Union News

Announcing OPEIU’s New Discount College Benefit

  • 24 July 2023

Dear OPEIU Members and Family:

Here is an update on recent developments regarding the OPEIU Free College Benefit, as well as introduction to an exciting opportunity for our union members and their families.

We understand there has been uncertainty surrounding the Free College Benefit for continuing students and are sad to say, due to a decision by the Department of Education, the benefit is no longer available to you and your family. While this may be disappointing news, we believe change often brings new and exciting opportunities.

Our new union college benefit option offers up to 50 percent discounted tuition rates and still applies to your federal grant awards to reduce your out-of-pocket costs even further.

OPEIU’s Discount College Benefit offers flexibility and numerous options for union members and their families to further their education. The program’s extensive network of colleges and universities is comprised of accredited institutions committed to providing discounted tuition rates to our union members and their families, ensuring accessibility and affordability for higher education. Whether you are interested in pursuing an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree, or are seeking to enhance your professional skills with undergraduate or graduate certificates, the program has a comprehensive range of more than 50 online degree programs and certificate offerings.

Tens of Thousands of Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente to Picket at 50 Facilities Over Unsafe Staffing, Patient Care Crisis

Coalition of 85,000 Frontline Workers is Calling on Kaiser to Make Significant Investments in Workforce as Contract is Set to Expire September 31

  • 14 July 2023
Tens of Thousands of Healthcare Workers at Kaiser Permanente to Picket at 50 Facilities Over Unsafe Staffing, Patient Care Crisis

OAKLAND, Calif. – Less than three months away from their contract expiration, tens of thousands of healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente will hold pickets to protest the short staffing crisis and its effects on patients and caregivers. The pickets will take place at 50 facilities across California, Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, and will start July 24 and run through July 29.

After three years of the COVID pandemic and chronic understaffing, healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente are calling on management to provide safe staffing levels. Caregivers say understaffed hospitals and clinics are unsafe and can lead to long wait times, mistaken diagnoses, and neglect, making it harder to give patients quality care.

MetLife Legal Plans at a reduced monthly fee

  • 14 July 2023

Need an attorney? Have an estate planning question? Now is the perfect time to ensure your legal affairs are in order – and Union Plus makes it easy and affordable!

With premium legal services available through MetLife Legal, you’ll have instant access to engage a network of more than 18,000 qualified attorneys for many common legal matters, such as creating a will or estate planning support. 

These services and many more are available at a reduced monthly fee…exclusively available to union members and their families!


Up to 35% car rentals for summer travel

  • 6 July 2023

Union members – get exclusive discounts on car rentals when you answer the call of the open road this summer! Book now to save up to 35%* off Avis or Budget base rates.



*Terms apply.

Happy Independence Day from OPEIU

  • 4 July 2023
Happy Independence Day from OPEIU

To Our OPEIU Family:

We hope you have a safe, relaxing and happy Fourth of July. As we celebrate this holiday with our loved ones, we're reminded of millions of our nonunion siblings working today — and the millions who have 0 days off in the world's wealthiest nation.

The power of a union contract makes the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness we celebrate today easier to access. As union members, let's strive to help spread the benefits of union membership to all working people.

In solidarity,

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Nicole Korkolis
Director of Communication,   Education and Research


Suzanne Fenech

Communication Specialist






Kyle Friend

Senior Communication Strategist





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​The Office and Professional Employees International Union was chartered in 1945 and​, with more than ​90,000 members, we’re one of the larger unions of the AFL-CIO. OPEIU has locals ​throughout the United States and Canada.

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