Board of Directors

2016-2018 Board of Directors

To learn more about each member of your 2016-2018 Board of Directors, click on the individual names below. If you would like to communicate with any of your Board members via email, just click on their name and a link will be provided on the Board member’s photo.

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Executive Director Brian Rudiger
President Steve Demarest
Vice President Mike Scott
Secretary-Treasurer Mary Stewart
Immediate Past President Rob Sisk

 

SECTOR BOARD SEATS

Sector 1 Higher Ed Director Rob Fullmer
Sector 1 Higher Ed Assistant Director Theodora Ko Thompson
Sector 2 Human Services Director Rhonda Morgan
Sector 2 Human Services Assistant Director Andromeda Carmona
Sector 3 ODOT Director Craig Johnston
Sector 3 ODOT Assistant Director Micki Varney
Sector 4 Specials Director Susan Kay Mundell
Sector 4 Specials Assistant Director Keary DeBeck
Sector 5 Institutions Director Dan Smith
Sector 5 Institutions Assistant Director Debra Mitzel
Sector 6 Local Government Director Sara Campos
Sector 6 Local Government Assistant Director LaTricia Straw
Sector 7 Private NonProfit Director Benjamin Gerritz
Sector 7 PNP Assistant Director Shaun Notdurft
Sector 8 Client-Home Provider Director Rebecca Sandoval
Sector 8 Client Home Provder Assistant Director Diana Lobo
Sector 9 Nursing Home Director SL Grace
Sector 10 Child Care Director Natalie Jackson
Sector 10 Child Care Assistant Director vacant
Sector 11 Adult Foster Care Director John Grimm
Sector 11 Adult Foster Care Assistant Director Roxanne Hazen

 

REGIONAL BOARD SEATS

Name
Region 1/Central Valley: Marion & Polk Counties Directors Gina Mason, Kathleen Lamar, Blake Whitson
Region 1/Central Valley: Marion & Polk Counties Asst. Directors Betty Holladay, Lynn Beaton
Region 2/South Valley: Benton, Lane, Lincoln & Linn Counties Directors Leonora Rianda, John Taylor
Region 2/S. Valley: Benton, Lane, Lincoln & Linn Counties Asst. Directors Brandy Aguirre
Region 3/SW Oregon: Coos, Curry, Douglas & Josephine Counties Director Maleta Christian
Region 3/SW Oregon: Coos, Curry, Douglas & Josephine Counties Asst. Director Bobbie Sotin
Region 4/Southern Oregon: Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, Malheur and Payette (ID) Counties Director Bob Sexton
Region 4/Southern Oregon: Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Harney, Malheur and Payette (ID) Counties Director Kimberly Cole
Region 5/Eastern & Central Oregon: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Jefferson, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco & Wheeler Counties Director Dan Icklan
Region 5/Eastern & Central Oregon: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, Jefferson, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco & Wheeler Counties Asst. Director Helen Moore
Region 6/Multnomah & Clackamas Counties: Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Clark & Cowlitz (WA) Counties Directors Emily Gothard, Mary Hubert-Godwin, Taylor Bacon
Region 6/Multnomah & Clackamas Counties: Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, Clark & Cowlitz (WA) Counties Assistant Directors Anna Young
Region 7/Northwest Oregon: Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington & Yamhill Counties Director Elsa Tzintzun
Region 7/Northwest Oregon: Clatsop, Tillamook, Washington & Yamhill Counties Assistant Director Roxana Peter Camacho

 

Retiree Local 001 President Greg Ledbetter
Retiree Local 001 Vice President James Jacobson

 

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Board of Directors Reports: January 2017

The SEIU 503 Executive Committee endorsed the United Front Against the Trump Agenda Rally through a resolution and $503 contribution.

Gov. Brown joined the Board meeting to discuss the future of Oregon, and her commitment to working people’s issues like access to health care, and the availability of “birth to career” education.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee has begun to transfer all assets from Morgan Stanley to Scott Wealth Management, a local investment company. The Finance Committee is in the early stages of developing a more robust investment strategy that reflects the future needs and threats to members’ organization..

The Board voted (based on the recommendation of the Finance Committee) to allocate $503,000 to the Strike and Job Protection Fund (this is typical of a bargaining year) to support the bargaining efforts of the 90% of SEIU 503 members who are negotiating their contracts this year..

Portland Central America Solidarity Committee:  $250

KPOV: $1590

AFRAM: $503

Jobs With Justice Join the Resistance party: $503

Faith Labor Breakfast: $240

Political Report

The federal political outlook for working families is grim. The challenges before us immediately include:

  •      Repealing the Affordable Care Act (which could have an especially damaging impact in Oregon because of the K-Plan and long-term care waivers, both of which would disproportionately affect Oregonians with disabilities)
  •      Agency and Supreme Court appointees
  •      Immigration (Oregon is a sanctuary state by state statute)
  •      Labor policies

We’re also facing an uphill battle in the Oregon legislative session. Many Senate and House Republicans are focused on challenging the leadership of the Speaker and the Governor, with an eye toward the 2018 gubernatorial election.

