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President Ebeling and Union Rep Lance Lindeman protest outside of TruStone Credit Union's Headquarters Membership Meeting to put pressure to keep jobs Union!
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Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

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Notice of Nominations/Elections and Proposed Amendment to the Constitution and Bylaws



Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Time: 6:00 P.M.

Location: 2277 Highway 36 W., Second Floor Large Conference Room, Roseville, MN 55113


Nominations and Elections

Nominations will be held for Officers and Executive Board Members to the O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 Executive Board at this meeting.


Article X: Nominations and Elections

Section 2: No member shall be elected or appointed to an office in or as an Executive Board member of this Union unless he/she has been a member of this Union in good standing for at least the preceding twelve (12) months in a unit under Contract with O.P.E.I.U., Local #12.


Section 3: The Officers and Executive Board shall be nominated from the floor at the January General Membership Meeting and three-year interval thereafter at the January General Membership Meetings. Their terms of office shall be three (3) years, commencing with their inauguration at the election year March General Membership Meeting and ending with the inauguration of the next newly elected Officers and Executive Board members.


Section 4: All members nominated shall indicate their acceptance or declination verbally if present at the meeting. Anyone nominating a member who is not in attendance at the meeting shall furnish a written statement by the nominee indicating acceptance of the nomination.


Article XI: Election Board

Section 1: An Election Board of three (3) members shall be elected at the Regular Membership Meeting after nominations for regular Officers have been closed. The Election Board shall have the right to appoint any clerical help required.


Section 2: The Election Board is charged with the duty of conducting the regular election of Officers and Executive Board Members of the Union. It shall make such regulations as shall assure the members of a fair and honest election. Any candidate shall have the right to have an observer at the counting of the ballots.


Proposed Amendments to the O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 Constitution and Bylaws


Per Article XXI Amendments: proposed amendments to the O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 Constitution and Bylaws was introduced by the Executive Board and presented to the membership at the November 14, 2018 General Membership Meeting. No discussion or vote was taken on the subject of the amendments at that meeting. This notice is being mailed to all members of the nature of the proposed amendments and to inform you that a vote will take place at the January 16, 2019 General Membership Meeting. Voting requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members voting for constitutional amendment to carry. A member in good standing who resides eighty (80) miles or more from the meeting location will be allowed to vote on proposed Amendments to the Constitution.


The major component of the amendments to the O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 Constitution and Bylaws are to conform with the International O.P.E.I.U. model Constitution.


If you would like a copy of the proposed amendments to the O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 Constitution and Bylaws, please contact the O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 office at 651-639-1212 and one will be mailed to you to review prior to the General Membership Meeting.





Ryan Mortensen

Business Manager

O.P.E.I.U. Local 12



OPEIU Local 12: Union Organizer Wanted


Position Overview

This is an entry level organizer position. The primary focus of the position is to initiate and conduct new organizing campaigns; to develop workplace leaders within the local union; and to increase union visibility and assist with direct action campaigns in key workplaces as directed by local union staff.


Primary Responsibilities 

  • Help to identify and develop appropriate new organizing targets and campaign plans, with goals, strategies, and resources needed to execute the plans
  • Conduct and coordinate home visits, phone calls, site visits and other 1:1 outreach to build membership, support leaders and further the goals of a campaign
  • Identify and develop new workplace leaders
  • Conduct new member orientations
  • Write and produce basic campaign leaflets and other materials
  • Manage lists, Access database, assessments, charts and other campaign tools
  • Assist with member turnout for events and actions
  • Identify workplace issues and help members organize for solutions and power
  • Submit a detailed report each week demonstrating activities


Job Qualifications and Requirements

  • Demonstrated commitment to the labor movement and social justice
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer skills and proficiency with basic programs such as Access and Word
  • Car, insurance and driver’s license required
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends and irregular hours with some travel
  • Ability to provide detailed campaign summaries and assessments
  • Ability to establish and maintain credibility with diverse demographic groups, as well as, with professional, technical, administrative and service workers
  • Experience assisting members to resolve grievances, and other workplace issues
  • An understanding of how the collective bargaining process works

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.


To apply: All interested applicants must apply by submitting resume and cover letter to Joe LeBlanc at or fax to 651-639-1210.


OPEIU is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

OPEIU Local 12: Union Representative Wanted

Job Description: Union Representative

The union representative position provides the full range of representation to Local 12 members at their employers. This includes grievance handling through the arbitration level; contract negotiations; assisting, developing, training, and mentoring the elected leadership of Local union, board and Local 12 members. 

