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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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Check out the AFL-CIO’s new raising wages report, Fighting for a Better Life

19 January 2016

Check out the AFL-CIO’s new raising wages report, Fighting for a Better Life

Marking nearly one year since the first ever Raising Wages Summit, the AFL-CIO released a new report, Fighting for a Better Life:  How Working People Across America are Organizing to Raise Wages and Improve Work, detailing the successes, struggles and path ahead to raise wages for working people.

The report finds that over the last year income inequality has shifted from a problem we discuss to a problem we can solve, and points to clear and unequivocal steps for a path forward.  Armed with the solutions outlined in the report, the central conclusion is that America is ready to move beyond the discussion of income inequality and is beginning to write new rules that will shape the economy.

Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 30, 2016

15 January 2016

Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 30, 2016

Click here for the rules and regulations for the 2016 OPEIU Scholarships, specifically the John Kelly Labor Studies Scholarship, the Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship, and the Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp. 

The deadline for the John Kelly and Howard Coughlin Scholarships have been extended to April 30, 2016.

The deadline for the Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Summer Camp is May 16, 2016. 

Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President

Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President 15 December 2015

Richard Lanigan Named OPEIU President

New York, NY (December 15, 2015)

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.”

In Historic Ruling, NLRB Says Tucson Taxi Drivers are Employees

In Historic Ruling, NLRB Says Tucson Taxi Drivers are Employees 28 October 2015

In Historic Ruling, NLRB Says Tucson Taxi Drivers are Employees

Tucson, Arizona (October 28, 2015) – In a groundbreaking ruling, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Tucson, Arizona, has determined that more than 200 taxi drivers employed by AAA Transportation/Yellow Cab are employees and are therefore eligible for union representation.

CLUW Launches First National Women's Health Survey: All Union Women Are Urged to Take A Few Minutes to Answer

CLUW Launches First National Women's Health Survey: All Union Women Are Urged to Take A Few Minutes to Answer 8 September 2015

CLUW Launches First National Women's Health Survey: All Union Women Are Urged to Take A Few Minutes to Answer

As part of its commitment to empower union women, the Coalition of Union Women (CLUW)   provides its members with health information. To assist us in tailoring that information, we created a short survey with one of our Spread the Word campaign partners, HealthyWomen," announces CLUW President Connie Leak.

 

President Leak explains the survey results will allow HealthyWomen to work with CLUW to provide CLUW members with the health information they want on a regular basis, delivered via the communications format/s they prefer.

 

The short survey, which is going out via “Survey Monkey,” is called Getting to Know You and Your Health Needs: Audience Survey for Women. You can access it here: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cluw-survey 

United Taxi Workers of San Diego (UTWSD) Affiliates with OPEIU

United Taxi Workers of San Diego (UTWSD) Affiliates with OPEIU 30 June 2015

United Taxi Workers of San Diego (UTWSD) Affiliates with OPEIU

NEW YORK, NY (June 30, 2015) – The United Taxi Workers of San Diego (UTWSD) and Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, jointly announced today an affiliation between UTWSD and OPEIU. The UTWSD is an association in a group of more than 1,500 taxi driver professionals in San Diego, California.

The executive boards of both organizations approved an affiliation agreement that will add to the more than 2,500 taxi drivers in Las Vegas, Nevada, that are represented by OPEIU, an organization of more than 105,000 members.

New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society (NJPMS) Votes to Formally Affiliate with OPEIU Guild 45

New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society (NJPMS) Votes to Formally Affiliate with OPEIU Guild 45 18 June 2015

New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society (NJPMS) Votes to Formally Affiliate with OPEIU Guild 45

New York, NY (June 18, 2015) – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, today announced the formal affiliation of the New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society (NJPMS), who will become members of OPEIU’s First National Guild of Healthcare Providers of the Lower Extremity, Guild 45.  The NJPMS just completed a one-year trial affiliation with OPEIU.

The affiliation will bring 650 podiatrists into OPEIU Guild 45, which represents more than 4,600 podiatrists in various states.  NJPMS is a state component of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

Introducing The First Non-Medical Intern Union In The U.S.

16 June 2015

Introducing The First Non-Medical Intern Union In The U.S.

By Jasmine Garsd (NPR News)

Nobody expects an internship to make one rich — but for many, the entire experience has become simply unattainable.

Reynaldo Leal tells NPR doing an internship was impossible. "I was going to school on the GI Bill, and when it came time to look at internships I couldn't make the pay (or lack of pay) work when it came to providing for my family," Leal says. "A couple of weeks of not getting paid meant affecting my family's budget to the point of not paying rent or bills. It seemed like internships were for kids with no major responsibilities."

Taxi Drivers at Yellow Checker Star to Conduct Work Stoppage

Taxi Drivers at Yellow Checker Star to Conduct Work Stoppage 2 June 2015

Taxi Drivers at Yellow Checker Star to Conduct Work Stoppage

Las Vegas, Nevada (May 28, 2015) – Taxi drivers employed by Yellow Checker Star (YCS) in Las Vegas, Nevada, will conduct a work stoppage on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 2-5 p.m. (PDT) in protest of Uber’s unsafe driver standards  and the company’s “surge pricing” policy.

The YCS drivers are members of the Industrial, Technical and Professional Employees Union (ITPEU), 
OPEIU Local 4873.  “Our members are professional drivers,” said ITPEU/OPEIU Local 4873 President Dennis R. Arrington.  “They are experienced drivers, fully insured, and have passed comprehensive background checks.

Why Uber is Bad for Everyone

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Issues Statement: Prevent Discrimination Against Doctors of Podiatric Medicine

AFL-CIO Executive Council Issues Statement: Prevent Discrimination Against Doctors of Podiatric Medicine 26 February 2015

AFL-CIO Executive Council Issues Statement: Prevent Discrimination Against Doctors of Podiatric Medicine

Atlanta, Georgia (February 25, 2015) -- The AFL-CIO Executive Council today issued a statement in support of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)’s doctors of podiatric medicine, calling on Congress to enact legislation amending Title XIX of the Social Security Act governing Medicaid to recognize DPMs as “physicians” in the same manner in which they are recognized in Title XVIII governing Medicare.  The statement also called for amendment of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act governing Medicare to recognize the ability of DPMs to independently certify the need for and prescribe appropriate durable medical equipment within their scope of practice.  The AFL-CIO represents 12 million workers.
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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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New Jersey Public Employee Health Benefits Information:

 

State Health Benefits Program
School Employees'
Health Benefits Program

PERCENTAGE OF PREMIUM CALCULATORS
FOR PLAN YEAR 2013
Health Benefit Contribution Requirements under Chapter 78, P.L. 2011

 
 
 
 

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