Published: May 17, 2024

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What’s in this issue: 

  • Check your Mailbox for Your SEIU Elections Ballot 
  • Oregon’s Primary: Electing Worker Friendly Legislators 
  • ODDS Focus Groups for In-Home Care Providers 
  • Free Shoes for Care Providers 

Check your Mailbox for your SEIU Sublocal Elections Ballot  

You should have received your paper ballot to vote in the Sublocal 99 elections by now, which was mailed to you last week. Ballots are due by Wednesday, May 29th at 10:00am, however, because of the Memorial Day holiday, we recommend you mail your ballot by no later than Thursday, May 23rd to ensure it arrives by the deadline.

As noted in our Union’s bylaws, you must have been a member by January 26, 2024 to be eligible to vote in this sublocal election.

If you have any questions or have not received your ballot, please contact your SEIU Local 503 Steward, or contact the SEIU 503 Member Assistance Center at 1-844-503-SEIU (7348) or by email at

Oregon’s Primary: Electing Worker Friendly Legislators

May 21, 2024 is the last day for voters to return ballots for the Oregon Primary Election. 

Decisions that impact SEIU members’ wages, benefits, and working conditions are made by elected officials – from local governments to the legislature and beyond. This election matters for union members.

Ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by election day. Ballots deposited in an official drop box must be received by 8 pm on election day.

Our union’s member-run political program is how we make sure our voice is in the room when those decisions are made. You can view our full list of endorsements here.

Focus Groups for In-Home Care Providers

Calling all Personal Support Workers, Home Care Workers and Personal Care Attendants! The Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) will be sponsoring a project to create a Provider Enrollment and Maintenance System (PEMS).

They will be hosting two focus groups for providers because they want to hear what you think about the following:

  • What is difficult about the current enrollment process?
  • What is difficult about the renewal process?
  • How would you like to keep informed as this project moves forward?

What can I expect at the focus group?

  • An overview of the Provider Enrollment and Maintenance System project
  • Focused questions about your current experience becoming a provider, like what works, what doesn’t and what would be most helpful.

Focus group virtual meetings will be held on the following dates: June 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and June 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Want to attend? Contact Patty Hahn for a meeting invite at or call 503-983-3194. 

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