"It's so apparent that they don't want us here." AFL-CIO employee, OPEIU Local 2 member
AFL-CIO employees are fighting for a decent contract as management pushes anti-union proposals.
In late May 2018, contract negotiations began between the AFL-CIO and OPEIU Local 2.
The AFL-CIO is a federation of 55 national and international unions ("affiliates") representing 12.5 million working men and women. OPEIU Local 2 represents 7,000+ members in 100+ workplaces ("shops") throughout Washington, DC; Maryland; and Virginia. At AFL-CIO, OPEIU Local 2 represents 55 administrative employees.
From the very beginning, AFL-CIO management pushed several proposals that continue to sharply contradict its mission of working "tirelessly to improve the lives of working people." These proposals are anti-union. They are in direct opposition to the messages that AFL-CIO leadership gives at speeches, conventions, rallies, and meetings to affiliate members, politicians, community members, and workers around the world.
“...the single most effective tool for building an economy of shared prosperity is collective bargaining. When workers sit down across the table from our employers and bargain, we bring home higher wages, have greater access to health care and a pension and are more likely to be safe on the job. Most importantly, workers who bargain collectively have a voice, a say in the terms and conditions of work." Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President 2016 speech
Among management's demands (listed below), AFL-CIO management has made it clear that eliminating layoff protection is its first priority. With 73% of the unit having layoff protection, this is unacceptable to our unit. Added to management's proposals to eliminate employees' ability to bump or be surplused, halve and cap severance, and undo seniority, AFL-CIO management has made it clear that it is willing to impose anti-union proposals on its own employees,
"I think management wants to eliminate layoff protection because they're trying to get rid of the most senior employees." AFL-CIO employee, OPEIU Local 2 member
AFL-CIO management's anti-union proposals to date include:
Eliminate layoff protection for employees with 10+ years of service
Reduce layoff notice time to employees
Reduce bumping rights of employees
Halve and cap severance
Eliminate the ability of employees to be surplused
Eliminate review of financial benchmarks with the Union when a reduction in positions may occur
Seniority Change seniority from being unit-wide to within each department
Working hours Increase weekly hours without compensation
Other Eliminate “no reduction in benefits” clause Eliminate the following of past practices Add management's right to “establish workforce numbers, hours and days of operations….”
We call on union members to discourage the House of Labor from being anti-union.
“Our goal is to have employers sit down with workers and bargain in good faith. But when you have companies that, instead of treating us as assets to be invested in, view us as costs to be cut, there’s going to be conflict.” Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President 2016 speech