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Benny Buy: Flash Poll

Do you use Benny Buy? Yes or No, click through on the link above and let us know. It is a 1 minute poll. We are gathering (your anonymous) information to share with HR about the issues facing members. Thanks!

Meninigitis update:

Be aware of meningitis!! If you are 25 or under you are in the risk group. You may also be at risk if you work in the dorms (per the university’s email).  Please check with your health care professional if they think you should be vaccinated. We are filing a grievance on this contract protection because HR has continued to be non-responsive. You should receive paid time off to go get a vaccine. If you do not have time off to use, please contact me. Our Union president also asked that if people have any financial cost to contact us asap.
Here’s more information on the disease from the Oregon Health Authority.

Join Us December 14!

Classified staff, family, friends welcome at Holiday Social!

Holiday party invitation (1) (Poster to advertise at your worksite)
Thursday night, December 14th, 5-9 pm
Memorial Union Basement, OSU
Free dinner, games, raffles, fun for the whole family!
Please rsvp with #s to organizer Siobhan Burke at burkes@seiu503.org

Save the Date: Next Member meeting is January 2nd. New officer elections on the agenda. Join us in Room 104 at the Memorial Union 11am – 12:30 pm.

In unity,

Siobhan Burke
Campus Organizer, OSU
630-699-0281 (call or text anytime)

updated 12/8/17


 

SEIU Union Strong

Executive Order 17-01 —
State Agency Employee Wellness

Earlier this year, Governor Kate Brown took an important step toward improving public worker well being by signing Executive Order 17-01 – State Agency Employee Wellness. This initiative is designed to create supportive workplace structures, systems, and policies that will make state worksites healthier by creating a PEBB Wellness Manager tasked with assembling a State Agency Coordinating Council to develop and implement two-year state agency wellness plans.

We are happy to announce that the State has completed the first phase of this Executive Order by hiring PEBB’s Wellness Manager Theresa Cross out of our own SEIU 503 membership. We are excited to see how the next phase will develop—including the creation of the State Agency Coordinating Council, which will include a representative from SEIU 503 to ensure that frontline staff have a voice on the Council.

This Executive Order is the result of years of work by our PEBB Member Advisory Committee (PMAC), which is made up of rank-and-file SEIU 503 members. PMAC released the following statement in response to the hiring of the Wellness Manager:

“This process started with a survey on how our worksites could be healthier. We responded by outlining the many ways state and higher education campuses could be healthier places — from making sure there was flexibility in the work day, to relieving stress, to making sure workers could get the correct ergonomic equipment. Executive Order No. 17-01 and the Wellness Manager will promote supportive workplace structures, systems, and policies that should make our workplaces healthier spaces.”

Congrats to PMAC and all employees and clients who will experience healthier spaces as a result of Executive Order 17-01 — State Agency Employee Wellness.

Fair for a Fair Economy

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Union Plus Discounts

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Featured Members:
OSU’s Linn-Benton Food Share Volunteers

OSU’s Linn-Benton Food Share

The recession of 2008 continues to have an impact on communities throughout Oregon. In Linn and Benton Counties, the unemployment rate has nearly doubled since 2008. With a commitment to a just and vibrant society for all, the members of SEIU 503 Local 083 at OSU took a weekend to volunteer and take an active role in supporting underserved and vulnerable communities in Linn and Benton Counties, helping families head into the holidays knowing they have access to a healthy meal.

For over 30 years, the Linn-Benton Food Share has been committed to the idea that no one in Linn or Benton County should go hungry. The Food Share partners with nonprofits such as emergency shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens, child and senior care centers, and more throughout the region to identify communities, families, and individuals who may not have the resources to provide food for themselves. Just last year, the Linn-Benton Food Share provided over 5 million pounds of food to their partner organizations through the Oregon Food Bank Network. By volunteering at the Food Share, SEIU 503 members at OSU established our commitment to supporting the Oregon Food Bank Network’s goal to “eliminate hunger and its root causes” in our region.

Click here to learn how you can donate to the Oregon Food Bank Network.

December Partnership With the Oregon Food Bank

This December, we’re partnering with the Oregon Food Bank and local food pantries to help provide food for our communities. SEIU 503 members from across Oregon have come together to organize donation sites, collect funds, and distribute donations where they are needed most. During the entire month of December, we’ll be collecting canned goods at the SEIU 503 offices in Portland, Salem, and Eugene.

