American Rescue Plan Act Provides Six Months of COBRA Payments

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) provides up to six months of COBRA payments from April 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021, for those who lost or will lose their employment-provided medical coverage between Nov. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2021. This provision of the ARP can assist members who may have lost or may lose their jobs, even temporarily, and correspondingly lose their medical coverage. The following information may be of interest to your members.

To receive this benefit, you must meet the federal government’s eligibility criteria and must apply for the subsidized COBRA. You must enroll within 60 days from when you receive your updated COBRA notice or April 1, 2021, whichever is later.


Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration Month

In alignment with our values and commitment to diversity and inclusion of opportunity for all, The Social Economic Racial Justice Committee (SERJ) acknowledges, honors, supports, and celebrates in the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and Mental Health Awareness Month.

Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

Please come out and join your brothers and sister to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage event in Oakland.  The Executive Board has donated to the event and OPEIU Local 29 members should attend the celebration.

Click Here to Register


Workers Memorial Day

FIFTY YEARS AGO on April 28, Workers Memorial Day, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job. The law was won because of the tireless efforts of the labor movement, which organized for safer working conditions and demanded government action. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer and saved lives. But our work is not done. Each year, thousands of workers are killed and millions suffer injury or illness because of dangerous working conditions.

Chauvin Verdict a First Step Toward Racial Justice and Equality

Statement by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO

Today, justice was partially served with the conviction of George Floyd's uniformed killer and is a first step toward racial justice and equality in this country. OPEIU expresses condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Floyd, whose life was stolen from him by a police officer enabled by an unjust set of systems and institutions that will continue to claim the lives of our neighbors and loved ones -- until we put a stop to it.
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