While the need for services is great (and growing), Oregon is facing a major budget shortfall. Meanwhile, Oregon families pay for 95 percent of state services: Corporations cover less than 5 percent. For this reason, one of our Union’s top priorities going into session is revamping our state’s revenue.

Some options for revenue include: Hospital/health care provider tax, cigarette/inhalants tax, and ending tax credits. While these would be steps in the right direction, there is also a need for even bolder reform. In order for these changes to happen, 503 members need to make revenue the front-and-center issue in Ways & Means townhalls, in district, and throughout session.

On defense, SEIU 503 members are also facing challenges to PERS (several damaging proposals are already on the table); and minimum wage, retirement security, and sick day carve-outs.

On offense, SEIU 503 will also continue to lead through the Fair Shot Coalition to help make Oregon a more vibrant and just state. The coalition’s legislative priorities include addressing the housing crisis, further steps to end profiling, paid family and medical leave insurance, Cover All Kids (healthcare), and Reproductive Health Equity.

In It Together

Fighting back, moving forward: Because of the challenges ahead—including the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid K-Plan, a projected cut to Federal funding, and a sizeable state budget shortfall—our bargaining strategy will need to be different than in the past. It’s more crucial than ever that SEIU 503 members get involved in the 2017-2019 bargaining campaigns by letting their legislators know we must have a budget that works for all of us, and that requires essential revenue. Workers across the state will have opportunities to engage their legislators from their home districts and places of work in new ways.

New Organizing

SEIU 503’s New Organizing department is focusing on organizing Oregon’s group homes. In addition to traditional worksite organizing, SEIU 503 leaders have been advertising through traditional and social media, and are advocating for the following policy proposals:

  •      Enhancing “Three Choices” legislation to ensure that one option is independent living
  •      Wage pass-through for Direct Support Professionals for $15/hour
  •      Improved staffing ratios
  •      Increasing transparency and enforcement
  •      Increased license fees and inspections

Past Presidents at General Council

The Board passed a resolution accepting the legal analysis that Bylaws Article IX, Section 3(b)—the provision allowing past presidents to be permanent voting General Council delegates—is null and void. Because adopting alternative status for past presidents would require a Bylaws change, the General Council will vote on the matter in the coming year.

New Business

  •      The Board voted to endorse Christopher Hoy in the Salem City Council Ward 6 special election.
  •      The Board voted to endorse labor history event at the University of Oregon (no financial contribution).
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Board of Directors Report: November 2016

Finance Committee Report

In the interest of saving money on fees and disinvesting from companies that don’t have workers’ interest at heart, the Finance Committee is moving SEIU 503’s strike fund from Morgan Stanley to Scott Wealth Management. One year trial, with an RFP going out.

Funding Requests. The Board voted to approve the following expenditures:


Political Report

The results of November’s national and state election offered glimmers of hope as well as many reasons for concern for working Oregonians.


National Election

The news was dominated by the alarming election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States.  We still don’t know exactly what his election will bring since, as a candidate, Mr. Trump often skirted substantive policy discussion and changed positions on domestic and foreign policy with regularity.

 

There are, however, several cornerstones that give us hints where his presidency may focus early on:

 

  • Jobs and Trade. Many political analysts have cited Trump’s promise to restore jobs as his key to winning the “Rust Belt” of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin—and ultimately, the election.  We hope he will deliver on keeping jobs in the U.S. and ending the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  Unfortunately, Trump has also advocated for the failed policies of union-busting and attacked much-needed hikes in the minimum wage; we must be prepared to advocate through our national union on these issues.
  • Anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim policies. Racist, anti-Muslim rhetoric was a major theme throughout Trump’s campaign. Trump’s defining issue has been attacking undocumented immigrants and people of the Muslim faith. His most memorable  campaign promises—to deport millions of immigrants (therefore splitting up millions of families), to build a wall on the United States’ southern border, to ban people of the Muslim faith—would split our already divided country even further.
  • Anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ statements and policies. Trump has called for rolling back marriage equality, overturning Roe vs Wade and then “punishing” women who have abortions, and has engaged in abhorrent speech and actions towards individual women.

 

SEIU 503 members stand with all members, particularly those in communities that have been targeted by the hateful rhetoric of this campaign. We will stand alongside and aid the most targeted and vulnerable among us, including immigrants, muslims, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and women, among others. In short: We will continue to work for a vibrant and just society where all people are treated with dignity.

 

Oregon Election

Locally, SEIU members helped bring home victories in 48 of the 63 state and local races in which members made endorsements, including statewide officials Governor Kate Brown, Treasurer Tobias Read and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. We can be especially proud of  SEIU 503 member Teresa Alonso Leon’s election to the Oregon House, the first Latina immigrant to win such an office. These victories will provide a real opportunity to pass legislation that gives all Oregonians a fair shot to get ahead.

 

Despite the disappointing loss on Measure 97, we believe we are closer to much-needed revenue reform today than we were a year ago. We have shined a light on the fact that Oregon has the lowest corporate taxes in the nation while our schools and public services are chronically underfunded. We will take this issue into the 2017 legislative session and beyond.

