Together in union

The 72,000 people in SEIU 503 work hard everyday and through their union have better pay, better benefits, and better workplace conditions than non-union workplaces. Learn more about what it means to be union strong. 

Engaged Membership

Engaged Membership

Our power to win comes first and foremost from thousands of workers joining our union and becoming dues-paying members. Our elected union leaders have power because management and politicians know they are speaking for tens of thousands of members across the state. Additionally, having leaders and engaged members in worksites allows us to mobilize workers around issues we care about – including protecting and improving our benefits.

Bargaining Strength

A good contract means better wages and benefits, the freedom to take off time when you’re sick or caring for a family member, and the security of knowing you’ll be treated fairly at work. While there are limits to what benefits we can bargain over, it is critical that we use the process to make gains in every contract cycle. . We have strength at the bargaining table when all members are engaged in the process, and willing to step up and take action to support each other.


Powerful Political Program

In 2017 over 40 bills attacking benefits were introduced in the legislature.  All of them were defeated because of the work we did in 2016 to elect pro-worker legislators.  That’s why it’s so important for members to contribute to our political action fund, CAPE (Citizen Action for Political Education). In the coming years, our union must continue to fight for revenue reform in order to fund the vital services we provide the state – both because it’s the right thing to do, and because we can’t allow the opposition to cut our wages and benefits. If you’d like to make a contribution to CAPE, click here.

What are your benefits worth?

SEIU has created a calculator just for you so you can plan for your retirement or learn how much you’ll have when you leave public service.

Do the math


PEBB members across the state. SEIU helped create PEBB to keep costs down for members.


That’s how much less PEBB health care costs members compared to other employers, thanks to SEIU.


Percent less health care costs are growing compared to the private sector, thanks to the work of SEIU.


Number of people with secure retirements thanks to PERS.

Less than $5000

That’s how much about a third of American adults have saved for retirement. Thanks to SEIU and PERS, we have financial security for the future.


The amount of final average salary that most members receive for life through the pension and the IAP.

Why people choose SEIU

For XX years, SEIU members have come together for better wages, benefits, workplace conditions and a better future for their families. Here’s why.

01. Better wages

We fight to ensure our wages keep up with the cost of living.

02. Better health care benefits

SEIU members have protected full coverage for themselves and their families with lower out of pocket costs.

03. Better retirement

We have pensions that will pay a set amount of money every month until we die thanks to the union fighting for us.

04. Workplace protection

SEIU ensures you get the step increases you’ve earned and someone has your back should you be wrongfully accused.

05. A contract is a contract

With our union, we have legal protections for our pay, our benefits, and how we are treated by our bosses.

We are an organization of more than 72,000 people who, by joining together, are achieving what we cannot accomplish alone. By standing together, we have a voice in our contracts and our daily work lives.

We provide valuable services to our communities, doing more than 500 different jobs in 85 state, local government and non-profit agencies and care facilities. The services we provide include helping Deaf people get access to education, testing new drivers, collecting revenue, helping veterans, assisting at-risk youth, repairing bridges, maintaining Oregon’s parks and caring for children, seniors, and people with disabilities — just to name a few.

The work we do touches the lives of every single Oregonian. We are proud to stand together for the quality services we provide for our communities and families.


State Workers

Over 22,000 state workers join together in SEIU 503 to make Oregon a better place to live and work. SEIU 503 members are DHS workers who provide direct services to over one million Oregonians each year, ODOT workers who put in the long hours to ensure safe roads and infrastructure, Parks workers who keep our state parks beautiful and accessible, and much more.


Higher Education Workers

Library Technicians, Systems Analysts, Food Service Staff, Custodial Staff, Office Specialists… This is just a small sampling of the roles that SEIU 503 Higher Ed members play on seven campuses across the state (PSU, OSU, WOU, UO, SOU, EOU and Oregon Tech). Also known as “classified staff,” SEIU 503 members keep Oregon a great place to learn: Oregon’s public universities work because we do.


Local Government

SEIU members in local government play an essential role in their communities. Our cities and counties employ mental health professionals, county assessors, road crews, transition specialists, victim advocates, courthouse staff, public transportation, and more. SEIU 503 members make our local governments work.


Care Providers

SEIU 503 members provide the entire spectrum of care in Oregon, from children to seniors, and for people with physical and developmental disabilities. As homecare and personal support workers, family child care providers, and adult foster and nursing home workers, we share a goal of providing services that make Oregon a better place to live. We work together to improve the lives of SEIU 503 members and their consumers, and help build an Oregon where access to care and support is a top priority. Our strength as a care provider union has resulted in some of the strongest worker contracts in the nation, enacting improvements that strengthen the program for ourselves and the families we support.


Non Profit

Nearly 1000 SEIU 503 members work in publicly funded private non-profit organizations throughout the state, all dedicated to the improving quality of life in their own unique way. Members at Oregon Supported Living Program (OSLP) provide supported living services to people with developmental disabilities. Members at the Cascade AIDS Project support and empower people who are living with or affected by HIV. Our non-profit members work in everything from recovery assistance (CODA) and child care (the Parry Center) to broadcasting (OPB) and experimental education research and development (Northwest Regional Education Laboratory).

Get involved

None of this work happens without a strong and engaged membership. If healthcare and retirement matter to you, and you’d like to be a part of how these benefits are designed and implemented, please reach out to your steward or union organizer. Get plugged in today.

What are your benefits worth?

