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Aid for Puerto Rico
The Local 153 Executive Board, at its Tuesday, October 10 meeting, approved a $10,000 contribution for aid to Puerto Rico payable to the OPEIU Relief Fund.  The OPEIU is using funds to purchase generators, which are much in need on the island.
OPEIU Relief Fund
OPEIU local unions and individual members have been extremely generous and responsive to our calls for support of the OPEIU Relief Fund for those affected by recent hurricanes. The funds you have donated have been quickly distributed to those OPEIU members in greatest need in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Accident Prevention/Defensive Driving Online Course

OPEIU Local offers its members in good standing the Accident Prevention/Defensive Driving Online Course for NY and NJ drivers.
Local 153 Opposes New York State Constitutional Convention
Union Wins More than a Dozen New Contracts in Last Quarter

It has been a very busy last few months at Local 153 with more than a dozen new contracts successfully negotiated. Besides the new agreements at Harvard Maintenance, Inc. and the Evening Journal Association, reported elsewhere in this edition, the union had numerous other contract victories.
Local 153 Negotiates First Group into OPEIU’s New 401(k) Plan

Local 153 has negotiated with Harvard Maintenance, Inc. (HMI) to be the first group into OPEIU’s new 401(k) Plan, announced Business Representative Dan Ross.
Membership Meetings Matter

As we’ve often noted before, Local 153 general membership meetings are always the best way for members to learn more about their benefits, meet their union’s leaders and have any questions answered. Special guests often add to the important information distributed at these meetings, and there are almost always added highlights—in the last two years there have been raffles, video presentations, and even a fashion show!
New Jersey, LI Shop Stewards Training

Local 153 conducted a shop stewards training on Friday, November 4 at Rutgers University’s Labor Education Center, located in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The training was presented by OPEIU President and Local 153 Secretary-Treasurer Richard Lanigan, as seen in this photo, and it centered on discipline in the workplace. Nearly 30 shop stewards attended this training from both public and private sector shops all across New Jersey.
General Membership Meeting Out of Town Raffle
Please register for General Membership Meeting Out of Town Raffle
New Benefit! Student Debt Reduction Program
OPEIU is happy to announce a new benefit for Local 153 members: The Student Debt Reduction Program. This program provides five awards of $2,500 each year to a member who has completed an associate or undergraduate degree and who can demonstrate they have at least $10,000 in student debt and their account is current.

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