Professional Union OPEIU

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ProfessionalUnion: OPEIU

Professionalunion: OPEIU

The OPEIU came into existence in 1945, and the office is located inNew York, Canada. It is a trade union representing 110, 146 workersin both private and public sector. It has members in all the 50United States nations, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia(Scanlon, and Harding, 2005). OPEIU began organizing in the healthcare industry and also registered nurses. Medical doctors, clinicalsocial workers and pharmacists also joined the union. In 1998, abargaining arm of nurses association affiliated with OPEIU and over2000 nurses to the union’s role. By 2005, OPEIU represented a vastnumber of nurses and therefore becoming the sixth largest nurses’union.

The association provides medical insurance to its members. It doesfor the members many valuable things. It brings together thecollective strengths of co-workers to enable meaningful negotiationswith the management for a contract with equality. Negotiationsinclude many things apart from salaries and wages. It can alsoinclude provision for continuing education, how to offer pensions,promotion system, transfer policies, holiday vacation and workablegrievance system. This union provides professionals the opportunityto meet and make interaction with other professionals in the relatedwork area (Scanlon, and Harding, 2005).

I would join this union if I was a medical officer or any professionrelated to the medical field. As a member, the several benefits alsohelp one to develop their jobs and to become an expert. The Unionsupports one’s effort and advocates for them on their behalf. Whenone is in the union, they get decent wages and salaries. They providemedical cover, caters for hospital bill whenever one is sick. It isso advantageous when the medical bill is enormous, and one cannotafford to pay (Scanlon, and Harding, 2005).


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Scanlon, E., &amp Harding, S. (2005). Social work and labor unions:Historical and contemporary alliances. Journal of CommunityPractice, 13(1), 9-30.

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