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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 …

Pro-worker candidates advance from primary elections

Primary elections saw some big wins for working families in Oregon. Rob Nosse (D – SE Portland) is the first Oregon Labor Candidate School graduate elected to the House of Representatives. Nosse, a lifelong labor leader and activist, was one …

SEIU members stand with leaders who stand with working families

After interviewing candidates and compiling responses to questionnaires about their positions on the issues, the SEIU Local 503 CAPE Council has announced their candidate endorsements in the May 2014 primary election. The CAPE Council consists of 52 locally elected member …

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 …

Progress in 2014 Special Session

Legislative Update We have been working hard to pass our Homecare Choice legislation (Senate Bill 1542). This bill would improve the quality of and access to homecare for seniors and people with disabilities who do not qualify for Medicaid. These …

We’re on the move! Sign up for the SEIU Local 503 Campaign to Build Voter Power

This summer, SEIU care providers will once again take the state by storm! From Bend to Lincoln City and Eugene to Medford, care providers are planning to reach out to fellow workers to sign them up for membership, build political …

Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities Lobby Day February 5th, 2014

Join the Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities to advocate for Oregon’s home and community-based services and overall long-term care system at the Capitol in Salem.  SEIU continues to be a strong voice at the Capitol.  Bring your …

CAPE Council 2013 – 2015

Our CAPE Council consists of 48 locally elected member representatives that drive SEIU Local 503’s voice in politics. The members of our CAPE Council provide a voice for working Oregonians by recommending candidate endorsements and then working to get our …

Santa’s Naughty List This Year Includes…

Santa’s Naughty List this year includes…. Bill Sizemore-style bad ideas for Oregon’s working families! Corporations and out-of-state billionaires are pushing Bill Sizemore-inspired bad ideas to the 2014 ballot to undermine workers’ wages, benefits, and safe working conditions. We’re fighting back …

2013-2015 CAPE ELECTIONS – UPDATE: 10/31/13

Here are the official results of the SEIU 503 CAPE Elections that closed on Thursday, October 24th at 5:00pm and whose ballots were counted last Friday.  As a recap – 65 members chose to run and it appears that we …

Great leap forward for dignity, autonomy and choice

After months of tirelessly advocating on behalf of their professions and their consumers, SEIU 503 care providers and consumers were on hand today to witness a great leap forward for dignity, autonomy and choice for Oregonians with developmental disabilities. Governor …

NOW AVAILABLE: (CAPE) Council Official Nomination Forms

At the July 14th meeting of the CAPE Council, delegates set the schedule for upcoming 2013-2015 CAPE Delegate Elections with the following timetable: By Wednesday, July 31st – notify all SEIU 503 members of upcoming Nominations for CAPE COUNCIL elections …

CAPE Nominations Notification

At the July 14th meeting of the CAPE Council, delegates set the schedule for upcoming 2013-2015 CAPE Delegate Elections with the following timetable: 1)  By Wednesday, July 31st – notify all SEIU 503 members of upcoming Nominations for CAPE COUNCIL …

Setbacks in Salem but the Fight Far from Over

This was not a great day in the Oregon House for public workers or the people we serve, but the fight for fairness in this legislative session is far from over. First, Republican leaders and their allies in the “loophole …

House Committee Approves Retirement Security Study

Defying banking and insurance lobbyists, a House committee in Salem has approved a bill supported by members of SEIU local 503 and allies on the Retirement in Reach Coalition that would bring key players together to develop a responsible plan …

OUS Members Tell Legislators To “Make Every Dollar Count”

Supported by an enthusiastic turnout of SEIU Local 503 members, two classified workers from the Oregon University System testified at a Joint Ways & Means Committee education subcommittee hearing March 27 that the “Make Every Dollar Count” report advanced by …

SEIU Local 503 Legislative Priorities 2013

Our legislative work in 2013 will focus on funding for contracts, other critical budget issues, PERS defense, and revenue reform. Simultaneously, we will be promoting policy legislation in several areas that support the goals of SEIU 503’s five-year plan. Our …

Capitol Update for Working Families

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Capitol Update for Working Families: 2/15/13

The second full week of the legislative session was tremendously eventful as our union’s efforts to preserve services, fund our contracts, and protect benefits ran up against the anti-worker attacks of some of Oregon’s largest corporations. Making Every Dollar Count: …

Coalition unveils solutions for priorities budget

As the 2013 Legislative Session kicked off last week, it is clear that we face yet another tight budget. Even worse, the needs of workers are being pitted against critical public services. That is why we joined with a coalition …

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