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This week the Oregon Investment Council (OIC), which is independently responsible for investing the money in our retirement accounts, is considering a change to the risk-management approach to our IAP accounts.

Currently the IAP, which is the individual retirement account that either you or your employer contributes to, is invested with the same strategies as the PERS Regular Fund. The returns from this fund have been good, with the notable exceptions of the 2001 and 2008 stock market drops. However, the risk these investments carry may not be appropriate for every member at every stage in their life.

In most private investment accounts, funds are shifted into low-risk investments as people get older and closer to retirement. This makes sense. Someone who is 25 and unlikely to need their retirement funds for many years can take on greater risk than someone who is 65 and may need their funds soon.

Tomorrow the OIC is meeting to discuss a plan to incorporate this age-based investment strategy into your IAP. Their plan would shift IAP funds from higher-risk/higher-yield investments into lower-risk/lower-yield investments as a person ages, with the goal of reducing risk for older members in order to protect them against a sudden downturn in the market as they approach retirement.

The proposal appears to make good fiscal sense, but we’ll be watching closely to ensure that any decision from OIC has members’ best interests in mind.

If you have any thoughts or questions about the proposal, please email them to pers@seiu503.org.

In Unity,

Steven Demarest, President
SEIU Local 503

Update 9/19/17


 

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And now it’s time to vote on our tentative agreement! We’ll be holding multiple campus meetings with personalized voting packets over the next two weeks where you will be able to complete and submit your ballot. Voting on campus will allow you the opportunity to ask questions about the tentative agreement before you vote on it.

  • Monday 9/18, Classified Staff Lunch & Vote On Your Contract. 11 am – 1 pm, Memorial Union, Room 213. More information? Contact organizer Siobhan Burke 630-699-0281
  • Tuesday 9/19, Classified Staff Vote On Your Contract. 9-10 am1:30 – 2:30 pm McNary. More information? Contact organizer Siobhan Burke 630-699-0281
  • Wednesday 9/20, Classified Staff Lunch & Vote On Your Contract, 11 am – 1 pm, Market Place West (NW Conference Room). More information? Contact organizer Siobhan Burke 630-699-0281
  • Thursday 9/21, Classified Staff Lunch & Vote On Your Contract, 10 am – 2 pm, Willamette West Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Valley Library.  SEIU President Steve Demarest will join us for Q and A at 11 am. More information? Contact organizer Siobhan Burke 630-699-0281
  • Friday 9/22, Classified Staff Vote On Your Contract, Arnold Dining Hall, 9am – 10 am, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. More information? Contact organizer Siobhan Burke 630-699-0281
  • We also will be at UHDS Maintenance on 9/19 12 – 12:30 pm but that’s only for that worksite.

Siobhan Burke
Public Services Organizer
SEIU Local 503, OPEU

1-844-503-SEIU (7348)
Direct Dial: 503-540-8479

Cell Phone: 630-699-0281


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After months of bargaining, our SEIU 503 Higher Ed bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with Oregon’s public universities! We won this settlement because workers like you have come together in unity to push back against an employer that fought hard for takeaways. Make no mistake: The employer wanted us to settle for much less than we’re worth. Only through members coming together in union were we able to win an agreement that benefits all workers.

Together, we were able to secure cost of living increases, hold the line on healthcare, and maintain annual step increases in the face of potential wage freezes (for full details, click here).

And now it’s time to vote on our tentative agreement! We’ll be holding multiple campus meetings with personalized voting packets over the next two weeks where you will be able to complete and submit your ballot. Voting on campus will allow you the opportunity to ask questions about the tentative agreement before you vote on it.

Please join any of the following membership meetings:

Date Time Location
Wednesday
September 13
12:00pm-1:00pm Facilities Breakroom
(Facilities staff only)
Monday
September 18
11:00am-1:00pm MU 213
Tuesday
September 19

Updated Times

9-10 am1:30 – 2:30 pm

Updated Location

McNary

Wednesday

September 20
11:00am-1:00pm Market Place West
(East Conference Room)
Thursday
September 21
10:00am-2:00pm Valley Library
3rd Floor
Friday
September 22

Updated Times

9am – 10 am, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Arnold Dining

Hope to see you soon!

