Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, we would like to honor veterans in the labor movement and all over the country who have sacrificed and risked their lives to preserve our freedoms and democracy. Many of these brave men and women have faced economic, social, racial and emotional challenges upon their return from service.   Many unions commemorate and honor veterans by giving back with a Day of Service, so we would like to encourage our members to celebrate veterans, especially on this day.

The theme for Veterans Day 2021, is centered on the centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is located at Arlington National Cemetery in Texas.  The Tomb was initially dedicated by the Army on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, with the burial of an unknown service member from World War I. Over the past century, additional unknowns have been buried at the Tomb, and the site has become a people’s memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice, and mourning.

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OPEIU Local 29 COVID-19 Statement

OPEIU supports the recommendation that everyone be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in a just, fair, and equitable manner. Studies show that a safe COVID-19 vaccine will, at a minimum, decrease the number of people experiencing severe effects of the virus and save countless lives. We expect that the impeding full approval by the FDA will increase peoples’ confidence in the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety, and that with FDA approval the number of vaccinated individuals will increase significantly.

We agree that deciding whether to be vaccinated or not is a personal choice and should be defended. Our union will defend those rights for those with medical or religious objections to the extent possible. It is well established legal precedent that vaccine mandates are legal as long as they are not discriminatory. We will not tolerate discrimination and will enforce the guidelines set by the EEOC.

Hispanic Heritage Resolution

WHEREAS, September 15 through October 15 has been declared as Hispanic Heritage Month in honor of the role that Hispanics have played and continue to play in the labor movement, economic, cultural, and social fabric of our nation. The observation of Hispanic contributions first began in 1968 as ‘Hispanic Heritage Week’ under President Lyndon Johnson. It was later expanded in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to cover the 30-day period from September 15 to October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 upon adoption of Public Law 100-402;

HAPPY LABOR DAY FROM OPEIU

We wish you and your loved ones a relaxing, rejuvenating and reflective Labor Day. As we look to the past to commemorate the sacrifices and struggles of those who came before us while celebrating this weekend, we must also look to the future.

Right now, historic legislation hangs in the balance in the Senate. The filibuster threatens to stifle progress on workers' rights, voting rights and civil rights despite a majority of the U.S. population supporting these reforms. Without ending the filibuster, we'll never be able to move forward on issues of vital importance to working people.

After the holiday, please consider taking action to urge your senators to abolish the filibuster so important bills like the PRO Act, voting rights legislation and an infrastructure package that puts working people first can come to the Senate floor for a fair vote.

- Team OPEIU 
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