Membership – UO SEIU Sublocal 085

Why Join a Union

In belonging to SEIU 503, you share your strength in the work place with your fellow members.  Without a union, employers have almost all the rights. They can change your pay and working conditions at any time as long as they do not violate certain laws, like the minimum wage. Any benefits you receive are at the discretion of your employer.

In collective bargaining, your benefits and working conditions are spelled out in your union contract. You have the additional benefit of union representation if you have concerns or complaints regarding your working conditions. Your  union steward is an employee like yourself who is trained in hearing and helping to mediate workplace disputes. The power of your union is in our membership. The more members we have, the stronger we are.

Our union is worker driven. That means that your fellow classified workers run the union. The officers and committee members are rank and file workers. They spend their own time conducting union business on your behalf. We are supported by our union organizers.  The power of your union is in our membership. The more members we have, the stronger we are. It is every members responsibility to invite and encourage fellow workers to become members. If you need help in approaching a workplace fair-share worker, call your Membership Coordinator, work area contact, or other officer.

Become a Member

Complete our online membership sign-up  form or you may print off a copy of the application form to fill out and sign.

If you print the application, your Social Security Number, birth date and employee ID are not necessary but your name, contact information, and signature are. Once you’ve printed and filled out the application, please contact your campus SEIU Membership Coordinator to have it picked up.

You will notice a voluntary SEIU Local 503, political action check off for contributing to our Citizen Action for Political Education (CAPE) wing. While your participation is not required, your commitment is encouraged.

Applications are also available at the SEIU Eugene field office or from your field organizer.

Membership Q & A

Many of your questions about union membership might be answered at the SEIU 503 FAQ site.


Belonging to the union offers many benefits. There is a wide range of opportunities available to members. To see a list, visit the SEIU 503 Benefits site.


To see additional discounts available to SEIU members, visit the SEIU 503 Discounts site.


SEIU maintains a educational scholarship program for members and dependents. To learn more about this program, please visit the SEIU 503 Scholarship site.

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