By Evan Henerson
As 2020 came to an end, Local 11 staff member Tina Beaudreau notched a unique double milestone.
On December 29, she received an award for her 40-year membership with OPEIU. The date was significant because it also marked the 40-year anniversary of Beaudreau’s hiring at Local 11 in 1980. Then a few weeks into 2021, Local 11 got in on the action, giving Beaudreau a certificate of appreciation for 40 years of service to the members of Local 11 and recognizing her as an honorary member of the local.
Want some more numbers? During her tenure at Local 11 – during which she has worked in the dues office and in dispatch – Beaudreau has overlapped with six different business managers, six administrations and countless elections.
And how about the number of members with whom she has interacted?
“Millions probably,” Beaudreau said with a laugh. “I worked in dues for 32 years. We used to have cards that we would put into a microfiche reader with a magnetic strip, and that’s how we would keep track of dues payments. Seeing the change from simple automaton to a fully automated computer system has been amazing.”
A native of Michigan, Beaudreau moved to Orange County when she was 2 and has lived in Anaheim since she graduated high school. Professionally, she joined the Local 11 dues office in 1980 and, four years later, became the dues supervisor. In 2013, she moved to the dispatch office where she has been working ever since, while occasionally helping in the Business Manager’s office. Her various positions have put Beaudreau in contact with Local 11 members through the entire trajectory of their careers.
“I’ve loved helping the members, seeing them from when they start their careers as apprentices to when they retire,” said Beaudreau. “It’s gratifying helping them fill out the paperwork for retirement and knowing that all of that hard work is finally paying off for them.”
When she helps the apprentices fill out their applications, Beaudreau reminds them of the importance of establishing good work habits right out of the gate.
“I tell them that in the 40 years I have been working here, I have been late to work twice,” she said. “That was back in the 1980s and everyone in my department was even later. One of the secretaries had the nerve to say something to me, and I said, ‘Really? I’m never late. You know that’ and I’m still never late.”
“It’s a great organization,” she said of Local 11. “This is a whole career I have spent working here. I feel very lucky that I got this time.”