 

Our local and statewide wins on Tuesday are a step forward for our union, and they belong to each and every member who made it a reality. Together, we mobilized members to get involved in unprecedented numbers – SEIU members put in more than 670 volunteer shifts phoning and canvassing, and had more than 72,000 conversations with voters statewide. We turned out people in our communities to vote by talking to them on the phone, at home, and in their worksites, and we registered 2681 members to vote, increasing registration by 6 percent.

 

Moving forward, SEIU 503 members will continue build a better Oregon by fighting against the Trump agenda, strengthening our union and building revenue for our state. Key to this will be passing the Fair Shot agenda, which will hold a campaign relaunch on December 1.

 

Board Business

 

Executive Committee election. Board Directors elected Directors Mary Hubert Godwin, Sara Campos, and Blake Whitson to the Executive Committee. The committee is composed of these three elected Directors plus the five statewide officers (Executive Director, President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Immediate Past President).

 

2017 Board Meeting Schedule. Board meetings will be held 9am-5pm on the following days at SEIU 503 Headquarters in Salem:

  • January 21
  • March 11
  • May 20
  • July 15
  • September 9
  • November 18
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Board of Directors Report: September 2016

Political Report

Measure 97: The campaign to pass Measure 97 is on the path to victory! Non-partisan organizations —including the Citizen Initiative Review Committee, League of Women Voters and the City Club of Portland—have endorsed Measure 97, and polling remains strong. Our message—comparing the need to fund services with the fact that Oregon is dead last in the nation in corporate taxes—is proving to be very effective with voters. Click here to volunteer to help get the word out about Measure 97!

Fair Shot 2017 Legislative Agenda: After seeking input from all coalition partners, the Fair Shot Coalition has announced its 2017 legislative agenda: end profiling, paid family and medical leave, housing, health equity (including comprehensive women’s health care, basic health plan, and Cover all Kids). The agenda will be launched publicly after the fall election.

Beaverton Public Safety Center Bond Measure: The new center will be built to critical facility safety standards, replacing a building that is not, to ensure the city’s emergency response functions are intact in case of natural and other disasters. The Board voted to endorse the Beaverton City Council bond measure at the request of City of Beaverton members.

Portland Affordable Housing Bond Measure: Portlanders are currently experiencing spiraling increases in rent while renter household incomes can’t keep pace. The Board voted to support a bond measure that would allow the City of Portland to issue up to $258,400,000 in general obligation bonds. The money from the bonds would be used to build new affordable rental housing and to purchase existing market-rate buildings which would be converted to affordable housing for low-income households and to prevent displacement of people residing in the units.

Finance Committee Report

The Board voted to make a $1503 contribution to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (North Dakota) encampment opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Board approved the following expenditures:

 

In It Together to Win for Workers

Bargaining Report: Both Jackson County and the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) members continue their fight at the bargaining table, with Jackson County acting as an incredibly anti-union employer having pushed bargaining into mediation. Board members filled out cards of support for LCOG members. They are also asking other SEIU 503 members to join them in calls to Jackson Co. Administrator Danny Jordan (541-774-6035) for fair terms for our Jackson County members. Bargaining also continues for PSU Police (now with TA), Oregon Public Broadcasting, Parry Center, and Avamere Assisted Living Facilities. Members recently settled contracts with the City of Tigard, Linn County, Marion County, Basin Transit System and City of Springfield.

Oregon CareWorks: Oregon CareWorks is a coalition of care providers—both paid and unpaid—and consumers of care (families, seniors and people with disabilities) working together to change the way we care for each other in Oregon. The coalition will work to address issues such as unaffordable child care, our aging population, underfunded services for people with disabilities and underpaid or unpaid care providers.

With the Oregon senior population set to increase 57% from 2009 to 2020 and only 13% of Americans having access to paid parental leave, it’s more important than ever to have a vehicle for real change. The focus of the campaign is:

  • Highlight the value of caregiving
  • Expand access and affordability
  • Ensure a voice on the job
  • Hold facilities and agencies accountable for quality care.

 

Board Administration

The Board passed a resolution to support Tenants’ Rights in Portland.

The Board endorsed a resolution for a $15 minimum wage at Portland State University.

The Board voted to mail a ballot to members of the General Council for bylaw change to correct an outdated provision regarding the timeline for the election of the BOD’s Executive Committee.

General Council 2016 Member Planning Committee Report was distributed to the Board in its packet, including summary of online evaluations and that of discussion by the committee. While in the past many delegates said not enough time was spent on the resolution process as opposed to general program, evaluation results this year showed the majority of delegates thought a greater or equal time was spent on resolutions. Overall, presentations were a hit and many delegates reported walking away from a fun and exciting event, inspired and energized.

The Board voted to re-elect the current Executive Committee Board members until the next Board is installed in November.