Click here for more details!

Thank You, Senators Merkley and Wyden

Last week the U.S. Senate passed a tax bill that will harm most SEIU 503 members and most Oregonians. The bill will ultimately raise taxes on families with incomes under $75,000, strip healthcare away from 13 million people, and add a trillion dollars to the national debt. Meanwhile, the bulk of the benefits go to the wealthiest 1 percent. This week Congress is expected to send the bill to the President’s desk where it will be signed into law. We oppose this in the strongest terms possible. Oregon’s leaders, including Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, fought hard to stop this disastrous legislation from passing.

Click here to take a moment and thank our Senators for standing up for us and encourage them to continue fighting to protect Oregonians.

Have You Heard About Measure 101?

There’s a special election on healthcare in January that will have a direct impact on every SEIU 503 member. Click here to learn more.

Updated 12/4/17


 

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Leadership update: Protecting our Members

Our leadership and chief steward are in communication with HR about protecting our members from the meningitis outbreak on campus. Here’s more information on the disease from the Oregon Health Authority. We need to hear from you. If you are 25 or under or work in the dorms or food service can you join us in working with HR to get this issue resolved? OSU is currently requiring all students 25 and under to receive the vaccine or face a records hold.  While difficult to transmit, meningitis can be a serious illness. We are advocating for free vaccines as outlined under the contract Article 56, Section 3 for impacted workers. This is an important contract protection.

Please respond to this email or contact organizer Siobhan Burke at 630-699-0281 or burkes@seiu503.org if you can help with an email, phone call or on site meeting to advocate this week for yourself and your fellow classified staff. We are specifically reaching out to anyone who works in the dorms, food service or is 25 years or younger. Other members who are concerned please feel free to contact us!!

Join Us December 14!

Classified staff, family, friends welcome at Holiday Social!

Thursday night, December 14th, 5-9 pm
Memorial Union Basement, OSU
Free dinner, games, raffles, fun for the whole family!
Please rsvp to organizer Siobhan Burke at burkes@seiu503.org

PEBB: Is your family double covered?

We defended member benefits during the legislative session despite major attacks. But the legislature did make changes, namely the elimination of double coverage, that will take effect in 2020. If you are impacted by this, please share their story to help us push back. Members who have questions about healthcare can email pebbreps@seiu503.org for answers.

 Save the Date: Next Member meeting is January 2nd. New officer elections on the agenda. Join us in Room 104 at the Memorial Union 11am – 12:30 pm.

In unity,

Siobhan Burke
Campus Organizer, OSU
630-699-0281 (call or text anytime)

Updated 12/4/17


 

SEIU Union Strong

Members of Congress and the Trump Administration are moving at reckless speed to pass a tax plan that will harm SEIU 503 members and the nation as a whole. We oppose this plan in the strongest terms possible. Here’s why.

First, the bill would raise taxes on most SEIU Local 503 members. By the time the provisions are fully phased in, families earning less than $75,000 per year would see their taxes go up. The legislation contains temporary provisions to curb that impact, but those provisions will expire and there’s no guarantee they will be made permanent. As it’s written, this bill is a tax increase for working families that will hit most members of our union.

Second, the Senate version of the bill would repeal important parts of the Affordable Care Act, resulting in the loss of healthcare for 13 million Americans and raising healthcare premiums for many more. SEIU members spoke out against the previous attempt to repeal healthcare, and we will fight this new threat with equal vigor.

Third, the bill will lower taxes for corporations and the wealthy. 80 percent of the savings from this plan would go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. The corporate tax rate would be cut substantially. Let’s call this what it is: redistribution of wealth from everyday Americans to wealthy elites.

Finally, the bill would add $1.4 trillion to the national debt over the next decade. This would be paid for by cuts to programs everyday Americans rely on. What’s worse, proponents of the plan are misleading the public on this point. But a recent analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office confirms the bill will massively increase the national debt.

We urge SEIU 503 members to call their member of Congress and demand they vote against the tax bill. You can call 1-855-713-0060 to take action.

In Unity,

Brian Rudiger, Executive Director
Steven Demarest, President
SEIU Local 503

Updated 11/30/17


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Dear OSU Classified Staff-

We wanted to let you know we have some new officers for our local. Roxy Tacy of Sea Grant has stepped up to be the interim Treasurer since our last Treasurer left the University after years of service as a steward and officer.

