SEIU Local 503

OPB reporters unionize

Oregon Public Broadcasting and KMHD Jazz Radio voluntarily recognized SAG-AFTRA as the union for 65 on-air staff, hosts, and reporters. 

Higher ed: COLA should keep up with inflation

SEIU Local 503 and the Oregon university system are pretty far apart on bargaining over raises for campus support workers.

Oregon home care workers get raise of $1.73 an hour Jan. 1

The current base wage is $17.77 an hour. The new two-year agreement also increases the number of hours caregivers are allowed to work.

State of Oregon workers ratify union contract

The two-year contract covers nearly 25,000 workers represented by SEIU Local 503. It provides 13% raises and a one-time $1,500 bonus.

Unions reach deals with state of Oregon

Two unions representing nearly 30,000 Oregon state workers reached agreements that would provide a cumulative 13% raise over two years.

Low pay causing problems recruiting and retaining state workers

There are now nearly 9,000 vacancies across state agencies in Oregon, and 9% of budgeted positions are currently vacant.

School custodians want hazard pay for hazard conditions

As skies dumped snow on Portland, administrators were warm in home offices, but night custodians battled blizzard conditions to get to work.

OPB workers ratify contract bringing raises and bonus

In the end, management proposed a 4% raise in year one and merit-based raises of at least 1.5% in years 2 and 3.

OPB workers enter second month without contract

Management at OPB had an interesting wage proposal for 26 workers represented by SEIU Local 503: No raises for the next three years.

A Union steward goes to City Hall

SEIU Local 503 member Micki Varney says serving as a steward was good preparation for her public service as a Salem City Councilor.

Pay rises $2 an hour in new contract for home care workers

The deal between SEIU Local 503 and the State of Oregon covers 30,000 Oregon home care workers and also adds holidays and a step pay system.

Serious outbreak of wage increases across nursing home industry

Though their contracts aren't up til September, all five unionized nursing home chains have agreed to raise CNA starting wages to $18+.

OIT faculty win first contract after eight days on strike

Faculty at the Oregon Institute of Technology were the last at any Oregon public university to unionize … and the first to strike.

Under new union contract, Avamere nursing homes will pay the highest wages in the industry

The agreement also commits Avamere to union neutrality, which would speed unionization at more nursing homes and assisted living centers.

Leadership change at Portland Jobs with Justice

Will Layng is leaving as executive director to return to SEIU, where he formerly worked as organizing director at Local 49.

Springfield nursing home strike ends with mass resignation

After 23 residents died in nine weeks, workers struck for two weeks to demand union recognition. The nursing home's investor owners refused.

Union-backed initiatives would punish GOP walkout

The measures would fine Oregon lawmakers who fail to show up — and disqualify them from running for re-election.

Portland Public Schools ratifies union contracts with maintenance, custodians, food service workers

All told, nearly 600 workers will get raises of 3% to 5% a year and more over the next few years.

Tentative deal avoids strike at seven Oregon universities

The agreement includes the largest cost-of-living raise that university support workers have received in more than a decade.

Homecare workers get retirement, harassment policy in new contract

30,000 workers will get $15 an hour under the new contract.