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3229 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, California 91107                                                          Office: (626) 577-5600 Facsimile: (626) 577-0100

OPEIU Scholarships

January 29, 2024

OPEIU provides scholarship funds, named in honor of two past OPEIU International Presidents who believed strongly in education and training. Both scholarships assist members and associate members to further their higher education and career goals.

Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to 20 members or their children for undergraduate university or college education.  For information and an application for the Howard Coughlin Memorial Scholarship, click here.

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. Eight scholarships (at least one per region) are awarded annually.  For information and an application for the John Kelly Labor Studies Scholarship, click here.

OPEIU Local 537 Dues Increase

January 16, 2024

Each year, the OPEIU International Union imposes Per Capita increases on each Local, and in turn, each Local is expected to pass along the increase to its members. With this in mind, please take a moment to remember this important message: the last time Local 537 increased dues on its members was February 1, 2019. For the past four years, the per capita increase has yet to be passed on to our members, as mandated by our International Union. This increase in the International Per Capita has been absorbed from our budget. We have experienced enormous legal fees due to our continuous fight with some of our employers. While Local 537 tries to minimize the costs to our members, we can no longer absorb the increase. Starting February 1, 2024, Local 537 will implement the monthly dues by $1.10; This $1.10 increase equates to approximately one cent (1¢) per working hour. We continue to strive to be able to enhance and expand the services we provide to you. This slight increase will allow us to continue providing the same level of quality and exceptional service that you've come to expect from us. We appreciate your understanding and support.  Please click the image above for details.

Wells Fargo Home Loan

October 21, 2022
Thinking about buying a home or refinancing your mortgage? As a local home mortgage consultant, Jonathan Sabbar can help you find financing that meets your needs. Call him at 213-688-3718.  He will work with you throughout the process, guiding you every step of the way.  Click here to go to the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Program website.

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson

April 7, 2022

OPEIU Applauds Senate Confirmation of Justice Jackson to SCOTUS

We applaud the Senate's swift confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court earlier today. As the first Black woman and first public defender to sit on the Supreme Court, Justice Jackson's confirmation is a milestone in the history of our nation. Throughout her confirmation hearings, Justice Jackson displayed a strong sense of integrity and intellectual vigor, despite attacks on her impressive credentials, leaving no doubt her nomination to the court was well-considered and well-deserved.

We congratulate her on her groundbreaking confirmation. With cases on the docket impacting workers' rights and the very future of our democracy, we are pleased to have a principled jurist like Justice Jackson sitting on our nation's highest court.


Donate to Help the People of Ukraine

March 6, 2022

People in Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, families have fled their homes seeking refuge in neighboring countries, and others are sheltering from bombs falling in major cities. Normal working life has been forced to stop. Trade Unions are supporting Ukraine. The ITUC’s Ukrainian member organizations FPU and KVPU are providing support to families who desperately need assistance. Trade unions in neighboring countries including Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova are supporting the increasing number of refugees.  If you wish to join the Trade Unions in support of the people of Ukraine, click here for further information.


Free College Benefit

May 20, 2021

OPEIU is pleased to offer the newest union benefit for all OPEIU members — the OPEIU Free College Benefit. Just as the name implies, OPEIU members and their families can now earn an associate degree completely free of charge.
With all the expenses that working families have to deal with these days, it’s good to know that meeting the costs of rising tuition and textbooks doesn’t have to be one of them. If you have children graduating from high school who are hoping to attend college or are looking for a way to advance your own career, the OPEIU Free College Benefit is here to help. Every OPEIU member or retired member, as well as spouses, children, grandchildren and dependents of OPEIU members, can earn a two-year degree online for free. You read that right — free college just for being an OPEIU member in good standing.

OPEIU has partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College to provide all members and their families access to their classes online. Eastern Gateway is an accredited, non-profit public institution with campuses serving eastern Ohio, but OPEIU members and their families can enroll in the distance learning program from anywhere in the country and earn a participating online associate degree and certificates with absolutely no out-of-pocket costs for tuition, fees or e-books.

Click here for more information.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Date: April 2, 2020

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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.