June 22, 2024
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OPEIU Distributes 20,000 N95 Respirator Masks to Front-Line Members Across the U.S.

New York, N.Y. (May 12, 2020) – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, today announced its successful purchase and distribution of 20,000 N-95 respirator masks to front-line members across the United States. Additional masks have been procured and will be distributed in the coming weeks.

OPEIU acquired the protective masks to provide relief for front-line members, including healthcare professionals experiencing the highest levels of risk, helping to fill the workplace safety gaps left by a lack of federal guidance on workplace safety and by employers either unwilling or incapable of ensuring a safe work environment for their employees. Masks are being sent to OPEIU local unions throughout the country, from Hawai'i to Florida and spots in between.

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Thank you to our nurses

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OPEIU is Celebrating the Year of the Nurse

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse and Midwife,” in honor of the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, considered the founder of modern nursing.
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Support for nursing is good for the nation's health

The recently proposed cuts to the Nursing Workforce Development Programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act ) as outlined in President Trump’s 2021 Budget for America’s Future is cause for great concern. The proposed budget calls for a tremendous elimination of many Title VIII Workforce Development Programs with the exception of the Nurse Corps Scholarship and Loan Repayment Programs which stand to gain additional funding. 
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When Nurses Strike—and Get Locked Out

When nearly 8,000 at SEIU Healthcare 1199NW nurses, technicians and other hospital employees went on strike in January, Swedish Hospital management hired temporary replacement workers, some of whom lacked the proper credentials to work at the hospital, putting patients in harm’s way.

That’s what happens when our healthcare system is built on the principle of maximizing profits—not maximizing patients’ well-being.

https://prospect.org/labor/seattle-nurses-strike-and-get-locked-out/

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