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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H.R. 6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, includes an emergency workplace infectious disease standard; gives aid for state and local governments, public schools, the U.S. Postal Service, and pension funding relief; keeps workers on payrolls to avoid mass layoffs; extends unemployment insurance; provides more direct payments to working people; extends health care coverage; provides housing and food benefits; and much more. Working people are desperate for our leaders to put partisanship aside and do what is right for our health, our economy and our country. The HEROES Act is a major step forward.

Virginia becomes first state to mandate COVID-19 precautions in all workplaces

Social distancing and other precautions against COVID-19 will soon be mandatory in workplaces around Virginia under emergency pandemic safety regulations finalized Wednesday.

The new rules, proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and adopted by the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board over strenuous objections from business groups, make Virginia the first state in the country to pass comprehensive safety rules for employers.

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If you need to protect your pet, get a free quote online today!

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.

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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: