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James Andrews Attends OPEIU Nat'l Convention

Jeremy Sprinkle
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Union makes significant Victory Fund donation

North Carolina State AFL-CIO President, James Andrews, was in Washington, DC earlier this week, attending the national convention of the Office and Professional Employees International Union. Andrews is a member of ITPE-OPEIU Local 4873. He was invited to address the delegates of the 25th OPEIU Convention.

At the convention, Andrews applauded OPEIU's mission to organize internal members - those already covered by a collective bargaining agreement but who are not members of the union. OPEIU President, Michael Goodwin, has had success with new strategies to encourage these employees to sign up.

Andrews also spoke about the opportunities having a worker-friendly president in the White House presents, but told delegates, "It's up to us to keep organizing, as well as to hold our elected officials accountable to the working people of our nations."

At the conclusion of his address, OPEIU presented a generous $15,000 donation to the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, money that will go to our Victory Fund to support our 2010 political program to mobilize members to elect and retain worker-friendly candidates at the federal, state, and local level.