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CAPE Council

When you make a voluntary contribution to CAPE (Citizen Action for Political Education), you help elect lawmakers who support the issues that matter to working people and our families. You can contribute to CAPE by filling out the online form here.

When workers unite, legislators listen. In 2021, SEIU 503 members’ advocacy at the Oregon Legislature resulted in impactful wins for our state during the pandemic and set up some of the best contracts for our members despite the economic downturn. That wouldn’t have happened without CAPE helping elect candidates who our members believed shared our values.

Our CAPE Council consists of 52 locally elected member representatives that drive SEIU Local 503’s voice in politics. The members of our CAPE Council provide a voice for working Oregonians by recommending candidate endorsements, and then working to get our endorsed candidates elected by phone banking, canvassing, donating resources, and getting the word out to other SEIU 503 members.

Our CAPE Council meets quarterly, and our CAPE regions hold regularly scheduled meetings during election season to make endorsements and move our grassroots political program. The CAPE Council gets regular updates about issues and campaigns that impact our SEIU members so they are informed as they help lead our political program.

The people elected to represent Oregonians in Salem and Washington D.C. impact the lives of all working families, and it is important that working families have a voice in the process. CAPE members are encouraged to run for office and to be a leading voice in the election process. If you have been interested in politics for years, this is a great place to learn more. If you are new to the union, this is a great place to experience how politics impact our lives.

CAPE Questions & Answers

Do you have questions and/or comments about our CAPE political program?  Contact SEIU 503 at 844-503-SEIU