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Welcome to the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 39
The Office and Professional Employees International Union are office, technical and professional employees working together to improve our jobs and the lives of our families. OPEIU is the first, and largest, labor union in the United States and Canada dedicated to professional, technical and office workers. Local 39's organization begins with its members. We represent over 3,000 professional, technical and clerical employees in the greater Madison, WI area.

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Nov 2019 18 November 2019

Nov 2019

This has been a record year for labor actions, and these have started to hit an area that's hardly ever been organized: the tech industry. Read how Unions can play a pivotal role in dealing with burnout and management overreach. There is also some reminders, including the Quarterly Membership Meeting on Wednesday!
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Oct 2019

One of the safeguards that comes with having a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is that disputes and discipline must follow due process. One aspect of due process is the concept that disparate treatment is unfair. But what is "disparate treatment"?

Disparate treatment is unfair because it means subjecting people who are in a similar situation to two different standards. As stated in the "Conference Reporter" from the Labor Arbitration Institute, "How can it be fair to give one employee a different penalty when another employee, similarly situated, received a less severe penalty for the same rule violation?" If the rules apply, shouldn't they apply in the same way for everyone? Wouldn't that be the fair approach?