Bargaining Update as Strike Vote is Underway

The Strike Vote is underway! Union Members are going to polling places on campuses across the state to make their voices heard as the question is called.

“Members across the state are being squeezed by the cost of living increasing in every community,” announced SEIU 503.

“Your bargaining team spent three days with management last week, and we finally started to see some progress. However, their proposal does not make up for years of substandard wage increases that have caused our buying power to diminish.

“In order to win meaningful raises we’re asking you to authorize our bargaining team to call a strike, which we will do if that is what is needed to win.

More Strike Vote info, polling times and locations, strike FAQ and pre-registration available here.

Summary of Economic Proposals as of September 15, 2019

Union’s Proposals Management’s Proposals 
Wages 3% COLA October 1, 20193.25% COLA October 1, 2020 2% COLA November 1, 20192% COLA July 1, 2020
Steps Regular step increases each year of the contractAdd a step at the top and eliminate lowest step of each salary range on 7/1/20 Regular step increases each year of the contractNo new steps for workers who are “topped out”; a $750 bonus in 2019 for workers at the top of their scale as of June 30, 2018.
Healthcare Current contract language Current contract language
Retirement Current contract language Current contract language
Vacation Current contract language Current contract language
Personal Leave Increase to 32 hours per year Current contract language
Contract Term 2 Years 4 Years with limited reopener on economics
Meal Discount for Dining Services Maintain $1 meal for dining services employees Increase cost of shift meal to $3 for UO
Inclement Weather Classified staff paid for closures or delays due to inclement weather 16 hours of paid time due to inclement weather closures; additional time at the president’s discretion.

Summary: It’s good to finally see some movement . . . but our bargaining team believes management still needs to step up and do more.

Get the latest bargaining and strike prep updates via the Facebook group “SEIU Local 503 Higher Ed Workers” 


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