DHS

Kenya Richard - DHS/OHA,Gary Durbin - Employment, Gina Santacroce - DHS/OHA, Heather Fairchild - DHS/OHA, and Jack Graham  - DHS/OHA. Standing; Donna Bradley - Employment, James Burke - DHS/OHA, Catherine Stearns - DHS/OHA Co-Chair, Gregg Baird - DHS/OHA, Cindi Houston DHS/OHA, Tia Fraser - Employment, Steve Demarest - Employment, Co-Chair, Lisa Donoho - SEIU Staff and Bobbie Muncrief - SEIU Staff
Who we are…
For the purposes of bargaining, members who work for state agencies are divided into four coalitions: DHS, Institutions, ODOT, and Specials. The DHS Coalition includes the Employment Department, the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services (DHS).


State workers vote to ratify contract

The tentative agreement for the 2013-2015 union contract has been ratified by state worker members. At the ballot count August 17, with just under 5,000 ballots cast, 95% of voters approved the agreement. We hope you share the pride we …

State Worker Tentative Agreement Summary Video

A video summary of the State Worker Tentative Agreement, presented by your State Worker Central Table Bargaining Team, July 27, 2013.

State worker bargaining team reaches tentative agreement

For months, state workers have been showing our fellow Oregonians what it means to be “In It Together.”  In hundreds of actions culminating in an overwhelming strike authorization vote, thousands of SEIU 503 state workers sent a loud and clear …

State worker bargaining update: pushing for the best contract possible

Our team has been back at the table for the last two days. On Monday, we got some more movement from management.  They’ve moved to 1.5% effective December on the COLAs, better language around contracting out, and they dropped their …

State worker bargaining update: More progress, but not quite there…

Thanks to the dedication of thousands of state workers throughout Oregon—including giving our bargaining team the authority to call a strike if necessary—the State realizes that we’re serious about negotiating a fair contract that returns us to economic stability. Highlights …

Strike authorization vote passes

The votes are in, the ballots are counted, and SEIU 503 state workers have given our bargaining team the authority to call a strike if necessary. Members voted by participating in dozens of strike authorization vote meetings around the state …

Human Services Coalition Reaches Tentative Agreement

Early Tuesday morning, June 25, our Human Services Coalition made headway at the bargaining table and reached a tentative agreement. Below are some highlights. We fought hard to preserve your right to choose a steward to represent you in a …

Hold the line for Healthcare, Hold the line for All

We’re both inspired and frustrated. Like you, we’re frustrated that management feels that capping healthcare costs is essential for the State but not for frontline workers. We’re frustrated that our proposals to fix some of Oregon’s problems – stopping wasteful …

Organize an action at your worksite: here’s how

During the week June 27th to July 2nd join with Local 503 members across the state to turn up the heat with a statewide day of action. Make it big . . . Make it creative . . . Make it happen at your worksite!!! You have a few days to get ready for this action. Tools to complete your mission are enclosed.

DAS bargaining update: 6/10/2013

We started to make some progress on language issues at the bargaining table last week. We reached a tentative agreement on telecommuting that will increase opportunities for people whose jobs are flexible enough to allow working from home. In addition, …

DHS/OHA Bargaining Update: Making Headway at the Table

%%FIRSTNAME(Greetings)%%, On Monday, May 20, we met again with management and we tentatively agreed (TA’d) on five more proposals.The best news from this meeting is that we moved management away from its proposal that requires you to use a steward …

Frequently Asked Questions: State’s “6% Buy-Out” Concept

What is the 6% pick-up and how did it come to be? Prior to 1979, state workers paid 6% of our wages towards PERS.  In bargaining in 1979, we accepted the state’s proposal to pay the 6%, which increased member …

DHS/OHA Bargaining Update: Forging Ahead at the Human Services Coalition Table

On Monday, May 6, we met with management again to move forward on our proposals to improve our working conditions. We have had some success at the table, but we still have some work ahead of us. Management gave us …

SEIU Local 503 Executive Director Heather Conroy issued the following statement in response to the recent DHS audit:

In Department of Human Service Self-Sufficiency offices throughout Oregon, two state employees do the work of three: Due to inadequate funding, there has been a hiring freeze for years despite increased caseloads. Yet, despite utterly inadequate staffing levels, public workers manage to …

DHS coalition update: management wants an end to 4/10 schedules

We had an interesting night at the bargaining table. Both SEIU and Management passed package proposals but did not reach an agreement at this point. Proposals passed include several Letters of Agreement: • Article 49.1M-03072 – Trial Service Disability Analysts, …

Fair for a Fair Economy: Sunday May 19

Join us on May 19 in Portland for a Fair for a Fair Economy. We will educate the public about the services we provide and let the Governor and legislature see we are united for quality jobs and services.

DAS Bargaining Update: Take Action on Healthcare & Healthy Workplaces

In bargaining this week, we presented proposals to compensate members impacted by the “step slide,” continue the work of the HEM committee, and to implement an anti-workplace bullying policy. It is now up to management to respond to these proposals. …

Human Service Coalition bargaining update 4/4/13

Slight changes in language could lead to additional cost savings for the State of Oregon Highlights of our Human Services negotiations were testimony regarding hardship transfers and lateral transfers from Self Sufficiency workers and presentations regarding Letters of Agreement for …

State rebuffs proposals to improve services and get Oregon’s money back

In bargaining this week we again pushed hard on issues that we heard from you were important; specifically, we made extensive arguments for our proposals that address alternate work schedules, flexing, telecommuting, and trauma training for all employees.  In addition, …

It’s Time to Get Down to Business

Human Services Coalition Bargaining Update, 3/14/13 On Monday we passed the remaining proposals we plan to bargain over for the Human Services Coalition. In the next few months we will continue to move forward to create a better future for …