Statewide Meetings held the 2nd Wednesday of odd months from 10am – noon at the SEIU Salem office and regional offices via Video Conferencing.
The members of SEIU 503 Retirees Local overwhelmingly approved a revision to our local By-Laws and an increase in our dues in order to have the funds to move our agenda. We had close to a 50% turnout and the vote was 2-1 in approval.
Retiree Local members were mailed a ballot to decide whether to approve changes to the local by-laws and dues structure. Unfortunately the mailing did not include a secrecy envelope and we are forced to void the election and re-mail the ballot. Our apologies for any confusion or inconvenience.
From: Heather Conroy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM
Subject: [2014 Board] SEIU 503 & 49 Members featured in Supreme Court case defending Affordable Care Act
To: Heather Conroy <email@example.com>
Dear Fellow Board members,
You may have heard that anti-Obamacare organizations have successfully moved another lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act to the US Supreme Court. The King v. Burwell case going before the Supreme Court March 4th and threatens to take away tax credits from millions of hardworking Americans, undermine the Affordable Care Act, and send the healthcare system in to massive disarray. SEIU’s legal team and Healthcare Division are working closely with allies and the Obama administration to beat back this attack on the healthcare law.
Locally, our Homecare Trust Administrator, Cal Labbe, with the help of care provider organizers identified two SEIU 503 members who worked with our International Union legal team. SEIU 503 members Janet Wolfe (http://www.seiu.org/2015/02/dont-let-king-v-burwell-turn-back-the-clock-on-our.php) and Linda Adamski along with SEIU 49 leader Mary Brooks are featured in the amicus brief our international union has submitted in support of the ACA. The day the case is heard, March 4th, I will be doing a segment about it on the Carl in the Morning Radio show on XRay radio. Here is a link to our brief if you are interested: https://fetch.hightail.com/storage-agent/a0/files/7e27332c-95cf-43d8-9f58-7d8d0e494268/14-114bsacMarilynRalat-Albernas,R.N.%20(2).pdf?download_id=5022124463&file=KingvBurwell_SEIUamicusbrief
We will be watching this case closely and do all we can to not let the progress we’ve made expanding health care to millions be undermined.
In It Together,
Heather Conroy, Executive Director
SEIU Local 503, OPEU
Executive Assistant: Maureen Rowe Crawford
Office Phone: 503-581-1505 x123
Cell Phone: 503-816-5311
Sent from my SEIU Local 503 iPad
SEIU 503 is a union of 55,000 public workers, care providers, and non-profit employees in Oregon. We envision a just and vibrant society where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and where all workers can provide for themselves and their families.
We had a very productive day at the State Capitol meeting with House and Senate Representatives regarding the Fair Shot Oregon Agenda.
Many retirees turned out to address $15 Minimum wage, Earned Paid Sick Days, Retirement Security, Ban the Box and End Profiling in scheduled meetings with individual Elected Officials.
We were pleased to find out that many, who we spoke with, were already aware of the Fair Shot Agenda items and we received as many positive as negative responses. Our efforts were successful but there is still more work to be done.
All in all this was time well spent and we encourage everyone to get involved with Fair Shot Oregon and its benefits all Oregonians.
JANUARY 2015– SEIU RETIREE’S LOCAL 001 –- MEETING NOTICES __________________________________________________
Monday, January 12th at 9:00 am – Southern Oregon Retirees Breakfast (held every other month– two days before statewide retiree meeting) Joe’s Restaurant, 723 N. Main St., Phoenix, OR (just south of Ray’s Food Place) No RSVP needed.
Tuesday, January 13th – 10:00 am to 11:30 am – Portland area retirees meet at The Village Inn Pancake House (1621 NE 10th in Portland). No RSVP needed.
Wednesday, January 14th – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Statewide Retirees Meeting at our Salem Union Hall (1730 Commercial St SE). Please RSVP if you are attending.
Agenda: Legislative and PERS case updates; Retirement Security and Oregon Labor Candidate School; Committee on the Future; 2015 Lobby Day efforts for SEIU and allied groups.
(This meeting is accessible via video-conference in the Portland, Pendleton, Medford, and Eugene Field Offices) But you will need to notify your office in advance if you plan to attend or join the video conference and RSVP for lunch) No RSVP – No lunch –Thank you.
Wednesday, January 28th at 10:00 am – Lane County retirees meet at Ye Olde Pancake House (2421 W 11th Ave; Eugene). No RSVP needed.
Statewide Mtg. RSVP Contact Info
Portland Field Office: 6401 SE Foster Rd (503-408-4090, ext. 400). Ask for Melissa Magana.
Pendleton Field Office: 920 SW Frazer, Suite 120 (541-276-4983). Ask for Deann Cherry.
Medford Field Office: 1257 N Riverside, #7 Cobblestone Village (541-779-4324) Ask for Sandra Pettigrew
Eugene Field Office: 488 E 11th Ave, Suite B-100 (541-342-1055) Ask for Tina Moore.
Salem HQ: 1730 Commercial SE – Salem (503-772-5801) Leave message for Len Norwitz.
November 12, 20014 at the Salem SEIU office we will be discussing some changes in our Constitution and By Laws. You can review these changes here https://copy.com/GhywM8fvCCSuh1UH
The meeting begins at 10:00 am ending at noon. We will serve sandwiches after the meeting but we will need you to RSVP by emailing me at gr3gl at iCloud dot com.
We have a lot of business to cover in a two hour meeting so if you are interested in this matter please review the documents. I want to recognize the hard work done by the committee going back several years. Especial thanks to Barney Gorter and Bart Lewis who have been shepherding this for quite some time.
The committee consists of Donna Glathar, chair: Bart Lewis, Cheryl Bergman, Deb Bolton, Melody Williamson, and John Leppink. Thank you for what I know can be a difficult job and doing it well.
As usual you can attend a video of the conference in Portland, Eugene, Pendleton and Medford.
Greg Ledbetter, Pres.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Greg Ledbetter. I am the 4th face in from the left in the picture above. I was elected President of the local last spring. Since then I have attended the General Council, chaired a couple of our regular Statewide meetings, attended a meeting of the SEIU 503 Board of Directors as a Director (a position which goes along with the Presidency) and generally gotten more acquainted with the functioning of our local. I have come away from this time with one overwhelming impression, there is an incredible amount of energy out there. This is not a group who seems to be looking for discounts on travel and activities to fill their empty retirement years. This is a local with energy and some time to address issues important to us politically and directly such as PERS theft. But we also recognize our responsibility to pay it forward to the people who have followed us in our old jobs and worksites by helping them to become stronger in their fights for fair pay and benefits and all the other Union benefits we enjoyed.
Our challenge then is how to channel all this energy and experience. The consensus seems to be to do more outreach at the local community level. We already have two groups who meet regularly, one in Eugene and one in Portland. We would like to see those groups grow. We would like to see an expansion of these groups into other areas such as the Coast, Central Oregon, Medford, and etc, etc. If you have ideas on ways to do these things let us know, come to a meeting. The calendar is next to my post. The Portland group meets for breakfast at The Village Inn Pancake House, 1621 NE 10th, Portland. Eugene folks meet at Ye Olde Pancake House (I sense a theme),2421 W. 11th, Eugene.
YOU HAVE TO CLICK ON THE CALENDAR TO SEE OUR EVENTS.
Many of our members are making phone calls and knocking on doors. If you can help let us know. The election is coming. I will leave you with this then. VOTE!
gr3gl at iCloud dot com