Local Government

Who we are…
Local government represented by SEIU Local 503 are employees of: Basin Transit System, Baker County Employees, City of Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Police, Child Care Providers, Central Oregon Irrigation District, City of Pendleton, City of Beaverton, City of The Dalles Employees, City of Springfield, City of Umatilla Police, City of Tigard, Coos Bay/North Bend Water Board, City of Wilsonville, Oregon State Homecare Commission, Curry County, Josephine County Roads, Jackson County, Linn County, Lane Council of Governments, and City of Ontario Police.

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments Reaches Tentative Agreement!

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG) members have a tentative agreement that they can celebrate with some major wins and language improvements. Thanks to the great work of the OCWCOG Bargaining team. OCWCOG workers stood united for a fair …

City of Tigard workers speak out for services

By Rob Sisk, President, SEIU Local 503. I don’t think I could have been more impressed with our City of Tigard SEIU 503 sisters and brothers as they stood up for themselves in front of their city council Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, in their contract battle to

Setbacks in Salem but the Fight Far from Over

This was not a great day in the Oregon House for public workers or the people we serve, but the fight for fairness in this legislative session is far from over. First, Republican leaders and their allies in the “loophole …

Our chance for a say in the state budget

Over the last two months, hundreds of SEIU Local 503 members have traveled to Salem to tell legislators to protect services, find ways to save money, and ensure that big corporations and banks pay their fair share. You now have …

Over 2,000 workers picket for a better path forward

This week, hundreds of SEIU 503 members from across Oregon took to the picket line to demand a change to the way Oregon does business. Once again essential services for all Oregonians are on the chopping block as legislators attempt …

Fair budget now – Contact your Legislators today!

Oregon’s chief budget writers have gone way too far in balancing the budget on the backs of seniors, public workers and those we serve. This is a first draft budget, with revisions to come in the months ahead. There is …

‘In It Together’: Members strategize at Eugene bargaining conference

About 400 members of SEIU Local 503 met in Eugene on Sunday, Jan. 27, to strategize around contract bargaining this year. After a welcome from President Rob Sisk, members heard from Executive Director Heather Conroy on “Our Strategy to Win” and …

Governor tells CAPE, Board: He wants some taxes up, retiree PERS COLAs down

On December 2, Governor John Kitzhaber unveiled a proposal to raise taxes by $170M to help pay for vital services our members provide, and for schools. His proposal would hit wealthiest Oregonians the hardest by reducing by 5% the itemized …

City of Wilsonville election results

The city of Wilsonville elections committee counted the ballots on October 29. We are happy so many of you participated in this election, almost 70% voted. Here are the results: President: Vince Espinoza Vice President: Randy Eshleman Secretary: Mary Ann …

Beaverton workers help transitional teens

City of Beaverton employees represented by SEIU Local 503 (Sub Local 198) are pleased to be working with the City of Beaverton on a fundraiser for a great cause. They are offering a Jeans for Charity Program where employees may …

Marion County Ratification

Ballots are due back to the Union no later than 5 PM on October 24th.   If you need a replacement ballot they can be obtained at the Union Office, 1730 Commercial St SE, in Salem.   If you are …

WINNER: Marion County Public Works employees

(Statesman Journal) The American Public Works Association, Oregon Chapter, honored Road Operations Supervisor Don Clark, crew leader Leonard Lopes, and heavy equipment operators Marek Lloyd and Mike Harmel with an “Everyday Hero” Award. The award is presented to public works …

Workers search for ‘missing’ Marion County Commissioners

Marion County Employees Association (MCEA) workers held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night, Oct. 3, outside the Salem home of Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson

County workers hold informational picket in Salem

Marion County workers conducted an informational picket on Thursday night, Sept. 6, outside the MAPS Credit Union Building in Salem, where the Marion County Commissioners’ office is located.

Big gains for seasonal workers at the City of Beaverton

With a recent Letter of Agreement between City of Beaverton workers and city management, 28 seasonal positions have been added to the existing bargaining unit.

Marion County workers vote to authorize strike (pdf download)

Salem—After lengthy discussion and debate, hundreds of Marion County Employee Association (MCEA) members voted by a three-to-one margin August 30 to authorize their elected bargaining team to call a strike.

Wilsonville transit workers ratify hard-fought contract

Congratulations to bargaining team members Daniel Gonzalez, Dave Rukke, Randy Eshelman, Vince Espinoza and alternate Renae Eshelman, with help from Joe Cartino and Troy Barnard of SEIU 503, for leading the Wilsonville City Transit workers to a hard-fought tentative agreement …

Marion County employees schedule strike vote

(Statesman-Journal) Marion County employees could strike this month, according to a press release released today by the Marion County Employees Association.

Marion County Workers Threaten Strike

(National Public Radio) SALEM, Ore. – More than 700 employees of Oregon’s fifth largest county could vote later this month to go on strike. The Marion County Employee Association says it’s scheduled a strike vote for August 30th. The Salem-based union has been working without a contract since the end of June.

LCOG members wake up ‘sleepy’ local, celebrate new contract

Thanks to great work by the Lane Council of Governments (LCOG) bargaining team, LCOG members have a new contract to celebrate. The membership voted overwhelmingly on Friday, July 20, to approve their tentative agreement, which affects 103 classified workers, 95 of …