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Student Debt Forgiveness (+ an Inflation Reduction Act Explainer) 24 August 2022

Student Debt Forgiveness (+ an Inflation Reduction Act Explainer)

The Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law last week, makes historic investments in our communities. Creating union jobs, taxing the rich, combatting climate change and lowering health care costs are at the forefront of the bill's goals.

If you want details on what else is in this historic bill, keep reading ⤵⤵⤵



Health Care

  • 13 million people will save an average of $800 per year on health insurance premiums.
  • Prevents premium hikes for people with Affordable Care Act coverage.

Prescription Drugs

  • Medicare can negotiate prescription drug costs, which can lower costs for millions of people.
  • Caps insulin costs at $35/month for Medicare beneficiaries.
18 August 2022

MONKEYPOX: WHAT WORKERS NEED TO KNOW

Monkeypox is a disease of growing concern that is caused by infection from the same family of viruses that cause smallpox with symptoms that are similar, but less severe. Monkeypox is rarely fatal and is not related to chickenpox.

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15 August 2022

House Passage of Inflation Reduction Act Momentous Victory for Working Families

Here's what's in the bill:

  • More union job opportunities
  • Lower utility bills
  • Investments in green energy & American manufacturing
  • NO tax increases for small business & families making under $400k/year, while holding corporations accountable to pay their fair share
1 May 2022

Celebrating Organizing the Unorganized

Today’s worldwide celebration by workers, of workers and for workers is a potent reminder of the collective power we share when we — as those who work for a living — stand united in pursuit of a more dignified future for all.

We remember today the historic and heroic struggles waged by generations before us: for an eight-hour day, for a minimum wage, for overtime rights, for the abolition of child labor, for the weekend, for Social Security and more.

But we also know those hard-fought gains are backsliding. Working people are working more for far less. Basic necessities like healthcare, housing and food are, for many, becoming increasingly out of reach at the worst possible time. Younger generations have, on average, little hope things will improve in their lifetimes.

We believe the only way to reverse those trends is by organizing.

OPEIU’s commitment to prioritize organizing the unorganized has paved the way toward historic wins in new industries, amplifying the voices and improving the material conditions of workers in the nonprofit and tech sectors.
Through their union — our union — workers who long had no collective voice now have a vehicle to take power into their own hands.

Read more about recent OPEIU wins across the nation in the first issue of OPEIU Connect, our official magazine.


Happy May Day.
In solidarity,
Team OPEIU

28 April 2022

One Workplace Death is One Too Many

April 28 is Workers Memorial Day

On this day in 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect. Each year, on the anniversary, the labor movement comes together to honor our fellow workers, union and nonunion alike, who died a preventable death on the job in the last year.

This past year, 4,764 workers were killed on the job. An estimated 120,000 more died from occupational diseases. Sadly, we know the actual number of lives cut short by employer behavior — whether covert, like cutting health benefits during a pandemic, or overt, like failing to provide adequate PPE — is far greater.

Construction sites remain one of the deadliest places to work in the country. But the neglectful actions of employers of all stripes and in every industry — from Amazon and Tesla to Amy’s Kitchen and McLaren Macomb — impact not just their employees' well-being, but the well-being of workers’ families and the communities in which they live.

Honoring those senselessly lost means standing up in unison to say loud and clear: One workplace death is one too many.

Find a Workers Memorial Day event near you by clicking here.

Read the AFL-CIO’s annual report on worker safety and occupational hazards in all 50 states here.

 

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About the ONC

The OPEIU Nurses Council (ONC) was established by OPEIU members who are nurses, giving them a means to participate in the resolution of issues affecting their nursing practice. The ONC helps foster a climate of professionalism within the nursing community, promoting best practices regarding patient care, safety concerns and compensation issues. The ONC advocates for legislation to improve working conditions and improve patient care, including measures that address nurse-to-patient ratios and violence against health care workers. Its primary goal is to advance the professional image of the nursing profession. 

For more information, please email us at info@opeiunursescouncil.org

 

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The ONC is a council of the OPEIU, which represents 103,000 members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than 10,000 nurses and healthcare professionals. Click Here for More Info