In unity,

Siobhan Burke
Public Services Organizer
SEIU Local 503
Cell Phone: 630-699-0281

Updated Sept. 11, 2017


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Labor Day weekend means a well-deserved holiday for many workers around Oregon, and recognition of a proud tradition and dedication to a cause – sometimes at the cost of harassment, retaliation, imprisonment, injury and even loss of life – for the betterment of working people everywhere.

Labor Day is a time to emphasize and celebrate the rights and benefits unions have struggled so hard to gain, for they should never be forgotten or taken for granted.

On this special day, we hope you can enjoy a celebration of that struggle and its rewards with your family and friends. Here is a list of Labor Day Picnics sponsored by unions. All picnics are either free or have a nominal cost. Take the opportunity to join with other union families in your community for a celebration of hope and a bright future for all workers and their families.

In Unity,

Steve Demarest
President, SEIU Local 503


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Higher Ed 2017 Economic Reopener – Tentative Ageement Summary Draft (pdf)


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What the Proposed COLA Means to You

How much does my pay increase over the course of the contract/biennium?

Assume that the baseline is the employee’s base salary as of 6/30/2017.

In terms of increased dollars over the course of the contract, the 1% increase on 10/1/2017 is the equivalent of a 0.875% raise on 7/1/2017.  The 1% increase on 7/1/2018 is the equivalent of a 0.5% increase on 7/1/2017.  Adding those two numbers together you get a total increase of 1.375%.

The total increase in salary between 6/30/17 and 6/30/19 is 2%.

If you want to compare our raises to the DAS settlement, 1.375% on 7/1/17 is the equivalent of 2.75% on 7/1/18.  DAS got an increase of 1.85% on 6/15/2018, a difference of almost a full percentage point.

Paul McKenna
Research Director
SEIU Local 503, OPEU1-844-503-SEIU (7348)

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We have a tentative agreement! After months of negotiating, our Higher Ed Bargaining team has reached an agreement with Oregon’s public universities around the economic portions of our contract. Join our coworkers THIS THURSDAY for a union meeting where we will discuss the tentative agreement, and next steps for voting on our contract.

SEIU 503 Local 83 Member Meeting
Thursday, August 17 — 11am -12:30pm
Valley Library — Willamette East Room 3rd floor

We’ll be going over details of the TA and answering questions about our contract. Hope to see you there!

In unity,

Leonora Rianda
SEIU 503 Local 083 President


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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

The vision of SEIU 503 members is “a just and vibrant society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and where all people can provide for themselves and their families.”

It is impossible to be grounded in this vision and not talk about the recent brutality in Charlottesville; at the same time, words fall short of describing the sorrow and hopelessness many of us are feeling.

Some of us are shocked by the face of hatred—racists, anti-semites, neo-Nazis—so brazenly brutalizing and murdering peaceful protestors. Others who have lived with racism and the specter of racial violence their entire lives are feeling the ripping open of old, deep wounds.

If you’re among the people who always carry the burden of possible racial violence, please know that our union is committed to your humanity, your dignity, and your safety. SEIU 503 members work through our Civil and Human Rights Committee and in many other ways to advance racial justice in our workplaces and in our communities. We will continue to show up with you.

To those of us who were shocked by the violence in Charlottesville, we’d like to offer a challenge. 

Most of us are not forced to confront racial injustice every day. We have the luxury—or privilege—of engaging in racial justice work on our own terms. We may denounce violence and hatred when a tragedy like the Charlottesville riot happens, but may shy away from addressing smaller acts of racism and oppression we witness on a regular basis.

