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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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Big Cartel Workers Union Becomes the First Tech Union in a "Right-to-Work" State; Joining OPEIU Tech Workers Union Local 1010

Salt Lake City, Utah (Dec. 13, 2021) -- Staff at Big Cartel, an e-commerce platform for creative businesses, are the latest tech workers who have chosen to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Tech Workers Union Local 1010.

Today, Big Cartel’s co-founders voluntarily recognized Big Cartel Workers Union through a card-check process. Contract negotiations between management and Big Cartel Workers Union will begin in January 2022.

“Tech workers are becoming increasingly aware of the power a union brings them at work,” said Brandon Nessen, OPEIU's organizing director. “Unionizing gives working people agency to advance not only their own interests, but the mutual interests shared by both staff and management.”

Voluntary recognition of their union avoids the often contentious and lengthy process of conducting an election via the National Labor Relations Board. Employers who insist on the election procedure often do so in a way that conflicts with the stated mission, goals and values of their organizations.

“We are overjoyed Big Cartel’s co-founders made the choice to voluntarily recognize our union, Big Cartel Workers Union, today via a democratic authorization card-check process,” said Lauren Fazah, who has been with the company for four years. “Now we can begin the process of furthering our shared values: embrace change, empower others, drive bravery and people over profit."

“We are looking forward to starting contract negotiations in early 2022,” said Andrew Shaw, who has been with Big Cartel for two years. “With our contract we’re hoping to improve transparency inside the company's decision-making processes, guarantee equitable pay and benefits across all departments, and ensure workplace policies are fairly enforced and clearly documented.”

With this win, Big Cartel Workers Union becomes the first unit of tech workers in a so-called "right-to-work" state. "Right-to-work" states typically see less union organizing and fewer union wins, but OPEIU Local 1010’s focus on organizing across the tech sector instead of a specific geographic area allows them to build worker power across state lines.

“Every time tech workers win, we see more and more tech workers realize unionizing is possible,” said RV Dougherty, a tech organizer with OPEIU Local 1010. “We are excited to set a precedent with such a strong win in a "right-to-win" state, and we can’t wait to see who is inspired to start organizing next.”

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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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