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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 


 

Help is Available for Union Members

Date: March 25, 2020


 

The current health crises has impacted every part of our lives and devastated our most vulnerable communities. To help our fellow union members in need, we are holding one of the largest food drives in our history with plans to feed up to 2,000 families. Click here to register for our food distribution today.

If you would like to volunteer for our event, please click here.

 


A Message from Our International President

Date: March 19, 2020

Sisters and Brothers:

As the United States and nations throughout the globe are facing concerns related to the new coronavirus known as COVID-19, I feel it's important to speak directly to all OPEIU members and share the following information.

OPEIU is taking very seriously this pandemic and its impact on our members and the industries in which they work. We are working with our local leaders throughout the country to put in place protocols to ensure we best serve our members and your needs during this crisis. We are also following directives given to businesses and organizations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). OPEIU staff and leadership have taken several steps to limit potential exposure, including instituting a travel ban and restrictions according to potential geographic threat levels, restrictions on modes of transportation, and the instituting of a remote work policy when possible.

We also are currently seeking resources to help our members deal with pressing financial concerns such as credit counseling, and mortgage and rent relief and will provide those resources on our website in the very near future.

We also will be pressing both federal and state governments to adopt measures that protect the health and safety, as well as the financial security of working people, including paid sick leave. And, as a union representing more than 14,000 nurses and healthcare professionals, we are working with the OPEIU Nurses Council (ONC) to push for measures that protect the health of those working on the front lines of our healthcare system.

For now, there are a number of steps that everyone can take to keep yourself safe and help stop the spread of the virus, including these basic hygiene practices recommended by the CDC:

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or cloth when you sneeze or cough, or use your elbow. Dispose of the tissue immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Also, please follow all guidelines issued by your state and local governments, particularly in the nation's hot spots, such as New York, Washington state and California.

OPEIU has posted a number of resources on our website at OPEIU.org under the COVID-19 section. Included are current recommendations of the CDC and WHO. We will continue to update this information as it becomes available.

Thank you all for the caution you're showing to keep yourself, families and co-workers safe during this very difficult and uncertain time. Your union is standing beside you and your family, and is working to protect you and our nation's economy.

In solidarity,

Richard Lanigan
President

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Important Information for our Members

Date: March 13, 2020


OPEIU Local 537 is taking measures to ensure the safety of our members. As a result, we have contacted our signature employers and have canceled our General Membership meeting due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We want our members to work in a healthy and safe environment. A copy of the memo located to the left has been emailed to you.

Kaiser Permanente has provided an informational flyer, located on this website, with recommendations to help you protect yourself and your family. 


Information from Kaiser Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Date: March 11, 2020

We all have been inundated with news related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Kaiser Permanente has provided an informational flyer that we are sharing with you to answer some questions that you may have and provide you with some ideas to help protect you and your family. 


 

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.


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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.