Gloria O’Brien has stepped up as Chief Steward and will replace Tim Borgen, who will continue to lead in the UHDS Dining Services so Dining Services. Gloria can be reached at the same Steward Hotline, 541-602-3154. You can call or text her at that number.

Please take our classified staff survey so we know what YOUR priorities are and can find out what we are working on.The survey will take about three minutes to complete. http://www2.seiu503.org/e/171302/r/k5g56/109781331/OSUYourVoice

Save the date! 

We are celebrating the holiday season with a kid-friendly, family-friendly event. RSVP form coming soon, but please save the date so you can join us for dinner, games and raffles.

Classified Staff Party (families welcome)
Thursday December 14th 5-9
MU Basement
Dinner & Cash bar
Games, Raffles
Facebook Event

Have a wonderful holiday, you deserve it!

In unity,
Leonora Rianda


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Paul McKenna Performance

Wanted to let all of you know that I will be performing at the Best Cellar Coffee House in Corvallis at 7:30 pm on Friday December 1, along with two other Corvallis-based singer-songwriters, Cassandra Robertson and Ralph Penunuri.  I will be performing songs from my CD, “Come Join Us In A Union Song,” plus one or two recent songs.

The event is sort of a showcase of Corvallis singer-songwriters, with each of us taking a turn on the stage, and with all three of us joining together at the end of the program for a rousing sing-along.  It promises to be a great event.  I’m excited about this performance and I hope you will be able to come to Corvallis and check it out.
The Best Cellar Coffee House is located in the First United Methodist Church at 1165 NW Monroe Ave in Corvallis.  The Coffee House is in the community center part of the church on the southwest corner of 11th and Jackson.  There is a large parking lot.  Admission is on a sliding scale of $2 to $10 (kids are free) with coffee, juice, teas, and sweets available at a nominal charge.
I hope to see you there!
Paul
Paul McKenna
Research Director
SEIU Local 503, OPEU1-844-503-SEIU (7348)
Direct Dial: 503-540-8477

Cell Phone: 541-602-8573

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Executive Director News

Following months of reflection and conversations with my family, I’ve made the difficult decision not to run for reelection next year. I’m announcing this decision now (rather than during nominations next summer) because I want to work with our Board and staff to carefully and strategically think through the transition.

After a year as Executive Director, I’ve come to realize that this role is not the right one for me at this stage in my life. Specifically, I have found that the amount of time I need to be away from my two young sons is not tenable. I want to emphasize that this has been a difficult decision unique to my life circumstances. Many past executive directors have had family commitments, and I’m confident that future executive directors will as well.

The confidence that members have shown in me by electing and supporting me as Executive Director is humbling, and serving in this role has been a great honor. In the last year and a half we’ve made incredible progress together, winning strong contracts, expanding member leadership opportunities, fighting for the common good, and growing our union — all while simultaneously fighting back attacks from anti-worker groups and legislators. I love our union and won’t walk away from our vision of a just and vibrant society. At the same time, I think it is essential that no one remains in a particular role that, for whatever reasons, is not a good fit. While I won’t run for reelection, I hope to return to a staff position at Local 503, and continue to contribute to the important work we must do to make our union an even stronger vehicle for justice.

At our Saturday Board of Directors meeting, we unanimously elected to form a search committee to consider candidates for the next Executive Director who would fill out the remainder of my term. I will remain Executive Director until we find that right candidate.

Lastly, I know a leadership transition such as this can bring up concerns about the future, so I want to make two points: First, I’m committed to making this transition as smooth as possible. Second, I have total confidence in the ability of our members and staff to meet the challenges we face. We will meet those challenges, and we will be stronger for it.

In unity,
Brian


 

SEIU Union Strong

The 2017 PERS UAL Task Force Final Report

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On November 1, Governor Kate Brown’s appointed task force to address the PERS unfunded actuarial liability (UAL) released their report. There are two important facts that come from the work of the independent PERS UAL Task Force:

  1. The OPSRP program is not the cause of the unfunded liability. The liability comes from legacy costs of a system that existed prior to 2003.
  2. The responsibility for paying those legacy costs should not be shifted to employees who had no role in creating the issue.

It is encouraging to see the Governor’s proactive stance towards addressing this issue. The PERS UAL is a serious challenge that we will have to overcome together as a state. The task force that Governor Brown assembled has brought forth a number of innovative solutions to reduce employer costs without cutting the retirement packages that we have worked relentlessly to maintain.

