Continuing Education Training: We made significant progress around access to training hours for providers. The State agreed to a plan to put FREE trainings online for all state-mandated training requirements within twelve months of contract implementation.
Rate Transparency: We established more transparency around the components of service fees and the tools used to assess residents, as well as improved timelines around resident reassessments.
No Discrimination: We expanded contract protections for providers exercising their rights granted by the collective bargaining agreement, while maintaining the ability to grieve discrimination claims.
Legislative Action: The State backed off of a proposal that could have forced us back to the bargaining table if the legislature were to decrease funding in the middle of a contract, allowing us to protect rates and quality care.
RN Delegation Workgroup: This joint SEIU and State committee will focus more specifically on identifying possible changes in procedures and payments that could be made to meet emergency RN Delegation needs so AFH providers don’t incur unreimbursed costs. We also pushed for language that holds the State more accountable to the committee process.
Provider Rights Article: We gained thirty minutes of Union time at scheduled group AFH orientations. This will be a great opportunity to educate providers on the Union, the contract and their rights from the beginning of their time as providers. Under this article we also won language that the State will provide notification to the Union of proposed additions or changes to existing OARs.
Provider Referral System Committee: The State recognized the importance of ensuring there is a fair and transparent referral process. In order to start making progress on this issue we will form a joint committee with the State to explore the potential options regarding Provider referral systems.
Joint Contract Training: The Union and the State will collaborate on presenting training on the new collective bargaining agreement to key State and County staff. This joint training will help ensure that field staff (licensors, case managers, etc) understand and follow the terms of our contract.
Our elected-SEIU Adult Foster Home Bargaining Team
Lana Eszler, Milton Freewater
Roxanne Hazen, Cottage Grove
Kathleen Howard, Gold Hill, Chair
Michael Jones, Medford, Co-Chair
Patricia Jones, Dallas
Stephanie Krohn, Rogue River
Gary Lane, Eugene
Clara McPhee, Medford
Rich Peppers, Chief Negotiator
Debbie Schreiner, Sutherlin
Leah Silaev, Clackamas
Karla Spence, Salem
Regina Valentine, Richland