This position will be assigned to represent a wide range of members. Additional assignments may be added as organizing occurs.

Job Duties

·        Negotiate or assist in contract negotiations, including proposal development, contract campaigns, and negotiations.

·        Train and assist stewards and officers in representation work, including grievances and disciplinary appeals up to and including arbitrations.

·        Provide training and assistance in the administration of Local 12.

·        Assist leaders in the creation of Local union newsletters and other communications.

·        Work with leaders in the development and implementation of worksite issue campaigns.

·        Assist and train leaders to build stronger locals through internal organizing and/or external organizing campaigns.

·        Other related duties as required.



·        Three or more years of related work experience particularly with prior Labor experience.

·        Extensive knowledge of labor unions and labor relations issues in the public and private sector.

·        Ability to establish rapport with and organize members in widely diversified ethnic, social, and economic groups.

·        Experience in advocacy and leadership development.

·        Proven effectiveness in working with Local Unions.

·        Effective written and verbal communication skills.

·        Quick learner possessing strong interest and working knowledge of labor rights, employment rights and contract language.

·        Extensive project management experience in a high-stress environment.

·        Research and analytical skills necessary to assess and plan effective projects.

·        Ability to deal with conflicting and changing priorities.

·        Experienced in the use of most widely used computer programs, familiar with desktop publishing and social media.

·        Valid driver’s license.

·        A willingness to work long and irregular hours and participate in union activates.

·        May be required to lift 25-50 pounds

·        Minimal travel will be required. 

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package.


To apply: All interested applicants must apply by submitting resume and cover letter to Joe LeBlanc at or fax to 651-639-1210.

Local 12 Positions: South Central Minnesota Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee IBEW 343



Electrical Apprenticeship Administration Assistant

South Central Minnesota Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (SCMNJATC), located in Rochester Minnesota, is a seeking a full-time Electrical Apprenticeship Administration Assistant.  SCMNJATC is a non-profit organization jointly sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 343 and Minneapolis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


Successful candidate will possess skills to perform the following:

·        Experience with and strong working knowledge of QuickBooks and Microsoft Office.

·        Position will report to Training Director and will assist Training Director, instructors and students as required for optimal program success.

·        Must have exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

·        Ability to multi-task.

·        Process apprentices for program entry and maintain apprenticeship records and files, including registration with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI).

·        Equal Employment Opportunity oversight and compliance.

·        Accounts payable, receivable and payroll tasks.

·        General office support to include, but not limited to:  preparation of monthly financial reports, process VA benefit paperwork, ordering of textbooks, make arrangement for State Board of Electricity exams, enter time card hours and send notifications of wage increases, assist with DOLI compliance, place annual advertisements.

·        Union position with OPEIU Local 12, with a starting wage of $23.31 per hour.

·        Full-time (40 hours per week).

·        Employer paid benefits include: family health care, paid holidays, vacation time (accrual after 6 months), retirement plan.

·        Resumes and any questions should be submitted to:


      Deadline for consideration is December 21, 2018.


South Central Minnesota Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status

Local 12 Position: Teamsters Local 320, Administrative Assisant Position

Minnesota Teamsters Local 320 is currently accepting applications for the position of Administrative Assistant 1.  The position is a full time union benefit earning position represented by Office Professional Employees International Union Local #12. 

Administrative Assistant 1 employees are responsible for completing assignments assigned by Business Agents and Officers of the Local Union.  Assignments may include transcribing usual or confidential dictation, maintaining files and other duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will have experience working in an office setting, experience with Windows Office, the ability to construct and type correspondence, and exceptional organizational skills.

Please submit your resume to:

Brian Aldes, Secretary Treasurer, Teamsters Local 320

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Local 12 Position as an Administrative Assistant - Local 930

If interested, send resumé and cover letter to:

DEADLINE TO APPLY is Friday October 5, 2018

Click here to see Job Description

OPEIU Towing Benefit Change

The Benefit for the Towing benefit has changed. 

It includes:
a) Free hook up and tow up to 15 miles
b) Emergency roadside assistance
c) Emergency battery service
d) Emergency tire service
e) Delivery of supplies
f) Travel discounts and much more

Every OPEIU member is entitled to two (2) tows/service calls valued up to $100* each per year (from October 1st through September 30th each year) for themselves and family living in the same household. For service, please call the OPEIU designated toll-free number: 1-800-617-2677

*$80 call plus $20 administrative fee.

