State Workers

State Workers elect central bargaining team

StateWorkerBTElected bargaining delegates from throughout Oregon met on Saturday to talk about bargaining priorities and strategy, including winning good wages and benefits for state workers and fighting for a fair economy for all Oregonians.

Delegates also chose our union’s leadership team for bargaining. Our elected central table bargaining team is:

Steve Demarest, Employment Department
Wayne Ground, DHS/OHA
Brant Johnson, Oregon State Hospital
Sandi Kalin, Department of Administrative Services
Noel Magee, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Rolando Ramirez, Oregon Youth Authority
Mike Scott, Oregon Department of Transportation
Mary Stewart, Department of Revenue

The elected bargaining team will be joined by Heather Conroy, SEIU 503 Executive Director, and SEIU 503 staff member Heather Blankenheim.

The team will meet soon to discuss our bargaining priorities for 2015-2017. If you are an SEIU 503 represented state worker, please take a few minutes to complete your bargaining survey.

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PEBB announces September face-to-face meetings for 2015 health plans

PEBB has just announced that they will do a series of meetings around the state to inform us about our health care choices for 2015.  Increased communication is something our committee has pushed for and we are glad to see an expanded list of in-person meetings happening prior to October open enrollment.  Click here to find the meeting closest to you – the meetings start this Thursday, Sept. 4th.

As a reminder, there are two big pieces of good news around our health insurance:

  • We will receive our cost of living adjustment (COLA) this month (3 months early!) – the 2% COLA will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2014 thanks to union contract language that puts money unspent on healthcare into our paychecks.  This is a direct result of health care premiums going slightly down in 2015.
  • If full-time members choose the least costly plan in their area, their premium share will be reduced from 5% to 3%.

These steps forward are due to increased member activism around contract negotiations and healthcare, and to effective advocacy by our union PEBB representatives. Despite these gains, we still believe the state has a ways to go in improving our work environments so that we can all be healthier.  We will provide updates as we make further recommendations to PEBB.

In Unity,

Your PEBB Member Advisory Committee (PMAC) Representatives
Keary DeBeck, Labor Chair for the Committee, Dept. of Justice
Cary Fardal, Oregon State Hospital
Wednesday Martin, DHS Vocational Rehabilitation
Shaun Parkman, Oregon Health Authority
Siobhan Martin, SEIU Staff Advisor

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Oregon State Hospital celebrates 92% membership


Oregon State Hospital workers took time during their lunch break today to celebrate their 92% worksite membership rate. Local leaders here know that OSH works best when workers say “Union Yes!”

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Two big wins for state and university workers put money in members’ pockets!

Exciting news: two more wins coming out of our 2013 contract campaigns with the State and OUS!

As you know, healthcare has been and will likely continue to be a major point of contention in contract negotiations. In 2013, our bargaining teams negotiated two key provisions that would not only hold the line, but begin to regain some of the lost ground around healthcare. Today, we’re happy to report these victories have been realized:

1) Reducing the 5% premium share down to 3% for those members who select the lowest cost plan in their area, even if there’s only one plan to choose from. This necessitated at least 95% of members having more than one plan to choose from, and PEBB’s recent plan selections made this a reality. Not only does this put more money in members’ pockets but it also expands healthcare choices for members in rural Oregon. Click here to see which plan has the lowest costs in your county. (updated 7/30/2014, pdf download)

2) Moving up the effective date of the next cost-of-living raise (COLA) if healthcare costs come in below projections. Based on the rates recently adopted by PEBB, it now looks like the effective date of the COLA will be moved up at least to September 2014 (instead of the originally planned 12/1/14). We expect to know the exact effective date within the next week and will keep you updated.

More information on these provisions can be found in the State worker contract Article 31 and the OUS worker contract Article 21 and Article 24.

These victories were possible because of the great power of members coming together to push for fairness, and from the aggressive and strategic work of our PEBB representatives in advocating for better healthcare quality and pricing. And none of this would have been possible without our strong voice in the Capitol, powered by the Citizen Action for Political Education (CAPE) program. Please click here to contribute to CAPE to strengthen our voice and enable future healthcare victories.

At a time when public sector workers are suffering enormous roll-backs to their healthcare, it’s exciting to see that we can work on positive solutions that bring down costs and share those savings with front-line workers.

