20 June 2016
Local 277 held its annual steward training summit in Fort Worth on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Training was led by Diane Thomas-Holladay from the Labor Education Progra at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock. Stewards were educated on valuable topics such as their roles in the work place, Weingarten rights, what constitutes a grievance, grievance investigation, dealing with discipline and discharge, and so much more. In addition to Ms. Thomas-Holladay’s lecture, Local 277 Legal Counsel G. William Baab gave a brief review of the arbitration process and the importance of strong steward representation. The training was well received by all and a great chance for Local 277 stewards all across the United States to meet and talk shop.
15 June 2016
OPEIU convened the 27th International Convention in Orlando, Florida on June 6, 2016. There were 190 delegates, 40 alternate delegates and 39 observers from 75 locals in attendance. The delegates to the convention elected Richard Lanigan as International President to a three-year term and re elected Mary Mahoney as International Secretary Treasurer for her third term. The delegates exhibited their confidence is this team to lead by electing them unanimously. Additionally, four new Vice Presidents were elected: Region I - Bruce Wade, Region II Mike Bodinsky and two new Diversity Vice Presidents Lisa Blake and Maureen Meehan-Golonka.
15 June 2016
Local 277 in Fort Worth, Texas and Local 320 in Kansas City, Missouri announced the successful conclusion of their merger effective January 1, 2016. The surviving entity is Local 277. We welcome our new members from Local 320. Kim Whiteman, former Local 320 Secretary-Treasurer, has been hired as a Business Representative for the members in Missouri and Kansas and will continue to service the members and negotiate collective bargaining agreements for the different bargaining units in her area. As a part of the merger agreement, Kim will also serve as an Executive Board Member at Large until an election is held for members in Missouri and Kansas.