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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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Helicopter Pilots and Union Applaud NTSB Hearing

February 3, 2009.

As the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) holds four days of hearings in Washington regarding helicopter safety this week, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA) is expressing its enthusiasm in having the opportunity to participate. The PHPA International represents more than 4,000 helicopter pilots that perform duties ranging from transporting ill or injured people to hospitals to supplying the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. “Safety is a primary issue for our members,” says PHPA President Butch Grafton. “We think this hearing will have an extremely important impact on safety.”

PHPA International is one of seven organizations represented on the NTSB panel that is seeking information this week on HEMS (helicopter emergency medical services) safety issues. PHPA sent four pilots to the hearing, which will address traditional helicopter HEMS issues such as pilot training, VFR weather minimums, safety equipment, and others. The four pilots are Al Duquette, who is the PHPA’s Safety Chairman, Jeff Stackpole, President of PHPA Local 109, and EMS Pilots Dan McDade and Troy Montanez, the latter of whom is the Editor of Autorotate Magazine, the publication of the PHPA.

This week’s hearing is exploring additional topics including HEMS operating models (traditional, “hospital based,” “community based” and public use), reimbursement practices and its association with the dramatic increase in HEMS services, and competition between companies and its effect on flight safety. PHPA International has sent these very experienced pilots to attend this hearing in its ongoing effort to represent helicopter pilots in every aspect of their profession.

“We are proud of these members of the PHPA International and we think they can make strong contributions to this process,” Grafton says. “We appreciate the fact that the NTSB is working to address the issue of safety in the helicopter industry and want to do everything possible to help in this effort.

For further information: Butch Grafton 334-790-4417
Butch@autorotate.org
 

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Attention Nonprofit Employees: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Deadline is Oct. 31

The Oct. 31 deadline is fast approaching for public sector employees to apply for student loan relief through the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Many OPEIU members work for "public service employers," which includes many nonprofits, and are thus eligible to take advantage of temporary changes that make it easier to qualify for loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Take Advantage of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Changes Before Oct. 31

Many OPEIU members work for "public service employers," which includes many nonprofits, and are thus eligible to take advantage of temporary changes that make it easier to qualify for loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. 

More specifically, under the temporary waiver:

  • Borrowers who have Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), Perkins loans or other federal student loans can consolidate their loans into a Direct Consolidation Loan and receive PSLF credit for periods of repayment prior to consolidation. Periods of repayment on parent PLUS loans are not eligible under the limited PSLF waiver. Before consolidating, borrowers should check to see if they work for a qualifying employer using the PSLF Help Tool.
  • Past periods of repayment will now count regardless of whether a borrower made a payment, or made that payment on time, for the full amount due, or on a qualifying repayment plan.

Be sure to check your eligibility for the PSLF waiver before the changes expire on Oct. 31, 2022.

Unfortunately, union staff are not eligible for this program. Be sure to visit the OPEIU Membership Benefits page to learn about the OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program and the educational scholarships available for OPEIU members and their families.


Get-Out-The-Union-Vote on or before June 7th Primary Elections

Union members, family, and friends. Your future is at stake. Vote on or before June 7th in New Jersey’s Primary elections. Every registered voter is encouraged to vote. 

There are three ways to vote in the Primary Election.

1. Vote-by-mail. Return your vote by mail ballot. Ballots must be postmarked or placed in a secure ballot drop box by 8:00 pm on June 7th.
2. Vote Early in person, June 3-4, 10:00 am- 8:00 pm and June 5, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3. Vote at your polling place on June 7th, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

PA Voice Workers Join Local 32”


The employer voluntarily agreed to recognition based on card check December 23, 2021

Pennsylvania Voice and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), local 32, together proudly announce the voluntary recognition and new formation of a collective bargaining unit to represent Pennsylvania Voice employees. 

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.

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JUDICIARY EMPLOYEES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

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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