OPEIU Local 174 is taking measures to ensure the safety of our members. As such we have contacted all signatory studio employers and we have cancelled our April General Membership meeting due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the guidelines of the CDC OPEIU Local 174 is restricting visits to the union office on a temporary basis for the next two weeks. Business Representatives will continue to be available Monday through Friday via email and telephone so you can continue report any workplace complaints or concerns via email or telephone.

If you are sick, please do not come to the office to pay your dues. You can pay your dues online at OPEIU174.org or by mail. All new members applications can also be submitted by mail.

Lastly, please continue to follow us on Facebook for all updates.

Welcome to OPEIU Local 174

The Office and Professional Employees International Union was chartered in 1945 by the American Federation of Labor. At the time of its founding, the membership of the Union numbered 22,000.  The Union now counts 145,000 members and is one of the larger unions in the AFL-CIO. As it moves into its 57th year of chartered existence, the OPEIU has local unions functioning throughout the fifty states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia

The Union represents and bargains for both private and public sector professional and semiprofessional workers laboring in most of the major industries in the United States. The OPEIU is also affiliated with a number of state and national professional organizations.

OPEIU members work in industries varied as motion picture industry, banking, insurance, universities, shipping, hospitals and nursing homes, utilities, transportation, manufacturing, paper companies, hotels and many more. They are in positions as varied as computer programmers and operators, engineers, secretaries, nurses, accountants, attorneys, transit supervisors, security guards, bank tellers, administrative aides, quality control personnel, doctors, models, police and others.

Who We Represent:

OPEIU Local 174 is the Motion Picture Industry Union representing over 1700 workers employed in administrative support positions employed at Universal Studios, Uni Music Group, Universal Television, Fox Studios, Warner Bros Studios, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Motion Picture Health and Pension Plan,  Cinematographers Guild Administration and Walt Disney Enterprises

Opeiu Local 174 members have gained major through the collective bargaining process in:

Wage Increases, Medical Benefits, Pension Benefits, Overtime Pay, Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Representation, Grievance and Arbitration, Temporary Job Placement and Job Referral Service.

Latest News

Good News! You Can Still Enroll in OPEIU Medicare Advantage Plans Before Dec. 31

If you’re at or nearing 65, OPEIU has an exciting new option to help save you money and provide dependable health care benefits during your retirement.

OPEIU is pleased to offer our Medicare-eligible union retirees comprehensive Medicare Advantage plans through a trusted national partner, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. These plans are available exclusively to retired OPEIU members and their spouses/partners and cannot be found or bought on the open Medicare market. You'll be able to enroll in the plan until Dec. 31.



Contract Ratification Meeting for Universal Studios and Universal Television will be on Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please be sure the Local has your personal email address and you are current on your dues. Only members who are in good standing will be allowed to participate in this meeting. 

Current Negotiations: 

Secretly ongoing 1st contract for a new unit. 

Fox Studios discussions began on 12/2/21

MPI Scheduled to begin on 12/15/21

Universal Music Group to begin 1/ 11/21

Contract for the following have been extended to January 31, 2021:

Warner Bros. Theatrical January 31, 2022

Sony Pictures January 31, 2022

Warner Bros. Studio Facilities January 31,2022

Creative Professionals’ Priorities for FY 2022 Budget Reconciliation Process


2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

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Contract Negotiations: 

We are currently in bargaining with Secretly Services Inc.,  and we have had our first bargaining session with Universal City Studios LLP and Universal  Network Television. In that the studios have been in bargaining with the IATSE we have agreed to an extension of your current contract as follows: 

Universal City Studios 10/31/2021

Universal Network Television 10/31/2021

Motion Picture Pension and Health Plans 10/31/2021

Warner Bros. Theatrical November 30, 2021

Sony Pictures November 30, 2021

Warner Bros. Studio Facilities 10/31/21

Fox Studio Lot 10/31/2021

OPEIU Local 174 New Leadership working towards a NEW UNION! 

We would like to Thank Christine Page for all her years of service with OPEIU Local 174 as the President/Business Manager. 

Lupe Valles, President/Business Manager

Marcia Alvarez, Secretary Treasurer/Business Representative 

Christine Page, Vice President

Juan Guarduno, Recording Secretary- Universal Studios 

Robert Kiel, Trustee Sony Pictures

Richard Rosen, Trustee Warner Bros. Studio Facilities

Jessie Elias, Trustee Universal Music Group

Michael Kanyer, Ex Board Member at Large 

Isaac Guzman, Ex Board Member at Large, Universal Studios 

Local 174 is restructuring so that we can overcome the challenges in the rapid development and adoption of technology we are faced with in our industry. We must be able to adapt to these changes so it is important that Local 174 move towards the modern way of communications. In the near future, we will be moving towards the elimination of mailings and posting all membership meeting notices on the website. All activity happening in  your union will also be posted on the website so please be sure you visit www.opeiu174.org. for updates. We are  are also moving towards creating google platforms so you are aware of what is happening at the bargaining table .   

We are looking forward to partnering with you on changing the face of this Local by Organizing New Members and Mobilizing our Membership. Your involvement is crucial, so we are asking all members to be actively involved in Membership Meetings, Shop Steward Trainings, and Contract Bargaining Committees.  If you have not updated you personal email and phone number, please do so by filling out the contact information on this website. 



 OPEIU Local 174 General Membership Meeting will be held:
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6:30
IATSE Local 80
2520 W Olive Ave, Stage 1 
Burbank CA 

This meeting will also be on zoom for those who members who are unable to make the meeting. If you would like a zoom link to be sent to you please RSVP by contacting Michael Kanyer at Michael.Kanyer@opeiulocal174.org,  no later than Friday, October 17, 2021.

Sick or Quarantined

If you’re unable to work due to having or being exposed to COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Disability Insurance (DI) claim. DI provides short-term benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages due to a non-work-related illness, injury, or pregnancy. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect DI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

For guidance on the disease, visit the California Department of Public Health website.


If you’re unable to work because you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. PFL provides up to six weeks of benefit payments to eligible workers who have a full or partial loss of wages because they need time off work to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a new child. Benefit amounts are approximately 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and range from $50-$1,300 a week. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.

School Closures

If your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. Eligibility considerations include if you have no other care options and if you are unable to continue working your normal hours remotely. File an Unemployment Insurance claim and our EDD representatives will decide if you are eligible.

Reduced Work Hours

If your employer has reduced your hours or shut down operations due to COVID-19, you can file an Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim. UI provides partial wage replacement benefit payments to workers who lose their job or have their hours reduced, through no fault of their own. Workers who are temporarily unemployed due to COVID-19 and expected to return to work with their employer within a few weeks are not required to actively seek work each week. However, they must remain able and available and ready to work during their unemployment for each week of benefits claimed and meet all other eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals can receive benefits that range from $40-$450 per week.

The Governor’s Executive Order waives the one-week unpaid waiting period, so you can collect UI benefits for the first week you are out of work. If you are eligible, the EDD processes and issues payments within a few weeks of receiving a claim.



Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “compromise” to extend enhanced unemployment insurance by just one week is an insult to working people struggling to make ends meet. Call your senators today at (866) 832-1560 and tell them to protect working people and pass the HEROES Act.

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Local 174 Office
178 S Victory Blvd Suite 208
Burbank CA 91502 
Telephone 818-842-5572 
Fax 818-563-5494

Office Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM