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Joe Schaeffer

Joe Schaeffer

Union Representative

Originally from Washington State, Joe came to Portland State to wrestle and has never looked back! Joe is part of a Union family; his wife, Shawna, is a lead organizer for 503, and he himself joined the labor movement in 2000 with SEIU. [Married for just over two years, they love to spend their spare time getting their blended family of five children (ages 11-15) out of the house and into the wilderness and the water.]

Joe chose to come to Local 555 for the chance to work more directly with members and to build power in the workplace. He’s also a fan of the political wins by Local 555 and the ABC in the past several years, since he firmly believes in building power across the board: balancing policy wins with bargaining wins. So far his favorite thing about being part of Local 555 is the chance to consider new ideas and remain nimble in response to change.

Knowledge is power!

Here are some of the most common things you’ll need to know.

  • The basics.

    If you’re new to Local 555, here’s a list of things you should be aware of. Possibly most importantly, you need to be familiar with your Weingarten Rights. If all you need is your contract, just fill out this form.

  • Questions you may have.

    Here’s a list of FAQs. If your question isn’t answered here, please either reach out to your rep (scroll up for their contact info), call the main office, and/or fill out the form at the bottom of the FAQ page with a suggestion for an addition to that page. If your question involves your health insurance and/or pension, the answer will almost always be “call the Trust office!” Oregon/Washington: (866-796-7623)  | Idaho/Wyoming: (201-569–8801)

  • Stay up to date.

    Whether you’re new or not, there’s a Quarterly Meeting near you to keep you informed and active. Have you moved or gotten a new phone number? Make sure your union has your current contact information. (If you are retired, your updated contact information should be sent to the Trust office instead.)

Contact your Rep

The fastest way to reach your Union Rep is to call or email them directly at the number above. If it’s easier for you to fill out a form here, please do so.

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