Next Board of Directors’ Meeting: Sat. Nov. 19, 9 a.m., 2016, Portland SEIU 503 Ballroom

Next Finance Committee Meeting: Fri. Nov. 18, place and time TBD

 

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Statewide Officer and Board Candidate Statements

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Board Report: June 2016

Winning in 2016

2016 election

November is right around the corner, and Oregonians are turning our focus to national, state and local elections. With four statewide offices in play—governor, secretary of state, treasurer and attorney general—the upcoming campaign season will prove to be a busy one. Our union will have an especially strong focus on Oregon House of Representative races this November, with many open seats in highly contested districts. We will continue to focus on supporting champions of working families.

Ballot measures will also be vitally important this November. With anti-worker initiatives having been dropped from the ballot, our union will be focusing resources on passing Measure 97, formerly known as IP 28 or A Better Oregon. This measure will increase the corporate minimum tax for the largest corporations doing business in Oregon — C Corporations with more than $25 million gross in Oregon sales, and could generate as much as $3 billion to invest in schools, health care, and senior services.

Oregon Care Works

Oregon Care Works is a new coalition of care providers—both paid and unpaid—and consumers of care (families, seniors and people with disabilities) working together to change the way we care for each other in Oregon. The coalition will work to address issues such as unaffordable child care, our aging population, underfunded services for people with disabilities and underpaid or unpaid care providers.

With the Oregon senior population is set to increase 57% from 2009 to 2020 and only 13% of Americans having access to paid parental leave, it’s more important than ever to have a vehicle for real change. The focus of the campaign is:

  • Highlight the value of caregiving
  • Expand access and affordability
  • Ensure a voice on the job
  • Hold facilities and agencies accountable.

Fair Shot

After an immensely successful 2015 legislative session that saw the passage of all five of Fair Shot’s policy priorities, the Fair Shot coalition is working to set its agenda for the 2017-2019 legislative session. The coalition accepted organizations’ proposals for legislative agenda items through June 27. Some issues that are being considered are: basic health plan, affordable housing, comprehensive women’s healthcare, end profiling, restoring a fair work week, wage theft, Cover All Kids, end prison building, and paid family leave.

In It Together

UO victory: In early May, housing and food service members at UO – many of whom are student workers – received an email from administration advising them that beginning next September, they would be charged for meals that were once provided as a benefit of the job. This could potentially offset wages for these members, typically the lowest paid on campus, by nearly $1000 per year. The administration has since agreed to maintain the meal program as is and bargain the issue in 2017.

Homecare workers reach agreement on overtime: Since the federal Department of Labor ruled that homecare workers are covered by overtime laws, our SEIU bargaining team has been negotiating with DHS for an implementation that is fair to workers, without putting services to our consumers at risk. Now, after seven months of bargaining, we have reached an agreement with the State.

Over the course of seven months, thousands of us—workers and consumers alike—have joined together in union to demand that the State bargain a more fair and responsible hours cap, and our collective action worked! Workers will receive overtime pay retroactive to January 1, 2016—which means over 32 million dollars going into homecare workers’ pockets!

Administrative Policies & Procedure (AP&P) amendments and General Council (GC) Resolutions

The Board voted to endorse the following General Council resolutions:

  • Replacing “this document” with “these Bylaws” in SEIU Local 503’s Bylaws (authored by Governing Documents Review Committee – GDRC)
  • Replacing “will” with “shall” in SEIU Local 503’s Bylaws (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to Membership, Article III (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to Article VI, Misconduct of Members (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to Article IV, Sub-Locals (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to Article VII, Responsibilities of Officers and Directors (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to Article XVII, Committees (authored by GDRC)
  • Rules Committee (authored by GDRC)
  • Member Representation Committee (authored by GDRC)
  • Article XVII – Finance Committee (authored by GDRC)
  • Removal of Article XVIII (authored by GDRC)
  • Removal of Article XXIV, and references to Trusteeship (authored by GDRC)
  • The Union’s Elections Process (authored by GDRC)
  • Removal of Article XX  (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to Article XXVIII (authored by GDRC)
  • Streamlining Back-office Accounting (authored by various members of CFF)
  • Changes to Appendix 1 (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to AP&P Article XXI through GC resolution (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to AP&P Article XXVI through GC resolution (authored by GDRC)
  • Changes to AP&P Article XXVII through GC resolution (authored by GDRC)
  • Continuing to work for a Fair Shot For All (authored by Secretary-Treasurer Rebecca Sandoval)
  • 15 and a Union (authored by Alice Redding)
  • Standing Strong in November and Beyond (authored by various Board Directors)

Finance Committee Report

Income remains healthy, reinforced by increases in membership , and we are operating within the FY2016 budget. We also continue to pursue cost savings and efficiency steps in the interest of spending our money in the most effective manner to keep our union financially and organizationally strong.

The Board approved the following expenditures:

The Board reviewed the preliminary draft Fiscal Year 2017 budget as presented by the Finance Committee.

The Board also voted to amend AP&P XXIII – Investment Guidelines, to include environmental considerations for the Union’s investment criteria, including social and economic impact.

Board Business

In support of Portland Public School SEIU 503 members, the Board endorsed a letter in response to the Portland Public School lead-contaminated drinking water and radon level crises. The letter calls for safe water and air standards in the schools and testing of those affected by the unsafe conditions.

