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Welcome to Local 537

Local 537 is devoted and dedicated to promoting, protecting, and championing the legitimate struggles of professional, office, and clerical employees toward achieving an improved lifestyle, economic well-being, their general welfare, and rights as workers and citizens.

3229 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 · Phone: 626-577-5600 · Fax: 626-577-0100
Email: info@opeiu537.org



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month first was observed in the United States in 1985. In the US October is referred to as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Although there is no cure for breast cancer, there is hope.

Initially, the aim of these events were to increase the early detection of breast cancer by encouraging women to have mammograms. As many women know, a mammogram is an x-ray of the breast used to detect abnormalities in breast tissue. Early detection means that cancer can be more effectively treated and prevented from spreading to other areas of the body.

Today, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is as much about raising funds for breast cancer research and support, as it is about raising awareness.

Nationwide there are many activities that are planned around this topic in October. 

Please click here for more information and what you can do help, or where you can go for help.



November 6, 2018 General Election

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is Election Day. Midterm elections have historically had a low voter turnout. As a result, conservative voters tend to come out en masse to cast votes against the interests of working families and individuals. There has been a series of attacks on unions by the Supreme Court, current Administration and billionaire corporate special interests. In the wake of these attacks, a wave of union workers, young people, and those who have watched their quality of life decline, are rising up to fight for their future. In its effort to secure the rights of working families, the labor movement has been organizing massive mobilizations in several Congressional districts with a goal to turn them from red to blue, and recruiting worker-friendly candidates. Volunteers from the labor movement are going out on door-to-door campaigns to inform non-union voters on the candidates and issues at stake in the Congressional races.

To find more information about the General Election and endorsements in your state, click on the link for your state below. Remember … your vote is your voice.

Candidates and Ballot Measures in the California General Election, endorsed by the California Labor Federation are:

Governor: Gavin Newsom (D)
Lieutenant Governor: Ed Hernandez (D)
Secretary of State: Alex Padilla (D)
Attorney General: Xavier Becerra (D)
Controller: Betty Yee (D)
Treasurer: Fiona Ma (D)
Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara (D)
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tony Thurmond

Proposition 1: Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018.
Recommend: Vote YES

Proposition 2: No Place Like Home Act of 2018.
Recommend: Vote YES

Proposition 3: Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply, etc.
Recommend: Vote YES

Proposition 4: Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Children’s Hospitals.
No Recommendation

Proposition 5: Changes Requirements for Home Owners to Transfer Property Tax.
Recommend: Vote NO

Proposition 6: Eliminates Road Repair and Transportation Funding.
Recommend: Vote NO

Proposition 7: Daylight Savings Time.
No Recommendation

Proposition 8: Authorizes Regulation of Dialysis Clinics. Limits Charges.
Recommend: Vote YES

Proposition 9: Division of California Into Three States. (Blocked by Court)
Recommend: Vote NO

Proposition 10: Expands Locals’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Property.
Recommend: Vote YES

Proposition 11: Requires Private Ambulance Workers to Remain On-Call During Breaks.
Recommend: Vote NO

Proposition 12: Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Farm Animals.
Recommend: Vote YES

OPEIU Local 537 has bargaining unit members in the following states.  For more information on other Labor Endorsements, click on your state from the list below.
California
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Missouri
Nevada
New Jersey


Working People Stopped "Right to Work"

On Tuesday, August 7, working women and men in Missouri turned out a huge “NO” vote on ballot measure Proposition A and rejected harmful “right to work” laws that were passed in the state Legislature  last year.   

This victory belongs to working people. It was our phone calls, our door knocks and, ultimately, our vote that had the final say.



The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, abandons decades of commonsense precedent. In this case, a bare majority of the court, over the vigorous dissent of four justices, has conceded to the dark web of corporations and wealthy donors who wish to take away the freedoms of working people. Until it is overturned, this decision will be a political stain on what is intended to be the most honorable, independent body in the world. But more importantly, it will further empower the corporate elites in their efforts to thwart the aspirations of millions of working people standing together for a better life.  What does this mean to us?  How will your union and your employment be affected?  For more information on this decision and its implications, please click here.


Maria Landa-Rios Memorial Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Caitlyn Botello, on receiving the Maria Landa-Rios Memorial Scholarship for 2018. Caitlyn, the daughter of Lynel Botello of United Firefighters of Los Angeles City, Local 112, attends California Polytechnic University, Pomona, in pursuit of her Bachelor's Degree in Pre-Veterinary Animal Science, with an ultimate goal of receiving her DVM.  This year's scholarship question asked, "What would be the immediate effects on the Labor Movement if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the Janus Case?"  Click here to read Caitlyn's essay.  (From left: Jacqueline K. White-Brown, Business Manager; Caitlyn Botello; Lynnette T. Howard, Business Representative.)



Identity Protection

OPEIU is pleased to announce its newest membership benefit free for all members – identity protection.

Now all OPEIU members will have a proactive, comprehensive defense against identity theft, all at no cost to you, our members.  OPEIU has contracted one of the nation’s leading identity protection solutions, InfoArmor®, to protect members against this $16 billion crime that impacted almost 15.4 million Americans last year.  Click the image to read about highlights of the benefit, or go to the International's website here to receive more information.


OPEIU Towing Service

OPEIU is pleased to report that the OPEIU Towing/Service Calls program is still a big hit with our members. 
 
We are constantly reviewing the plan, making adjustments where necessary to ensure the program is most useful to our members and cost-effective for the union. In an effort to tighten the plan to achieve both those goals, we have instituted a few changes that went into effect October 1, 2017. These changes should have no impact on the high-level of service provided to our members, but rest assured, we will regularly review and make adjustments as needed to ensure quality control.
 
As always, all members will be entitled to up to two tows per year, valued at up to $100 each – $80 for the tow, plus a $20 administrative fee paid by OPEIU. In the past, OPEIU has allowed the tow limit to be upward of $100 PLUS the $20 administrative fee, making the actual value of each tow up to $120. Going forward we are enforcing the $100 limit, so each tow’s maximum will be $80, plus the $20 administrative fee paid by the union, and the member will be responsible for any amount that exceeds $80 for any tow/service call. A review of the plan’s usage over the past years indicates that the average tow/service call cost is approximately $70 plus the administrative fee, so this change is likely to affect very few members. 
 
Our service provider, Nation Safe Drivers, informs us that our towing radius of up to 25 miles is extremely generous and much more than the industry average. Our plan’s usage reports also indicate that our average tow is 15 miles or less, therefore, we are reducing our towing coverage area from 25 miles to 15 miles. 
 
We are encouraging our members to use our network providers only.  If a towing provider outside of the network is used, OPEIU will now only reimburse up to $50 to any member who submits a receipt for service.  It is not OPEIU policy to reimburse and that members should only use the OPEIU Towing/Service Calls Program through Nation Safe Drivers.  Here is what you need to access the OPEIU program:
 
            OPEIU Towing/Service Calls Program designated toll-free number:  800-617-2677
            Producer Code: 74046
            Plan Letter: C
            Local union number/employer 

Finally, we are also making an effort to make the OPEIU Membership Benefits program a paperless endeavor, and have posted the towing card – along with other OPEIU benefit materials – on the OPEIU website at www.opeiu.org and on the OPEIU app, which is available for free download at the App Store and Google Play by searching OPEIU. We encourage you to download the app today.
 



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Disclaimer

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website should not be solely relied upon, as it is based on currently available information that is subject to change.  If you have any specific questions concerning the information contained on this website, please contact OPEIU Local 537.