Published: May 29, 2019

Today, university management offered economic proposals to workers at the seven public universities in Oregon, who are represented by SEIU Local 503. The reaction to the proposals was swift and strong, with workers calling them “disrespectful” or “draconian.”

The Higher Education bargaining team gave management an overall grade of F.


If you’d like to take action to support Higher Education workers, here are three things you can do.

1. Take action today. Send a message to the university presidents to let them know what we think of their latest proposals. 

2. Wear purple this Thursday and Friday and plan to participate in an action on campus:

Bake Sale
Thursday 5/30, 11:30am to 1:30pm 

Lawn in front of Inlow Hall
Bake sale is to raise money for our Strike Fund to provide assistance when/if we go to strike.

Contact Organizer Vanessa Herriott for details (

Classified & Grad Students Cosponsor Bargaining Rally
Cut from the Top, Build from the Bottom

Thursday, 5/30, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Weatherford Plaza

Lunch Served

Rally for a Fair Contract
Thursday 5/30, Noon-1pm
Urban Plaza

Statewide day of action to prevent pay and benefit cuts. Let’s show we are united for a fair contract. Lunch, Union T-Shirts and lots of love for all who attend!

Tabling event
Thursday, 5/30, noon
Stevenson Union

Purple up and lunch will be provided.


  • Informational Tables
    Thursday, 5/30, 10am-2pm
    UO Bookstore
    895 E13th
    and Johnson Hall
    (Bring your coworkers)
    Friday 5/31 12pm-2pm
    Front steps of Johnson Hall
    (GTFF, SEIU and AFL-CIO)
    (Lunch provided)

Contact Organizer Siobhan Burke for details (

Questions about actions at your campus? Contact

3. Join the Higher Ed workers Tele-Town Hall this Thursday
Thursday 5/30 at 6:30pm we’re hosting a tele-town hall discussion exclusively for SEIU member who work in Higher Education. This is an excellent opportunity to learn the latest news about wages, benefits and funding for programs, in addition to asking questions and participating in live polls.

How to join the tele-town hall
We’ll call you. Thursday at 6:30pm — give or take a few minutes — we’ll dial out to the phone number on your membership form. All you need to do is stay on the line to join the call. If you miss us, we’ll leave a message with information on how to dial in.

United For A Better Oregon
Tele-Town Hall
May 30 at 6:30 pm