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, Secretly Music Group, IATSE Training Trust Fund 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

Happy Memorial Day Local 174

  • 27 May 2024
  • Author: Mary Flynn
  • Number of views: 103

Today, as we honor Memorial Day, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. Their courage and sacrifice remind us of the profound debt we owe to those who have defended our freedoms.

As union members, we understand the importance of solidarity and standing together in times of need. Just as our fallen heroes stood together in defense of our nation, we stand united in our commitment to fairness, justice, and the well-being of all workers.

On this Memorial Day, let us not only remember those who have given their lives for our country but also reaffirm our dedication to building a future worthy of their sacrifice. Let us strive for a world where every worker is treated with dignity and respect, where fairness and equality prevail, and where the ideals of freedom and justice endure.

Today, we honor the past, but we also look forward with hope and determination. Together, as proud union members, we will continue to fight for a better tomorrow for all.

Save Big on Movies Tickets

  • 22 May 2024
  • Author: Mary Flynn
  • Number of views: 142
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OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program

Deadline June 30!

  • 21 May 2024
  • Author: Mary Flynn
  • Number of views: 115

All OPEIU members are eligible for the Student Debt Reduction benefit. This program provides five (5) awards of $2,500 each year to a member who has completed an associate or undergraduate
degree and who can demonstrate they have at least $10,000 in student debt and their account is current.

The application deadline is June 30. All applications must be signed by the Local Union President, Secretary-Treasurer or authorized officer before submission to the International Union.

To be eligible for this program an applicant must be:

  •  A member or an associate member of OPEIU in good standing on the date the application is submitted to their local union Must have completed an Associate Degree or Undergraduate
  • Degree program at a College, University or a recognized 
  • Technical or Vocational post-secondary school as a full-time or part-time student
  • Must demonstrate that applicant has at least $10,000 in outstanding student debt and is making regular student loan payments to a recognized student loan provider or debtor organization
  • Must submit documentation that student loan payments are up to date
  • Members who received an OPEIU Howard Coughlin scholarship award within the last five (5) years are not eligible for this program.

Five (5) $2,500 scholarships will be awarded in July of each year. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and comply with the Rules and Regulations as established by the OPEIU Executive Board.

Applicants are eligible to receive only one $2,500 lifetime award.

Each scholarship award shall be granted with a one-time payment of $2,500 to a recognized student-loan provider or debtor organization, or if not accepted by the debtor organization, the scholarship program may make an alternate arrangement with the awardee. All awards are taxable income to the awardee.

Each applicant must file an official OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Scholarship application.
Application forms must be endorsed by the Local Union President, Secretary-Treasurer or other authorized officer attesting that the member or associate member is in good standing. Such endorsement must be obtained before the application is submitted.

Application forms may be obtained at your local union office, the Secretary-Treasurer’s office of the International Union or from the OPEIU website at opeiu.org. Once logged into the site, click on OPEIU
Member Resources/OPEIU Membership Benefits link.

Applicants must provide proof (Copy of Associate Degree OR Copy of Undergraduate Degree) they have completed an Associate Degree or Undergraduate Degree program at a College, University or a
recognized Technical or Vocational post-secondary school as a fulltime or part-time student.

All applications are due in the Secretary-Treasurer’s office of the International Union no later than June 30.

OPEIU 174 Member at Universal Studios Hollywood Ratify New Contract through March 2028

  • 16 May 2024
  • Author: Mary Flynn
  • Number of views: 115

Ready to save on unlimited? We thought so!

  • 15 May 2024
  • Author: Mary Flynn
  • Number of views: 125
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OPEIU Local 174 Current Leadership  

Lupe Valles, President/Business Manager

Marcia Alvarez, Vice President/Business Representative 

Richard Rosen, Secretary Treasurer/ ex. Warner Bros. Operations. 

Michael Kanyer, Recording Secretary- Universal Studios 

Robert Kiel, ex. Trustee Sony Pictures

Jack McCrone, ex. MPIPHP

Mary Fujita, ex. Fox Studio Lot

Maria Smith, ex. Universal Television Network

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. 




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Online Due Payment

Local 174 Meetings

Third Wednesday on the months of January, April, July,  and October.

Member Benefits

Union Plus Mortgages



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Contact Us
Local 174 Office

3100 W. Burbank Blvd., Suite 203
Burbank, CA 91505
Telephone 818-842-5572 

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