Constitution & ByLaws Amendments Approved

Constitution & ByLaws Amendments Approved
OPEIU 29ers have spoken, the membership has voted to approve the Constitution & byLaws Amendments. The language amendments will go in effect accordingly. The new version of the Constitution & byLaws is being drafted and will be sent to all members promptly.

Workers Memorial Day - April 28, 2023




 

Cesar Chavez Day – March 31, 2023

Cesar Chavez Day – March 31, 2023
Cesar Chavez (born Cesario Estrada Chavez) was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona and was an American labor leader and civil rights activist. Cesar spent two years in the United States Navy before working as a manual laborer. He moved to California when he got married and became involved in the Community Service Organization (CSO) in Los Angeles where he helped laborers register to vote. He became the CSO’s national director in 1959.

He left the CSO in 1962 to co-found the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) with Dolores Huerta in Delano, California. Later that decade he began organizing strikes among farmworkers, most notably the successful Delano grape strike of 1965–1970. Amid the grape strike, his NFWA merged with Larry Itliong’s organization, the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC) to form the United Farm Workers (UFW) in 1967. Chavez emphasized direct but nonviolent tactics, including pickets and boycotts, to pressure farm owners into granting strikers' demands.

He became an icon for organized labor and leftist groups in the U.S. and posthumously became a "folk saint" among Mexican Americans. His birthday is a federal commemorative holiday in several U.S. states, while many places are named after him. In 1994 he posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Women's History Month March 2023

Women's History Month March 2023
Women's History Month is a celebration of women's contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Women's History Month 2023 will take place from Wednesday, March 1 - Friday, March 31, 2023. Women's History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. Why Do We Celebrate Women's History Month? Women's History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. The celebration of Women's History Month grew out of a weeklong celebration of women's contributions to culture, history and society organized by the school district of Sonoma, California in 1978. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as National Women's History Week. The U.S. Congress followed suit the next year, passing a resolution establishing a national celebration. In 1987, the National Women's History Project successfully petitioned Congress to expand the event to the entire month of March.

Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols

The Social Economic Racial Justice Committee (SERJ) stands in opposition to the senseless, unprovoked, and violent beating of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols by five officers of the Memphis Police Department on January 7, 2023, during a traffic stop, which ultimately resulted in his death.  This incident brought the nation to a halt as it did when George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020.  This recent event continues to shine a light on the deadly encounters between Black men and law enforcement officers around the country, no matter how small the infraction, or whether or not the victims are innocent. We call on community leaders, members of the Legislature, and Congress to support passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (H.R. 1280).  We call on cities nationwide to provide training to law enforcement officers when encountering Black people, especially young Black men.  We call for fair and equal treatment under the law, and to hold officers accountable when they break the law.

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