For the first time in 25 years, a state Supreme Court election went Labor's way. News on other election results and more voting, this time closer to home.
Opportunities to Serve Your Union
Nominations sought for Chief and Area Stewards at CUNA Mutual Group
A Steward's term at CUNA Mutual Group is for three years and there are a total of NINE positions to be filled, including the Chief Steward. Are you interested?

Now is the time for YOU to get involved! While many of the current Stewards will no doubt want to continue in the role, due to promotions, retirements, and relocations there are open Steward positions that need you! We need people from across the company, in every department. If you want to work to ensure a long career with the company or maybe you're nearing retirement and want to leave things better than they've been, or you feel that the next contract needs some tough negotiating, we encourage any and all of you to step forward.

Please send your nomination -- for yourself or for another (with their consent) -- to the Business Agent Debi Eveland at develand@opeiu39.org by May 18th.

Voting, if necessary, will take place the week of June 11th.

More details will be forthcoming tho the members of CUNA Mutual Group in the coming weeks.
Position Open on the Executive Board
There is a position open on the Executive Board for a Trustee. This position is open to anyone from any unit. You do NOT have to be a Steward or area representative. If you've wanted to serve but didn't see yourself as a steward, this is your chance to fill out the remainder of a current term.

Please send inquiries or questions to Kathryn Bartlett-Mulvihill Business Agent/President at president@opeiu39.org.
Merger Update
Local 39 and Local 95 members overwhelmingly approved the merger of our two locals! This will allow both groups to combine resources and build the strength of our local in the central and southern parts of Wisconsin. The Executive Boards for both locals have submitted the merger agreement to the OPEIU International Executive Board for final approval.
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Results of Supreme Court Election
For the first time since 1995, the candidate backed by labor has won election to the Supreme Court. This still leaves a majority that has not shown any love for labor, but it does narrow the margin.

The statewide elections continued a trend that Scott Walker called a "blue wave" which, with luck, will continue in the special elections Walker was forced to call by three courts when he tried to postpone.

Finally, Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, announced that he would not be seeking re-election. This prompted his Democratic opponent, Ironworker Randy Bryce, to tweet Ryan a link to apply for an apprenticeship position with Ironworkers Local 8.
PS - Membership Meeting in May
The Union succeeds through everyone's efforts. Please Join us Wednesday, May 16th at 5:30PM.
Are you coming to the Membership meeting?
LOCATION
Union Offices, 701 Watson Ave, Madison WI 53713

DATE AND TIME
05/16/18 5:30pm - 05/16/18 6:30pm

Spring Membership Meeting
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Upcoming Membership Meetings
Membership meetings are held the third Wednesday of the second month of the quarter, at 5:30PM at the Union Office.

May 16, 2018
August 15, 2018
November 21, 2018
February 20, 2019

This is your Union. Your participation gives us the strength to face the continued opposition of both politicians and companies.
Know Your Weingarten Rights!
The US Supreme Court has ruled that the National Labor Relations Act gives workers the right to request union representation during investigatory interviews by supervisors, security personal, and other managerial staff. These are called Weingarten Rights.

An investigatory interview occurs if 1) management questions you to obtain information; and 2) you have reasonable apprehension that your answers could be used as a basis for discipline or other adverse action.

You must ask for union representation either before or during an investigatory interview. Management does not have to remind you of this right. If your request is refused and Management continues asking questions, you may refuse to answer. Your employer is guilty of an unfair labor practice and charges may be filed. If you are questioned in a situation where Weingarten may apply, read or present this statement:

"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative, officer, or steward be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion."
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