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Kaiser Health Care Workers Voting on Strike Authorization

  • 12 September 2023
Kaiser Health Care Workers Voting on Strike Authorization

Tens of thousands of workers at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics across the country are voting on whether to authorize a strike. The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, which includes a dozen local unions, said a strike would start no earlier than Oct. 1. More than 80,000 employees are represented by the coalition, including the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU), which represents some 12,000 Kaiser employees. If a strike moves forward, it would be the largest strike of health care workers in the history of the country. Union members are pushing for safe staffing levels to protect nurses and patients.

“Patient care is in crisis at Kaiser Permanente,” said Linda Bridges, president of OPEIU Local 2 in Silver Spring, Maryland. “Staffing was decimated during the pandemic and it has not gotten any better. The problem we’re dealing with is Kaiser is not hearing us. Kaiser can and must do better....They need to stop the unfair labor practices and address the healthcare staffing needs now.”

New Degree Programs Added to Your OPEIU Discount College Benefit!

  • 11 September 2023

NOW AVAILABLE: Southeastern University’s Affordable Online Degree Programs in
Nursing, Digital Marketing, Hospitality, Ministry, Global Education and More!

More schools and online program options than ever are now available through your
OPEIU Discount College benefit, including the newest addition, Southeastern University (SEU).

Explore all the career-focused degrees and opportunities SEU has to offer:

  • Elevate your nursing career with SEU's RN to BSN program
  • Unlock your creative expression with a degree in Digital Media & Design
  • Other degree programs available include Tourism & Hospitality Management, Global Education and more!

Now enrolling for the Fall 2023 semester. Get started today!

Learn more about OPEIU’s Discount College benefit here and click on the EDVANCE Union College Benefit link

Nonprofit Workers at International Rescue Committee Announce Union in Dallas

  • 7 September 2023

DALLAS, TX - Approximately 80 employees at the national nonprofit organization International Rescue Committee (IRC) announced the formation of their union with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 277.

The employees who provide a broad slate of services to refugees and asylum seekers in the resettlement process presented a letter to the Dallas office Executive Director, Shalaina Abioye on Wednesday requesting that the organization voluntarily recognize their union, IRC Workers Unite.

“An overwhelming majority of us have signed union cards and come forward because, as the staff that provide IRC services on the frontlines, we understand this work the best,” said Zarifa Barkatullah, Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) Coordinator. “We see this as an opportunity for leadership to partner with us to improve our work and better achieve our vital mission.”

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  • 5 September 2023

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Happy Labor Day

  • 3 September 2023

This Labor Day weekend, we’re reflecting on the unprecedented opportunities and challenges faced by workers and their unions.

Across generations, unions remain widely popular, with majorities in every age bracket reporting they’d sign a union card. Workers across industries – from credit unions and nonprofits to tech companies and healthcare facilities – are filing for union elections at record levels.

Last year, more workers joined unions than the two previous years combined. This year, at the 29th OPEIU Convention, convention delegates reaffirmed our union’s commitment to organizing the unorganized to bolster these numbers even further. The momentum and power we’ve collectively built in the past year has helped workers across the country realize and harness their own power in the workplace, giving them a bigger say over their futures.

We look forward to building upon this momentum even further in pursuit of our shared goals: economic, racial and social justice at work and in our communities. And we wish for you and your family a wonderful Labor Day.

In solidarity,

Team OPEIU 
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