Institutions

For the purposes of bargaining, members who work for state agencies are divided into four coalitions – DHS, Institutions, ODOT, and Specials. The Institutions Coalition includes: Oregon Youth Authority correctional facilities and camps (OYA), Oregon State Hospital (OSH), Eastern Oregon Training Center (EOTC), Eastern Oregon Psychiatric Center (EOPC), and Oregon Youth Authority Administrative and Field Services (OYA).


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 …

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, …

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 …

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. …

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, …

Bargaining Update: Return to Economic Security NOW!

The Bargaining Team spent last week traveling throughout the state, meeting with workers from every agency and region. And, no matter where we went, the message was the same: members are demanding a return to economic security, for us and …

PERS Update with Q&A

Current and future retirees who are union members are closely watching the PERS debate unfold at this session of the Oregon Legislature, which just kicked off on Monday, Feb. 4. Lawmakers heard a first reading Monday of a bill to …

State worker bargaining update 1/31/13

This past weekend, our bargaining conference in Eugene brought together an enthusiastic group of bargaining delegates from around the state. Kristen Crowell, Executive Director of We Are Wisconsin, shared with the delegates why working in coalition with other workers is so important …

DAS bargaining kicks off!

We kicked off 2013 negotiations Jan. 9 with an opening statement by Executive Director Heather Conroy. Heather set the tone of bargaining by making it clear how workers are feeling. “We have workers who are sick, demoralized, fearful and angry,” …

Help win a Fair Contract! DAS/OUS regional strategy meeting schedule

DAS and OUS members are invited to regional meetings we will be convening during 2013 to hear report backs from bargaining, get updates on our priorities at the State Capitol, and plan actions to win a fair contract. Who should …

State bargaining conference draws a crowd

More than 250 members of SEIU Local 503 met Saturday, Sept. 22, in Salem for a state worker bargaining conference. Among other activities, delegates from DAS and OUS discussed core issues and strategy for the upcoming round of contract negotiations …

Can we have a healthy workforce if we don’t have a healthy workplace?

We want to know how you feel about workplace health and whether policies and practices in your workplace help or harm your health goals. Besides the positive personal improvements we can feel from improved health, a healthier workforce also means lower …