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O.P.E.I.U., Local 13 was chartered in St. Louis, Missouri on February 1, 1945. We service members at Credit Unions, Labor Unions and Labor Councils in Missouri, Illinois and Texas. Our goal is to provide workers with job security, good wages and benefits, as well as fair and equitable working conditions. We are there for our members and believe all working people should have a collective voice in the workplace.

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Entries for December 2011

Organized labor is more relevant today than ever, especially for younger workers, affirmed AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka recently. Trumka spoke at the 32nd Annual McBride Lecture sponsored by the Higgins Labor Studies Program, part of the Center for Social Concerns.
He said unions were important in developing the middle class at the beginning of the 20th century. “America reaped the rewards of working harder and working smarter,” Trumka said. “It happened because one-third of the workforce was unionized.”
He pointed out that more Americans than ever before are in poverty as a result of the current economic situation and said the need for jobs has never been greater. “Today more than 25 million Americans are looking for work and can’t find it. More than 9.2 percent of the workforce is unemployed,” he said.
Despite recent attacks on union, he pledged that organized labor led by the AFL-CIO is not giving up. “The American labor union is reorganizing and revitalizing itself.” He said, “We’re helping workers across the economy.”


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For the first time ever, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a final rule that requires most private sector employers to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), as of November 14, 2011.

The notices inform employees of their rights under the NLRA, contact information for the NLRB, and information concerning basic enforcement procedures. According to the NLRB, the notices must be posted in a conspicuous place, including places where other personnel rules or policies are customarily posted. Employers also must post the notices on an intranet or internet site if it is used to customarily communicate with employees. 
The notices further must be posted in a language most commonly used by workers if they do not speak English.
Labor observers hailed the ruling as restoring balance to information employees receive from the employer about their labor rights.


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