Specials

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 Specials Coalition includes: Department of Education (DOE), Water Resources Department (WRD), Oregon State Library (OSL), Oregon State Treasury (OST), Department of Administrative Services (DAS)…


Specials Coalition 2015 Bargaining Team

Mary Stewart, Revenue, Eugene – Central Table
Sandi Kalin, DAS, Salem – Central Table
Mike Forrest, Ag, Salem
Roberta Laux, Ag, Salem
David Priebe, Ad, Salem
Carolyn Briggs, Blind Commission, Portland
Lloyd Perez, BOLI, Portland
Dan McKay, DAS, Salem
Steve Walsh, DAS, Salem
Jim Beck, DCBS, Portland
Dianna Janowski, DCBS, Salem
Michael Elliott, Education, Salem
Karen Harrison, Education, Salem
Sam Ko, Education, Salem
Desiree Brown, Justice, E. Portland
Keary DeBeck, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Kathleen Lamar, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Chris Melgard, Justice, Robertson Bldg, Salem
Nita Goss, Medical Board, Portland
Dolores Vance, OHCS, Salem
Rachel Cummings, OSAC, Eugene
Mary Lang, PERS, Tigard
Susan Mundell, PERS, Tualatin
Millard Minor, Revenue, Salem
Flor Morales, Revenue, Salem
Jessyca Stafford, Revenue, Eugene
Ann Reed, State Library, Salem
Matthew Garrett, Teachers Standards & Practices, Salem
Leah Rickert, Veterans Affairs, Salem
Susan Douthit, Water Resources, Salem
Ronald Kohanek, Water Resources, Salem
Shawna Akin, SEIU 503 Staff
Veronica Miller, SEIU 503 Staff

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State Workers ratify contract

We are excited to announce that 95 percent of voting state worker members said YES to ratify their new contract! This means that all provisions of the contract will go into effect as soon as both sides sign the new agreement. This includes the day after Thanksgiving as a new holiday this November!

Speaking with one voice on holding the line on health care is an example of collective action making a real difference. Together, we participated in statewide info pickets, held unity breaks, signed petitions for a fair contract, and talked to managers about the importance of a fair deal. We held the line on the 95 percent/5percent premium share and expanded the number of plans at a 99 percent/1percent premium share. Click here for a complete summary of contract changes.

At the same time we were voting on historic gains in our contract, there was an attack on our ability to collectively work for such gains. The far-right, conservative, anti-worker, Washington-based Freedom Foundation announced its intention to “make life miserable” for our union. They filed a suit aimed at taking away our voice to advocate for better working conditions and quality services through our union. Now, more than ever, it’s critical we tell groups like this that we stand united in our efforts to lift our members and all working people, no matter their attacks. In our contract vote, thousands of us committed to each other to stand united. If you haven’t already, please take a moment and click here to recommit to stand with your union sisters and brothers.

While our contract has been ratified, Higher Ed workers continue to have an unfair health care offer, anemic cost of living adjustments and take aways on the table. Please show your solidarity and stand with Higher Ed workers: click here to sign the support petition – so we can show we are truly in it together.

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State Workers: It’s time to vote on our contract!

IMG_0127Our state worker bargaining delegates met in Oregon City Saturday and overwhelmingly voted to recommend a “yes” vote on our negotiated contract settlement! Now it’s time for us all to vote on the tentative agreement.
This year, we will be holding face-to-face votes in many worksites, and we will host regional meetings around the state. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote by mail if you are unable to attend a face-to-face meeting. Meetings are scheduled July 22 – August 7. If your worksite is not scheduled for a face-to-face vote, your ballot will be mailed to you by July 24. All ballots are due by 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 17 at our Salem office.
We’re very excited about this tentative agreement. Some highlights include:
  • We more than held the line on healthcare. Starting in January 2016, we will move closer to fully paid healthcare: Most plans will go to a 99 percent/1 percent premium share, while the most expensive plans will stay at 95 percent/5 percent.
  • There will be a 1.48 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2015 and a 2.75 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2016.
  • Retirement security for all state workers. Protecting PERS has consistently been a top priority for our members. After a great deal of work by our bargaining team, the State agreed to buy out the 6 percent pick-up on November 1, 2016. For more information on how the buy-out of the pick up will work, see our FAQ or video.
  • The day after Thanksgiving will be a new holiday for everyone! We’ve emphasized with the state over the last several bargaining cycles the importance of work/life balance and the work our members do in their communities. Our team landed on an extra holiday, which will give people more time with family and community.
  • Click here for complete summary of the tentative agreement.

We hope to see you at a worksite or regional meeting to vote!

 

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State Worker Voting Locations

Face-to-Face Voting

Where to get your ballot

  • If your worksite is listed on the schedule, you will receive a ballot addressed to you at the worksite meeting. If you do not pick up your ballot at the meeting, it will be mailed out immediately following the meeting.
  • If your worksite is not holding a meeting, your ballot will be mailed to your home by July 24.
  • We will not have personally addressed ballots at regional meetings, but you may bring the ballot you received in the mail and turn them in at these meetings (or return by mail any time).

Meeting attendance is not required to vote. Replacement ballots will be available at all face-to-face meetings and in all SEIU field offices. All ballots are due by 5pm, Monday, August 17th at Salem, HQ, 1730 Commercial St SE, Salem.

Click your region to find your face-to-face voting location:

Portland Metro/North Coast

Salem area, Corvallis, and Central Coast

Eugene area, Southern Oregon, and South Coast

Eastern and Central Oregon

 


 

Portland Metro/North Coast
City Worksite Meeting location
(if other than worksite listed)
Date and time
Astoria Astoria Regional Mtg Astoria Labor Temple (934 Duane St.) Tues, 8/4
5:30-6:30
Beaverton DHS – Beaverton Multi
Service Ctr CW
Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Beaverton DHS – Beaverton Multi
Service Ctr SS
Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Beaverton Employment – Pdx UI Center Weds, 7/29
11:30-1:00
Clackamas DHS – N. Clackamas SS/CW Tues, 8/4
11:30-1:30
Gresham DHS – Gresham CW Thurs, 7/23
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro APD 5300 NE Elam Young Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro Multi Service Center CW 5300 NE Elam Young Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro Multi Service Center SS Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro DHS – Hillsboro Proc Center Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Hillsboro Justice – Hillsboro 5300 NE Elam Young Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
McMinnville DHS – McMinnville Cw, Ss, Vr Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
McMinnville Employment – McMinnville 368 NE Norton Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Oregon City DHS – Oregon City APD Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Oregon City DHS – Oregon City SS and CW Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Oregon City Justice – Oregon City Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Portland Portland
Regional Meeting
SEIU 503 Portland office
(6401 SE Foster Rd)
Thurs, 7/30
5:30
Portland Admin Services – Maint & Cust Pdx Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland BOLI – Portland Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland DCBS: OR OSHA Portland Office Thurs, 7/23
12:00-1:00
Portland DCBS – Workers Comp Board Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland DHS – Alberta CW, SS & Integrated SS Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – Metro Processing Center Weds, 7/29
12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – Portland East CW Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – Portland Midtown Cw Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Portland DHS – SE Portland Ss & Vr Thurs, 8/6
12:00-1:00
Portland Employment – North Portland Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
Portland Health Boards – Bd Of Pharmacy Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Health Bds – Mortuary/Cemetery Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Health Bds – Radiological Techs Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Oha – Psob Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Portland Revenue – Portland Room 1E Thurs, 7/30
11:30-1:30
Saint Helens DHS – St. Helens Cw Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Saint Helens DHS – St. Helens Dso 500 N Hwy 30, Ste 220 Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Saint Helens DHS – St. Helens Ss 500 N Hwy 30, Ste 220 Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Saint Helens Employment – St. Helens 500 N Hwy 30, Ste 220 Tues, 8/4
12:00-1:00
Tigard Pers – 68th Ave Tigard Tues, 7/28
12:00-1:00
Tillamook Tillamook Regional Meeting Main Street Pizza
(2205 N Hwy 101)
Weds, 8/5
5:30-6:30
Tualatin Employment – Tualatin Weds, 7/22
12:00-1:00
Tualatin PERS – Tualatin Weds, 7/29
12:00-1:00

Salem area, Corvallis, and Central Coast
City Worksite Meeting location
(if other than worksite listed)
Date and time
Albany OYA – Oak Creek Youth Correctional Large Conference Rm Mon, 8/3
1:30-3:30
Corvallis Corvallis Regional Papa’s Pizza
1030 SW 3rd St.
Weds, 7/29
5:00-7:00
Dallas DHS – Dallas Ellendale CW 177 SW Oak Street Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Dallas DHS – Dallas SS Weds, 8/5
12:00-1:00
Keizer DHS – Parkway Thurs, 7/23 11:45-1:15
Keizer DHS – North Salem VR 3406 Cherry Ave Thurs, 7/23 11:45-1:15
Newport Newport Regional DHS – Newport SS
120 NE Avery St.
Weds, 7/29
5:00-6:30
Salem Admin Services – 1225 Ferry Building Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem Admin Services – 1240 Ferry Building 1225 Ferry St, Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem Admin Svcs – Main/Cust Slm Day/Shft 1225 Ferry St, Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem Admin Services – Print Plant DAS 1100 Airport Rd, lunchroom Tues, 7/28 11:30-12:30
Salem Admin Services – Print Plant DAS 530 Airport Rd, room 104 Tues, 7/28 3:00-4:00
Salem Admin Services – Salem Motor Pool Lunchroom Tues, 7/28 11:30-12:30
Salem Admin Services – Salem Motor Pool DAS 530 Airport Rd, room 104 Tues, 7/28 3:00-4:00
Salem Admin Services – State Data Center DAS 1100 Airport Rd, lunchroom Tues, 7/28 11:30-12:30
Salem Admin Services – State Data Center Room 104 Tues, 7/28 3:00-4:00
Salem Agriculture – Salem 3rd floor conference room Thurs, 8/6 7:00-8:00am
Salem Agriculture – Salem 3rd floor conference room Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Salem CCWD – Public Service Bldg Room 251 A/B Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Salem DCBS – 25th Ave SE Workers Comp Board Training Room Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem DCBS – L & I Building Weds, 7/29 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – 3990 Fairview Ind Dr – Garmin Tues, 8/4 11:30am-1:00
Salem DHS – Cherry Street Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – DDS Lancaster Weds, 7/29 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – Fairview Industrial Drive Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – Ferry Street OHPR Mt Mazama Room Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Salem DHS – HSB First Floor Cafe area 7/27/2015 and 11:30-1:00
Salem DHS – IRMS Fri, 7/24
10:45-11:30 am
Salem DHS – IRMS Fri, 7/24
6:45-7:30
Salem DHS – Marion County 25th Ave CW Bryan Johnston Conf Room Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:00
Salem DHS – North Salem SS Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:00
Salem DHS – Winter St Contracting Thurs, 7/30 11:00-1:30
Salem DMV – Lana Ave Headquarters Cafeteria Thurs, 7/23 10:00-2:00
Salem Education – Hillcrest Weds, 7/22 1:00-4:00
Salem Education – Public Service Bldg Room 251 A/B Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Salem Employment – Central Office Basement room 15 Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Salem Employment – Salem Field Mount Hood Room Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:30
Salem Employment – Salem OAH Tues, 8/4 11:30-1:30
Salem Forestry – Salem Adm 103 Clatsop room Weds, 8/5 11:30-1:30
Salem Health Boards – Health Lic. Office Weds, 7/29 11:00-2:00
Salem Justice – CCBC Bryan Johnston Conference Room Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:00
Salem Justice – Commerce 1212 State St., Basement Conference Room Weds, 7/29 11:30-1:30
Salem Justice – Court St Building Kulongoski Room Thurs, 8/6 12:00-2:00
Salem Justice – Hawthorne 2250 McGilchrist Street SE Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem Justice – Promontory Bldg 12th St Large conference room (downstairs) Tues, 8/4 12:00-1:00
Salem Justice – Robertson Building Basement Conference Rm Weds, 7/29 11:30-1:30
Salem Justice – Vista Street 2250 McGilchrist Street SE Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Salem ODFW – Cherry St Headquarters Tues, 7/28 11:00-2:00
Salem ODOT – 4040 Fairview Industrial ODOT 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr Mon, 7/27 11:30-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg B ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg C ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg K ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 455 Airport Rd Bldg M ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 800 Airport Rd ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport RD Bldg P ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg Q ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg R ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg T ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – 885 Airport Rd Bldg W ODOT 455 Airport Rd, Bldg E Conference Room Tues, 7/28 12:00-1:00
Salem ODOT – Salem Mill Creek Building Tues, 7/28
Salem ODOT – Salem PUC Building ODOT 4040 Fairview Industrial Dr Mon, 7/27 11:30-1:00
Salem OHCS – Salem Thurs, 8/6 11:30-1:30
Salem OYA – Central Office Fri, 7/31
12:00-1:00
Salem OYA – Hillcrest Weds, 7/22 1:00-4:00
Salem PERS – Archives Building 700 Summer St Weds, 7/29 11:00-2:00
Salem State Library Thurs, 7/30 11:00-1:30
Salem Vets Affairs – Salem Weds, 7/29 11:00-2:00
Woodburn Education – MacLaren Admin Conference Room Mon, 7/27
1:00-4:00
Woodburn OYA – MacLaren Admin Conference Room Mon, 7/27
1:00-4:00

 


