Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

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Earn Your Degree for Free This Year!

Great news! The OPEIU Low-Cost Degree Program online at Central State University has been extended and will continue to be FREE for continuing and new students who enroll in a bachelor's program in the upcoming academic year, or for the duration of their degree program, as long as they are continuously enrolled. There will be no out-of-pocket costs for OPEIU members and their family members. See below for more details.

Take advantage of this amazing opportunity today from your union. Register by Aug. 17 for the Fall (1) semester.

International students should contact lrosa@egcc.edu.


Sign petition against HealthPartners clinic closures

HealthPartners just announced they are closing eight clinics on August 31.  They are also reducing services and ending primary care at University Avenue Clinic/Health Center for Women in St. Paul, and no longer offering midwifery services in Minneapolis.  They are also cutting mental health services and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs.

This will take jobs away from dozens of OPEIU, SEIU and other health care workers-and hurt the communities they serve.  This is no way to treat our Local 12 members and the people they care for in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Once again HealthPartners CEO is putting profits before the people who work for them and the people they take care of.

It is especially hard to believe at this time-just a month after George Floyd’s murder by the police, and the protests that swept our state and country-that HealthPartners wants to close the Riverside Clinic.  Located in the heart of the Cedar-Riverside/West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis this clinic serves one of the most racially diverse neighborhoods in our state, and its workforce is one of the most racially diverse in the HealthPartners system.

Please join your other OPEIU Local 12 members and help send a message to HealthPartners CEO Andrea Walsh by signing the petition in opposition to these clinic closures.  Please also encourage your co-workers to sign.  Here is the link to that petition:

https://forms.gle/cm36bNWCBwiu2jfh8

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OPEIU: Justice in Policing Act A Start, But We Must Do More

The House-passed Justice in Policing Act of 2020 is a solid first step toward real justice for Black Americans targeted by police brutality. Its provisions – including the banning of chokeholds and no-knock warrants, the creation of a national police misconduct database, and eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement – are necessary and welcomed. Still, we must do more than simply change the way the law is enforced if we are truly invested in justice for Black Americans.

Laws at federal, state, and local levels continue to create the conditions for the criminalization of our Black sisters, brothers, and non-binary siblings. Disproportionate sentencing, disparities in “random” police stops, and the stigma of a conviction record preventing employment opportunities are all intimately tied to the scourge of police brutality and our racist criminal justice system, as well, but go unaddressed in this bill.

Open Local 12 Executive Board position: Union Employees Sector Representative

Linda Kennedy, who served as the Public Employees Sector Representative on the OPEIU Local 12 Executive Board has recently retired. As we are sad to see her go, we are very excited for her retirement and this new chapter in her life. We wish you all the best, Linda!! Thank you for your service to this union and its members and for your years of great contributions to the OPEIU Local 12 Executive Board.

This that said, OPEIU Local 12 has an open Executive Board position for the Public Employees Sector Representative. This open position is reserved for those members working in the public sector. If you have interest in being a part of the OPEIU Local 12 Executive Board and are a member in good standing, please send a letter of interest to the Executive Board at eboard@opeiu12.org

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