In Solidarity,

Heather Conroy, SEIU 503 Executive Director
Keary DeBeck, State Worker Bargaining Co-Chair
Marc Nisenfeld, OUS Worker Bargaining Chair
Dan Smith, State Worker Bargaining Co-Chair

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Congratulations to newly-elected officers of Human Services

Our union is proud to announce the results of the Human Services 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: Betty Holladay
Treasurer: Wayne Ground

Sub Local 201:
Chair: Jonathan Spagle
Vice Chair: Aimee Driskill
Secretary: Jeanna Stellflug
Treasurer: Belinda Bellante

Sub Local 202:
Chair: Sarah Johnston
Vice Chair: Mary Perry
Secretary: Jessica Guadarrama-Torres
Treasurer: Jasmine Metz

Sub Local 203:
Chair: Julianne Fredrickson
Treasurer: Kerri Stepisnik
Secretary: Angela Jacoby
Treasurer: Melany Hammang

Sub Local 204:
Chair: Kristie Hernandez
Vice Chair: Mandee Buen
Secretary: Maria O’Grady
Treasurer: Debora Veronneau

Sub Local 205:
Chair: Mark Stern
Vice Chair: Robert Westermann
Secretary: Araceli Ortiz
Treasurer: Samantha Lee

Sub Local 206:
Chair: Deanna Boylan
Vice Chair:Wednesday Martin
Secretary: Mary Guthrie
Treasurer: Vacant

Sub Local 207:
Chair: Jessica Morris
Vice Chair: Elisha Bready
Secretary: Tracey Anderson
Treasurer: Steven Wesman

Sub Local 208:
Chair: Michael Roberts
Vice Chair: Vanessa Herriott
Secretary: Deborah Salgado
Treasurer: Martin Ramirez

Sub Local 209:
Chair: Elisa Preciado
Vice Chair: Jennifer Maier
Secretary: Carol Ann Shaw
Treasurer: Atha Lincoln

Sub Local 210:
Chair: Rebecca Smallwood
Vice Chair: Moises Hernandez
Secretary: Evelyn Marshall
Treasurer: Debra Meadows

Sub Local 211:
Chair: Vickie High
Vice Chair: Cynthia Potucek
Secretary: Dorybel Herrera
Treasurer: Tracy Lane

Sub Local 212:
Chair: Julie Krajacic
Vice Chair: Chela Navejar
Secretary: Erin Drake
Treasurer: Lolly Torres

Sub Local 213:
Chair: Jennifer Stephens
Vice Chair: Jeremiah Vosler
Secretary: Jeb Oliver
Treasurer: Cassidy Gorham

Sub Local 214:
Chair: Doug Zambrano
Vice Chair: Roger Haro
Secretary: Vacant
Treasurer: Vacant

Sub Local 215:
Chair: Lorene Arias
Vice Chair: Anya Khasanov
Secretary: Vicki Pearse
Treasurer: Kimberly Brown

Sub Local 216:
Chair: Anne Kirby
Vice Chair: Michelle Fort
Secretary: Nicole Meeker
Treasurer: Alanna Johnson

Sub Local 217:
Chair: Tonjia Doeden
Vice Chair: Michel Miller
Secretary: Pat Caldwell
Treasurer: Lisa Baker

Sub Local 218:
Chair: Andie Carmona
Vice Chair: Megan Enbody
Secretary: Bonnie Edmondson
Treasurer: Vacant

Sub Local 219:
Chair: Hillary Booth
Vice Chair: Sarah Hargand
Secretary: Jacqueline Harris
Treasurer: Steven Baird

Sub Local 220:
Chair: Corey Hemphill
Vice Chair: Adonal Arrington
Secretary: Jeff Randall
Treasurer: Jan Mautz

Bargaining Delegates (by number of votes):
Rhonda Morgan, Betty Holladay, Shamus Cooke, Wayne Ground, Michael Roberts, Michel Miller, Bob Allyn, Jasmine Metz, Martin Ramirez, Mary Perry, Carol Dobrovolny, Sarah Johnston

Bargaining Alternates (by number of votes):
Doug Zambrano, Jack Graham, Anya Khasanov, Eric Espinosa, Bruce Kennedy, Vanessa Herriott, Robert Westermann, Farrell Hopkins, Jennifer Stephens, Shelly Morton, Elisa Preciado, Angela Nelson, Latosha Dyson, Samantha Lee, Deborah Rehman

General Council Delegates (excluding auto delegates, by number of votes):
Leela Coleman, Shamus Cooke, Jack Graham, Pat Caldwell, Farrell Hopkins, Jacqueline Harris, Bonnie Anderson, Jessica Guadarrama-Torres, Rebekah Cook, Alanna Johnson, Martin Ramirez, Laura Cole, Angela Jacoby, Belinda Bellante, Jasmine Metz, Robert Hendrick

