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Welcome to the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 39
The Office and Professional Employees International Union are office, technical and professional employees working together to improve our jobs and the lives of our families. OPEIU is the first, and largest, labor union in the United States and Canada dedicated to professional, technical and office workers. Local 39's organization begins with its members. We are a fighting, democratic union in Wisconsin and Illinois. We represent office/professional workers in credit union services, non-profits, tech, public services, utilities, universities, insurance, and much more. If you are looking to organize your workplace, organize with us!

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May 2020 25 May 2020

May 2020

COVID unmasks inequities that unions work to overcome - Message from the President

The COVID pandemic continues to effect daily life in ways that seemed unimaginable a few months ago. With the nationwide death toll expected to be more than 100,000 by June, the number of unemployed Americans exceeding 35 million and tens of millions more working on the front lines caring for sick, working at grocery stores, maintaining supply chains and keeping other essential services going, the crisis has demonstrated how fragile and unequal our nation’s economic and social systems are.

 “We may all be in the same storm, but that doesn’t mean we’re in the same boat.” It’s a phrase I’ve heard often these last few weeks and it provides an honest perspective on the enormous, sometimes painful inequities this pandemic has revealed.
7 April 2020

Apply now for 2020 OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program. Full details, rules and applications can be found at under the Member Resources/Union Benefits link, as well as on the OPEIU app*.

OPEIU will provide five awards of $2,500 to OPEIU members who have at least $10,000 in student debt and are able to prove their account is current. A member can receive an award only once in a lifetime and must have completed an associate or undergraduate degree.

Visit to apply today!

*Download the free OPEIU app for iPhones at the App Store and for Android devices at Google Play by searching OPEIU.


Special update about filing for Unemployment in WI 23 March 2020

Special update about filing for Unemployment in WI

Governor Tony Evers today announced he is ordering the closure of all non-essential businesses starting Tuesday and urging people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

If you or a family member are affected by these new business closures you may be eligible to receive compensation for a portion of lost wages under Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance. 

Governor Evers previous Emergency Order waived work search requirements during the declared emergency. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is in the process of making necessary updates. Meantime, no action is necessary by claimants regarding work search.