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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


Volunteers are Needed

Date: May 14, 2019

Thank you to everyone that supported the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11.  Now... The Labor Community Services needs volunteers to help sort food for union and community pantries for the summer months. Food sorting began on Monday, May 13, 2019 and will continue to June 15, 2019 (excluding Memorial Day, May 27) at the The Salvation Army, 5600 Mansfield, Building 1D, Bell, CA 9020Enter through the back of the complex on 3rd Street, at the gate between Rickenbacker Road and Mansfield Way (cross streets are Eastern and Slauson). Two shifts are available 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information on how you can volunteer, contact Elda at 213-281-5611.


2019 OPEIU Convention - Live Stream

Date: May 9, 2019

Attention ALL OPEIU Members!

On June 10, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT, you’re invited to join a live stream from the 2019 OPEIU Convention. Join us for a union experience like no other; a chance to be part of the first-ever live stream from an OPEIU Convention. 

With the theme, “A New Model for a New Union,” OPEIU’s 28th Convention will kick off with an exciting pre-convention look at the future of the American workplace, what it means to be a union member today and why greater activism is the key to meeting the challenges of the 21st century. 

Speakers to include Robert Reich, political commentator, professor and world-renowned author. 

Plan now to join the live stream at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. PDT, June 10. This live stream will only be available to OPEIU members. Join now (a password will be provided).


2019 OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program

Date: May 9, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program. Full details, rules and applications can be found at OPEIU.org under the Member Resources/Union Benefits link, as well as on the OPEIU app*.

OPEIU will provide five awards of $2,500 to OPEIU members who have at least $10,000 in student debt and are able to prove their account is current. A member can be awarded only once in a lifetime, and must have completed an associate or undergraduate degree.

The deadline is June 30, 2019. Visit OPEIU.org to apply today!

*Download the free OPEIU app for iPhones at the App Store and for Android devices at Google Play by searching OPEIU.


Active & Fit Program

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Our members who receive healthcare benefits from Kaiser Permanente now have an additional benefit.  Active&Fit Direct is a program which gives members access to over 9,000 fitness centers for a membership fee of just $25.00 per month.  To enroll, visit American Specialty Health's ChooseHealthy site for Kaiser Permanente members.  Click on any of the Active&Fit information tiles to find a fitness center near you.  

To learn more, call 877-335-2746.


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.



Get Connected!
Download the OPEIU App Today


The new OPEIU app is a great way to stay connected to your union, learn more about your membership benefits, find links to OPEIU's social media networks, and much more.  Available for free download for iPhones at the App Store and for Android devices at Google Play by searching OPEIU.  Click on the Store links to get the apps.


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.