OPEIU Local 2 at the AFL-CIO Next Up Summit
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Visit the OPEIU Local 2 Rising Stars Step Up Committee young workers page to see pictures, videos, articles and more from the Local 2 delegation at the summit!
Young Workers Summit feels the jolt of young labor activism
By: Blake Deppe March 23 2015 - People's World.com
CHICAGO - The 2015 Next Up Young Workers Summit had all the hallmarks of a youthful presence, inspiring change and justice through activism and quashing notions that the labor movement is not drawing in young workers. Quite the contrary, they were at the forefront over the course of this four-day weekend event.
More than 1,000 young union activists gathered here March 19-22 for the summit, where participants drew on their experiences to map out strategies to fight for higher wages, immigration reform, student debt reform and an end to discrimination, among other things.
For too long, many naysayers have suggested there is a disconnect between young people and unions, but when young worker Caniesha Seldon spoke with the People's World, she showed that once people like her become aware of the struggle, they jump right in. Seldon, who resides in Washington, D.C., is a member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 2 and their international representative to the AFL-CIO Young Workers Advisory Council. She is also chief steward at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and staffperson at their young worker program (Y.O.U.N.G.). Read More
Local 2 Cleans Up at the Metro Council Evening with Labor Awards Banquet
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Collecting & Preserving Women's History: Finding, Enriching and Using Archives
Thursday, March 12, 2015
History is empowering. It shapes who we are and provides role models to guide us. Yet, women stand on historical quicksand. With each step we take forward, the step behind us disappears.
As one of our historians describes it, “Women have to re-create the wheel with every generation.” By all evidence, at least half of our population has lived a life – only to become in large part — invisible. We discussed what already exists in the way of Archives and Collections about Women’s History and have organized this Forum at the Library of Congress to learn more. Over the past forty years CWI members have contributed to and studied this history. Now we need to learn about new tools and resources to collect and disseminate this information and even how to keep records of our own work and accomplishments to pass on to future generations.
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?
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
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March 31, 2015 - Collecting & Preserving Women's History: Finding, Enriching and Using Archives
April 7, 2015 - OPEIU Local 2 General Membership Meeting @ 5:30 pm
Local 2 Night with the Wizards
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