 Eugene area, Southern Oregon, and Southern Coast
City Worksite Meeting location
(if other than worksite listed)
Date and time
Coos Bay Coos Bay Regional Meeting North Bend Labor Temple, 3427 Ash St. Thurs, 8/6 5:30-7:30
Coos Bay DHS –
Newmark Center
Weds, 8/5 12:00-1:00
Cottage Grove DHS – Cottage Grove Mon, 7/27 12:00-1:00
Cottage Grove DMV – Cottage Grove DHS
305 Coop Court
Mon, 7/27 12:00-1:00
Eugene Eugene
Regional Meeting
SEIU Office, 488 E. 11th Street, B-100 Tues, 8/4 5:30-7:30
Eugene DHS – McKenzie Tues, 7/28 11:30-1:30
Eugene DHS – West Eugene Weds, 7/29 12:00-1:00
Eugene DHS – Willamette Thurs, 7/23 12:00-1:00
Florence Florence
Regional Meeting
Siuslaw Library
1460 9th St.
Weds, 8/5 5:30-7:30
Grants Pass Grants Pass
Regional Meeting
La Quinta Inn 243 NE Morgan Ln Tues, 7/28 5:00-6:30
Grants Pass DHS –
Grants Pass APD
Tues, 8/4 12:00-1:00
Grants Pass DHS –
Grants Pass SS & CW
Tues, 7/28 11:30-1:30
Grants Pass OYA – Rogue Valley Weds, 7/22 1:30-4:30p
Klamath Falls Klamath Falls
Regional Meeting
Mazatlan Grill
2322 Washburn Way
Weds, 7/29 5:00-7:00
Klamath Falls DHS –
Klamath Falls APD
DHS SS & CW
700 Klamath Ave. #500
Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:30
Klamath Falls DHS – Klamath Falls SS & CW Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:30
Klamath Falls Employment –
Klamath Falls
DHS SS & CW
700 Klamath Ave. #500
Weds, 7/22 11:30-1:30
Klamath Falls ODOT – Klamath Falls Weds, 7/22 5:45 a.m.
Medford Medford
Regional Meeting
SEIU (Cobblestone Village, 1257 N Riverside #7) Mon, 7/27 5:30-6:30
Medford DHS – Medford DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford CW Weds, 7/29 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford DSO Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford SS 909 Royal Court Weds, 7/29 11:30
Medford DHS – Medford SSO Mon, 7/27 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – Medford VR DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford DHS – West Medford DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford Employment – Medford DHS-DSO
28 West 6th Street Suite D
Thurs, 7/30 11:30-1:30
Medford Justice – Medford Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:30
North Bend DHS – Broadway Thurs, 8/6 12:00-1:00
Roseburg Roseburg
Regional Meeting
Holiday Inn – 375 W. Harvard Blvd. Thurs, 7/30 5:30-7:00
Roseburg DHS – Roseburg DSO Thurs, 7/23 2:00-4:00
Roseburg DHS – Roseburg SS & CW Thurs, 7/23 11:30-1:30
Roseburg DHS – Roseburg SSO DHS-Roseburg DSO Thurs, 7/23 2:00-4:00
Springfield DHS – Gateway Thurs, 7/30 12:00-1:00
Springfield DHS – Springfield Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Springfield DMV – Springfield DHS
101 30th Street
Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Springfield Forestry – Springfield DHS
101 30th Street
Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00
Springfield ODFW – Springfield Field Office DHS
101 30th Street
Weds, 7/22 12:00-1:00

 


Eastern and Central Oregon
City Worksite Date and Time
Bend
Regional Meeting
SEIU Office, 925 SE 2nd St. Tues, 7/28
5:00-7:00
Bend – DHS worksite meeting DHS (1300 NW Wall St.) Thurs, 7/23
9:00am-12:00
Bend – Justice worksite meeting DHS (1300 NW Wall St.) Thurs, 7/23
9:00am-12:00
Burns
Regional Meeting
Best Western Rory and Ryan Hotel
534 Hwy 20N, Hines
Weds, 8/5
5:00-7:00
Burns
Regional Meeting
Best Western Rory and Ryan Hotel
534 Hwy 20N, Hines
Thurs, 8/6
6:30-8:30 a.m.
John Day
Regional Meeting
The Outpost Pizza
201 W. Main St.
Thurs, 8/6
5:00-7:00
La Grande
Regional Meeting
Bear Mountain Pizza
2104 Island Ave
Weds, 7/29
5:30
La Pine
Regional Meeting
Best Western Newberry Station
16515 Reed Rd.
Thurs, 7/30
5:00-7:00
Madras
Regional Meeting
Jefferson County Library (Rodriguez Annex)
134 SE E. St.
Weds, 7/29
5:00-7:00
Ontario
Regional Meeting
DHS Office
186 East Ln #3
Thurs, 7/30
12:00
Pendleton
Regional Meeting
SEIU Office
920 SW Frazer, Ste 120
Tues, 7/28
5:30
Prineville Pizza Hut
1505 NE 3rd St.
Tues, 8/4
5:00-7:00

 

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State Worker Tentative Agreement Summary

A summary of the entire state worker tentative agreement is now available! Click here to view and download the pdf.