Click here to see Towing Package Flyer
Plan Letter: B

Monthly OPEIU Call to Discuss Post Janus Impact

OPEIU is establishing a monthly call for all interested local unions to share information about the post Janus impact. We'll discuss the efforts of right-to-work groups who are contacting members and how individual states are approaching new Janus rules and other legal developments.

Dates of the call are at 12 NOON EST on August 14th, September 11th, October 9th, November 13th and December 4th. 

If you are interested, contact Ryan at to obtain access information. 

Fantastic benefits now available to members through St. Paul Federal Credit Union

OPEIU Local #12 is excited to announce a new affiliation with St. Paul Federal Credit Union.  Your membership in OPEIU Local #12 automatically qualifies you for membership with St. Paul Federal, recognized as one of the best financial institutions in the country.


No matter your need, St. Paul Federal has you covered:



  • Car loan rates as low as 0.99% APR*
  • Real estate loans as low as 5.00% APR*
  • Checking dividends as high as 4.99% APY**
  • Savings rates more than 50 times higher than national banks!



  • No-charge online and mobile banking
  • Dozens of shared branch locations throughout Minnesota
  • 100+ no charge ATMs in Minnesota

·         24x7 Full Service Call Center


Great financial products and services delivered by OPEIU Local #12 members!


Learn much more and open your accounts by visiting St. Paul Federal’s <> website or stopping by one of their convenient locations <>


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OPEIU Local 12 Represented I.U.O.E. Local 49 Accountant Position Open

Please click here to find out more information about the I.U.O.E. Local 49 Accountant Position. If interested, please inquire with I.U.O.E. Local 49.

Working People's Day of Action! 2-24-18

On February 24, join thousands of working people and our allies and stand up for our freedom to come together in strong unions and fight. Fight for equitable pay. Fight for affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities and secure future for all of us. Demand an end to a system that's rigged against working people. 

Join us at the State Capitol Rotunda at 75 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Saint Paul, MN at 10:30 A.M. Click here to learn more.

Please contact Ryan Mortensen at 651-639-1212 if interested in attending.



IBEW Local Union 343
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OPEIU Local Represented Bricklayers Local 1 Union has an Open Position

Please click here for more information about the position. 

OPEIU Local 12 Represented Saint Paul Federation of Teacher has an Open Position

Saint Paul Federation of Teachers has an open position for an Accountant that they are hiring for. This position is represented by OPEIU Local 12. Click here for more information. 

2018 Scholarships Available

The 2018 OPEIU Scholarships are available. Please click ton the Member Resource tab and then click on the Member Benefits link to download the Scholarships. 

Holiday Office Days

The OPEIU Local 12 Office will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Our New Sign


OPEIU Introduce New Membership Benefit: Identity Protection

OPEIU’s Identity Protection Program Features

It’s important that all OPEIU members sign up as soon as possible with OPEIU’s identity protection provider, InfoArmor, to ensure you receive all benefits available. To activate the following benefits, sign up immediately at You can also activate by calling 855-990-0994. Don’t delay; activate your benefits today.

If you do become a victim of identity fraud, InfoArmor’s trained experts will help you to restore your identity as best as possible to what it was before the incident. This can save you hundreds of hours of your own time and productivity. It can also save you money!

Features of this benefit include:

  • Privacy Advocate® Remediation: Our Privacy Advocates are CITRMS® Certified experts in identity restoration. A Privacy Advocate will act as a dedicated case manager to act on behalf of the victim and resolve the issue from start to case completion.
  • Digital Exposure Report: This interactive, easy-to-read report summarizes what a real-time deep Internet search finds out about a subscriber, offers a Privacy Grade and tips to better secure personal information.
  • Internet Surveillance: Internet Surveillance constantly monitors the underground economy and dark rooms to uncover compromised, sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, wallet items and login credentials including emails and passwords. 

Activate your benefit for free at You can visit for more information. If you still have questions, call 855-990-0994.

UFCW 1189 has reached a Tentative Agreement!

Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 12 and United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 1189 have reached a Tentative Agreement. The Tentative Agreement will be mailed out today, Thursday, September 28, 2017. This Tentative Agreement comes with a Negotiation Committee’s recommendation for a Yes to Accept Vote. When you receive your Tentative Agreement, please mark your ballot Yes to Accept or No to Reject. You are either accepting or rejecting the Tentative Agreement in its whole. Please mail back your marked ballot with the enclosed pre-paid self-addressed envelope so it can be received back to OPEIU Local 12’s office by end of business on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel to contact me at 651-639-1212 or at

Wilson-McShane Tenative Agreement Ratified!