The Board approved General Council appointments.

SEIU 503 will sponsor an information booth at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, July 1- 4. Over 60,000 people attend the four-day festival.

The next full-day Board meeting will be Sept. 10, 2016, Salem SEIU 503 HQ.

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Board of Directors Report: May 14, 2016

Winning in 2016

A Better Oregon

A Better Oregon is the ballot initiative that would boost Oregon revenue as much as $5 billion by requiring all large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. Oregon continues to have the lowest corporate taxes of any state: In Oregon in 2013, 530 corporations paid no corporate tax at all. Nationally, Fortune 500 companies have $2.1 trillion held offshore (Citizens for Tax Justice).

Despite the fact that the corporate opposition has much more money to spend on this campaign—it has pledged $25 million to defeat the initiative—it doesn’t have the grassroots voter contact that the Better Oregon coalition has. This measure will be one of the first measures to quality for the 2016 ballot because of thousands of volunteer petition gatherers, who have tallied over 100,000 signatures. Public polling remains strong, and indicates that the measure is on a path to victory.

Primary elections

The SEIU 503 Board has endorsed CAPE recommendations for local and legislative candidates in the 2016 primary.
Oregon Care Works

Oregon Care Works is a new coalition of care providers—both paid and unpaid—and consumers of care (families, seniors and people with disabilities) working together to change the way we care for each other in Oregon. The coalition will work to address issues such as unaffordable child care, our aging population, underfunded services for people with disabilities and underpaid or unpaid care providers.

Administrative Policies & Procedure (AP&P) amendments and General Council (GC) Resolutions

The Board voted to:

  • Amend SEIU 503 Administrative Policies and Procedure (AP&P) to contain gender- neutral language (Governing Documents Review Committee/Civil and Human Rights Committee);

Endorse the following General Council resolutions:

  • Updating SEIU 503 Bylaws to contain gender-neutral language (Governing Documents Review Committee/Civil and Human Rights Committee)
  • Revising Bylaws Appendix 4, Disciplinary Process Trials and Appeals (Governing Documents Review Committee)
  • Acting against Climate Change
  • Updating purpose statement (amended; Committee For the Future)

The Board voted to continue considering the following resolutions at the June 25, 2016, BOD meeting:

  • Streamlining Back-office Accounting (Committee For the Future)
  • Increasing period of time during which a homecare or childcare provider member can be in layoff status and retain their membership

Finance Committee Report

Income remains healthy, reinforced by increases in membership, and we are operating within the FY2016 budget. We also continue to pursue cost savings and efficiency steps in the interest of spending our money in the most effective manner to keep our union financially and organizationally strong.

The Board approved the following expenditures:

Portland Jobs with Justice: $1503

US Labor Against the War: $503

Know Your City: $1503

Enlace: $1503

Voz: $503

Northwest Justice Project: $1503

International Convention resolutions

The Board reviewed resolutions being brought to the International SEIU Convention, including:

  • Organizing to Build Power; Growing Our Membership and Creating New Forms of Organization
  • Building a Wider Movement
  • Innovate to Strengthen and Transform Our Union to Win
  • Building a Better Future for Working Families: 2016 to 2018 Plan to Win
  • Leadership to Build New Power for Working People
  • To Win Economic Justice for Working People, We Must Win Racial Justice
  • Immigrant Justice
  • Environmental Justice for Working People
  • National Strategy to Win: Building Power in States and Provinces
  • Transforming Government for Working Families
  • Winning Economic Justice for Puerto Rico
  • AFSCME and SEIU: Unstoppable Unions that Never Quit
  • We Are Unstoppable: Our Program to Win for Working People

Board Business

President Rob Sisk swore in Retiree Sublocal President Greg Ledbetter and Vice President James Jacobson as members of the Board of Directors.

The Board approved applications of members who applied to attend the Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) Summer School and the Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW).

The Board approved the following committee appointments:

  • General Council Rules Committee: Lawrence Arnbrister (City of Beaverton, Local Government), Terry Haydon (Homecare), Bobbie Sotin (Homecare), Noel Magee (ODFW, state workers), Jonathan Spagle (DHS, state workers)
  • General Council 2016 Credentials Committee: John Hawkins (Retiree, Chair), Catherine Stearns (Retiree) and alternate Von Ledbetter.

The Board voted to endorse Enlace’s Private Prison Divestment Campaign.

The Board voted to endorse the Portland Harbor Community Coalition Campaign.

The Board voted to endorse the High $5 Campaign ($15 and a union for Burgerville workers).

The Board affirmed that all sublocals are approved as they currently exist.

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Board of Directors Report: March 2016

In It Together: Winning in 2016

SEIU 503 members were key to a historically successful short legislative session, packed with victories for working Oregonians!

