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SEIU Local 503 endorses Governor Kitzhaber for re-election

We are pleased to share that, on behalf of SEIU 503’s 55,000 represented workers, based on the Board of Directors unanimous vote, SEIU 503, OPEU, has endorsed Governor Kitzhaber in his re-election bid. Gov. Kitzhaber has a vision to rebuild …

Two organizing victories: 130 new members join Local 503

Nursing home workers at Fernhill Estates and temp workers at Marion County won organizing victories in the past week and became the newest members of SEIU Local 503. With the addition of Fernhill, workers at 50 nursing homes and assisted …

Local 503 Board votes to support Staples boycott

On July 2, the SEIU 503 Board of Directors voted to support the APWU boycott of Staples, Inc. The Postal Service and Staples have opened “postal counters” at more than 80 Staples stores. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is touting the deal …

Statewide Officer Candidate Statements and Nominations

We elect the Executive Director, President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer by secret ballot in statewide elections every two years. Every active member is eligible to run for statewide office. Terms of office and a list of officer duties and responsibilities …

SEIU 503 response to Harris v. Quinn

WATCH: SEIU Local 503 Executive Director Heather Conroy and Rebecca Sandoval, President of SEIU 503′s Homecare and Personal Support Worker Sublocal 99 respond to the US Supreme Court’s ruling in Harris vs Quinn

Victory for Marion County workers!

A big congratulations to SEIU members at Marion County who reached a contract settlement on Wednesday! The bargaining team struggled to overcome a contentious contract fight two years ago when tensions were high at the table and we were days away …

2014-2016 Board of Directors

Congratulations to newly-elected board members. Click here for election results.

Congratulations to newly-elected officers of DHS/OHA

Our union is proud to announce the results of the DHS/OHA Union Officer, Bargaining Delegate, and General Council Elections. Officers hold a two year office May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2016 President: Rhonda Morgan Vice President: Alice Pangburn Secretary: …

Important notice for homecare workers

Starting May 1, 2014, Benefit Solutions, Inc. (BSI) will be responsible for handling and processing all premium payments and member reimbursement payments for the Oregon Homecare Workers Trusts.

SEIU 503 Organizer has passion for African self-determination

SEIU 503 organizer Ahjamu Umi says leaving the Bay area as a teenager and heading to Africa to connect with his African heritage is what put his life on track – a journey into an exciting and intense mission for social and political justice.

SEIU members interview candidates

Last weekend in Portland and Salem, SEIU members interviewed dozens of candidates for state and local office. WATCH members ask the candidates tough questions. The SEIU CAPE board chooses candidates through a rigorous endorsement process, including a questionnaire, interview and …

Concert: George Mann, Friday 4/25, 7 pm, PDX

Renowned New York folk artist George Mann performs in support of universal, publicly-funded health care for all Oregonians in a concert Friday, April 25th, 7 pm, in the Portland SEIU 503 office Ballroom at 6401 SE Foster (near Holgate and …

2014 Legislative Victories: Advocating for Quality Services

Our union is deeply committed to advocating for policies that help Oregonians live with dignity and maximize their self-determination. Over the last three years we have achieved major victories that greatly improve services for aging Oregonians and people with disabilities.

Statement from OEA and SEIU on the Withdrawal of 2014 Initiatives

While Oregon will not see a specific attack on working people on the November ballot, the fight for the state’s working families and our students has never been more critical. Corporate profits are at an all time high, but more …

Homecare Choice Bill passes House

On March 7, the Oregon House passed Senate Bill 1542 on a 44-14 bipartisan vote. The bill now moves to Gov. Kitzhaber for signing. The bill—co-sponsored by Senator Rosenbaum, Senator Beyer, Senator Steiner Hayward and Representative Gallegos, and supported by …

Avamere Medford says Union Yes!

Congratulations to workers at Avamere Rehabilitation of Rogue Valley on their new union. On January 23, they became the first group to join Local 503 this year. More than 80% of the 56 workers signed union cards, and Rep. Peter …

New Union Contract for Addus Employees

After months of lobbying the Oregon State Legislature to secure rate increases for Addus, and the work of our bargaining team to ensure that the company would pass those rate increases on to us, we have reached a Tentative Agreement with 6.5-14.25% pay raise for Addus workers!

Realizing the Promise of the Affordable Care Act

As a sister to a man with terminal cancer, Sharon* knows the importance of early detection. So when she began to notice some early warning signs of the disease herself—including a hard lump in her stomach— she knew it was …

Notice of Nominations and Union Elections

2014 Board of Directors, Statewide and Local Officer Elections/General Council Calendar Board nominations and election timelines (see calendar below). Our Board structure allows 11 Employer Group and 12 Regional Directors and Assistant Directors. Statewide Officer Election Timelines (see calendar below). …

Homecare contract ratified!

We are thrilled to announce that, with overwhelming support, SEIU 503 homecare members have ratified the tentative agreement for our 2013-2015 union contract. Thank you to all of the providers who became members, lobbied, testified, phone banked, wrote letters, rallied and reached …

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