Local 459 is a labor Union for white collar workers. It is dedicated to improving the work life of its members and the community. Local 459 has more than 2,700 members who work throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan.


It is part of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU). OPEIU has more than 100,000 members and is part of the AFL-CIO.


Local 459 is a democratically run organization owned and operated by its members. It was formed in 1973 with 25 members and has grown ever since.


Local 459 is affiliated with the Michigan AFL-CIO, the South/Central Labor Council, the Flint Labor Council, the Kent/Ionia Labor Council, the Traverse Bay Labor Council, and the Metropolitan Detroit Labor Council.


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Local 459 staff contact information

Sharon Taylor

staylor@local459.org or


Jeff Fleming – ext 121


Lance Rhines – ext 123


Ronda Ackerson - ext 115


Lois Davis-Thomas - ext 122


Naudia Fisher - ext 119


Kerry Miller - ext 124


Kristen Silvers - ext 118


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Now Accepting applications for the following positions

Service Representative







Constitutional Changes

The Local 459 Constitution was last amended in February of 2017. Since that time, many changes have occurred with the OPEIU International Constitution. The Executive Board believed that there were enough changes that it warranted a review of the Local 459 Constitution. A committee of staff and Executive Board members spent several months reviewing the Constitution line by line. The changes were reviewed with the entire Executive Board who unanimously voted to recommend the changes outlined in the link below. You can access the full article sent to the membership by clinking on the newsletter link to the left. All voting for these changes will be done via US mail due to the current pandemic. Members may contact the Local 459 office to request an absent voter ballot. They must do so no later than June 8, 2021. Members will be mailed ballots to their home at that time. You must follow the instructions included with the ballots to ensure that your vote is confidential. All ballots must be returned via the US Postal Service not later than July 13, 2021. Ballots may not be dropped at the Local 459 office. If you have any questions about the proposed changes or the voting process, please feel free to call the Local 459 office or send an email to me at staylor@local459.org

Click here to view the Constitution with proposed changes

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 OPEIU Student Debt Reduction Program. Full details and applications can be found at OPEIU.org 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 OPEIU.org to apply today!