  • Raise the Wage: Thanks to the activism and engagement of thousands of SEIU 503 members and our community allies, Gov. Kate Brown signed the highest state minimum wage in the country! This was a huge win for the more than 600,000 workers who who will realize a pay increase – 100,000 as early as July – thanks to this bill, and for the coalition that built strength and capacity in seeing the bill through.
  • End profiling (HB 4003): Through Fair Shot Oregon, we took an important step in ending the process of law enforcement singling out individuals based on race, gender, sexual orientation and other identities. The bill extends the “Work Group on the Prevention of Profiling by Law Enforcement,” which was also established by the legislature in 2015 in order to craft a system to identify, record and correct profiling by Oregon law enforcement agencies.
  • The Oregon Housing Coalition passed SB1533, a bill that ended a ban on affordable housing mandates, and expanded tenant protections, like making sure that rents cannot be raised in the first year of occupancy. This is an important first step in addressing housing crises, especially in the Portland and Bend areas.

As the Huffington Post noted, “The political revolution is close to fruition in Oregon!”

With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association is not an urgent threat. However, there are still numerous threats on the horizon that will challenge our union’s ability to fight for economic justice.

Anti-worker groups like the Freedom Foundation continue to target our union. Here are a few recent examples of how far they’ll go to attack our union:

  • Employing phony attorneys: foundation “Litigation Counsel” Nick Dagostino is not even an authorized attorney in Oregon or Washington state and is violating the law by presenting himself as such (click here to read the legal complaint).
  • Breaking Election Laws: Washington state Attorney General is suing the foundation for breaking state election laws.
  • Breaking Non-Profit Laws: Officials are investigating violations of federal and state non-profit laws.
  • Publicity Stunt Lies: The foundation chartered a plane to fly around the state Capitol, lying about our executive director’s salary, all in an effort to undermine efforts to raise the state’s minimum wage.
  • Flimsy Testimony: The foundation’s one and only plaintiff in its lawsuit against our union testified that the foundation’s claim that homecare workers were still paying fair share dues was false.

Despite their lawbreaking and lies, these attacks by anti-union/anti-worker forces are only making our union stronger.

Today we have more members than at any other moment in our history. Just last month, more than 200 Avamere-affiliated assisted living facilities workers have joined SEIU 503 (at Sherwood, Hillsboro, St. Helens, Suzanne Elise — Seaside). Voluntary political action fund contributions that help us elect pro-worker candidates are higher than they’ve ever been, and are currently among the highest in the nation. We’ve won strong contracts with raises and benefits. And together, we’re leading the nation in passing legislation for all Oregonians, including paid sick time and, most recently, the highest state minimum wage in the country.

We continue to build community coalitions through Fair Shot to more effectively move economic justice victories for all Oregonians. This extremely successful coalition is growing and in the process of determining 2017 policy priorities.

A Better Oregon, the ballot initiative that would make large corporations pay their fair share in state revenue, is on target for enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. In order to adequately fund services for seniors and our schools, A Better Oregon is a must-win ballot measure. If you haven’t signed already, click here to download and print the form to help the measure qualify for the ballot!

Keep Oregon Working: Ballot initiatives

There are two main anti-worker initiatives that will likely qualify for the November ballot:

IP 62: This initiative is funded by former Bill Sizemore backer and the single largest donor in Oregon political history, Loren Parks. Parks is a millionaire who lives in Nevada.

IP 62 interferes with an employer’s right to negotiate with employees and allows some employees to receive all the benefits of being in a union without having to share in the costs of supporting that union. It also gives non-members privileges over the union, such as electing leaders, holding office or ratifying contracts.

In addition to these basic “free-rider” principles, IP 62 limits the kind of activities union members can pay for, making it especially hard for union members to advocate for better worker policies — like increases in the minimum wage. The measure would make it impossible for an organization to effectively advocate for workers.

IP 69: This initiative represents corporate lawyer Jill Gibson and the timber industry’s fifth attempt to get an anti-worker initiative on the 2016 Oregon ballot. Previous attempts elicited ballot titles that were unlikely to garner support from voters. This latest attempt focuses on union vs. non-union discrimination as a means to avoid free-rider centric ballot title language.

IP 69 actually requires employers to discriminate between union and non-union employees when it comes to determining employee pay and benefits. This would create two classes of workers and lead to a race to the bottom for working people, giving us all lower pay, fewer benefits and less workplace safety.

Other initiatives

There are three anti-immigrant initiatives that may end up on the ballot: IP 40 (making English the official language of Oregon, prohibiting government documents from being translated), IP 52 (mandatory use of electronic employment eligibility verification – e-verify), IP 51 (prove citizenship in order to vote, requiring everyone to re-register to vote every ten years).

Other potentially damaging initiatives are IP 41 (“no more fake emergencies”—would require a two-thirds legislative vote to immediately implement legislation), IP 50 (voter privacy act—would limit effectiveness of get out the vote efforts) and IP 61 (no public funding for abortions—would prohibit public workers’ health insurance from covering comprehensive reproductive care).

The Board voted to officially oppose all eight initiatives.

Finance Committee Report

Income remains healthy, reinforced by increases in membership, and the 2016 FY budget, in nearly all areas, continues as developed. We also continue to pursue cost savings and efficiency steps in the interest of spending our money in the most effective manner to keep our union financially and organizationally strong.

