How State Employees in Oregon Can Opt Out of a Portion of SEIU 503 Dues
Over 22,000 State of Oregon employees are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503.
Each year, SEIU 503 charges state employees hundreds of dollars in union dues and fees. However, much of the union’s budget goes towards political activity and other causes that are unrelated to workplace representation.
U.S. Supreme Court decisions have long established that unions are not allowed to charge public employees for political, ideological or other nonessential union expenses as a condition of employment (Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, 431 U.S. 209 (1977) and Lehnert v. Ferris Faculty Association, 500 U.S. 507 (1991)).
As a result, any public employee may become an “agency fee payer” by resigning formal union membership and paying a reduced workplace representation fee, which is less than full union dues.
You can request to pay the reduced fee by filling out the form below, printing it and mailing it to SEIU 503.
To reduce your payment to the union:
- 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.
The union will still represent you in collective bargaining, contract management and grievance processing, but you can save hundreds of dollars per year and make your own decisions about politics and causes.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Depending on the outcome of a pending U.S. Supreme Court case called Janus v. AFSCME, public employees nationwide could have the ability to opt out of paying all union dues as early as July 2018.