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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


American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Needs You!

Date: February 18, 2020

Our sisters and brothers at the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) need our help! On Feb. 25, postal workers and the communities they serve will be standing up for our public Postal Service. See below to learn how you can help protect one of America’s most cherished institutions.

The USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) passed the House of Representatives last week with a huge two-thirds majority.

A bipartisan vote of this size could not have happened without the work of hundreds of thousands of people just like you across the country. The message is clear. Our elected leaders must take the unfair prefunding mandate off of the back of the USPS.

Let’s savor this win, but we must remember there is more work to do. We need all of our strength to get the USPS Fairness Act’s companion bill, S. 2965 passed in the Senate. That’s why we are organizing a nationwide call-in day on Feb. 25.

Will you join the nationwide Senate call-in day on Feb. 25? Sign up here to be a part of this important action.

The infamous prefunding mandate was passed in 2006. It forces the USPS to pay now for retiree benefits as far as 75 years into the future. Passing this legislation in the House gets us closer to the goal of ending the manufactured financial crisis. But the work doesn’t end there.

On Feb. 25 we will flood the phones in our Senators’ offices and ask them to become a cosponsor of S. 2965.

Thousands of us called in during our initial day of action on H.R. 2382. Every member of the House of Representatives was contacted. Many Congresspeople signed on to the bill as a result.

We are confident we can duplicate that success and build support for S. 2965, but we need your help!

Will you join the nationwide Senate call-in day on Feb 25? Sign up here and then share it with your friends and family.

Together, we will secure a bright future for our public Postal Service.

US Mail Not For Sale
C/O APWU
1300 L Street
Washington, DC 20005


 

Our Newest Executive Board Member

Date: January 27, 2020


We want to take the time to introduce you to our newest Board Member. Santos Leon, of LA County Federation of Labor, was appointed to the Executive Board on October 8, 2019, to complete the term of Maria Yohman, who resigned. 

Santos, welcome!


THE 2020 OPEIU SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!!!

Date: January 27, 2020


SCHOLARSHIPS

Application Deadline is April 30, 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 OPEIU educational scholarships. All members are encouraged to apply. Full details, rules and applications can be found by clicking on the links below. Here is a listing of the scholarship opportunities:

All completed and signed applications must be received at the Secretary-Treasurer's office of the International Union, P.O. Box 1761 New York, NY 10113, no later than April 30, 2020. 


 

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.



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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.