Member Leadership Development Program

SEIU 503’s Member Leadership Development Program is a volunteer and paid program for new and emerging union leaders. Over the course of six to eight weeks, trainees in this program will attend classroom sessions that will focus on developing and strengthening leadership skills. In addition, they will be able to practice those skills through working with other members on current union issues and campaigns. The program runs in several “waves” throughout the year. Entry into the MLDP is competitive, only those who submit applications will be considered.


Primary Duties:

  • Attend seven days of training at the Portland field office. Lodging will be provided for people outside the Portland area.
  • Learn critical union skills that are specific to the wave you are working on.
  • Work in the field directly with members on issues ranging from new member orientation, contract enforcement, or political mobilization.


What Programs are Available This Year?

There are several programs available to members this year, click on the link below for the program you are interested in and find out how to apply for one of our waves!

Care Provider MLDP

Homecare and Personal Support Workers are part of what makes our union great. Your leadership is critical to growing our union and reaching our goals. The Member Leadership Development Program (MLDP), is an eight-week program where care providers come together to receive training, reach out to other care providers, and help build our union.

Caucus MLDP

Civil and Human Rights Committee promotes and monitors the union’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and administers the Latino, the Lavender and the African/American caucuses to build a strong power base for pursuing issues of cultural diversity. This Member Leadership Development Program (MLDP) will help the committee build strength in these caucuses!

Steward MLDP

The steward Member Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is a six-week project where member leaders will develop critical skills to inform your work as a steward by providing contract enforcement help inside of our Member Resource Center (MRC), as well as training new stewards and taking forward grievances and arbitrations. If you have already led your workplace as a steward, this is a great way to take the next step and becoming an expert in contract enforcement while also supporting the growth of our union.

Political MLDP

Join the 2020 political season by becoming a member leader as we fight for a just political victory this campaign season!



Glendora Claybrooks

Glendora Claybrooks, Homecare Worker

“Every action begins with the courage of a leader to recognize and improve programmatic services for the population it serves.”

Pam Dyer, Homecare Worker

“The Member Leadership Development Program will launch you to action on a huge scale.”

Ming Chen

Ming Chen, Personal Support Worker

"With all the union has done, I was happy to help build its potential.”

Renee Austin

Renee Austin, Homecare Worker

“I learned about my union and how homecare can be even better.”

Sharonne Vincent, Homecare Worker

"Connecting with homecare workers built my confidence to build the union!"

Tania Canier

Tania Canier, Homecare Worker

"I learned so much by talking with homecare workers and building the union!"