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)…


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 …

Moving closer to settlement. Join us at May solidarity actions around the state.

We worked late during our latest bargaining session May 7, 2013 and have made some progress. We presented management with a package proposal that covered building security, flexible schedules, leaves of absence without pay and medical hardship transfers.  Management was …

Specials Bargaining Update: State team continues to stall, rejects medical hardship leave

Our latest session was held on April 30, 2013. We had expected management to come to this session prepared with their counter proposals, but what they offered was less than endearing. We were informed that due to some of their …

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.

Specials coalition bargaining update: flexible schedules, medical hardship transfer

We wrapped up our latest bargaining session on April 16, 2013 and once again management was unwilling to move forward on any of our proposals. The one common theme from all of our sessions has been management ignoring or rejecting …

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. …

Specials bargaining update 4/4/13

Our last bargaining session was held on Tuesday April 2nd.  Management had little to offer and did not respond to most of what is still on the table.  Due to their own vacation schedules, they have been unable to follow …

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, …

Specials Coalition bargaining continues: medical hardship transfers, uniforms, mandatory overtime, and more

Bargaining is moving right along.  On Tuesday, February 19, 2013 we passed a few proposals and Letters of Agreement (LOAs) including: A proposal for Medical Hardship Transfers that would allow workers to request a hardship transfer because of a serious medical …

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 …

Specials coalition bargaining kicks off!

We met with management on February 5th. During this meeting, we presented 4 additional proposals to management around management’s performance evaluations; meal allowance for Food Service Employees at Oregon School for the Deaf; improving the intermittent/temporary flex language; and around …