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State Workers reach contract settlement

State Worker Barg Team 031815Our member-elected SEIU 503 state worker bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with the state!

Highlights include:

  • We more than held the line on healthcare. Starting in January 2016, we will move closer to fully paid healthcare: Most plans will go to a 99 percent/1 percent premium share, while the most expensive plans will stay at 95 percent/5 percent.
  • There will be a 1.48 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2015 and a 2.75 percent cost-of-living raise on December 1, 2016.
  • Retirement security for all state workers. Protecting PERS has consistently been a top priority for our members. After a great deal of work by our bargaining team, the State agreed to buy out the 6 percent pick-up on 11/1/16. For more information on how the buy-out of the pick up will work, see our FAQ or video.
  • The day after Thanksgiving will be a new holiday for everyone! We’ve emphasized with the state over the last several bargaining cycles the importance of work/life balance and the work our members do in their communities. Our team landed on an extra holiday, which will give people more time with family and community.
  • We agreed to a four-year contract, which means that step increases are secured for the next four years. We will bargain again in two years only on differentials, cost-of-living adjustments, and health insurance. This will allow us to focus on workplace issues and work toward a 2017-2019 state budget that lifts up everyone by adequately funding services for all Oregonians and fair wages and benefits for workers.
  • Click here for complete summary of the tentative agreement.

On Saturday, July 18, our elected bargaining delegates will meet to review the tentative agreement and make a ratification recommendation. If you are interested in attending the conference, click here for the details and registration. Following the bargaining conference, we will hold a series of in-person ratification vote meetings at our largest worksites and in regional meetings around the state, in addition to our traditional mail ratification vote. Full summaries of the contract changes will be available at these meetings and mailed to members.

State workers have said very clearly these last few months that we won’t go backward on healthcare. Healthcare was the issue at the heart of the strike vote in 2013; because of state workers standing strong, we are moving forward. Our unity on issues like healthcare—along with our work electing allies who are willing to join us to make sure everyone has a Fair Shot—gave us the bargaining power to gain ground on healthcare, protect our retirement, and lift wages for everyone!

Congratulations to all state workers on reaching a strong tentative agreement!

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Working through the night spells SUCCESS for Specials Coalition!

The SEIU bargaining team persevered through another long night to reach a tentative agreement settlement with management this week. Members from a number of agencies joined us, and we were successful at packing the room. Those members showed our labor strength, testified how important the contract was to them, and helped us achieve a great settlement.

The SEIU bargaining team made it clear to management that we were fighting for language to benefit both parties. Here’s a list of what we accomplished:

Article 45.5: Coalition language that requires internal job openings to be posted a minimum of seven (7) days and a mechanism to get feedback about the hiring process for unsuccessful candidates. Previously, there was a smattering of different requirements for different agencies, or no language at all. Three agencies had more than seven (7) days for postings and were able to retain their language. We will continue working to bring all agencies to an even higher standard. We also won language that now allows employees to request a medical hardship lateral transfer.

Article 61.5: Employees will now be able to retain their banked sick leave when taking a leave of absence without pay (LWOP). Previously ALL leave banks would need to have been exhausted before taking LWOP. This proposal was the hardest fought for by the team, as it was a major priority for members on the bargaining survey. The bargaining team dug in and after exchanging multiple proposals, we came out with a HUGE win.

Letter of Agreement: Agreement to form a task force of union and management that will investigate implementing “year-round pay” for academic-year employees at the Department of Education. If the payroll challenges can be worked out, academic-year employees would be able to pro-rate their salaries by 9, 10, or 12 months beginning in the 2016-2017 school year.

Letter of Agreement: To continue the employee recognition programs at the Oregon Medical Board and Department of Consumer Business Services, and form labor-management committees to make improvements to those programs.

Article 58.5: New language allowing employees to be paid or receive comp time for holidays that occur on the worker’s normally scheduled day off.

Article 121.5: More options for employer-paid education, training and career development, and protections to prevent management from cancelling approved trainings. We also added language that requests that training/education will not be arbitrarily denied and language that all agencies will advocate for and promote career advancement.

