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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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OPEIU STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BIDEN'S FIRST STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

In his address to Congress tonight, President Biden outlined the challenging path toward recovery his administration has carved since taking office in January 2021.

President Biden's American Rescue Plan is injecting $1.3 trillion worth of federal funding into local economies to repair or rebuild roads, bridges, water systems, airports, buses, trains and schools. These important projects will have positive ripple effects through our communities as good-paying union jobs are created in the process which, research shows, raises living standards for all workers in the area, both union and non-union.

But OPEIU members, like most working Americans, are concerned: how rising wages due to a tight labor market are being nullified by inflation, driven in no small part by corporate greed; about the growing wage and health inequities exacerbated by the lingering COVID-19 pandemic; how corporate America continues to get away with union-busting, tax-dodging and destroying the planet; and how to cope with the ongoing student debt crisis that threatens to derail economic growth if the payment pause is ended.

That's why President Biden's call to pass the PRO Act -- the most consequential labor law reform legislation in modern history -- is so important. If signed into law, it can and will rebalance labor relations in the U.S., creating a more level playing field between disempowered workers and employers who regularly violate employees' rights without penalty. His promotion of apprenticeship programs serves this shared goal, as well, as these programs provide a meaningful and tangible path to the middle class for working families.

Raising the minimum wage, creating a national paid family and medical leave program, and enacting price controls on pharmaceutical and insurance premiums would go a long way toward easing the financial stresses faced by the American people and we applaud the president raising these issues. On many other important issues, however, the people cannot afford to wait for a broken Congress to provide desperately needed relief. With Republican leadership intent on stymieing any progress led by this administration, President Biden must use the powers of his office to do what he can on his own.

President Biden can, with the stroke of his pen, unilaterally cancel all federal student loan debt, effectively ending the crisis that has prevented millions from attaining the financial security they need to buy homes and start families in their own communities. He can protect natural lands from corporate exploitation, preserving them for future generations, via executive order. And he can broadly expand the rights of public sector employees by taking executive action.

If ever there has been a time for President Biden to deliver on the bold, progressive leadership he promised when OPEIU members voted to endorse him in the 2020 presidential campaign, it is now. We look forward to working with him in the coming months to make these sensible pro-worker proposals a reality.

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Attention Nonprofit Employees: Public Service Loan Forgiveness Deadline is Oct. 31

The Oct. 31 deadline is fast approaching for public sector employees to apply for student loan relief through the U.S. Department of Education's Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Many OPEIU members work for "public service employers," which includes many nonprofits, and are thus eligible to take advantage of temporary changes that make it easier to qualify for loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

Take Advantage of Public Service Loan Forgiveness Changes Before Oct. 31

Many OPEIU members work for "public service employers," which includes many nonprofits, and are thus eligible to take advantage of temporary changes that make it easier to qualify for loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. 

More specifically, under the temporary waiver:

  • Borrowers who have Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL), Perkins loans or other federal student loans can consolidate their loans into a Direct Consolidation Loan and receive PSLF credit for periods of repayment prior to consolidation. Periods of repayment on parent PLUS loans are not eligible under the limited PSLF waiver. Before consolidating, borrowers should check to see if they work for a qualifying employer using the PSLF Help Tool.
  • Past periods of repayment will now count regardless of whether a borrower made a payment, or made that payment on time, for the full amount due, or on a qualifying repayment plan.

Be sure to check your eligibility for the PSLF waiver before the changes expire on Oct. 31, 2022.

Unfortunately, union staff are not eligible for this program. Be sure to visit the OPEIU Membership Benefits page to learn about the OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program and the educational scholarships available for OPEIU members and their families.


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.

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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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New Jersey Public Employee Health Benefits Information:

 

State Health Benefits Program
School Employees'
Health Benefits Program

PERCENTAGE OF PREMIUM CALCULATORS
FOR PLAN YEAR 2013
Health Benefit Contribution Requirements under Chapter 78, P.L. 2011

 
 
 
 

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