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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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!

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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 …

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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). …

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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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