Though the suggestions outlined by the taskforce are an important step in the right direction, we look forward to seeing the deeper analysis on which ideas are feasible without negative impacts on other areas of the state budget or everyday working Oregonians. In 2017, we were able to stop over 40 bills attacking PERS. Even with the Task Force’s recommendations, we can expect to see a number of proposed bills set to attack our retirement plan in 2018 and 2019. Now more than ever, we must unite in order to protect our future.

Click here for a downloadable copy of the 2017 PERS UAL Task Force Final Report.

Fair for a Fair Economy

Featured Benefit:
AT&T Wireless via Union Plus

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Featured Members:
Southern Oregon University Workers

 

Southern Oregon Coalition Building

SEIU 503 members working at Southern Oregon University in Ashland have been working to build a strong coalition between workers and students in order to build a better university for all. Throughout the summer, classified staff engaged with a small number students to build relationships and networks throughout various student groups, including the Oregon Student Association (OSA), Associated Students of SOU (ASSOU), and the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG).

In late September, members of SEIU 503, ASSOU, OSA, and OSPIRG volunteered to help over 1000 students move into the dorms on campus. Members from 503 shuttled parking, moved furniture, and distributed buttons that declared unity between workers and students. As we’re heading toward midterm elections in less than year, this kind of voluntary teamwork and support is vital in building strong relationships that will bring about positive changes in our communities.

Strong Unions, Stronger Communities

On November 1, SEIU joined with three other public employee unions — AFSCME, AFT, and NEA — to publish Strong Unions, Stronger Communities. The report highlights instances where union members have joined together and used their collective voice to benefit the lives of all working people.

“Because public service workers are united in SEIU,” says Southern California SEIU member Stacee Karnya. “We were able to fight for proposals to help keep our city clean, healthy, and functioning.”

Click here for a downloadable copy of Strong Unions, Stronger Communities.

Updated 11/7/17


 

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OSU Fall Social

Gather with classified staff, allies and family members, for bowling, billiards, darts, shuffleboard, video games, dinner and raffles! Get updates from our union leadership and meet people from across campus.

What: Fall Social for All Classified Staff, Allies & Family
When: Thursday, October 19, 5 pm
Where: Memorial Union Basement (2501 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR 97331)

Click here to RSVP, or contact organizer Siobhan Burke at 630-699-0281 or burkes@seiu503.org.Spread the word!

In unity,

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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We are happy to announce that the 2017 Economic Reopener has been ratified! Through the hard work of our membership, bargaining team, and many others, this agreement ensures that higher ed workers will:

  • Hold the line on healthcare despite pressure from the universities to make front-line workers shoulder more of the cost;
  • Maintain regular step increases in the face of proposed wage freezes;
  • Receive a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective Oct. 1, 2017, and a 1 percent COLA effective July 1, 2018;
  • Earn nine selectives and differentials, and agreement on a low-cost meal purchasing plan for UO food service workers.

Higher ed members elected to ratify this economic reopener to the collective bargaining agreement with an overwhelming 94 percent of the vote! The worksite rallies we led, the petitions we signed, and all of our meetings with legislators at Lobby Days made the difference between the paltry offer management came to the table with, and the final agreement our team won. Everyone deserves to be congratulated for showing university management that we are indeed Union Strong.

As we stay stronger together, we will create a just and vibrant society. Thank you for your continued commitment to SEIU 503.

In unity,

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

 Updated 10/9/17


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Worksite ratification meetings for our 2017 contract reopener have officially come to a close, with participation up nearly 40 percent from our 2015 contract ratification! Thank you to all members who came out to worksite meetings and voted on our contract.

If you weren’t able to attend a worksite meeting, you still have an opportunity to vote on this contract! All remaining ballots have been mailed as of this week. If you have not received your ballot by Monday, October 2, please contact your organizer or call 1-844-503-SEIU (7348).

**REMINDER** Ballots are due by 5:00pm on Friday October 6. Be sure to mail your completed ballots as soon as possible. Completed ballots must be mailed, they cannot be hand delivered.

In unity,

SEIU Local 503 Higher Ed 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

Updated 9/30/17


 

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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

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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


SEIUVisionIntoAction

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


OSU Unity Dinner Aug 9-2 copy (1)

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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