Article 10.5: Increases the number of stewards for the Department of Education and the Health Licensing Boards. Adds the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), a newly formed agency, into the Specials contract.

What we were able to hold the line on:

Management backed off the proposal that would have given Appraiser Analysts at the Department of Revenue a one (1) year trial service. We blocked severe limitations proposed by management to the temporary schedule modifications and we blocked management’s attempt to eliminate the posting of vacancies on the bulletin boards at the Department of Administrative Services.

With member support, the Specials bargaining team had some huge wins and beat back a number of proposed takeaways. Thanks to everyone who participated throughout this bargaining process.

In It Together,

The Specials Coalition Bargaining Team

Mary Stewart, Revenue, Eugene – Central Table
Sandi Kalin, DAS, Salem – Central Table
Mike Forrest, Ag, Salem
Roberta Laux, Ag, Salem
Carolyn Briggs, Blind Commission, Portland
Lloyd Perez, BOLI, Portland
Dan McKay, DAS, Salem
Steve Walsh, DAS, Salem
Jim Beck, DCBS, Portland
Dianna Janowski, DCBS, Salem
Michael Elliott, Education, Salem
Karen Harrison, Education, Salem
Sam Ko, Education, Salem
Keary DeBeck, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Kathleen Lamar, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Nita Goss, Medical Board, Portland
Dolores Vance, OHCS, Salem
Mary Lang, PERS, Tigard
Susan Mundell, PERS, Tualatin
Flor Morales, Revenue, Salem
Jessyca Stafford, Revenue, Eugene
Ann Reed, State Library, Salem
Matthew Garrett, Teachers Standards & Practices, Salem
Leah Rickert, Veterans Affairs, Salem
Susan Douthit, Water Resources, Salem
Ronald Kohanek, Water Resources, Salem
Shawna Akin, SEIU 503 Staff
Veronica Miller, SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your Specials Bargaining Team at Specials@seiu503.org.

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Bargaining update: The sun rises over the Specials Coalition…

After a marathon 10+ hour bargaining session, your Specials Coalition Bargaining Team made significant progress toward a settlement. While there are still a number of issues on the table, Tentative Agreements were reached on important issues:

  • Significant adjustments to current contract language to integrate the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), a newly formed agency, into the contract;
  • A Letter of Agreement forming a task force to work on compensation plans for the Department of Education, allowing academic-year staff at the Oregon School for the Deaf and the Youth Correction Education Program to prorate their pay over 9, 10 or 12 months. The task force will work out payroll issues with the intention of implementing full-year pay options, if found to be possible, to go into effect by the 2016-17 school year. This issue has been brought to the table during many bargaining sessions and each time has been turned down by management, so this is a HUGE VICTORY!
  • Increasing the number of stewards allowed for the Department of Education and in all Health Licensing Boards that have more than 25 employees.

The Bargaining Team once again took up the long-standing and hard-fought issue of overtime assignments and pay at the Department of Agriculture. Members from the Department of Agriculture testified at bargaining and provided petitions in support of their position. Unfortunately, management refused to be moved. This is one fight we will need to continue throughout the next two years and again at the next bargaining session.

Next Tuesday (May 19) is likely to be our last bargaining meeting for this contract, and we have some key proposals to move forward and close. In order to make these proposals wins for workers, we must PACK THE ROOM! Management needs to understand that we are determined to have positive outcomes, so members from across the coalition need to be in the room with us!

Pack the Room for Specials Coalition Bargaining!
Tuesday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
SEIU 503 Headquarters (1730 Commercial St SE, Salem)

Contact Shawna Akin at akins [at] seiu503 [dot] org for more information and to RSVP

Mediocre contracts are won with good negotiations. Outstanding contracts are won with overwhelming support from the membership. You make it happen — please join us next Tuesday and help close out Specials Coalition bargaining with solid wins on our remaining proposals!

In It Together,

The Specials Coalition Bargaining Team
Mary Stewart, Revenue, Eugene – Central Table
Sandi Kalin, DAS, Salem – Central Table
Mike Forrest, Ag, Salem
Roberta Laux, Ag, Salem
Carolyn Briggs, Blind Commission, Portland
Lloyd Perez, BOLI, Portland
Dan McKay, DAS, Salem
Steve Walsh, DAS, Salem
Jim Beck, DCBS, Portland
Dianna Janowski, DCBS, Salem
Michael Elliott, Education, Salem
Karen Harrison, Education, Salem
Sam Ko, Education, Salem
Keary DeBeck, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Kathleen Lamar, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Nita Goss, Medical Board, Portland
Dolores Vance, OHCS, Salem
Mary Lang, PERS, Tigard
Susan Mundell, PERS, Tualatin
Flor Morales, Revenue, Salem
Jessyca Stafford, Revenue, Eugene
Ann Reed, State Library, Salem
Matthew Garrett, Teachers Standards & Practices, Salem
Leah Rickert, Veterans Affairs, Salem
Susan Douthit, Water Resources, Salem
Ronald Kohanek, Water Resources, Salem
Shawna Akin, SEIU 503 Staff
Veronica Miller, SEIU 503 Staff
Contact your Specials Bargaining Team at Specials@seiu503.org.

