January 24, 2022
Who We Are


OPEIU Local 8 is a progressive, democratically run union working for social and economic justice since 1945. Local 8 represents more than 6,000 members all over Washington state working in many settings including offices, health and home care, housing, social services, the insurance industry, legal services and the public sector.
Local 8 members join together for health benefits and wages we can count on, for respect and dignity on the job, and for protections of our workplace rights. Local 8 also organizes non-union employees to raise standards for all working families, and to protect the hard-won rights and benefits of our current members.

Local 8 belongs to the 100,000 member strong Office and Professional Employees International Union, which is one of the larger AFL-CIO unions. However, members from Local 8 vote on our local leaders from the membership, vote on important union decisions at Membership Assemblies that are always voluntary and govern the union based on the desires of our local membership.

Local 8’s over 6,000 members work at  Group Health Cooperative; Providence Everett Medical Center; Trios Hospital; Sea Mar Community Health Centers; Solid Ground; City of Ellensburg;  Union and Law Offices; Willapa Harbor Hospital; King County; Seattle, Tacoma, Pierce County and Bremerton Housing Authorities; Valley Medical Center; Metropolitan Development Council; Northwest Immigrant Rights Project; Tri-Cities Community Health Center; Plymouth Housing Group; Cascade Regional Blood Center; Coastal Community Action Program;  Communitas; Waterfront Credit Union; Low Income Housing Institute; Senior Life Resources;  and many other workplaces all over Washington.