How Homecare and Personal Support Workers in Oregon Can Opt Out of SEIU 503 Dues
For years, homecare and personal support workers were required to pay union dues to SEIU 503 as a condition of employment and the state automatically deducted union dues from workers’ Medicaid reimbursement checks.
However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn, homecare and personal support workers can now demand that SEIU 503 cease withholding union dues/fees from their state paychecks.
The court referred to the requirement for partial-public employees like homecare and personal support workers to pay union dues as a money-making “scheme” for the union and ruled that the mandatory dues requirement violated workers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: SEIU 503 has arbitrarily decided to only allow homecare and personal support workers to opt out during a 15-day period each year. The 15-day window is different for each worker and is based on the date you first signed an SEIU 503 membership form. If the union receives your opt out form outside your window, it will ignore your request and continue deducting dues from your pay.
In order to make the process as easy as possible for workers who wish to opt out, we are asking workers to send their opt out forms to the Freedom Foundation instead of SEIU 503. We will submit your form and help you navigate the union’s 15-day window restriction.
The form is available here.