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The Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 32, AFL-CIO, is one of the largest and fastest growing unions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We represent 4,000 members in both the public sector and private sector employment. Our members work in a variety of technical, professional, clerical, white collar and blue collar professions. Please click on any one of the links on the left hand side of the page to learn more about OPEIU, Local 32, AFL-CIO.

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Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President

New York, NY (December 15, 2015)

  • 15 December 2015
  • Author: OPEIU Webmaster
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Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President

The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, CLC, Executive Board named Richard Lanigan to serve as president, effective December 15, 2015, following the resignation of Michael Goodwin.  The appointment was made at the Executive Board’s meeting in New York City. Lanigan has served as Secretary-Treasurer of OPEIU Local 153 and as an International vice president for Region II since 1994.


“I would like to thank the Executive Board for its decision to appoint me as president,” said Lanigan when accepting the appointment.  “I’ve dedicated my life to OPEIU and its members, and I’m excited to embark on this next phase of service to the working people of this union.” 


“Richard is the fifth person to occupy the position of OPEIU president, and the board could not have made a better choice,” said Goodwin. “I know he will do a great job for the members of the union.”


After working his way through college as a union member, Lanigan joined Local 153 as an organizer in 1980. Soon he was promoted to business representative, where he gained experience negotiating contracts. In 1987, he enrolled in law school as an evening student and upon admission to the bar served for a time as an assistant to the OPEIU general counsel and the president. 

As secretary-treasurer of Local 153, Lanigan manages the day-to-day affairs of OPEIU’s largest Local Union.  As International vice president, he worked with Local Unions facilitating mergers, conducting hearings, filing Unfair Labor Practice charges, and assisting with affiliations, strikes, contract campaigns and grievances. He chaired the Constitution and Laws committee at seven OPEIU conventions, and taught at OPEIU educational conferences and conventions. He has negotiated on behalf of several OPEIU Local Unions under a master agreement in the maritime industry for 20 years. Representing OPEIU Local Unions in jurisdictional disputes under Articles XX and XXI of the AFL-CIO Internal Disputes Procedure, he won many decisions including the Hawai’i Nurses Association case in 2010, which determined that more than 4,000 nurses could be members of OPEIU. 

Lanigan serves as a trustee on several benefit funds including the OPEIU and Local 153, Emblem Health and Perishable Food Industry Pension Funds and was certified in 2013 by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans under its Trustee Masters Program. 

Lanigan received OPEIU’s highest honor for organizing, the Henderson B. Douglas Award, in both 1998 and in 2005. In 2007, he received the OPEIU Silver Organizing Award. He has been honored by the NAACP and the Boy Scouts and has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The 2013 OPEIU Convention recognized his work representing Local Unions regarding Unfair Labor Practices and Articles XX and XXI. In 2014, the Federation of Catholic Teachers presented him their “Diamond” award. During 2013-14, he represented OPEIU in the inaugural AFL-CIO National Labor Leadership Initiative program. 


After 55 years of service to OPEIU and having served as International president for the past 21 years, Goodwin will now dedicate all of his time to his position as business manager of Local 153, OPEIU’s largest Local Union, and has been appointed to replace Lanigan on the OPEIU Executive Board as a vice president representing Region II.  Lanigan also will continue to serve as secretary-treasurer of Local 153.


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Union Coalition Files Unfair Practice Charge Against the State of New Jersey Judiciary Over COVID Policy (August 24. 2021)

Late last week, JCAU Council and CWA 1036 jointly filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge as well as a petition for immediate restraints with the Public Employment Relations Commission to challenge the Judiciary’s recently announced vaccine and testing policy. While the immediate restraints were denied, the underlying ULP is moving forward.  The ULP is based on the near-immediate imposition of the policy without impact negotiations with the Unions. The Unfair Practice process is underway and procedural steps are scheduled over the next 2-3 weeks. We will keep members updated on any developments.

Local 32 urges support for S.420: the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

We urge our members to contact their US Senators in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, important pro-worker, pro-union legislation which has already passed the House of Representatives (H.R. 842), but needs to get through the Senate (S.420). You can call your Senators toll free at 866-832-1560 and tell them this bill is important to you.

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Workers Memorial Day

FIFTY YEARS AGO on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job.

Key Legislation Messaging and Local Union Communication Survey

To All OPEIU Local Unions:

It's a very busy time in Washington with several key pieces of legislation pending that will significantly impact working families, including the PRO Act and the For the People Act of 2021 (voting rights).

To ensure consistent messaging and combat anti-worker efforts, OPEIU has put together messaging points on both pieces of legislation, along with some graphics that all local unions are encouraged to use in any publications, websites, social media postings or other communication methods. They are included below, and graphics are attached. We've also included an AFL-CIO statement, “Senate Rules Cannot be Used to Block a Workers First Agenda," which we hope you’ll find helpful. The Executive Council’s full statement is available here.

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OPEIU Local 32, in collaboration with the other unions which comprise the Judiciary Council of Affiliated Unions, has reached a tentative agreement with the State of New Jersey for our court employees. Links here are for the summary of all the changes and the actual Memorandum of Agreement reached at the bargaining table.

The 3-page summary is included for your convenience, but members will actually vote to accept or reject the complete MOA.

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