SEIU has created a calculator just for you so you can plan for your retirement or learn how much you’ll have when you leave public service.

Do the math

A strong union means better benefits and wages. Join SEIU today.

SEIU 503 Membership signup and Recommit form

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Building a Just and Vibrant Society

By joining together in union, SEIU 503 members have won incredible victories—including increasing our pay and benefits and improving our workplace conditions. In states where more public employees remain members of the union, salaries are higher for all employees because the union has the power to negotiate from a position of strength.

We have strength in numbers. Please complete the following form to join tens of thousands of public service workers and care providers who make Oregon a great place to work and live. By doing so, you will commit to maintaining your membership for one year, or paying a non-member fee equivalent. Dues are 1.7% of your salary + $2.75/month. Your full name, network address, and a timestamp of your submission will serve as your signature.

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(“Local 503”). I request and voluntarily accept membership in Local 503. This means I will receive the benefits and abide by the obligations of membership set forth in the Constitutions and Bylaws of both Local 503 and the Service Employees International Union (“SEIU”). I authorize Local 503 to act as my representative in collective bargaining over wages, benefits, and other terms and conditions of employment with my employer, and as my exclusive representative where authorized by law. I know that membership in the union is voluntary and is not a condition of my employment, and that I can decline to join without reprisal.
I request and voluntarily authorize my employer to deduct from my earnings and to pay to Local 503 an amount equal to the regular monthly dues and other fees or assessments uniformly applicable to members of Local 503. This authorization shall remain in effect unless I revoke it by sending written notice via U.S. mail to Local 503 during the periods not less than 30 days and not more than 45 days before either (1) the annual anniversary date of this agreement, or (2) the date of termination of the applicable collective bargaining agreement between the employer and Local 503. This authorization shall be automatically renewed from year to year unless I revoke it in writing during a window period, even if I have resigned my membership. This authorization is voluntary and is not a condition of my employment, and I can decline to agree to it without reprisal. I understand that all members benefit from everyone’s commitments because they help to build a strong union that is able to plan for the future.

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In the event payroll deduction from my employer is not available or is not deemed practical by the Union, I authorize SEIU Local 503 to make withdrawals from my checking or savings account, in accordance with the authorization provided below or to another account I provide and authorize separately. I am authorized to make decisions about the account provided to the Union. SEIU will notify me of the transition to direct pay at the current mailing address on file with SEIU prior to initiating the first payment via debit card, credit card, checking, or savings account, as authorized below.

I hereby authorize SEIU to initiate a recurring, automatic electronic funds transfer with my financial institution beginning on the date listed in the transition notice provided to me in order to deduct from the account listed below (or separately provided) amount of 1.7% of my gross earnings, and issue fund payments at a prorated amount up to $2.75 per month, except that the total minimum deduction shall be no less than $2.30 per pay period and the maximum deduction shall be no more than $150 per pay period. Because the dues deduction is based on a percentage of gross earnings, the dollar amount deducted may change each month based on payroll dates and if my hours of work or rate of pay changes, and I agree to not receive any advance notice before the dues payment is deducted as long as the amount is between $2.30 and $150 per pay period. My authorized deductions shall be made based on the gross pay amount in the paycheck immediately preceding the pay processing date of the current transaction and shall be made one (1) business day after each pay processing date designated by my employer.

The dues amount may change if authorized according to the requirements of the SEIU Local 503 Union Bylaws or the Service Employees International Union Constitution and Bylaws. If this happens, I authorize SEIU to initiate a recurring, automatic electronic funds transfer in the amount of the new dues amount when notified by SEIU in writing of the new amount and with at least ten (10) days’ notice before the next funds transfer date. In the case of checking and savings accounts, adjusting entries to correct errors are also authorized. I agree that these withdrawals and adjustments may be made electronically and under the Rules of the National Automated Clearing House Association. This authorization shall remain in effect until I revoke my authorization in writing or with another permitted method.

I acknowledge that failure to pay my dues on a timely basis may affect my membership standing in the Union, as set forth in the SEIU Local 503 Bylaws.

Contributions to SEIU are not tax deductible as charitable contributions. However, they may be tax deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses.

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I voluntarily and knowingly authorize the State of Oregon, or my employer’s state-contracted fiscal agent, to provide SEIU Local 503’s Designated Secure Payment Processor (DSPP), my HCW/PSW UID, and the information for the bank account (bank account number, account holder’s name and routing number) on file with my employer (“Account”) that I have designated to receive the proceeds of my paycheck via direct deposit, and for my dues and/or other contributions to be deducted from this account one (1) business day after each pay processing date designated by my employer. If my employer makes direct deposit of my paycheck to a checking account and a savings account, I hereby voluntarily and knowingly authorize my employer to provide to Local 503’s DSPP the information for the checking account and for my dues and/or other contributions to be deducted from this account one (1) business day after each pay processing date designated by my employer.

I understand that after the DSPP receives my Account information, SEIU or its designee will make reasonable efforts to contact me to confirm the accuracy of the Account information provided by my employer at least 10 days in advance of making the first electronic funds transfer from my Account.

I also acknowledge that the bank account information is only as accurate and complete as I have previously provided to my employer. Neither the State of Oregon nor my employer’s state-contracted fiscal agent is responsible for the accuracy or completeness of the bank information provided. Furthermore I knowingly and voluntarily waive any claim against the State of Oregon or my employer’s state- contracted fiscal agent with respect to any claim arising from the disclosure of my bank account information to the SEIU Local 503’s DSPP.

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