About Our Union & FAQs

About SEIU Local 503/Sublocal 083

SubLocal 083 is part of the statewide Service Employees International Union Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union. Our union is member-driven and staff-supported, we democratically elect stewards, local and statewide officers, and bargaining delegates who negotiate the collective bargaining agreement between classified employees of the state universities and the Oregon University System. The collective bargaining agreement sets the wages and working conditions for all classified employees for the length of the contract. A new bargaining cycle will start in late 2020. Contact us for more information or to find out how to get more involved. We currently hold monthly meetings the 3rd Thursdays of the month at Valley Library from 11 – 12:30 pm or in the MU. Worksite meetings can be set up to accommodate your office location and schedule.  We want all union members to get active, and plugging in is the first step. Contact us to set up a worksite meeting or 1:1.

The new contract is available in .pdf format and is at the printer being bound as of 2/5/2020.

If you need help with an issue please contact organizer Siobhan Burke 630-699-0281 by text, phone or email at burkes@seiu503.org, 24/7.




Is there an initiation fee to join Local 083?


Why should I join the union?

Every member makes us stronger at the bargaining table when we fight for higher wages, healthcare, and other benefits like paid leave. As a classified employee at OSU, you have a voice. As a member, you have a vote and a voice in the direction the union takes. The very best reason is that you join with your fellow workers in unity. Workers in union jobs make more money, have better health insurance and are more likely to have retirement plans. Sticking together means a better life for you and your loved ones.

How do I know what’s going on with the union?

You should receive emails and updates from your fellow members. If you cannot attend the monthly meetings, request an organizer attend a worksite meeting where you are. If you have a question contact your local steward, an officer or an organizer.

What kinds of problems can the union help with?

Sticking together you can work on just about any issue in your worksite. The contract covers many topics, from leave to breaks, to wages, ovetime, and safety issues. You can read the contract at the SEIU 503 website.


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