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SEIU 503

To opt out of SEIU 503 dues:

  1. Enter your information into the form below and click “submit.”
  2. On the next page, click the link to open your customized form. You will also receive an email with a link to your form.
  3. Print the form. If you check the appropriate box below, we’ll mail you a copy of the form.
  4. Sign and date the form.
  5. Mail the completed form to SEIU 503 at the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.

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For years, state employees were required to pay union dues to SEIU 503 as a condition of employment and the state automatically deducted union dues from workers’ paychecks.

However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME (2018), state 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 any union dues or fees.

You can opt out of SEIU 503 dues by filling out the form, printing it and mailing it to SEIU 503.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get SEIU 503 to stop deducting dues from my paychecks?

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
SEIU 503
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.

How much are SEIU 503 dues?

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 2020, the average member paid $625 in dues.

If I stop paying dues to the union, will I still receive the same wages and benefits specified in SEIU 503's contract with the state?
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.
Does opting out affect my pension?

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.

Will I lose my health insurance?

No. Your health insurance and other employer-provided benefits will remain the same regardless of your union membership status.

Will the union stop helping me with workplace issues?

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.

How will my relationship with the union change if I resign my membership in SEIU 503 and stop paying dues?

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.

How does SEIU 503 spend my dues money?

SEIU 503

SEIU 503 collected $26.7 million in dues and fees from its members in fiscal year 2020, according to reports the union must file with the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

In 2020 alone:

  • $6.9 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.
  • $1.1 million was spent by SEIU 503 on political activity and lobbying.
  • $32,731 was paid or contributed to largely ideological organizations.
  • $233,084 was spent on meeting venues and travel for union staff.
  • $567,301 was spent on attorneys and private consultants.
  • $15,151 was spent on food and catering.

SEIU 503 paid 190 officers and employees in 2020, 30 of whom were paid six figures. Public sector director Molly Malone received $128,555.

SEIU 503 has a cash stockpile of $3.7 million, of which $960,000 was accumulated just in the year 2020.

SEIU 503’s most recent LM-2 reports are available here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

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 $260,701 from its local affiliates in fiscal year 2021.

  • $38,673 million was spent by the State Council on political activity and lobbying.
  • $10,018 was spent on private attorneys.

The State Council paid four employees in 2021. Its political organizer, Alberto Gallegos, received $79,371. Also, the State Council holds $700,900 in cash reserves.

SEIU Oregon State Council’s most recent LM-2 reports are available here: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017.

Lastly, a portion of the dues paid by SEIU 503 members goes to support the SEIU headquarters.

SEIU Headquarters

The SEIU headquarters collected $255 million from its affiliates in 2020. In that year alone:

  • $60 million was spent on divisive political candidates, causes and lobbying.
  • $2.9 million was paid or contributed to largely ideological organizations. This includes $410,000 donated to the Alliance for Global Justice, a left-wing, anti-capitalist organization that grew out of the Nicaragua Network, which supported the Communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.
  • $2.3 million was spent on airfare, hotels and travel for union staff. SEIU’s hotel expenses included a $398,000 bill from a four-star resort in San Diego.
  • $26.5 million was spent on private attorneys and consultants.
  • $150,000 was spent on food and catering.

SEIU paid 583 employees in 2020, 295 of whom were paid six figures. SEIU’s international president, Mary Kay Henry, was paid $297,126.

SEIU’s most recent LM-2 reports are available here: 2020, 2019, 201820172016.