 

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Fight for 15 photo contest winner

DCBS-Workers’ Compensation Board workers entered the winning photo in our In It Together photo contest. Congratulations to these workers and everyone who submitted such great photos.

“Last year, we really stepped up and received a great contract for our efforts,” explained Thomas Taylor from the winning worksite. “Actions like unity breaks helped us get there. With the current bargaining offer, it’s more important than ever to keep everyone informed and updated and to let them know we’re in it together!”

DCBS-WCB will receive a framed copy of their photo for their worksite and it will be featured at the SEIU 503 Salem office. The spirit and enthusiasm everyone has shown is critical to our ability to win a fair contract and a fair shot for all Oregonians. We’re In It Together, so keep up the great work and stay involved!

Photo (left to right): Debrea Howard, Nancy Coffelt, David Blank, Brooke Stice, Mary DeVoursney, Andrea Hiscocks, Justin Herr, Kayleen Atkins, Thomas Taylor, Autumn Blake and Margie Stice.

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PERS pick-up buyout proposal FAQ

What is the 6 percent pickup and how did it come to be?

Prior to 1979, state workers paid 6 percent of our wages towards PERS. In 1979, during bargaining, we accepted a proposal from the State to pay the 6 percent into our PERS accounts, which increased member take-home pay even though wage rates remained the same because members no longer had to pay the 6 percent out-of-pocket.

What did we reach a tentative agreement on?

Rather than the state continuing to “pick up” the 6 percent by paying it directly into our PERS accounts, beginning Nov1, 2016, these funds will be transferred back to the employee’s pay and then transferred, as a pre-tax deduction, into the employee’s PERS account. Any additional payroll tax, and increased PERS contribution, incurred as a result of the “buy back” will be covered by an additional .95 percent paid by the state into the employee’s pay. While this will increase employee’s base wages by 6.95 percent, the intent of the buyout is to be zero cost to employees.

PERScomparison

How would this benefit us?

There are a number of ways this would be in our best interests. First, it would be an additional benefit for OPSRP members (those hired on or after August 29, 2003, also known as Tier 3), as it would translate into a higher average final salary. Currently, Tier 1 and 2 members already have the 6 percent pick-up counted toward their final average salary, but OPSRP members do not.

In addition, pay and benefits that are based on your wage rate would increase; this includes IAP contributions, overtime, out-of-class and lead differentials, vacation payouts, and Social Security calculations. For example, if you work overtime or have a pay differential, this could put more money in your pocket.

Previous attempts to end the 6 percent pick-up would have resulted in an equivalent pay cut for all PERS members; this issue was a central cause of the 1995 strike by state and higher education workers in Oregon. Because we prevailed in striking down the recently passed PERS COLA cap in court, there have already been proposals to end the 6 percent pick up in a way that would not hold us harmless, but would instead entail some sort of pay cut (i.e. legislation allowing for negotiations over splitting the pick-up, or eliminating it altogether at our own expense).

Does this mean a pay increase for me?

No. There would basically be no change in total compensation. It would, however, increase your IAP contributions, overtime pay, out-of-class and lead differentials, vacation payouts, and Social Security.

If this doesn’t put more money in my pocket, why do it?

Besides the fact that the current system suppresses retirement income for OPSRP members, the Bargaining Team is making this proposal as a defensive measure aimed at protecting member retirement for the future.

Would the PERS buy back impact my ability to qualify for public assistance or increase garnishments or other payments I am required to make?

It’s not possible to speak to all circumstances. If you are impacted by an income-based benefit or payment plan, you’ll need to consult with whoever oversees your benefits or payments. Be sure to tell them this is a “pre-tax retirement benefit.”

Is this a new idea?

No. The idea of buying out the 6 percent has been discussed at bargaining tables and in the legislature for years. Many unions, including our fellow members at Portland Public Schools and most firefighter and law enforcement bargaining units, have already adopted a buyout because they saw it as being in their best interests. Our bargaining team believes this is the best way to secure our retirement.

Why now?