Our challenge to our white union sisters and brothers is to choose to use your privilege to interrupt oppression every day. Commit to being anti-racist, not just non-racist. Take some time to learn about white privilege. Join together with other SEIU 503 members to educate and organize in your workplace—you can start small by displaying this sign at home, on social media or in your workplace. And if you’re able, make a financial contributions to organizations working to actively undermine oppression, either nationallyin Charlottesville, or right here in Oregon.

Please join us and your fellow SEIU 503 members in denouncing the racist hatred we just witnessed in Charlottesville not just with your words, but with your actions. We may be shocked, and we may feel despair, but we are not helpless in the face of hatred.

In It Together,

Steven Demarest
President, SEIU Local 503

Brian Rudiger
Executive Director, SEIU Local 503

Carmen Morales-Mayoral, Johnny Earl, and Guillermo Romero
Co-Chairs, SEIU 503 Civil and Human Rights Committee


Tenatative Contract Agreement Reached!

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We’re very excited to share that—after months of bargaining—our SEIU 503 bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with the employer!

We won this settlement because workers like you have come together in union to push back against an employer that fought hard for takeaways. Make no mistake: The employer wanted us to settle for much less than we’re worth. Only through members coming together in union were we able to win an agreement that benefits all workers.

Details will be available soon, but we wanted to share some highlights with you right away:

We held the line on healthcare, despite pressure from the employer to make front-line workers shoulder more of the cost, which would have resulted in lower take-home wages;

We maintained steps in the face of the employer trying to freeze steps for the length of the contract;

A 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Oct. 1, 2017, and a 1 percent COLA effective July 1, 2018;

Nine selectives and differentials, and agreement on a very low-cost meal purchasing plan for UO food service workers.

In the coming weeks, we will share the plan for ratification votes at campuses around the state. Please watch your email for a meeting on your campus.

Again, thanks to the hundreds of SEIU 503 members who showed up and won an agreement that lifts all workers. We’re excited about this agreement, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at a ratification vote soon!

In it together,

Your SEIU 503 Higher Education Bargaining Team
Marc Nisenfeld, Bargaining Team Chair
Johnny Earl, UO
Trisha Guy, WOU
Bud Hill, EOU
Bob Klem, Oregon Tech (Alternate Chair)
Colleen Martin-Low, SOU
Gloria O’Brien, OSU
David Shapiro, PSU


 

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On Monday and Tuesday of next week, our higher ed bargaining team will be in Bend fighting for a fair contract with no takeaways! Please show unity with your coworkers by wearing purple on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, join our next unity event to get updates from our bargaining delegate, Gloria O’Brien, and take part in a discussion around the next steps for winning a fair contract!

Unite for a Fair Contract!
When: Wednesday August 95-7pm
Where: Old World Deli — 341 SW 2nd St, Corvallis, OR 97333

Register at this link: https://fastfor.ms/C90AB

Hope to see you there. Click here to see coverage from our last action.

Siobhan Burke
Public Services Organizer
SEIU Local 503, OPEU

1-844-503-SEIU (7348)
Direct Dial: 503-540-8479

Cell Phone: 630-699-0281


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OSU Unity Dinner Flyer: Aug 9-2


 

In the News: OSU Workers Talk Strike

Jul 31, 2017


Upcoming Events

Tuesday August 1 – stewards meeting 5:30 at SEIU office

Thursday August 3 – Bargaining Support Conference Call, 7 –  8 pm

Monday & Tuesday August 7-8: Bargaining at Bend Campus

Monday August 7 – Office Hours at SEIU office, 3- 6

Tuesday August 8 – New Employee Orientation presentation with Leo Rianda & David Slifkin

Wednesday August 9 –  10 am Leadership meeting with President Ray

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9 – Unity Dinner at Old World Deli, 5 – 7 pm

Will we need to strike over the takeaways?  OR Will Management value and respect us?

