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.


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Both the CEI-CMH Large Unit and CEI-CMH RN contracts have been ratified by an overwhelming majority of members.

The Large Unit vote was 230 yes and 26 no.  The RN vote was 24 yes and 1 no.

Please thank your negotiating team members:

Large Unit – Chief Steward Jami Slater – AMHS, Bethany Zimmerman – CSDD, Tonia Webster – AMHS, Paul Brooks – Families Forward, and Becky West – Administration.

Alternates – Brenda Howser – CSDD, Michell Salem – ITRS, Josh Corts – ITRS, and Ted Sinnaeve – Families Forward.

RN Unit – Angela Bevins – AMHS and Marsha Leek – ITRS.

Results from the Residential vote will be announced Monday, September 25th.

CEI CMHA Residential Contract Passes

The CEI CMHA Residential tentative agreement was overwhelmingly ratified. 

The valid ballots were 55 yes and 1 no vote. 

There were some issues with the in person voting and members not signing in therefore not all of those votes could be counted. The number of ballots that could not be counted was not sufficient to change the outcome of the vote.

Congratulations and please thank your Bargaining Team:

          Sara Jacob, Wayne Jeffrey and Marcus McKissic.

Congratulations to Daniel Gallagher for winning the OPEIU Local 459 50th Anniversary Artwork Contest! His winning artwork will be featured at this summer’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 29th.

Daniel works in Sterile Processing under our McLaren POST unit contract. His proud mother, Kerri Gallagher, works in the Vascular Lab under our McLaren TECH unit contract.

Daniel won $459 for his efforts! Congratulate him if you see him in the halls at MGL.

Latest News

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...

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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...

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TIC Ratifies 2-Year Agreement

The members at TIC ratified at 2-year agreement adding $1.25 to each new 24-month step scale (employees will be moved commensurate with their seniority on the scale; employees beyond the 2-year step will also receive an additional raise of $1.25 or 5% whichever is...

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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...