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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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Tech Workers at Big Cartel Request Voluntary Recognition of Their Union

Salt Lake City, Utah (Dec. 1, 2021) -- Employees at the e-commerce company Big Cartel today requested from their employer voluntary recognition of their union with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local Union 1010.

A supermajority of workers at the e-commerce platform -- including product developers, engineers, designers, support, marketing and operations staff -- signed union authorization cards and have publicly signed onto a voluntary recognition letter delivered to Matt Wigham and Eric Turner, co-founders of the company.

In their letter requesting voluntary recognition, Big Cartel employees said "forming a union will promote transparency and collaboration, ensure equity, increase staff well-being and retention, and add to the long list of reasons we choose to work at Big Cartel."

Citing the company's own stated values -- embrace change, empower others, drive bravery and people over profit -- the Big Cartel Workers Union intends to use the collective bargaining process to codify and apply those values to their own workplace. Like many tech workers, workers at Big Cartel are unionizing to improve transparency inside the company's decision-making processes, to guarantee equitable pay and benefits along racial and gender lines, and to ensure workplace policies are fairly enforced and clearly documented.

“Our company is in a moment of transition, and as workers, we deserve a voice in how we move forward together,” says Lauren Fazah, who has been at Big Cartel for four years. “By unionizing, we're showing our leadership that we're strong together, that we workers have collective power, and we want to use that to benefit each other and the company as a whole.”

“With the pandemic, workers have had time to think about what role work plays in their life. We've seen people across tech considering their priorities and leaving when they aren't met,” says Andrew Shaw, a worker at Big Cartel. “We don't want that to happen at Big Cartel. We value our colleagues, and we want this to be a place people choose to stay.”

Their union is affiliated with OPEIU's Tech Workers Local Union 1010 -- a first-of-its-kind local union built by and for workers in the burgeoning tech sector.

"Outside of our company," reads the voluntary recognition request, "we're seeing waves of change as unions form across the tech industry, including our OPEIU Local 1010 associates at Kickstarter and Code for America. We want to be a part of this movement that offers employees a say in how they work and how they are valued at work."

The union has asked for voluntary recognition by Monday, Dec. 6, and a good-faith start to first contract negotiations shortly thereafter. If recognition is denied or ignored, the union is prepared to file for an election with the National Labor Relations Board.

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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.

Key Legislation Messaging and Local Union Communication Survey



To All OPEIU Local Unions:

It's a very busy time in Washington with several key pieces of legislation pending that will significantly impact working families, including the PRO Act and the For the People Act of 2021 (voting rights).

To ensure consistent messaging and combat anti-worker efforts, OPEIU has put together messaging points on both pieces of legislation, along with some graphics that all local unions are encouraged to use in any publications, websites, social media postings or other communication methods. They are included below, and graphics are attached. We've also included an AFL-CIO statement, “Senate Rules Cannot be Used to Block a Workers First Agenda," which we hope you’ll find helpful. The Executive Council’s full statement is available here.

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JUDICIARY EMPLOYEES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

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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