September 29, 2022
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The OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP)

The OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is the highest award in Health and Safety Excellence that OSHA presents to an organization.

This training program will guide attendees with best practices in implementing the OSHA VPP program. It will offer a broad overview of how to work with OSHA to achieve VPP site implementation success.

The instructor will present several scenarios that attendees can relate to. Further, the webinar will also cover:

  • Define the key elements and sub elements of the OSHA VPP program
  • Define how to get a baseline of a safety culture within your facility
  • Define how to best engage employees and senior management in the safety process for VPP site implementation
  • Fully comprehend the benefits of establishing a VPP mentor for VPP site implementation
  • Understand how to work with OSHA to achieve VPP site implementation success
  • Define how to properly fill out and submit the OSHA VPP application
  • Discuss best practices and take-always in VPP site implementation
  • Answer specific questions or concerns as it relates to OSHA VPP site implementation at your facility
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Student Debt Forgiveness (+ an Inflation Reduction Act Explainer)

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.
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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.

Download the flyer for more information
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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
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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

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