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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

Kickstarter Becomes First White-Collar Tech Company to Unionize

·        Funding-platform workers approve OPEIU as bargaining representative

·        Contract negotiations can begin for creative directors, designers

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter PBC became the first white-collar tech workforce to organize a union when the National Labor Relations Board certified the Office and Professional Employees International Union as the workers’ labor representative.

Accountants, creative content directors, and senior software designers were among the employees who voted, 47-36, for union representation, the NLRB said Tuesday after votes were counted in the agency’s Brooklyn, N.Y., office. Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects including films, games, music, art, design, and technology, had 88 employees eligible to vote.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time full-time, white-collar tech workers have organized an NLRB-sanctioned union. But it comes amidst an uprising of mass collective organizing and action across the tech industry—in white-collar jobs, blue-collar jobs, and across white- and blue-collar jobs,” said Veena Dubal, a University of California Hastings associate law professor.

“I think that this win for workers reflects two important things. One, it shows that white-collar workers in the tech industry can and will find ways to form collective structures to best reflect their needs and visions. And two, the win underscores the importance and promise of worker self-organizing in the tech industry,” Dubal added.

OPEIU Local 153 asked Kickstarter to voluntarily recognize the union, which was declined, prompting mail balloting that started Jan. 23.

“So many people worked incredibly hard to earn Kickstarter’s employees a seat at the table, and now they have one. Kickstarter is now a place for collective action through and through,” Clarissa Redwine, a former Kickstarter employee who helped organize the workforce and was terminated last fall, tweeted after the vote.

The vote means the union and company will start negotiations on a first contract. Kickstarter CEO Aziz Hasan said the company supports and respects the staff’s decision “and we are proud of the fair and democratic process that got us here.”

“We’ve worked hard over the last decade to build a different kind of company, one that measures its success by how well it achieves its mission: helping to bring creative projects to life. Our mission has been common ground for everyone here during this process, and it will continue to guide us as we enter this new phase together,” Hasan said.

The new Kickstarter United union said its goals are equitable compensation across all positions, creating equal pay for equal work, along with diversity and inclusion in hiring, professional growth, and product development.

Kickstarter, since launching in April 2009, has helped raise $4.8 billion to successfully fund 177,558 projects.

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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.

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How To Keep Our Union Benefits

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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

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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 .  

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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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Contact Us

Oakland Main office 

7677 Oakport Street, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: 510.746.5960
Fax: 510.746.5977

San Francisco office 

433 Natoma Street, Suite 220
San Francisco, CA 94103



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