September 20, 2017
On September 19, 2017, Wilson-McShane came to the ballot box and voted to ratify their new three-year contract. Congratulations! See the tentative agreement here.

Wilson-McShane Corporation will be holding it in-person ratification vote on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 for a new contract at its Bloomington, Kansas and Missouri offices at approximately 5:15pm. 

HealthPartners Tentative Agreement Ratified!

September 15, 2017
The membership of HealthPartners have overwhelming approved a new Contract for three-years. We had a great turn out with 95% voting yes! See tentative agreement here.

September 8, 2017

Dear Local 12 Members,

OPEIU Local 12 and HealthPartners have wrapped up contract negotiations and have reached a Tentative Agreement for a new contract.
The Tentative Agreement for a new contract will be voted on by the members in good standing.

The vote will take place as follows:

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Location: SpringHill Suites – Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport/Mall of American

                 2870 Metro Drive, Bloomington, MN 55425

                 Cedar/Elm Room on the Main Floor


Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time: 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Location: OPEIU Local 12 Office

                   2277 Highway 36 W.

                   Roseville, MN 55113

                   2nd Floor Conference Room (Look for the signs)

A copy of the Tentative Agreement will be provided at the voting location.  

If members are interested, we plan on holding group meetings throughout the day around 7:30am, 8:30am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm.

Otherwise, members can come anytime throughout the day and vote and leave.  

Members of the Negotiating Committee will be present to answer any questions you may have.


In Solidarity,


The Negotiations Committee

September 5, 2017
The Union and HealthPartners met for all day sessions on August 22nd, 24th, 28th. 29th, 30th and starting on August 31st met for 22 hours ending on September 1st at 7:00am. We have a Tentative Agreement! In the next few days you will be receiving information on the ratification vote, which is tentatively scheduled for September 14th. More detail on where and when will be coming soon. 

August 21, 2017
Both the Union and the Employer met again on Tuesday and Thursday last week on August 15th and 17th. On Tuesday we finished up the bulk of our non-economic proposals. The Employer and Union used the first half of the day on Thursday working diligently to finish up discussions on non-economic issues. After the lunch break we came back together to start the discussion on economics. The Employer gave the union a lot of data regarding the healthcare coverage. Date regarding cost, coverage, usage and more. The Employer's main message is that the healthcare coverage for its employees is too expensive and are looking for ways to reduce costs. Not surprising, the Union is not interested in making changes that could impact our members to the extent that the Employer is looking for. Both sides will meet again this week, Tuesday and Thursday and then again Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. 

August 15, 2017
The Union and HealthPartners met again last week on Tuesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 10th. Both sides spent much time prioritizing their non-economic stance. HealthPartners did withdrawal many of it proposals limiting Local 12 member's and giving more discretion to supervisors. The Union is making it clear we are not interested in allowing more discretion to the supervisor to allow more inconsistency between departments. The Union is making sure management knows the main concerns of our members when It comes to both non-economic and economic issues. The plan this coming week is to finish up non-economic discussions and move into economic discussions starting on Thursday. Both side will meet this week, Tuesday, August 15th and Thursday, August 17th. 

August 7, 2017:
HealthPartners and Local 12 met again last week both on Tuesday, August 1st and Thursday, August 3rd. There was movement by both side to continue moving the process of negotiations forward as efficiently as possible. Both sides talked about their proposals, asked questions, requested information and looked for clarification. Both sides are starting to prioritize their non-economic proposals in order to start discussing economic proposals in the near future. We meet again on Tuesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 10th. 

July 28, 2017:
Hello Local 12 HealthPartners Members. So far the Negotiation team has meet twice with the Employer. Once on Tuesday, July 25th and again on Thursday, July 27th. On July 25th, Ryan Mortensen for Local 12 and Lynelle Wood for HealthPartners presented the welcoming remarks for their respective groups. For the first half on the first day, the Federal Mediator assigned to these negotiations led the Union and Employer through introductions, team building exercises, and bargaining processes. We then broke for lunch. After lunch, Local 12, as a group, recapped our proposals. Around 1:00 pm the mediator brought both sides together in a group session to exchange proposals. The Union went first. Traci Murphy for Local 12 read, outlined and explained each of Local 12's proposals to the Employer. The Employer, in turn, led by Lynelle Wood read, outlined and explained their proposals to Local 12. Once the exchange was over, we spent the rest of the day recapping on the events that took place. 

