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AFL-CIO employees' strike fund

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Raised by 25 people in 2 months
Created October 7, 2018
The AFL-CIO, a major U.S. federation of unions, is forcing OPEIU Local 2 employees to accept an anti-union contract. These employees are generally older, hourly, and the lowest-paid in the building. The contract: 

- Enables management to force unlimited furloughs (i.e. At any point, management can choose the number of employees to work, the number of days and the number of hours per days.)
- Eliminates layoff protection for 73% of its employees
- Eliminates bumping rights of employees
- Eliminates surplusing rights of employees
- Reduces layoff notice time to employees
- Eliminates review of financial benchmarks with the Union when a reduction in positions may occur
- Caps severance, which affects 66% of the unit
- Increases weekly hours without compensation
- Provides a zero percent wage increase
- Restricts applying to other positions within the organization
- Increases probationary period
- Significantly cut sick leave

OPEIU Local 2 members unanimously rejected these terms. We also unanimously authorized a strike for three main reasons:

1.  We believe that the contract is dangerously hypocritical of the AFL-CIO, which is supposed to be a leader of unions. In fact, if a company tried to force a contract like this, we believe that the AFL-CIO would deplore the company as anti-union. 
2.  Our union sisters and brothers are watching. If we agree to this contract, we are signaling to every other union out there that they should accept these terms from their employers. We won't do that to our 12.5 million sisters and brothers. 
3.  We don't believe that the contract moves AFL-CIO closer to its organizational goals. Management's contract signals to us that it does not value us or our work. They want to get rid of us. But we do the work. We know how the organization can improve, and we are part of the solution. ​

Your donation will benefit the 50+ OPEIU Local 2 members who are employees of AFL-CIO and may go on strike. If we don't go on strike, we will return your donation. Money will be used exclusively for basics such as food and transportation. We're happy to provide a breakdown of how we're spending the money to anyone who donates. 

We understand that there are many worthy causes out there, and we thank you for any support you're able to provide.

We will not let any employer trample on our rights as employees and union members. We remain #UnionStrong.

Please visit our website for updates.
Bloomberg article (10/09/18): AFL-CIO Faces a Strike of Its Own by Josh Eidelson.
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