The Board approved the following expenditures:

General Council resolutions

The Board voted to sponsor the following General Council resolutions:

  • Seek solutions to Oregon’s housing crisis impact on Oregon families and the homeless (authors Rob Sisk and Annie Smith)
  • Expanding membership to units that don’t have a path to collective bargaining (authored by Committee For the Future)
  • Expanding community involvement and membership through affiliated organizations (authored by Committee For the Future)
  • Amend Bylaws Article IV – LOCALS; change “Locals” to “Chapters” (authored by Committee For the Future)

Board Business

  • The Board approved overnight accommodations during the 2016 General Council for all delegates living twenty miles or more from the General Council site (Linn County Expo Center) and for any of their family members who would be left at home without necessary care.
  • The Board voted to endorse the Rogue Valley transit revenue measure.
  • The Board honored Retirees Assistant Director John Leppink for his service on the Board.
  • The Board endorsed Know Your City’s “Our Stories Matter” campaign

Calendar

The next SEIU 503, OPEU, Board of Directors meeting is May 14, 2016, Salem HQ.

Board meeting rescheduled for June 25, 2016, from July 9, 2016.

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Vacancy on Statewide Officer and Board of Director Elections Committee

There is currently a vacancy on the Statewide Officer and Board of Directors Elections Committee. The committee oversees these elections for timelines, process and compliance and begins its work in early spring, with the elections concluding in early fall. Much, if not all the work, is done through conference calls, video conferencing and emails, though some in-person meetings may be required.

Interested members should forward their names for consideration, along with one to three paragraphs listing SEIU 503 involvement and related experience to siskr@seiu503.org by Wed., March 9, 2016. Those running for either a Statewide Officer or Board seat are ineligible to serve on the committee.

As much as possible, appointments must reflect geographical and employer group diversity, as well as human diversity, to ensure union-wide representation, and are subject to ratification by the Board of Directors.

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Jan. 2016 Board Report

Recognizing our successes in 2015

2015 was a very successful year for SEIU 503 members, and to open its first meeting of 2016, the SEIU 503 Board of Directors took time to identify some of our huge accomplishments from that past year,  from winning great contracts, to building membership and CAPE, to multiple Fair Shot victories in the legislature (including expanding employment opportunities by “Banning the Box,” retirement security, Paid Sick Leave and ending profiling).

The Board continued its start to the year by walking two blocks from its NE Portland meeting site to support the kick-off rally for A Better Oregon – the revenue measure. The measure will hold large, mainly out-of-state corporations accountable for paying their fair share for essential programs in Oregon. Board members Kim Cole (child care), Rebecca Sandoval (homecare) and Steve Demarest (state workers) testified as to how important services were to the quality of life in Oregon, and how corporations have failed to pay their fair share to make our communities thrive. While the Board attended to its business other SEIU 503 members spent the afternoon gathering signatures.

Finance Committee Report: Funding Requests

The Board approved the following funding requests:

Portland Jobs With Justice: $7000
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice: $1503
KPOV Underwriting: $1060
Elect to Laugh (KPOV): $250
NW Workers’ Justice Project: $1000
KSKQ Underwriting: $1200
Health Care for All Oregon: $2000
Labor’s Community Service: $2000

Litigation Update

A number of court cases, both nationally and locally, are challenging unions’ current structures of membership and, consequently, the welfare of all working people.

Friedrichs vs California Teachers Association is the latest in a series of attempts by wealthy special interests to roll back the rights of teachers, firefighters, nurses and all people who professionally serve the public. The case was heard on Monday, January 11, after being fast-tracked to the highest court in the land. It was filed by a California school teacher and her colleagues, but is being bankrolled by the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), an anti-worker organization with ties to the Koch Brothers. Oregonians have repeatedly voted down ballot measures that would have had the same intended outcome of Friedrichs: undermining public employees’ ability to join together to advocate for themselves and the services they provide. A ruling in favor of CIR and the Koch Brothers will undermine Oregon’s own laws by forcing union members to pick up all the cost of representing workers who are covered by our contracts but won’t join the union. Regardless of how the Supreme Court decides, it will not keep our union from continuing to build membership and strength and winning on issues affecting all working families.

Brown vs Brown is a case against our union and the State of Oregon. It is being supported by the Freedom Foundation and is an attempt to hurt our union financially and  distract us from our core work of advancing the welfare of workers and their families. The case challenges the constitutionality of exclusive representation, and attempts to recover fair share fees for fees paid prior to Harris v Quinn in 2014. The case is in discovery now and oral arguments will be heard after mid-February.

Portland Jobs with Justice

Portland Jobs with Justice is a coalition of more than 100 labor organizations and community groups dedicated to protecting the rights of working people and supporting community struggles to build a more just society. Thanks in part to its advocacy, over 15,000 workers got a raise to $15 in 2015. Its priorities include raising the minimum wage to $15 in Portland, supporting social and economic equity and fighting anti-worker attacks.

