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Informational picket at TruStone Finanical Credit Union Burnsville, MN

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Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 7

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OPEIU is pleased to now offer our Medicare-eligible union retirees comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans through a trusted national partner, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. These plans are available exclusively to retired OPEIU members and their spouses/partners and cannot be found or bought on the open Medicare market.

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Statement to HealthPartner’s Management from Local 12 Bargaining Team Member Sue Kolias regarding their Opening Proposals:

Hearing your proposal last week was very disheartening.

Regarding the healthcare proposal, it is so geared towards a business standpoint to bring in more business vs care for the employee. Members live around the entire Metro area; however, HealthPartners does not cover the entire metro area. A lot of the northern suburbs are not covered. Using myself as an example, the nearest HP clinic is 20+ miles away. The nearest hospital 30+ miles away. If an emergency were to happen, I wouldn’t be brought to all the way to an HP hospital. They wouldn’t pass by 2-3 hospitals to take me to an HP hospital.

When COVID hit we all stepped up to keep the company going. People working in the clinics risked their own health to care for the community. People moved to working at home took on a financial burden by using or purchasing their own computer equipment, furniture and supplies. The arrival of COVID is yet another example where we stepped up. It is time for HealthPartners to step up and show appreciation.

The Local 12 Bargaining Team’s Responses to HealthPartner’s Proposals.

Hello Local 12 Members at HealthPartners! 

This week, the Local 12 bargaining team continued the process of contract negotiations with HealthPartners.  After working through the Employer’s proposals last week, we gave a comprehensive response to almost all their proposals on October 26th.  There is a PDF included in this post labeled “Local 12 Responses to the Employer Opening Proposals October 26 2021”, that includes HealthPartner’s proposals and the Local 12 bargaining team’s response in PURPLE below each proposal.  Also included are several opening statements made by members of the bargaining team to management prior to giving our responses.  Further updates, including HealthPartner’s responses to our proposals and more of our opening statements will be posted in a separate update.

In Solidarity,

The Local 12 Bargaining Team for Negotiations with HealthPartners

Team Members: Betty Jones, Mary Brown, Kelsie Anderson, Sue Kolias, Heather Neil, Peg Ledel, Donna Schnegelberger, Connie Brown, Stefanie Olson, Nile Mills, Andrea Crist and Janell Kelly.  With Local staff support from Traci Murphy, Molly Thul, and Lance Lindeman.


Code for America Staff Union Voluntarily Recognized, Becoming First "Civic Tech" Union in U.S.

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2021 -- Staff at Code for America (CfA), a nonprofit organization focused on closing the technology gap between the public and private sectors, are the latest tech workers who have chosen to be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Tech Workers Union Local 1010.

Today, Code for America management voluntarily recognized the CfA staff union through a card-check process. Contract negotiations between management and CfA Workers United will begin in the coming weeks.

"Nonprofit and tech workers alike are becoming increasingly aware of the power a union brings them at work," said Brandon Nessen, OPEIU organizing director. "Unionizing gives working people agency to advance not only their own interests, but the mutual interests shared by both staff and management."

Contract Negotiations with HealthPartners has Begun

Contract negotiations between OPEIU Local 12 and HealthPartners began this week.  On Tuesday, October 19th, the Local 12 bargaining team and HealthPartners exchanged proposals and on Thursday, October 21st, the Local 12 bargaining team spent time going through the proposals from HealthPartners, working on our responses, etc.  We will be back in negotiations with HealthPartners on Tuesday, October 26th.

In this post, you will find the proposals that the Local 12 bargaining team presented to HealthPartners, these were presented to the HealthPartners membership at the meeting we held on October 12th as well, and were created based on survey feedback from all of you, other issues and concerns, etc.  You will also find the proposals from HealthPartners management, and we urge you all to read through it carefully so all of you know exactly what HealthPartners proposed.  While not surprising, the proposals from HealthPartners are extremely disappointing and the Local 12 members on the bargaining team felt disrespected and insulted to receive these, especially given everything the members at HealthPartners have been through over the past few years.  The Local 12 bargaining team is prepared to fight these proposed changes and health insurance increases that will be detrimental to our members, and the more members we have standing together in solidarity the stronger we will be.