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Sign the Petition for Safe Staffing at McLaren

Are you a McLaren Greater Lansing Employee who has had enough? Are you ready to stand with your co-workers against short-staffing, uncompetitive pay, and excessive mandatory overtime? Then read and sign the petition to the McLaren Executive Team. It only takes a minute. Now’s the time to make our voices heard. #Local459Unity

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Morrison Tentative Agreement Reached

POST Bargaining Team

Kendra Moore – Central Scheduling Charnell Hester – Same Day Surgery Alternates
Brenda Densmore – Surgery Scheduling Frances Rembert – EVS Anissa Lira – Lab
Frannk Fuentes – Plant Operations Heather Campbell – Sterile Processing Brittany Rodgers – 6 W Geropsych

Members in Action

OPEIU Members in Action 

Out next UNION PROUD winner is…. Ciara Kolansinksi

Ciara has been with Financial Plus Credit Union for six years. She is currently working at the Corunna Road branch as a full time FSR. She started as a teller at the main office and transferred to Fenton to start cross training as an FSR. She has worked at most of the branches either as her home branch or helped as the branches needed.

Ciara comes from a big family; she is one of six children. She has two adorable nephews and one niece. Ciara has the sweetest golden doodle named Alessi. 

In Ciara’s free time, she LOVES spending time with her friends & family and traveling. When she is not doing those things, she finds enjoyment in photography and taking daily vlogs.

Ciara is a PROUD Union member and had this to say “I love that I have a voice and that we can all come together. I appreciate everything the Union has done and continues to do” .

Ciara is a constant voice of Union support and solidarity. She always encourages new employees to join and is a huge support in the branch network.

Wanigas and Financial Plus Credit Union Merger

We are excited to announce the Wanigas Credit Union membership overwhelmingly approved the merger! 

We will legally merge on August 1st with Wanigas officially transitioning to “Wanigas Credit Union A Division of Financial Plus.” This partnership is something to celebrate and one that ensures we remain a highly competitive force! Our members will join and become over 80,000 strong with combined assets of $1.2 billion. In an industry that is continuously evolving, we’ll be stronger and better positioned together to serve our members for generations to come.

2022 OPEIU All-Regions Educational Conference

OPEIU will be holding a FREE virtual 2022 OPEIU All-Regions Educational Conference Sept. 30–Oct. 2 with the theme, “A New Model to Meet New Challenges.” We’ve scheduled the three-day session over a weekend to ensure maximum participation. The times of the conference will vary each day (subject to slight change):

Friday, Sept. 30: 3-6 p.m. EDT
Saturday, Oct. 1: 12-4:30 p.m. EDT
Sunday, Oct. 2: 1-3 p.m. EDT

Topics we’ll be covering include:

Challenging Trends in Bargaining, from management rights clauses to reproductive health care and losing ground to inflation

Exploring Four Criteria for Successful Organizing Campaigns, including ways to engage an apathetic workplace

Building Escalation Pressure Campaigns, including a discussion of how to prepare and build a credible strike threat

Steward Training, to strengthen commitment and understanding 

Workshops will include:

Utilizing Digital Organizing Strategies, highlighting best practices for building a digital organizing campaign, including managing social media and utilizing websites, email and text blasts

Media Training, exploring how to leverage the media to support campaigns and preparing to handle interviews like a pro

Mobilizing Around Grievances, to prepare for and win the CBA 

Identifying and Mentoring Leaders

And much more!

Please click the link below to register. A Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registered participants prior to the conference.

Latest News

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...

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

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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...