Committee For The Future Report

The 2014 General Council formed the Committee For the Future and charged it with evaluating the various threats our union is facing and developing specific proposals for how we can adapt and thrive in a changing world. To meet these challenges and opportunities, the committee understands our union to have six major imperatives:

  1. Increase and incentivize membership
  2. Expand member ownership and engagement; reduce reliance on staff
  3. Make governance more accessible and less costly
  4. Reduce costs and increase revenue
  5. Expand coalition and partnerships
  6. Develop a more inclusive, participatory, effective culture.

Based on its research and discussion, the CFF recommends the Board consider presenting the following concepts through resolutions  to the 2016 General Council:

  1. Update purpose statement
  2. Expand membership beyond workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement
  3. Ensure an inclusive, participatory culture
  4. Clarify union structure for greater unity
  5. Streamline local and sublocal accounting.

Winning Big in 2016: Our Path to Win—In It Together

Fair Shot & Political Power

Fair Shot for All coalition, having just had an extremely successful 2015 legislative session, is ready to advocate for more solutions to improve the lives of all Oregonians. Priority issues for the 2016 session include:

  • Raising the Wage: Working a full-time job used to mean supporting yourself and your family – but for too many Oregonian’s it’s not enough. Minimum wage workers take home less than $20,000 a year. That’s not enough for housing, food, gas and other necessities for a family, let alone to pay for childcare or save for the future.
  • Stopping Wage Theft: Some Oregon workers put in an honest day’s work, but then find themselves cheated on their hard work. Tragically, low wage workers are the most victimized by this theft of labor. Wage theft happens when employers deny workers the wages they’ve earned—from paying less than minimum wage and refusing to pay overtime to issuing paychecks that bounce, denying rest periods  and forcing employees to work “off the clock” or “under the table.”
  • Ending Profiling:  Every day, people are targeted by law enforcement based on their race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, language, housing status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Low-income neighborhoods and communities of color are targeted the most, leading to higher arrest and conviction rates. Many are already struggling financially and risk harsher penalties from extra fees when they can’t afford to pay the fines that often result from unfair profiling – putting their jobs on the line and their families at risk. And, it hurts the morale of communities already struggling to move ahead.

Growing Our Ranks

Since January 2015, our union membership has grown by over 3,000 members, with growth in nearly ever sector of our union. Member leaders are stepping up and leading member sign up efforts through new employee orientations (click here to see NEO videos), worksite conversations and home visits. New member organizing continues through Oregon Cares and in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Bargaining and Contracts

Bargaining continues for a number of private non-profits and local governments. Notably, Marion County has hired an anti-union “consultant” to negotiate the county’s collective bargaining agreement with workers, and Jackson County is preparing for a first bargaining session in February.

Board Administration

Member Resource Center Committee (MRCC) follow-up report. The charge of the MRCC was to make sure a process was in place that left no member unrepresented in a disciplinary situation. A  Member Resource Center (MRC) policy already ensures that, but the committee made several recommendations that are being addressed by different committees, including the Stewards Committee. A number of recommendations–including printing MRC phone numbers on the cover of contracts–have already been enacted.

Committee Appointments

The Board approved the following committee appointments recommended by President Sisk:

Elections Committee
Chair  – John Hawkins (Retirees)
Rosanne Richards (Retirees)
Jerry Rosenkoetter (Emp. Dept.)
John Leppink (Retirees)
Lisa Sieracki (Retirees)
Jenny Garner ( Retirees – pending approval; past committee member but currently in hospital

Resolution Review Committee
Chair –  Lawrence Arnbrister (City of Beaverton, Local Government)
Terry Haydon – Homecare
Bobbie Sotin –  Homecare
Noel Magee – ODFW, state worker
Jonathan Spagle – DHS, state worker

Other committee appointments
Stewards Cmte.:  Glenn Smith, ODOT, Portland
Staff Screening Cmte.:  Theodora Ko Thompson, UO, Eugene
Member Representation Cmte.:  Marilyn Jackson-Graves, DOJ, Bend
General Council Planning Cmte.:  John Taylor, UO

Upcoming Events

SEIU Convention & Committee Reports: The 2016 SEIU convention is an opportunity to build enthusiasm about the direction of our union. The convention will be grounded in the Strategic Principles for the 21st Century, an outline for a strategy for our union to survive and prosper in the face of challenges and attacks. The Convention will be held May 21-24 in Detroit, Michigan.
Annual Meeting: The Board approved Annual Meeting for March 12, 2016, at the SEIU 503, OPEU, corporate headquarters,, with video conferencing available in all field offices.

The next meeting of the SEIU 503 Women’s Council will take place Sunday, Feb. 7, in Salem.

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SEIU 503 Board Meetings

The SEIU 503 Board of Directors will meet on the following dates:
Saturday 1/23 9a-5p – Portland at St Andrews Church
Saturday 3/12  9a-5p – SEIU 503 HQ
Saturday 5/14 – 9a-5p – SEIU 503 HQ
Saturday 7/9 – 9a-5p – SEIU 503 HQ
Thursday 8/3 – time TBD – at SEIU 503 General Council, Albany
Saturday 9/10 – tentative (time and location to be determined at a later date)
Saturday 11/19 9a-5p – Portland SEIU 503 Union Hall
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