Informational Picket at  TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN Informational Picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

Informational Picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

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Protest at TruStone Credit Union Headquarters

President Ebeling and Union Rep Lance Lindeman protest outside of TruStone Credit Union's Headquarters Membership Meeting to put pressure to keep jobs Union!
Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

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HIRING - OPEIU Local 12 Union Representative

Dear O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 Member,

After ten years with O.P.E.I.U. Local 12, Tom Lonergan, Union Representative, is going to be retiring on October 1, 2017. We all want to wish him the best in his future endeavors and send him a sincere thank you for his service to all our members over the years.

With Tom retiring, O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 will be seeking to hire a full-time Union Representative. If you or someone you know is looking to enter into the exciting world of labor, please see our ad below.   

HIRING – Union Representative

Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 12 is seeking to hire a permanent, full-time Union Representative. Competitive benefits/wages with work vehicle provided. Prior Union Representative experience/Union background preferred. Must have experience in grievance handling, contract negotiations and interpretation, mediation and arbitration. Familiarity with NLRA, PELRA, FMLA, and ADA labor laws. Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills. Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to assess information and evidence and act strategically. Skilled at managing and meeting deadlines. Adept at leading and motivating workers in necessary struggles. Driver’s license and background check required. We anticipate filling this position by September 5, 2017

For more information, contact Ryan Mortensen, O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 Business Manager, at 651-639-1212 Cover letter and resume may be emailed to rmortensen@opeiu12.org or sent to 2277 Highway 36 W., STE 150, Roseville, MN 55113.

HealthPartners Negotiations Updates

August 15, 2017
The Union and HealthPartners met again last week on Tuesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 10th. Both sides spent much time prioritizing their non-economic stance. HealthPartners did withdrawal many of it proposals limiting Local 12 member's and giving more discretion to supervisors. The Union is making it clear we are not interested in allowing more discretion to the supervisor to allow more inconsistency between departments. The Union is making sure management knows the main concerns of our members when It comes to both non-economic and economic issues. The plan this coming week is to finish up non-economic discussions and move into economic discussions starting on Thursday. Both side will meet this week, Tuesday, August 15th and Thursday, August 17th. 


August 7, 2017:
HealthPartners and Local 12 met again last week both on Tuesday, August 1st and Thursday, August 3rd. There was movement by both side to continue moving the process of negotiations forward as efficiently as possible. Both sides talked about their proposals, asked questions, requested information and looked for clarification. Both sides are starting to prioritize their non-economic proposals in order to start discussing economic proposals in the near future. We meet again on Tuesday, August 8th and Thursday, August 10th. 


July 28, 2017:
Hello Local 12 HealthPartners Members. So far the Negotiation team has meet twice with the Employer. Once on Tuesday, July 25th and again on Thursday, July 27th. On July 25th, Ryan Mortensen for Local 12 and Lynelle Wood for HealthPartners presented the welcoming remarks for their respective groups. For the first half on the first day, the Federal Mediator assigned to these negotiations led the Union and Employer through introductions, team building exercises, and bargaining processes. We then broke for lunch. After lunch, Local 12, as a group, recapped our proposals. Around 1:00 pm the mediator brought both sides together in a group session to exchange proposals. The Union went first. Traci Murphy for Local 12 read, outlined and explained each of Local 12's proposals to the Employer. The Employer, in turn, led by Lynelle Wood read, outlined and explained their proposals to Local 12. Once the exchange was over, we spent the rest of the day recapping on the events that took place. 

On Thursday, July 27th, Local 12, as a group started promptly at 9:00 am. The Negotiations team spent the first half of the day reviewing and discussing the Employers proposals. Topics ranged from Hours of Work, Overtime, Vacations, Sick Leave, Healthcare, Probationary Periods, Job Bidding, Trial Periods, Overages, Temporary Employees and more. Around 1:00 pm, the Employer and Union came together as a group. The Employer responded to a few of the Union's proposals and in turn the Union responded to the majority of theirs. For the rest of the day, both sides met individually and as a group and asked questions and requested further information of each others proposals. Negotiations resumes on Tuesday, August 1st. 


Union Member, Shannon Rotz, in Elevate MN

Please read this article in Elevate Minnesota about our member Shannon Rotz!

OPEIU Free College Benefit

OPEIU is pleased to introduce the newest union benefit for all OPEIU members – the OPEIU Free College Benefit. Just as the name implies, OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree completely free of charge.

