End the Violent Invasion of Ukraine

The AFL-CIO condemns the violent invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military. We stand in solidarity with the workers and their families who are impacted by the devastation, and offer our condolences for lives that have been lost. 

We join the global labor movement and our allies in calling for an immediate end to President Vladimir Putin’s military aggression and we support extensive economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, particularly those focused on Putin and his protectors. These sanctions should be strengthened, by excluding Russia from the SWIFT international banking system and by taking effective multilateral action against tax havens and financial secrecy laws that protect Putin and his enablers. We further call on all U.S.-based corporations doing business in Russia to publicly condemn Putin’s government while calling for an end to the attack on Ukraine. We stand ready to assist the Biden administration in its efforts to implement and strengthen these measures, and we call on global leaders to build toward re-establishing peace and democracy in Ukraine and the region.

The Theme of Black History Month 2022 is Black Health and Wellness

The 2022 Black History Month theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” explores "the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also informal community practitioners (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. 

"Black Health and Wellness" takes a look at how American healthcare has often underserved black communities. 

In Honor of Black History Month

In Honor of Black History Month

Black History Month started in the United States in 1926 and was envisioned by Carter G. Woodson to honor African Americans and raise awareness of Black history.  The month of February was chosen in recognition of Abraham Lincoln, the US President who issued the Emancipation Proclamation 1863, and Frederick Douglas, an African American social reformer, author, and abolitionist. It wasn’t until 1976, under President Gerald Ford, that Black History Month was officially recognized in the United States.

Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger

2022 represents the Year of the Tiger, an animal that symbolizes strength, power and prosperity in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is separated into 12 astrological signs that are governed by different animals like the tiger, rat, snake, horse, ox and monkey. The astrological calendar repeats itself every 12 years, which means that there are lots of people who were born in years that correspond with the tiger (of course, you don’t have to be born during a tiger year to get a gift). In China, where Lunar New Year celebrations can last up to 16 days, the color red represents happiness, success, vitality, beauty and good luck — which is why most Lunar New Year products feature red coloring. Below, find a curated list of 21 gift options for Lunar New Year.

Take the Confusion out of Planning for Retirement

Dear OPEIU 29 Member,

For more than 25 years, we have been helping union members and their families prepare for retirement and have peace of mind during their retirement years. We take the confusion out of planning for retirement. We can help you build a retirement strategy that encompasses your current and projected future budget as well as the retirement goals and dreams that you currently have for yourself and your family. We'll discuss your options, try different scenarios and together, decide which choices are appropriate for you. Click here or the read more button below learn more about our Retirement Analyzer (it's a short video).