January 17, 2021
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When OPEIU nurses at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children in Hawai'i requested stronger coronavirus protections, a hospital spokesperson called the nurses' concerns "a non-issue."

Hawaii Nurses Association/OPEIU Local 50 nurses are serving on the frontlines of the #COVID19 pandemic each and every day. The hospital's risky decision to force nurses to reuse single-use masks, ten months into a pandemic, puts both patients and staff in harm's way.

 

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Virginia becomes first state to mandate COVID-19 precautions in all workplaces

Social distancing and other precautions against COVID-19 will soon be mandatory in workplaces around Virginia under emergency pandemic safety regulations finalized Wednesday.

The new rules, proposed by Gov. Ralph Northam and adopted by the state’s Safety and Health Codes Board over strenuous objections from business groups, make Virginia the first state in the country to pass comprehensive safety rules for employers.
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The Brave of Heart Foundation Grants

Together, the New York Life Foundation and Cigna Foundation created the Brave of Heart Fund at E4E Relief to provide charitable support to families of healthcare workers who lose their lives in the fi ght against COVID-19. Cigna is also providing behavioral and emotional health support to healthcare workers and their families by phone or online. Hopefully, these resources bring peace of mind to the brave people and their families protecting us. 
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OPEIU Distributes 20,000 N95 Respirator Masks to Front-Line Members Across the U.S.

New York, N.Y. (May 12, 2020) – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, today announced its successful purchase and distribution of 20,000 N-95 respirator masks to front-line members across the United States. Additional masks have been procured and will be distributed in the coming weeks.

OPEIU acquired the protective masks to provide relief for front-line members, including healthcare professionals experiencing the highest levels of risk, helping to fill the workplace safety gaps left by a lack of federal guidance on workplace safety and by employers either unwilling or incapable of ensuring a safe work environment for their employees. Masks are being sent to OPEIU local unions throughout the country, from Hawai'i to Florida and spots in between.

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Thank you to our nurses

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