 

With all the expenses working families have to deal with these days, it’s good to know that meeting the costs of rising tuition and textbooks doesn’t have to be one of them. If you have children graduating from high school and planning to attend college or you are looking for a way to advance your own career, the OPEIU Free College Benefit is here to help. Beginning this summer, every member or retired member, as well as spouses, children, grandchildren and dependents of OPEIU members, can earn a two-year degree online for free. You read that right – free college just for being an OPEIU member in good standing.

 

OPEIU has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide all members and their families access to their classes online. Eastern Gateway is an accredited, non-profit public institution with campuses serving eastern Ohio. But OPEIU members and their families can enroll in the distance learning program from anywhere in the country and earn a participating online associate degree and certificates with absolutely no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees or e-books.

 

For Fall 2017, students will have the opportunity to enroll in associate degree programs in general studies, healthcare, business management, criminal justice, paralegal and early childhood education. As demand increases, OPEIU will continue to look for additional programs to meet the needs of our members.
                                                                          

For those intending to transfer credits to a four-year college, credits earned at Eastern Gateway are accredited by the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), making transferring to a state or public college less complicated. Before enrolling in a private college or university, we recommend you first contact the private school regarding transferring credits.

 

The Fall 2017 semester begins August 21, with enrollment ending August 18. Complete information and enrollment details are available at FreeCollege.OPEIU.org or by calling 888-590-9009. Attached is also a flyer for distribution to your members. We ask that you to share this information with your members and encourage them to take advantage of this valuable new OPEIU membership benefit.

Minnesota State Fair Booth Opportunity

As you all probably know, towards the end of summer is the very anticipated Minnesota State Fair. OPEIU Local 12 has been participating in the MN State Fair for the last two years and we would like to continue participating in this event.

Due to the numerous contract negotiations this summer and fall, the staff is going to have very limited time to staff our booth at the AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion during the fair.

We would like to open the opportunity for Stewards to staff our State Fair booth this year along with our Executive Board Members. We are entertaining the idea of paying lost time for those stewards interested in assisting. We would require at least a four (4) hour shift and a max of two (2) four (4) hour shifts. The ticket to gain access to the State Fair would be provided by Local 12.

We are trying to gauge interest to see if we would have enough interest to keep the booth open during the State Fair. Please contact me at rmortensen@opeiu12.org and let me know if you are interested. If there is enough interest, we will then set a schedule and get folks signed up. 

OPEIU 12 Student Debt Reduction Scholarship Program: Deadline June 30, 2017

Five (5) $2,500 scholarship will be awarded in July of each year. Please click here for more information Deadline is June 30, 2017

Workers Memorial Day - April 28th

Safe Jobs are Every Worker's Right. On April 28th, the union of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. Please click here for more information.

Want a OPEIU Membership Card?

To all OPEIU Local 12 Members. Do you need or want a OPEIU Local 12 Membership card, please contact our Bookkeeper, Sandy, at svondelinde@opeiu12.org

Minnesota State Retiree Council, AFL-CIO 14th Annual Fundraiser

Saturday April 29, 2017 from 3-7PM at the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation 353 W. 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102.

Free Admission, Food & Parking, Silent Auction, Music, Games, Hourly Raffles, and a whole lot more.

OPEIU Reaches Settlement with TruStone Credit Union

By Steve Share from the Minneapolis Labor Review:

Workers at all branches of TruStone Financial Credit Union will be back in the bargaining unit represented by Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 12, thanks to a settlement between the employer and the union.

The settlement, effective Feb. 1, ends a dispute that began in 2015. Before the dispute, OPEIU Local 12 represented about 100 workers at TruStone’s corporate headquarters and six branch locations.

TruStone notified OPEIU Local 12 in summer of 2015 that the credit union would close its Golden Valley and Apple Valley locations and open two new branch offices nearby. TruStone said the Golden Valley and Apple Valley union employees could apply to transfer to another bargaining unit location or apply for a job at the “new” facilities, which the credit union declared would be non-union.

OPEIU Local 12 filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

In April of 2016, an administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. ruled that TruStone’s actions violated federal labor law. The NLRB’s April 13, 2016, decision cited previous precedents and the facts of the case and declared, “an employer must apply an existing collective-bargaining agreement to a relocated facility if the operations at the new facility are substantially the same as those at the old facility…”

The NLRB judge ruled that TruStone’s claim that the relocated branch offices were “new” facilities was a “faulty semantic construct.”

