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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

OPEIU Webinar: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime

May 9, 2018    Noon and 3 p.m. EST
Cyber Security breaches are in the news every day. Here are the facts:
* 80 percent of all Americans have had their personal information stolen and for sale on the dark web – Social Security, phone, credit card numbers, addresses, etc.
* Cybercrime and data breaches will cost $8 TRILLION over the next five years.
* Anti-virus, firewalls, and other technologies are useless against the latest, most effective threats.
* The good news: 90 percent of all breaches are caused by human error or carelessness!

Why is that good news? Because with education and training most breaches can be thwarted. Every cyber security professional agrees that education is the most important thing we can do to stop cybercrime. Spend an hour and learn:
* You are a target. Period.
* Who are the bad guys?
* Why they do it and how they do it.
* Most importantly: The 17 things you can do to avoid being a victim.
Your union wants to help you minimize your risk and learn how to keep yourself and others safe. This is a seminar you’ll be glad you attended. Register today!

OPEIU Webinar: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Cybercrime

Click here for Noon EST Registration: 
Click here for 3 p.m. EST Registration:
Conference Call In: +1-866-814-9555                                                                                     
Conference Code: 1669323050

Maria Landa-Rios Memorial Scholarship

We are accepting applications for the Maria Landa-Rios Memorial Scholarship. This year, we will award one (1) scholarship for one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200.00) to a member of OPEIU Local 537, their spouse, or child who is attending, or is registered to attend, an accredited college or university. Please click here for an application and list of rules. 

Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2018. The award recipient will be announced at the Membership Meeting on May 23, 2018.

Message of the Day - Janus is an Attack on Women

March 1st marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, kicking off a celebration of the leaders, organizers and working women at the heart of the fight for social and economic justice. As women continue to organize, march and run for office in unprecedented numbers, this month is a reminder that the movements for workers’ and women’s rights have always been interwoven.

As AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler told the crowd at Washington, D.C.’s Freedom Plaza on Saturday, February 24, 2018, women would be disproportionately impacted by an anti-worker ruling in Janus v. AFSCME—particularly women of color. About 1.5 million public employees are black women, more than 17% of the public-sector workforce.

For working women, a union card means higher wages, better benefits and more time to spend with their families. Union contracts narrow the gender pay gap, provide protections from harassment on the job and preserve economic security for working families across the country.

Now is the time to fight back and defend the progress secured by past generations—from the textile mill workers in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Mary Harris “Mother” Jones to Dolores Huerta.

Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31

On February 26, 2018, the Supreme Court heard a case (Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31) brought by the rich and powerful who are trying to take away your freedom to join a union.

The American labor movement is a family that will not be pushed around or denied.  Working people pave the streets, drive the buses, educate our children, and are the first to respond in times of emergency.  Working families know best what is needed to build a better life for ourselves and our loved ones.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic
1968 strike in Memphis for better benefits, pay, and safety on the job marked by the poignant words: “I AM A MAN.”  Just like the AFSCME workers in Memphis 50 years ago, we will not back down from the struggle for justice. This past weekend, working people came together in cities all over the country to support the freedom of ALL people to join in union. Workers are fighting back against the attacks that further rig the economic playing field and jeopardize our freedom to join and win together.
Click here to get the facts about the Janus case.  Together, we can stand firm to unrig the system and build a better life for working families.

Each year,  OPEIU provides scholarship funds to assist members and associate members to further their higher education and career goals.  For each scholarship, click on the scholarship name for information and an application.

The Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to members or their children for undergraduate university or college education. The deadline for application submission was March 31, 2018.

The John Kelly Labor Studies Scholarship provides assistance to members or associate members, who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in labor studies, industrial relations, social science, or a related field. The deadline for application submission was March 31, 2018.

The Romeo Corbeil/Gilles Beauregard Scholarship Fund awards children of OPEIU members a chance to go to Summer Camp. The deadline for application submission is May 31, 2018.


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 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: 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.