To opt out of SEIU 503 dues:
- Enter your information into the form below and click “submit.”
- On the next page, click the link to open your customized form. You will also receive an email with a link to your form.
- Print the form. If you check the appropriate box below, we’ll mail you a copy of the form.
- Sign and date the form.
- Mail the completed form to SEIU 503 at the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 503 is the designated union for public services and care providers, representing 72,000 people across Oregon.
For years, local government employees were required to pay union dues to SEIU 503 as a condition of employment and the city or county automatically deducted union dues from workers’ paychecks.
However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME (2018), local government employees can now demand that SEIU 503 cease withholding union dues/fees from their paychecks.
The court ruled that the mandatory dues requirement violated workers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association, and that public employees have the right to choose for themselves whether to pay union dues.
You can opt out of SEIU 503 dues by filling out the form, printing it and mailing it to SEIU 503.
Frequently Asked Questions
Completing the form above will generate a letter you can send to SEIU 503 to resign your formal union membership and cease paying dues.
Send a signed copy of your letter to:
Melissa Unger, Executive Director
P.O. Box 12159
Salem, OR 97309
We highly recommend sending the letter via certified mail so you have proof of delivery. Keep a copy of the letter and your certified mail receipt for your reference.
According to federal filings, union dues for SEIU 503 are 1.7% of members’ gross wages, plus a flat fee of $2.75 per month. In 2022, the average member paid $634 in dues.
Yes. SEIU 503 has arranged to be the “exclusive representative” of its bargaining units, meaning it is impossible for workers to get out of the terms of the contract, even if they cease paying dues.
No. Under state law, a union contract is binding on all employees in a bargaining unit, regardless of whether they are technically union “members.” Your compensation, benefits and conditions of employment are all set by the contract and will remain unchanged regardless of whether you are technically a union member and regardless of whether you choose to pay union dues.
No. Your health insurance and other employer-provided benefits will remain the same regardless of your union membership status.
The union has been recognized by the state as the “exclusive representative” of all members of the bargaining unit, whether formal union members or not. In return for the monopoly on this particular service, unions have a corresponding legal duty to provide fair representation.
While the terms of the contract will still govern your employment, union officials commonly prohibit nonmembers from participating in internal union affairs, such as attending union meetings, voting for union officers or participating in contract ratification votes. You’ll also be ineligible for certain “members only” benefits, such as discounts on additional insurance or deals the union has arranged with businesses, if any. You may no longer receive the union newsletter or similar publications.
SEIU 503 collected $28.6 million in dues and fees from its members in fiscal year 2022, according to reports the union must file with the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
In 2022 alone:
- $5.4 million went to the SEIU headquarters in Washington, D.C. to support its massive political, economic and social agenda. SEIU regularly supports a host of controversial organizations such as Planned Parenthood, which received $50,000 from the SEIU headquarters in 2019.
- $2.1 million was spent by SEIU 503 on political activity and lobbying.
- $81,100 was paid or contributed to largely ideological organizations.
- $135,927 was spent on meeting venues and travel expenses.
- $497,542 was spent on attorneys and private consultants.
- $68,603 was spent on food and catering.
SEIU 503 paid 211 officers and employees in 2022, 50 of whom were paid six figures. Executive director Melissa Unger received $134,030.
SEIU 503 has a cash stockpile of $4.9 million, of which $1.9 million was accumulated just in the year 2022.
A portion of the dues paid by SEIU 503 members goes to support the SEIU Oregon State Council.
SEIU Oregon State Council
The State Council collected $190,879 from its local affiliates in fiscal year 2022.
- $48,395 million was spent by the State Council on political activity and lobbying
- Legislative Director Kathleen Shriver was paid $95,152.
- The State Council reported having $515,499 in cash reserves.
Lastly, a portion of the dues paid by SEIU 503 members goes to support the SEIU headquarters.
SEIU National Headquarters
The SEIU national headquarters collected $239 million from its affiliates in 2022. In that year alone:
- $63.5 million was spent on divisive political candidates, causes and lobbying.
- $4.5 million was paid or contributed to largely ideological organizations.
- $6.3 million was spent on airfare, hotels and travel for union staff. SEIU’s hotel expenses included a $805,000 bill from the Hilton in Washington DC.
- $36 million was spent on private attorneys and consultants.
- $63,217 was spent on food and catering.
SEIU national headquarters paid 496 employees in 2022, 309 of whom were paid six figures. SEIU’s International President, Mary Kay Henry, was paid $289,587.