To remedy TruStone’s unlawful actions, the NLRB judge ordered TruStone must apply its collective bargaining agreement with OPEIU Local 12 to the two relocated branch offices.

The credit union appealed the April 2016 ruling, however, and the months dragged on with no final resolution.

“Our case was in Washington for review and then the employer approached us for a settlement,” Traci Murphy, Local 12 union representative, reported January 19. “The settlement has the approval of the NLRB.”
She added: “we’re pleased with the settlement.”

Murphy said she didn’t know why the credit union decided to seek a settlement, but she did relate that Local 12 and TruStone successfully negotiated a new two-year  contract for the bargaining unit which runs through September 2018.

TruStone had offered a cheaper health insurance package at the relocated branch locations to lure workers away from the bargaining unit, she said, but now the entire bargaining unit will get that insurance package. “That’s definitely a contract victory for us,” she said.

“The NLRB process and how it worked definitely worked in our favor,” Murphy commented. “It’s been a long haul, that’s for sure.”

TruStone was founded in 1939 as the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Credit Union. Over the years, the credit union changed its name and broadened its membership base. Local 12’s Murphy said few if any teachers remain on the credit union’s board.

OPEIU Local 12 is sending up to four (4) members to the 2017 North Central-Erie/Northeast Educational Conference

At the next General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 will be accepting nominations and then holding a vote to select four (4) members in good standing to attend the 2017 North Central-Erie/Northeast Educational Conference.

Nominations can be in-person at the March General Membership Meeting or a letter of interest to be nominated can be sent to eboard@opeiu12.org.

The top four (4) members who receive the highest number of votes will be selected to attend the Education Conference. 

Airfare, baggage, registration, lodging, meals (included with lodging), lost time and per diem for travel days will be paid for by O.P.E.I.U. Local 12. 

The Education Conference will be held in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, at The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, through Saturday, May 6, 2017.

BOYCOTT Mexican-made NABISCO Products

In July 2015, Nabisco announced it had chosen to invest an additional $130 million in its new $400 million plant in Salinas, Mexico, instead of investing that money in its iconic plant in Chicago. As a result, 600 workers in Chicago will lose their jobs. An entire community will be devastated. Nabisco products made in Mexico will be sent back to the United States for American consumers.


By making the decision to send production to Salinas, Mexico, Nabisco
is eliminating hundreds of middle

class jobs in this heavily African American and Hispanic community in southwestern Chicago
. Click here
to learn more!

NLRB Rules in Favor of OPEIU Local 12 and declares TruStone Financial Federal Credit Union violated Federal Labor Laws

OPEIU Local, last year, filed multiple Unfair Labor Practices against TruStone Financial Credit Union for violation of the National Labor Relations Act. The case was heard early January 2015 by an Administrative Law Judge. The decision came down today ruling in favor of OPEIU Local 12 and against TruStone Financial Credit Union. Click here to see the decision.

TruStone Informational Picket

Today, November 6 , 2015, O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 along with it's members and members from the community held an informational picket at TruStone Financial Credit Union in Burnsville, MN. Trustone recently closed its Union branch in Apple Valley and relocated the branch to Burnsville, MN, opening it as non-Union. This comes after TruStone pulled the same stunt in Golden Valley, MN. TruStone closed that Union branch, relocated it down the street and opened it non-Union. O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 filed a Unfair Labor Practice charge against TruStone for its anti-Union behavior and tactics. The National Labor Relations Board has found merit to the charge.

O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 and the community hopes that TruStone will stop its attack on Union workers and do the right thing. O.P.E.I.U. Local 12 with the help of its members and the community will continue to put pressure on TruStone to keep good paying Union jobs in the community that it serves.

Read about it here.

OPEIU Local 12's Fight Against TruStone Financial Credit Union

TruStone Financial Credit Union, in a unilateral decision, has closed two Union branches, relocated the branches and opened the branches non-Union. Read the following article here and follow our fight. OPEIU Local 12 has filed numerous grievances and has filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). OPEIU Local 12 continues to receive support from community members, concerned citizens, and other Unions across the state. Please contact us if you would like to assist in the fight to keep TruStone jobs Union!

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