This concept is a carry-forward from previous bargaining sessions and the current Bargaining Team recognized the time was right for winning this proposal. At the Bargaining Conference held on Sunday, January 25, this proposal was brought forward to the assembled delegates. The delegates in attendance understood the importance and supported moving this forward. Maintaining a secure retirement has remained a high priority when our members fill out bargaining surveys.

Timing is critical as we face huge attacks on Unions and public workers. These attacks are focused on collection of dues, the right to collectively bargain and the ability to have a secure retirement.

How would it work?

See chart above. In our tentative agreement, we start picking up the additional 6.95% on Nov. 1, 2016.

How would this impact my dues and other payroll deductions?

Any deduction based on a percentage of your wages would be impacted. On the income side, overtime, wage-based differentials, and vacation payouts would benefit. For example, if you make $40,000 a year and received a 5% pay differential, your differential would be calculated off of a 6.95% higher base wage resulting in an $11.58/month increase before taxes. Under the same $40,000 a year scenario, every hour of overtime would increase by $2.01 before taxes. Similarly, dues would go up a small amount: for every additional $100/month you earn, your dues would go up $1.70. For example, if you make $40,000 a year, your dues would go up $3.94 per month.

Would I be able to pay that money into a 401k of my choice or use it otherwise?

No. By law, the 6 percent must be paid into your IAP account either by the employee or the employer.

How will this impact my income taxes?

While the funds are part of your income, they are not reported in Gross Income for tax purposes. The deduction is handled on a “pre-tax” basis just as your portion of your insurance premium is handled; therefore, it will have a negligible impact on your income taxes.

For information on PERS, there is a wealth of information on the PERS website, including the following benefit comparison chart:

http://apps.pers.state.or.us/pers238/a-z_project_chapter_238.htm

This FAQ was updated July 20, 2015, and will continue to be updated as more information is available.


PERS video

A short animated clip explaining the past and the future of PERS:

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Long night, BIG wins for Specials Coalition

In a significant change from the last bargaining session, where there was little movement and many proposed take-aways, management came to the table Tuesday night willing to work towards an agreement. After passing proposals back and forth, the Union bargaining team had the following wins:

  • Improved language regarding education, training and development of employees to foster career development.
  • Employees will have the right to choose whether to receive pay or compensatory time for holidays on normally scheduled days off.
  • We held the line on the probationary period for Appraiser Analysts at six (6) months.
  • We blocked any changes to language regarding temporary schedule modifications.

Custodians from the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) came to the table to testify about job postings and seniority promotion language within DAS. They made it clear that not all employees of DAS have access to computers, the kiosks that are available are outdated and often offline, and that the ability to see open positions would be impossible for many without hard copies of job announcements being posted throughout the agency. It was also made clear that the elimination of the seniority language at DAS in regards to promotions was unacceptable.

Management appeared unaware of the number of problems with discarding the bulletin board job posting language, and it is the team’s hope this testimony will be helpful in retaining the current contract language.

In order to continue this work, the team needs your help! Come join the team at a bargaining session, purple up on Wednesdays, and sign up for an upcoming Lobby Day! Also, if you are an employee of the Department of Agriculture, please sign the petition regarding overtime and seniority. You can contact a member of the bargaining team for a copy.

In Unity,

The Specials Coalition Bargaining Team

Mary Stewart, Revenue, Eugene – Central Table
Sandi Kalin, DAS, Salem – Central Table
Mike Forrest, Ag, Salem
Roberta Laux, Ag, Salem
Carolyn Briggs, Blind Commission, Portland
Lloyd Perez, BOLI, Portland
Dan McKay, DAS, Salem
Steve Walsh, DAS, Salem
Jim Beck, DCBS, Portland
Dianna Janowski, DCBS, Salem
Michael Elliott, Education, Salem
Karen Harrison, Education, Salem
Sam Ko, Education, Salem
Keary DeBeck, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Kathleen Lamar, Justice, CCBC, Salem
Nita Goss, Medical Board, Portland
Dolores Vance, OHCS, Salem
Mary Lang, PERS, Tigard
Susan Mundell, PERS, Tualatin
Flor Morales, Revenue, Salem
Jessyca Stafford, Revenue, Eugene
Ann Reed, State Library, Salem
Matthew Garrett, Teachers Standards & Practices, Salem
Leah Rickert, Veterans Affairs, Salem
Susan Douthit, Water Resources, Salem
Ronald Kohanek, Water Resources, Salem
Shawna Akin, SEIU 503 Staff
Veronica Miller, SEIU 503 Staff

Contact your Specials Bargaining Team at Specials@seiu503.org.

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