Get the bargaining update from Gloria O’Brien from Bend

More information this week in email

Thursday, August 10 – 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Bargaining Support Team meeting – all invited – Adams Hall SEIU Office, 606 SW 15th

Thursday, August 17 – Rally for a Fair Contract 11 – 12:30, Dibble Dell

Thursday, August 24 – Unity Breaks on Campus


7/25/2017 – State Workers (DAS) Reach Tentative Agreement

http://www.seiu503.org/2017/07/state-workers-reach-tentative-agreement/

After back-to-back marathon bargaining sessions, our SEIU 503 State Worker Bargaining Team has reached a tentative agreement on our wage and benefit reopener!

Together through our unity and actions we:

Held the line on healthcare by maintaining the 1% premium share for lower cost plans and 5% for costlier plans. This was a top priority for us, and we prevailed. Management was insisting on a 7% premium share until the final hours. We sent a clear message that we wouldn’t tolerate cost-shifting on healthcare.

Secured 2 normal step increases. Two years ago we pushed management to agree to a four-year contract, and we were able to secure steps for the length of the contract at that time. Having steps secured was pivotal to being able to push management in other priority areas like healthcare and a living wage for all workers.

Won a 1.85% cost-of-living raise on 6/15/18. After months of actions and lobbying in the capitol we were able to get $100M secured for state worker wages and benefits, which means we were able to secure steps and a meaningful cost-of-living raise despite a very challenging budget environment.

Established a minimum monthly salary of $2600, effective 6/15/18. After years of work on this, we can finally say that all state workers in Oregon make a living wage!

Negotiated increases to shift differentials, the creation of a multilingual differential, and other increases for specific classifications. More details on these wins will be on our website soon.


Bargaining Update – Management Contract Offer to Higher Education Classified Employees is a Pay Cut

Your current paycheck + .5% COLA – extra 2% payment for your health care insurance = 1.5% less pay next year.

Current Proposals

SEIU Proposal Management Proposal

Salary

3%, effective 7/1/2017

Inflation + 1%, effective 7/1/2018

Wage floor of $2600/month, effective 7/1/2017

Continue Steps

Salary

0.5%, effective 12/1/2017

0.5%, effective 12/1/2018

No to $2600/month wage floor

Freeze steps through 6/30/2019

Salary Selectives

34 Classifications

No Salary Selectives

Health Insurance

95/5 split on all plans except the lowest cost plan in PEBB

97/3 split on the lowest cost PEBB plan

Health Insurance

93/7 split on all plans except the lowest cost plan in PEBB

97/3 split on the lowest cost PEBB plan (Status Quo)

Increase to insurance plans do not include the least expensive plan

Differential Increases No
Additi0nal Personal Leave hours No
Additional Campus Closure days – 5 No

Fight for Your Paycheck

Encourage coworkers to become full union members

Email President Ray & Board of Trustees at trustees@oregonstate.edu and let them know that wee want a Fair Contract Now. Feel free to share some of your personal story. We know that around 20% of Higher Ed workers here and across Oregon make less than a living wage. Many OSU classified are topped out. ALL workers need fair wages, NOW. If you email please copy gloriaobrien60@gmail.com, Gloria O’Brien, our Bargaining Delegate.

Contact Governer Brown & your legislators to say Fair Contract Now!!

Governor: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/share-your-opinion.aspx

Your legislator: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/findyourlegislator/leg-districts.html

Get more involved! We need bargaining supporters who will distribute information with your colleagues on break. Contact Siobhan at 630-699-0281 or burkes@seiu503.org if you can help!


07/31/2017 – Join Us Monday 11 – 12:30 at Student Experience Center

While many members used their own time to go to Salem and ask for more money for our University, the newest contract offer does not show us respect and is not fair. Other groups on campus have received much better deals.

Management says they really want a deal to be reached AUGUST 7 and 8. We want to close to, but NO DEAL unless it’s a FAIR DEAL. We know that 1 percent (over 2 years!?!) won’t pay the rent. And they’re trying to push us around on healthcare.

