:30pm Repass (at Riverside);
1:30pm leave to go to the burial site;
2:30pm Committal at Resurrection Cemetery – 800 Woodyard Rd, Clinton, MD 20735.
Highlights from 2nd Qtr. Membership Meeting
April 7, 2017
The 2nd Quarter membership meeting held on Tuesday was full of membership engagement and solidarity. There were several highlights for our engaged union members:
"Light It Up Blue" for Autism Awareness
April 1, 2017
Join us in celebrating the 2017 World Autism Awareness Day next Monday, April 2nd, and National Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. We want to get one step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.
How you can "Light It Up Blue": Wear Blue - ask family, friends and coworkers to wear blue this Sunday, April 2nd (t-shirts, ties, scarves); Post Blue - Help make autism trend on social media. While you're wearing blue, don't forget to take a selfie and post it using #LightItUpBlue to be a part of the global autism acceptance movement. Turn your profile photo blue and post autism facts with #LightItUpBlue in your posts.
April 4 Membership Meeting
March 30, 2017
Local 2’s Quarterly Meeting, Tuesday, April 4th @ 6:00 P.M. -
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).
Mark Your Calendar, Updates and More!
March 24, 2017
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.
OPEIU Local 2
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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.
Handling Disciplines for Poor Performance
Dealing with Workplace Bullying
The Charge: Stealing Time
Social Events Committee Meeting
April 6, 2017 at 6 p.m
SEIU, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Strategic Planning Meeting
Saturday, April 15th, 10am – 12pm
CWA, 501 3rd St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Local 2 Racial Justice
Wednesday, April 19th @ 6pm
SEIU, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Autism Awareness Month:
Resources and Support Lunch
Tuesday, April 25th @ 12-2pm
AFGE, 80 F St, NW
RSVP by Friday, April to email@example.com
What’s Next for Labor?
Saturday, April 22, 10am – 1pm
RSVP to Erin_Radford@hotmail.com
OPEIU Local 2 office
"How to Have Conversations About Race"
Saturday, April 29, 10am – 2pm
OPEIU Local 2 office
RSVP by Tuesday, April 25, to firstname.lastname@example.org
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