On Thursday, July 27th, Local 12, as a group started promptly at 9:00 am. The Negotiations team spent the first half of the day reviewing and discussing the Employers proposals. Topics ranged from Hours of Work, Overtime, Vacations, Sick Leave, Healthcare, Probationary Periods, Job Bidding, Trial Periods, Overages, Temporary Employees and more. Around 1:00 pm, the Employer and Union came together as a group. The Employer responded to a few of the Union's proposals and in turn the Union responded to the majority of theirs. For the rest of the day, both sides met individually and as a group and asked questions and requested further information of each others proposals. Negotiations resumes on Tuesday, August 1st. 

Union Member, Shannon Rotz, in Elevate MN

Please read this article in Elevate Minnesota about our member Shannon Rotz!

OPEIU Free College Benefit

OPEIU is pleased to introduce the newest union benefit for all OPEIU members – the OPEIU Free College Benefit. Just as the name implies, OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree completely free of charge.


With all the expenses working families have to deal with these days, it’s good to know that meeting the costs of rising tuition and textbooks doesn’t have to be one of them. If you have children graduating from high school and planning to attend college or you are looking for a way to advance your own career, the OPEIU Free College Benefit is here to help. Beginning this summer, every member or retired member, as well as spouses, children, grandchildren and dependents of OPEIU members, can earn a two-year degree online for free. You read that right – free college just for being an OPEIU member in good standing.


OPEIU has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide all members and their families access to their classes online. Eastern Gateway is an accredited, non-profit public institution with campuses serving eastern Ohio. But OPEIU members and their families can enroll in the distance learning program from anywhere in the country and earn a participating online associate degree and certificates with absolutely no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees or e-books.


For Fall 2017, students will have the opportunity to enroll in associate degree programs in general studies, healthcare, business management, criminal justice, paralegal and early childhood education. As demand increases, OPEIU will continue to look for additional programs to meet the needs of our members.

For those intending to transfer credits to a four-year college, credits earned at Eastern Gateway are accredited by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), making transferring to a state or public college less complicated. Before enrolling in a private college or university, we recommend you first contact the private school regarding transferring credits.


The Fall 2017 semester begins August 21, with enrollment ending August 18. Complete information and enrollment details are available at or by calling 888-590-9009. Attached is also a flyer for distribution to your members. We ask that you to share this information with your members and encourage them to take advantage of this valuable new OPEIU membership benefit.

Minnesota State Fair Booth Opportunity

As you all probably know, towards the end of summer is the very anticipated Minnesota State Fair. OPEIU Local 12 has been participating in the MN State Fair for the last two years and we would like to continue participating in this event.

Due to the numerous contract negotiations this summer and fall, the staff is going to have very limited time to staff our booth at the AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion during the fair.

We would like to open the opportunity for Stewards to staff our State Fair booth this year along with our Executive Board Members. We are entertaining the idea of paying lost time for those stewards interested in assisting. We would require at least a four (4) hour shift and a max of two (2) four (4) hour shifts. The ticket to gain access to the State Fair would be provided by Local 12.

We are trying to gauge interest to see if we would have enough interest to keep the booth open during the State Fair. Please contact me at and let me know if you are interested. If there is enough interest, we will then set a schedule and get folks signed up. 

OPEIU 12 Student Debt Reduction Scholarship Program: Deadline June 30, 2017

Five (5) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in July of each year. Please click here for more information Deadline is June 30, 2017

Workers Memorial Day - April 28th

Safe Jobs are Every Worker's Right. On April 28th, the union of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. Please click here for more information.

Want a OPEIU Membership Card?

To all OPEIU Local 12 Members. Do you need or want a OPEIU Local 12 Membership card, please contact our Bookkeeper, Sandy, at

Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO 14th Annual Fundraiser

Saturday April 29, 2017 from 3-7PM at the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation 353 W. 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Free Admission, Food & Parking, Silent Auction, Music, Games, Hourly Raffles, and a whole lot more.

OPEIU Reaches Settlement with TruStone Credit Union

By Steve Share from the Minneapolis Labor Review:

Workers at all branches of TruStone Financial Credit Union will be back in the bargaining unit represented by Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 12, thanks to a settlement between the employer and the union.

The settlement, effective Feb. 1, ends a dispute that began in 2015. Before the dispute, OPEIU Local 12 represented about 100 workers at TruStone’s corporate headquarters and six branch locations.

TruStone notified OPEIU Local 12 in summer of 2015 that the credit union would close its Golden Valley and Apple Valley locations and open two new branch offices nearby. TruStone said the Golden Valley and Apple Valley union employees could apply to transfer to another bargaining unit location or apply for a job at the “new” facilities, which the credit union declared would be non-union.

