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OPEIU Backs Legislation Supporting Podiatric Physicians

President Goodwin Applauds Sens. Schumer and Grassley for Introducing the HELLPP Act  

WASHINGTON, July 19, 2013 – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) applauds Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) for introducing critical bipartisan legislation that would increase access to podiatric care and save billions of dollars in the process. The Helping Ensure Life- and Limb-Saving Access to Podiatric Physicians (HELLPP) Act, S.1318, would identify podiatrists as physicians under Title XIX (the Medicaid Provision) of the Social Security Act, making it easier for low-income individuals to get necessary foot care.

Civil Service: State managers want Gov. Cuomo to sign bill that could end five-year wait for pay raises

A group of 8,000 state managers may soon get long-awaited pay raises.

The state Legislature finally passed the Management Confidential Pay Commission Act, a bill that would create a seven-member commission to recommend salary increases for the managers.

But it remains unclear if Gov. Cuomo will sign the bill.

“We are still reviewing it,” said spokesman Rich Azzopardi.

State managers have gone five years without a raise, and many earn less than their subordinates.

“We are very hopeful that he will review it and sign it. This is the right thing to do,” said Organization of New York State Management Confidential Employees executive director Joe Sano.

OPEIU Convention Delegates Approve Two New Benefits for Entire Membership

Each member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union will receive two new benefits—life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment—as the result of action taken at the union’s convention earlier this month. Upon the recommendation of the executive board, delegates to the union’s triennial convention held June 3-6 in San Diego, approved providing each of the union’s 105,000 members with $2,000 life insurance and $2,000 AD&D.

26th OPEIU Convention to be held June 3-6 in San Diego

San Diego, California (May 31, 2013) – Labor leaders from throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico will gather June 3-6, 2013 in San Diego for the 26th Convention of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO.

The convention will have the theme, “Work Connects Us All,” recognizing OPEIU’s diverse professional membership that includes administrative and clerical employees, as well as a host of other professions such as nurses, insurance agents, podiatrists, appraisers, Minor League Baseball umpires, teachers and helicopter pilots.

PHPA Mourns Loss of Pilots

The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA), a council of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), today is mourning the tragic loss of our members and friends Captain Don Filliter and First Officer Jacques Dupuy, and Flight Paramedics Dustin Dagenais and Chris Snowball (members of CAW Local 2002), who were killed today when their Ornge air ambulance S76 helicopter went down en route from Moosonee to Attawapiskat in Northern Ontario.
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