Local 459 is a labor Union for white collar workers. It is dedicated to improving the work life of its members and the community. Local 459 has more than 2,700 members who work throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan.


Union member benefits and resources

Need a Union?

Steps to form a union where you work

Your Contract

Explore your bargaining agreements


Resources, training, and your rights as a Shop Steward

Members in Action

OPEIU Members in Action 

POST LOU Increases Wages to a Minimum of $15

By Rick Bailey, POST Chief Steward

OPEIU Local 459 entered into an agreement with McLaren Greater Lansing (MGL) regarding the minimum starting wage for all POST bargaining unit employees. This Letter of Understanding (LOU) was effective June 19, 2022.

After discussions between Local 459 representatives and MGL, the parties reached an agreement stating that the employer will raise all POST employee’s wages whose wages are under $15.00/hr. to the next step in the current CBA to bring them up to at least $15.00/hr. This means that 50 POST employees (all bargaining unit members) will receive the wage increase!

In addition, MGL also agreed to offer the same terms of this LOU to all newly hired POST bargaining unit employees for the duration of the current collective bargaining agreement that expires on December 31st of this year. This means all POST bargaining unit members will be earning at least $15.00/hr.

OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program

The OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program is currently available to members in good standing for the last 12 out of 14 months when the application is submitted.

Applicants must have completed an Associate or Undergraduate Degree Program at a college, university, recognize technical or vocational post-secondary school.

The applicant must also have at least $10,000 in outstanding student debt and be making regular student loan payments to a recognized student loan provider.

Application deadline is June 30, 2022.

Complete the attached application and submit to the Local 459 office for the President’s signature.  You may submit via fax (517-887-8848) or email (rackerson@local459.org).

Latest News

Tell the Red Cross: Front-line heroes deserve a fair contract

American Red Cross employees are everyday heroes. They have stepped up time and time again, putting themselves at risk during the pandemic to keep their communities and donors safe and healthy. At times, they weren’t even provided adequate personal protective...

read more


Nov 2020 – Apr 2021 Newsletter

Vote Yes on Proposed Constitutional Changes The Local 459 Constitution was last amended in February of 2017. Since that time, many changes have occurred with the OPEIU International Constitution. The Executive Board believed that there were enough changes that it...

Quick Benefits

Union Made Products