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June 16, 2021

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George Floyd Murder Trial: Justice Has Prevailed
Local 153 salutes the prosecutors and jury members in the Derek Chauvin trial. The jury paid attention to the facts and ignored outside distractions as they weighed the evidence. Justice has clearly prevailed.  There is no excuse whatsoever for what happened to George Floyd.
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New York City Anti-Violence Project Unionizes with Local 153!
A successful card check in April has led employees at the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) to receive voluntary recognition for the union they have chosen, Local 153.
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Local 153 Endorses Adams, Johnson, and Levine

In this most important political year for New York City, when the offices of Mayor, Comptroller, Borough Presidents and all City Council seats are up for grabs, Local 153 has made some key endorsements. The Democratic primary will be held on June 22, and the general election is on November 2.
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Long Awaited Pension Reform Is Here!
On February 27 the House of Representatives passed a bill to provide relief to endangered multi-employer pension plans.
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First Contract Ratified at City Bar Justice Center
Members of the City Bar Justice Center (CBJC) union have ratified their first contract. Their agreement, which the group negotiated over the course of five months with representatives from Local 153, represents major gains for the union.
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BioBus Employees Join Local 153
Employees at BioBus recently voted unanimously to join the Local 153. The bargaining unit includes community scientists, drivers, workers in development, IT, and more. Employees spent four months building strength among coworkers before filing for an election in December 2020. On January 29, the group won union representation and the right to collectively bargain.
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A Message from Business Manager Lanigan

A year ago at this time, none of us could have ever imagined that the world as we knew it would soon change so swiftly, so dramatically and so terribly.  But we want you to know that even though so many of us have been suffering greatly through a pandemic that has created the most difficult period our country has ever faced, Local 153 is still on the job.
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OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program 2021
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program.
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What You Need to Know About Unemployment Insurance Eligibility
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Resources for Workers Impacted by COVID-19
Below please find a list of benefits available to workers through various Union Plus programs, as well as the AFL-CIO's updated "When the Paycheck Stops" manual, which provides information on surviving unemployment and includes a link to their labor liaison network and labor agencies.
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COVID-19 Updates & Resources
Please see the information below from the NYC Central Labor Council:
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Coronavirus Information
Click for information related to the Coronavirus from the AFL-CIO.
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Finally! MCU Employees Have a New Contract!

On October 2, 2020, Municipal Credit Union members voted overwhelmingly to accept a three-year contract.
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FCT Keeps Fighting for Its Members

Fresh on the heels of a difficult contract fight that resulted in a new four-year contract, the Federation of Catholic Teachers (FCT) has stood up to other issues of great concern to its members.
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2021 Lavina Michl Wright Scholarship
Do you need assistance to attend college? Apply for a Lavina Michl Wright Scholarship.
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Download: Lavina Michl Wright Scholarship 2020.pdf , Lavina Michl Wright Scholarship 2020-Ques Asked.pdf
New Benefit – OPEIU Low-Cost Degree Program
Local 153 members and their families can now get their bachelor’s degree for much less through the new OPEIU Low-Cost Degree Program.
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Accident Prevention/Defensive Driving Online Course Registration

OPEIU Local offers its members in good standing the Accident Prevention/Defensive Driving Online Course for NY and NJ drivers.
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Local 153 Remembers Charles Ponti Sr. (1913-2019)

On Friday, June 28, 2019, long time President of the Local 153 Retirees Association and prolific union organizer, Charlie Ponti Sr., passed away.
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Identity Theft Protection
OPEIU, Local 153 is offering a fully-managed identity theft restoration and monitoring program...
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Nonprofit Employees United
OPEIU represents many nonprofit social service and advocacy members.  We’ve created an organizing campaign calledNEU—Nonprofit Employees United—to reach out to unorganized nonprofit staff.  NEU provides organizing space for people in this sector interested in building a workplace union.
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OPEIU Relief Fund
OPEIU local unions and individual members have been extremely generous and responsive to our calls for support of the OPEIU Relief Fund for those affected by recent hurricanes. The funds you have donated have been quickly distributed to those OPEIU members in greatest need in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
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Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has experienced more than 2,400 earthquakes in the past 30 days. There are more than 2,000 people living in shelters, nearly 1 million without power and hundreds of thousands without water.
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Aid for Puerto Rico
The Local 153 Executive Board, at its Tuesday, October 10 meeting, approved a $10,000 contribution for aid to Puerto Rico payable to the OPEIU Relief Fund.  The OPEIU is using funds to purchase generators, which are much in need on the island.
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Local 153 Opposes New York State Constitutional Convention
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Membership Meetings Matter

As we’ve often noted before, Local 153 general membership meetings are always the best way for members to learn more about their benefits, meet their union’s leaders and have any questions answered. Special guests often add to the important information distributed at these meetings, and there are almost always added highlights—in the last two years there have been raffles, video presentations, and even a fashion show!
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Union Wins More than a Dozen New Contracts in Last Quarter

It has been a very busy last few months at Local 153 with more than a dozen new contracts successfully negotiated. Besides the new agreements at Harvard Maintenance, Inc. and the Evening Journal Association, reported elsewhere in this edition, the union had numerous other contract victories.
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Local 153 Negotiates First Group into OPEIU’s New 401(k) Plan

Local 153 has negotiated with Harvard Maintenance, Inc. (HMI) to be the first group into OPEIU’s new 401(k) Plan, announced Business Representative Dan Ross.
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New Jersey, LI Shop Stewards Training

Local 153 conducted a shop stewards training on Friday, November 4 at Rutgers University’s Labor Education Center, located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The training was presented by OPEIU President and Local 153 Secretary-Treasurer Richard Lanigan, as seen in this photo, and it centered on discipline in the workplace. Nearly 30 shop stewards attended this training from both public and private sector shops all across New Jersey.
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