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Welcome to the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29
OPEIU Local 29 is a dynamic, respected labor organization, dedicated to improving the working conditions of office, technical, professional and health care employees. We represent over 6,000 employees at more than 300 locations.  We participated with numerous other labor unions in the country through an unprecedented bargaining process that broke new ground in labor relations and established a model for health care with Kaiser Permanente. OPEIU 29 and OPEIU 3 membership voted overwhelmingly to approve the merger between the unions effective April 1, 2016.   The merger will continue to model the professional representation and collective bargaining for OPEIU members while advancing and strengthening the members’ economic, social and professional interests.  The merged unions share mutual goals and objectives and recognize the importance of representation, collective bargaining and organizing workers.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.  ~Charles Darwin

Bargaining Updates


Kaiser opened the latest round of bargaining with a proposal that falls short of what we expect from our Partnership. We all know that Kaiser has been making record profits — but they opened this session complaining “hard times” are ahead for the company. They then delivered a contract proposal that demands major cuts from us, including:

  • Copay increases to $20;
  • More outsourcing and automation of our jobs;
  • Lower pay, elimination of pensions, less time off — starting with new hires, then we’d be next.

Pride Parade with San Francisco Labor AFL CIO

Please join working families on June 30th to march in solidarity at the San Francisco Pride Parade.

Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 10 AM – 1 PM PDT

San Francisco Labor Council - 1188 Franklin St, Ste 203, San Francisco, California 94109

OPEIU 29 Returns to the National Bargaining Table

85,000 members of our Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions will resume negotiating our National
Agreement with Kaiser Management starting on April 17-19, 2019 -without preconditions! What
does this mean? It means our actions and our unity is working.

Kaiser illegally refused to bargain with our Coalition unless we signed off on an illegal new
partnership agreement, which would have limited our rights as union members to advocate for our
patients and ourselves. We knew that was wrong and we stood our ground, we stickered up,
picketed, and took legal action.

Our Hard Fought Local Contract Expires in 9 months.

Are You Ready to Do What it Takes to Preserve Your Contract?

Kaiser’s refusal to bargain the National Agreement is a clear indication we need to be fully prepared when our local contract expires on November 3, 2019.

Great Benefits, strong raises, job security, voice on the job. Focus on patient care. All of this could be
weakened or lost if Kaiser Executives have their way. Kaiser will be seeking to strip away what we have
worked so hard for over the years.



Our next General Membership Meeting will be held as follows:

DATE: Wednesday, July 17th , 2019
TIME: 6:30 P.M.
PLACE: Sheet Metal 104 Hall
1720 Marina Blvd
San Leandro CA 94577

Please join the Officers and Representative Staff of Local 29 and your Union sisters and brothers for our quarterly Membership Meeting. Membership meetings are a great way to get informed and to inform the Union of issues/matters that are important to YOU!
A light meal will be served. Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday, July 17th , 2019.

In Unity,

Tamara R. Rubyn
President/Business Manager

Kelly Gschwend

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OPEIU 29 Joins the ALC, SF Labor Council, San Mateo Labor Council and Oakland Federal Employees to Protest Government Shutdown.

Local workers among 800,000 nationwide are not getting paid during shutdown

What: Forty percent of the federal workforce - 800,000 employees nationwide - are not getting paid during the partial government shutdown that began at midnight Dec. 28. Bay Area members of the American Federation of Government Employees will protest at Oakland International Airport on Friday to highlight the impact the shutdown is having on workers, their families, and the nation.

When: Friday, January 25th 12 noon - 1:00 pm

Who: AFGE members affected by the shutdown who work at TSA, in other agencies and their allies. Participation is not in any official agency capacity.

Where: Oakland International Airport (OAK) 1 Airport Dr, Oakland, CA 94621 (Terminal 1)


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Union Rights are Under Attack —We’re Standing Up & Fighting Back!

In this first report, we find that by bargaining together through unions, California workers increase their earnings and have more access to health and retirement benefits, thereby reducing reliance on the state’s public safety net programs.

Key findings include:

  •  Workers covered by a union contract in California earn an average of 12.9% more than their non-union peers with similar ages and educational attainment working in similar industries.
  • Overall, a union contract increases an individual worker’s annual earnings by $5,800, for a combined total of $18.5 billion across California. In low-income regions like the San Joaquin Valley, the difference is more dramatic, increasing a worker’s earnings on average by $7,000 each year.
  • 670,000 more Californians have health insurance through their employer as a result of collective bargaining.
  • 830,000 more Californians are offered a retirement plan by their employer as a result of collective bargaining.

Read the full Report (PDF Format)

How To Keep Our Union Benefits

Open File

A message from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

 What we’re fighting for:

We are committed to negotiating the best possible National Agreement that protects all our benefits and
rights and includes economic improvements such as:

  • Strong raises – that are equal across regions
  • Increased pension multiplier and change pension hours
  • No takeaways on health plans
  • KP Washington with full National Agreement
  • Insourcing and the end of subcontracting

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What's New

Reasons Why You Should Appreciate Your Union:

  • Weekends
  • All Breaks at Work, including your lunch Break
  • Paid Vacation
  • FMLA
  • Sick Leave

For more information click here


Get Connected!

The new OPEIU app is a great way to stay connected to your union, learn more about your membership benefits, find links to OPEIU’s social media networks, and much more.

Available for free download for iPhones at the App Store and for Android devices at Google Play by searching 



Free Retirement Evaluation

OPEIU 29, in coordination with Union Retirement Solutions, is offering a free Retirement Evaluation. For the past 25 years, Union Retirement Solutions, your provider of Retirement Solutions, Insurance Services and Estate Planning, has been dedicated to providing union families with solutions for both asset protection and wealth creation. read more ...


Rising Stars Registration

Who are the L29 Rising Stars? 
OPEIU 29 Rising Stars have joined together to build a movement of young union workers 35 and under that are dedicated to educate and inform each other. The Rising Stars are the future of the union. 

OPEIU 29 Rising Stars have created a working committee to inform young workers about the union as it is today and to share strategies of where the union is going in the future. They have established a website where hundreds of young workers share information throughout the country. 

 For more information please call (510) 746.5960.

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Member Discounts

Tickets can be purchased online by using the following links. To access the passwords for the links please contact Sarah Paredes at (510) 746-5969 or Lily Munoz at (510) 746-5964 .  

Click here to view the Member Discounts (PDF Format)



Ratification Vote

Local 29 Meetings

General Membership Meetings: 
Third Wednesday of months January, April, July and October

Executive Board Meetings
First Wednesday of every month

Stewards Council
Second Wednesday of every month

Employment Opportunities

Interested members can call Sarah Paredes at
(510) 746-5969 to obtain access to the job posting.

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Union Plus Mortgages

Special Benefits


Contact Us

Oakland Main office 

7677 Oakport Street, Suite 480 

Oakland, CA 94621

Phone: 510.746.5960

Fax: 510.746.5977

San Francisco office 

1050 So. Van Ness Suite #201  

San Francisco Ca 94110



Organizing Department

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