General Council Alternates (by number of votes):
Maria Correa-Ojeda, Latosha Dyson, Fred Jabin, Paul Peterson, Dana Margosian, Maryann Terpstra, Araceli Ortiz, Tricia Swallow, Shelly Morton, Christina Thompson, Deborah Rehman, Jeanna Stellflug, Angela Nelson, Samantha Lee

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ODOT Local 730 statewide meeting: October 12th

Please join us for our next ODOT Local 730 statewide meeting on October 12th. We use these meetings to review our work as a local and plan ahead for the next fights. We try to move the meetings to different locations around the state so its easier for members from the local area to participate. You can download a flyer here to use in your worksites to invite your coworkers to get involved by attending.


  • Review new contract details
  • Create our Local organizing plan for 2014
  • Talk about our contracting out work (including the new language in the contract and our win in getting the 219 pilot project bill stopped)
  • Update on our contract enforcement work
  • Update on the work of the officers at the labor management committee

Saturday, October 12th, 9:00 A.M  – 3:00 PM
Best Western Hotel
16515 Reed Rd | La Pine, Oregon, 97739

Lunch provided.

In addition to the meeting we’ll be getting together at Ponderosa Pizza the night before (Friday October 11th at 5:30 p.m.) for an informal get together. Any member is welcome to join us at either event. The address for Ponderosa Pizza is 52574 Hwy 97, La Pine, Oregon, 97739.

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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 feel in the substantial improvements in this contract, as well as in the unity and action demonstrated by thousands of members.  In pickets, purple-ups, strike preparations, and political participation in our communities, the halls of the Capitol and at the ballot box, we demonstrated to management and our fellow Oregonians that we are indeed all “In It Together.”

The next few years will continue to challenge us. There continues to be discussion of a special legislative session later this year to enact further PERS cuts. On the 2014 ballot, anti-union forces are putting forward measures that, if passed, would weaken our collective voice. As we navigate these challenges and prepare for contract negotiations in 2015, we must maintain the great spirit of solidarity—with each other, our clients, and all Oregonians—that propelled us to victory today.

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State Worker Tentative Agreement Summary Video

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State worker contract ratification resources

Ratification schedule

July 27: Bargaining conference
July 29: Ballots mailed
August 5: Replacement ballots available by request from field offices
August 16, 5:00 p.m.: Ballots due at Salem headquarters

State Worker Ratification VideoA video summary of the SEIU 503 State Worker Tentative Agreement, presented by your state worker bargaining team, July 27, 2013.

Complete summary: State worker tentative agreement

Read a complete summary of the state worker tentative agreement, including summaries of Human Services, Institutions, ODOT, and Specials coalitions.

Read more

Frequently Asked Questions: State worker tentative agreement

Detailed explanation about new provisions in the tentative agreement, including information on the “pathway to 3% premium share” and “step slide.”

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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 message that we won’t back down until we have a fair contract.

Our work has paid off. Early this morning, we reached a tentative agreement with the state that we believe is just, returns us to a place of economic stability, and begins to address broader issues Oregonians face.  While we all want and deserve more, we believe that together our campaign brought about the best agreement possible.

Some highlights of the agreement include:

  • Holding the line on 5% premium share, plus a pathway to a 3% premium share in 2015

  • Maintaining the low-wage worker and part-time worker healthcare subsidies

  • Cost-of-living raises of 1.5% effective Dec. 1, 2013 and 2% effective Dec. 1, 2014

  • End step freeze

  • No changes to the 6% pick-up

  • An end to furloughs

  • Healthy workplace improvements, including trauma training, a statewide healthy workplace committee, and enforcement options to address bullying.

More details will be available via email and at in the coming days.

Next steps:

  1. Bargaining Conference: On July 27, elected bargaining delegates will come together in Salem to discuss the details of the tentative agreement.

  2. Membership Vote: Following the conference, a ratification ballot together with a detailed explanation of the tentative agreement will be mailed to all state workers in SEIU.  If you are not a member we encourage you to join with your coworkers and have your voice counted by returning the enclosed membership application with your ballot.

In a recent opinion piece in the Statesman Journal, SEIU 503 Executive Director Heather Conroy made the case that the fight for a fair contract is about more than ourselves–it’s about standing up for our clients, our communities, and Oregon’s middle class. We have been honored to help lead that charge as your elected bargaining team, and we look forward to continuing in that struggle with you.

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