OPEIU Local 12 filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

In April of 2016, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. ruled that TruStone’s actions violated federal labor law. The NLRB’s April 13, 2016, decision cited previous precedents and the facts of the case and declared, “an employer must apply an existing collective-bargaining agreement to a relocated facility if the operations at the new facility are substantially the same as those at the old facility…”

The NLRB judge ruled that TruStone’s claim that the relocated branch offices were “new” facilities was a “faulty semantic construct.”

To remedy TruStone’s unlawful actions, the NLRB judge ordered TruStone must apply its collective bargaining agreement with OPEIU Local 12 to the two relocated branch offices.

The credit union appealed the April 2016 ruling, however, and the months dragged on with no final resolution.

“Our case was in Washington for review and then the employer approached us for a settlement,” Traci Murphy, Local 12 union representative, reported January 19. “The settlement has the approval of the NLRB.”
She added: “we’re pleased with the settlement.”

Murphy said she didn’t know why the credit union decided to seek a settlement, but she did relate that Local 12 and TruStone successfully negotiated a new two-year  contract for the bargaining unit which runs through September 2018.

TruStone had offered a cheaper health insurance package at the relocated branch locations to lure workers away from the bargaining unit, she said, but now the entire bargaining unit will get that insurance package. “That’s definitely a contract victory for us,” she said.

“The NLRB process and how it worked definitely worked in our favor,” Murphy commented. “It’s been a long haul, that’s for sure.”

TruStone was founded in 1939 as the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Credit Union. Over the years, the credit union changed its name and broadened its membership base. Local 12’s Murphy said few if any teachers remain on the credit union’s board.

OPEIU Local 12 is sending up to four (4) members to the 2017 North Central-Erie/Northeast Educational Conference

At the next General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 will be accepting nominations and then holding a vote to select four (4) members in good standing to attend the 2017 North Central-Erie/Northeast Educational Conference.

Nominations can be in-person at the March General Membership Meeting or a letter of interest to be nominated can be sent to

The top four (4) members who receive the highest number of votes will be selected to attend the Education Conference. 

Airfare, baggage, registration, lodging, meals (included with lodging), lost time and per diem for travel days will be paid for by O.P.E.I.U. Local 12. 

The Education Conference will be held in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

BOYCOTT Mexican-made NABISCO Products

In July 2015, Nabisco announced it had chosen to invest an additional $130 million in its new $400 million plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing that money in its iconic plant in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers in Chicago will lose their jobs. An entire community will be devastated. Nabisco products made in Mexico will be sent back to the United States for American consumers.

By making the decision to send production to Salinas, Mexico, Nabisco
is eliminating hundreds of middle

class jobs in this heavily African American and Hispanic community in southwestern Chicago
. Click here
to learn more!

NLRB Rules in Favor of OPEIU Local 12 and declares TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union violated Federal Labor Laws

OPEIU Local, last year, filed multiple Unfair Labor Practices against TruStone Financial Credit Union for violation of the National Labor Relations Act. The case was heard early January 2015 by an Administrative Law Judge. The decision came down today ruling in favor of OPEIU Local 12 and against TruStone Financial Credit Union. Click here to see the decision.

TruStone Informational Picket

Today, November 6 , 2015, O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 along with it's members and members from the community held an informational picket at TruStone Financial Credit Union in Burnsville, MN. Trustone recently closed its Union branch in Apple Valley and relocated the branch to Burnsville, MN, opening it as non-Union. This comes after TruStone pulled the same stunt in Golden Valley, MN. TruStone closed that Union branch, relocated it down the street and opened it non-Union. O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 filed a Unfair Labor Practice charge against TruStone for its anti-Union behavior and tactics. The National Labor Relations Board has found merit to the charge.

O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 and the community hopes that TruStone will stop its attack on Union workers and do the right thing. O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 with the help of its members and the community will continue to put pressure on TruStone to keep good paying Union jobs in the community that it serves.

Read about it here.

OPEIU Local 12's Fight Against TruStone Financial Credit Union

TruStone Financial Credit Union, in a unilateral decision, has closed two Union branches, relocated the branches and opened the branches non-Union. Read the following article here and follow our fight. OPEIU Local 12 has filed numerous grievances and has filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). OPEIU Local 12 continues to receive support from community members, concerned citizens, and other Unions across the state. Please contact us if you would like to assist in the fight to keep TruStone jobs Union!

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