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The Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 32, AFL-CIO, is one of the largest and fastest growing unions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. We represent 4,000 members in both the public sector and private sector employment. Our members work in a variety of technical, professional, clerical, white collar and blue collar professions. Please click on any one of the links on the left hand side of the page to learn more about OPEIU, Local 32, AFL-CIO.

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EMILY’s List Employees are Latest to Form a Union with OPEIU

Nonprofit Employees Unionize to Ensure Open Discussions about Race and Equality, Put into Action Democratic Ideals Their Organizations Represent

New York, N.Y. (Jan. 19, 2021) – Employees at the D.C.-based EMILY’s List are the latest to join the growing number of nonprofit employees choosing to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, and its Nonprofit Employees United (NEU).

Today, EMILY’s List management voluntarily recognized the EMILY’s List staff union through a card check process conducted by a neutral party and now will be represented by OPEIU Local 2 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Contract negotiations will begin in the coming weeks.

Since its launch in mid-2019, more than 1,000 nonprofit workers at dozens of workplaces throughout the country have organized with OPEIU’s NEU. During the COVID pandemic, OPEIU organized 530 staff at 18 nonprofit workplaces. In more than half of these organizing campaigns, the employer agreed to voluntarily recognize the union through a card check verification conducted by a neutral party.

“Nonprofit workers know empowerment from unionizing will give them more agency to advance the mission and values of their organization, and believe employers should see forming a union as a positive force for social change,” said OPEIU Organizing Director Cindy Schu.

OPEIU’s NEU was founded on the belief that devotion to social change in our communities must include justice for the workers who provide these valuable services. “Nonprofit workers organizing reflects a confidence in standing up for what’s right and demanding that working conditions reflect the values of their own agency,” Schu continued.

Voluntary recognition, as was the case at EMILY's List, avoids the often contentious and resource-depleting process of going through the Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board. Employers who demand this unnecessary government procedure often do so in contradiction to the mission and values of their organizations.

“We chose to organize because we needed dramatic and lasting structural overhaul and job clarity,” said Freddie Lambright III, a program coordinator at LYRIC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a society that honors, respects and appreciates LGBTQ youth whose employees formed a union with OPEIU Local 29 through voluntary recognition in August 2020.

Employees at the nonprofit leadership development organization Minnesota Youth Collective (MNYC) similarly sought representation with OPEIU Local 12 through voluntary recognition. “We needed a union because we wanted a collective voice,” said Kayla Shelley, training and education lead at MNYC. “It was about changing our material conditions, but equally important, many of us were drawn to our organization because we believed in its mission. As we grew closer as a staff and came to see that it was the workers that brought that mission alive, it became clear we deserved more dignity and more of a say. That’s what unionizing brought us,” Shelley said.

MOVE Texas, a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities, voluntarily recognized its staff union -- OPEIU Local 277 -- earlier this month. “Staff at nonprofits are often arbitrarily underpaid, overworked and alienated, but through organizing for collective bargaining rights they can bring equity and democracy to their workplace,” said Alán M. de León, an advocacy organizer at MOVE Texas. “That’s exactly what we did at MOVE Texas, and we hope to empower other nonprofits to unionize the way nonprofits before inspired us.”

The group of 57 digital advisors, campaign staffers, designers, data assistants, community engagement staff, office administrators, researchers and other classifications at EMILY’s List -- the nation’s largest resource for women in politics -- are devoted to providing a voice for women in government. They sought to form a union to ensure open and protected discussions about race and inequality in the workplace, gain transparency into salary adjustments and promotion schedules, and to put into action the democratic ideals that EMILY’s List represents, according to OPEIU Lead Organizer Grace Reckers.

“I’m inspired by my colleagues who organized during one of the most consequential elections in our lifetimes and during a pandemic,” said Samantha Bauman, a digital organizer at EMILY’s list. “Unionized workspaces empower employees. Voluntary recognition is a huge achievement and I look forward to what comes next.”


The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, represents more than 103,000 working people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Representing employees in nonprofit organizations, credit unions, hospitals, insurance agencies, colleges and universities, hotels, administrative offices and more, OPEIU is committed to advancing economic justice for working people no matter their occupation. Professional organizations and guilds affiliated with OPEIU are a diverse group that includes podiatrists, registered nurses, hypnotists, teachers, Minor League Baseball umpires and helicopter pilots. OPEIU is an affiliate of the 12.5 million-member strong AFL-CIO.

OPEIU’s Nonprofit Employees United (NEU) is the union for nonprofit employees. NEU is a collective of thousands of nonprofit union members who work in advocacy and social service organizations throughout the country.

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Get-Out-The-Union-Vote on or before June 7th Primary Elections

Union members, family, and friends. Your future is at stake. Vote on or before June 7th in New Jersey’s Primary elections. Every registered voter is encouraged to vote. 

There are three ways to vote in the Primary Election.

1. Vote-by-mail. Return your vote by mail ballot. Ballots must be postmarked or placed in a secure ballot drop box by 8:00 pm on June 7th.
2. Vote Early in person, June 3-4, 10:00 am- 8:00 pm and June 5, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
3. Vote at your polling place on June 7th, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

PA Voice Workers Join Local 32”

The employer voluntarily agreed to recognition based on card check December 23, 2021

Pennsylvania Voice and the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), local 32, together proudly announce the voluntary recognition and new formation of a collective bargaining unit to represent Pennsylvania Voice employees. 

Union Coalition Files Unfair Practice Charge Against the State of New Jersey Judiciary Over COVID Policy (August 24. 2021)

Late last week, JCAU Council and CWA 1036 jointly filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge as well as a petition for immediate restraints with the Public Employment Relations Commission to challenge the Judiciary’s recently announced vaccine and testing policy. While the immediate restraints were denied, the underlying ULP is moving forward.  The ULP is based on the near-immediate imposition of the policy without impact negotiations with the Unions. The Unfair Practice process is underway and procedural steps are scheduled over the next 2-3 weeks. We will keep members updated on any developments.

Local 32 urges support for S.420: the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act

We urge our members to contact their US Senators in support of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, important pro-worker, pro-union legislation which has already passed the House of Representatives (H.R. 842), but needs to get through the Senate (S.420). You can call your Senators toll free at 866-832-1560 and tell them this bill is important to you.

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Workers Memorial Day

FIFTY YEARS AGO on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job.


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OPEIU Local 32, in collaboration with the other unions which comprise the Judiciary Council of Affiliated Unions, has reached a tentative agreement with the State of New Jersey for our court employees. Links here are for the summary of all the changes and the actual Memorandum of Agreement reached at the bargaining table.

The 3-page summary is included for your convenience, but members will actually vote to accept or reject the complete MOA.

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