Please join us on Monday. The way to show strength in the workplace is by showing unity in actions and on the job. The more people who turnout, the better chances we have of getting a good deal and fair contract.
Join us: MONDAY JULY 31st
Time: 11 AM – 12:30 pm (lunch provide)
Location: Student Experience Center outside plaza.
(right next to the Memorial Union)
We’ll talk about the need for a FAIR contract and have workers share their experiences on why we deserve respect. We value our work at OSU, now it’s time for OSU to value us.

OFFICE HOURS START:  We will open the office at 606 SW 15th from 3-5:30 pm Monday July 31st as well and keep the office open at that time throughout the bargaining. We will also be scheduling lunches in the office to get updates from our bargaining delegate. If this time doesn’t work let us know.

In Unity,

Leonora Rianda
SEIU 503 Local 083 President

PS. SAVE THE DATE: August 9th, Dinner and Bargaining Update at Old World Deli


03/19/2015 – Higher Ed Bargaining Rally OSU – Between MU and Milam Hall

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3/08/2015 – Higher Ed Bargaining at PSU – see the articles

 

What if … the University paid every employee a living wage? the University had more front-line workers and fewer bosses? the University provided a respectful workplace for all workers? all workers had a Fair Shot?

 The Higher Education bargaining teams will meet on our campus on Thursday and Friday, March 19 and 20th.

Come meet our SEIU503 Higher Ed Bargaining team and find out how to make “what if” a reality!

Thursday, March 19, 12:15-12:45 pm, on the steps of

the Memorial Union

(light lunch provided)

IN IT TOGETHER

2/25/2015 Social Justice Teach-In, see the article

 

Be sure to get your vote in!

Please be sure to get your vote mailed for the change from first 2 months of union dues to union initiation fees if you want your vote to count.  If you have not received your ballot in the mail, contact your union field representative as soon as possible.  The OSU field representative for SEIU503 is Mike Coutley and his email is coutleym@seiu503.org.

Nominations for OSU Board Trustees- discussion in Adams Hall (01/27/15) 5:30-6:30 pm

Anyone who is an SEIU Local083 Classified Employee is welcome to come and speak to the leadership as to their qualifications to fill an OSU Board of Directors position for SEIU. http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Documents/Interest%20Form.pdf

Bargaining Conference – 01/23/15 – Double Tree by Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232, United States (map)

Steward Conference – 01/23/15 – Double Tree by Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232, United States (map)

 

OUS Timeline Options

Background

1/30/2015  Deadline for 150 days of bargaining to begin.*

6/28/2015 150th day of bargaining.

6/29/2015 Either party can unilaterally request mediation.

* The contract says that bargaining begins no later than 2/1/2015.  2/1 is a Sunday, so the assumption is that bargaining will begin no later than Friday, 1/30/2015. If mediation begins on Monday 7/13/2015:*

Either party can declare impasse beginning: 7/28/2015

Final offers due: 8/4/2015

Union can strike/employer can implement 9/3/2015

* The time between the request for mediation and the first day of mediation is a potential variable, depending on availability of mediators and other factors. If mediation begins on Monday 7/20/2015:*

Either party can declare impasse beginning: 8/4/2015

Final offers due: 8/11/2015

Union can strike/employer can implement 9/10/2015

Strike date options

9/28/2015      Strike date – date that classes begin

8/29/2015      Final offers due

8/21/2015       Declare impasse (8/22/2015 is a Saturday)

8/6/2015        Deadline to begin remediation

9/21/2015      Strike date – Monday of the week before classes begin

8/21/2015      Final offers due

8/14/2015      Declare impasse

7/30/2015      Deadline to begin mediation

Final Summer BBQ – Thursday, Sept 25th 2014

The final BBQ of 2014 will be taking place on Thursday, Sept 25th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the SW corner of Weatherford Hall greens.  (Just north of the sports fields.)

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