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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




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.)



OPEIU Free College Benefit



OPEIU and Eastern Gateway Community College continue to offer you the chance to earn an online degree from an accredited school with no out-of-pocket expense. A college degree can be your pathway to new opportunities, greater responsibility, and more earning power.

The OPEIU Free College Benefit is a last dollar scholarship that fills the gap between the cost of tuition, fees and e-books at Eastern Gateway Community College and any federal, state or employer education grants for which you are eligible. Every member or retired member, as well as spouses, children, grandchildren, and dependents of OPEIU members, can earn a two-year degree online for free. Registration for the Summer and Fall terms is here.


Step 1: Complete your Application to EGCC (Click Here)

Step 2: Complete your FAFSA (Click Here)
EGCC School Code: 007275

Step 3: Submit proof of H.S. or GED completion (Click Here)
(Instructions Below)

Provide proof of High School graduation or GED completion.  Proof includes official or unofficial High School transcripts OR a copy of your diploma OR official college transcripts showing Associate Degree or higher.
Proof of graduation can be sent via:

Fax: 704-266-9928

Email: transcripts@egcc.edu

Mail: Office of Admission
Eastern Gateway Community College
4000 Sunset Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952

Once your transcripts are received, you can enroll for the Free College Benefit at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Program Descriptions (Click Here)

Call the EGCC Student Resource Center if you have any question: 888-590-9009


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.



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.