February 28, 2024
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Women's History Month Profiles: Jessica Akers

Women's History Month Profiles: Jessica Akers

This year, for Women's History Month, we're taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making women's history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only their community, but also to improve conditions for working people across the country. Today's profile is Jessica Akers of the Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU).

Jessica Akers, the secretary-treasurer of OPEIU Local 105, made history in 2021 when she became the first woman and youngest person ever to be elected president of the Arkansas AFL-CIO.
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Tamilikia Foster Is creating change and making a difference in her Lansing community and through her union, OPEIU Local 459!

#BlackHistoryMonth #BlackHistoryMonth2022 #BlackHistory #LaborHistory #Lansing #OPEIU

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Black history is labor history! #BlackHistoryMonth

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Nurses Still Lead Honesty and Ethics List

Nurses Still Lead Honesty and Ethics List

For the 20th straight year, nurses lead Gallup's annual ranking of professions for having high honesty and ethics, eclipsing medical doctors in second place by 14 points -- 81% vs. 67%. Grade-school teachers (64%), pharmacists (63%) and military officers (61%) round out the top five most revered professions in this year's list, with more than six in 10 Americans viewing each as highly ethical.

https://news.gallup.com/poll/388649/military-brass-judges-among-professions-new-image-lows.aspx

 

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Health Care Workers Deserve More Than Applause

Health Care Workers Deserve More Than Applause

For nearly two years, OPEIU health care professionals have been on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. Enduring long hours and mandatory overtime — often without extra compensation — they’ve put their physical and mental health on the line to provide the best patient care possible.

They’ve rightly been called heroes, yet still most of these brave essential workers have not received the compensation for their service they deserve. Instead, they’ve been short-staffed, overworked and underpaid.

Through many surges leaving hospitals at their breaking points, health care workers have been risking their lives and the lives of their families to provide quality, compassionate care to their patients. Most of them have not received compensation for their service and sacrifice.
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