We continue to make some progress on non-economic concerns while we wait for the state budget to be finalized. As you know, the State is facing a huge budget shortfall, and we are working hard to protect AFH providers and prevent cuts to our programs.
Highlights in our negotiations so far include:
Unfortunately, real revenue won’t move forward this session due to roadblocks put up by big corporations and Republican senators in the Legislature. We’re doing what we can to secure additional funding—including short-term revenue streams that can mitigate cuts and fund the best possible rates for providers.
The budget is expected to be finalized this week. Please make one last call and ask your legislator to raise revenue and stop the cuts. Click here to tell your representatives to pass a budget that supports AFH providers!
Please stay tuned for more information and continue to follow our progress through these important negotiations.
Our SEIU bargaining team met with Addus management on August 3 and 4, and we still have not reached an agreement for a new union contract. Main issues are down to wages and healthcare—and making sure Addus
invests in front line caregivers with the new state funding they are receiving.
Earlier this year, we did our work at the state capitol to lobby the legislature for more funding and we were successful. Our Union has been instrumental in Addus receiving increased state funding for four years in a row. Even though they will be seeing more money, Addus is still holding out on us on fair wages, and we need to make sure that money goes toward front line caregivers.
According to bargaining team member Lorna Burnell, “As a long time employee of Addus, I can’t believe we’re being treated like this. This is so disappointing and frustrating that Addus won’t agree to fair wage increases that would bring us closer to what other union workers doing the same work across the state are getting paid.”
Addus management also put a proposal on health care across the table that we feel might be illegal and not in compliance with healthcare laws. Bargaining team member Coleen Lawson said, “How can Addus Management think they can get away with breaking the law? I have to follow the laws in my daily life. How can they value their employees so little that management would rather break the law and pay fines than provide affordable health care to the care providers that are their employees?”
Our next bargaining dates are August 31 and Sept 1.
Our Bargaining Team (Sherriel Stiles, Lorna Burnell, Alexxa Gambaro, Debbie Crenshaw, Charlene Morgan-Stewart, Coleen Lawson and Tammy Scroggins) will be making calls to reach out to members asking for your support and letting you know how you can be involved.
Here’s one way you can show your support and get involved RIGHT NOW:
Click here to sign a petition to support your bargaining team in getting fair wages and affordable healthcare.
Your Addus Bargaining Team
Sherriel Stiles, Eugene
Coleen Lawson, Salem
Charlene Morgan-Stewart, Medford
Lorna Burnell, Eugene
Tammy Scroggins, Salem
Debbie Crenshaw, Medford
Alexxa Gambaro, Eugene
Our AFH Bargaining Team has made initial proposals with the State and we are making progress towards our new contract.
We reached two tentative agreements and put forth new proposals that would make it easier for providers to do the work we love.
Some highlights of the proposals we have presented include:
For more details on the proposals and the State’s responses, please click here.
We know that the work we do as AFH providers is important and we want to continue to provide quality care for the people we serve–our most vulnerable citizens. We still have a lot to negotiate at the bargaining table and we hope you stay involved and informed as we proceed.
Our next bargaining session is June 10. Stay tuned for more updates!
New Federal Rule. The federal government released a new rule earlier this year that will impact adult foster homes across three Oregon service systems: Addictions and Mental Health, Aging and People with Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services. Implementation will phase-in over five years. All providers must be in compliance with the new rule by July 1, 2019.
Resident Rights. The goal of the new federal rule is to ensure that our residents enjoy the greatest personal autonomy possible. Accordingly, resident rights must include the following: (a) privacy in sleeping or living units; (2) lockable entrance doors, with the individual and appropriate staff having keys to doors as needed; (c) a choice of roommates for those sharing units; (d) freedom to furnish and decorate sleeping or living units as the resident chooses; (e) freedom and support to control one’s own schedule; (f) individual control of one’s activities and access to food at any time; (g) visitors at any time; and (h) the setting is physically accessible to each resident.
We will clearly experience big changes in how we operate our foster homes in order to meet the new federal requirements. Each resident right is not, however, absolute. For example, while diabetes is not an acceptable reason to limit access to food, a particular individual’s eating disorder may qualify for a modification of the 24-7 access-to-food requirement.
Individual Modification of Resident Rights. Any modification to these requirements for provider-owned home and community-based residential settings must be supported by a specific assessed need and justified in the person-centered service plan. Documentation includes: (1) specific individualized assessed need; (2) prior interventions and supports including less intrusive methods; (3) description of condition proportionate to assessed need; (4) ongoing data measuring effectiveness of modification; (5) established time limits for periodic review of modifications; (6) individual’s informed consent; and (7) assurance that interventions and supports will not cause harm.
Stakeholder Group. The Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority created a Home and Community-Based Services Transition Stakeholder Group. Two stakeholder meetings have been held to date. Chief Steward Roxanne Hazen-Sharp (an APD provider) and I (president of our local and a mental health provider) have attended both of these meetings. Member Robert Nash (a developmental disabilities provider) will join us at future stakeholder meetings. SEIU representatives will attend future meetings to ensure that our needs are considered throughout this process.
Oregon Draft Transition Plan and Global Scorecard. What role can providers play in the upcoming changes to the manner in which we operate our foster homes? We can offer our comments. The State of Oregon is required to submit a transition plan to the federal government in October. A draft of Oregon’s Home and Community-Based Services Setting Transition Plan and an internal, initial evaluation of all settings licensed by AMH and by DHS’ Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight (OLRO) on behalf of APD and ODDS are available for your review at: http://www.oregon.gov/dhs/dhsnews/Pages/hcbs-transitionplan.aspx. The State must receive our comments no later than October 5, 2014 in order to finalize the Transition Plan and submit it to the federal government on time. Please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or send via postal mail to :
HCBS Transition Plan Comments
500 Summer Street NE, E09
Salem, Oregon 97301
Our ultimate compliance with this new law is essential. Should the State of Oregon fail to comply, the state will lose federal matching funds–and currently over 60% of our service pay is federal matching money.
Thank you for your kind (and prompt!) attention to this matter.
This summer, SEIU care providers will once again take the state by storm! From Bend to Lincoln City and Eugene to Medford, care providers are planning to reach out to fellow workers to sign them up for membership, build political power through our union’s political fund (CAPE), register voters in key legislative districts, and invite them to volunteer with our union. In 2012, 39 member leaders participated in the blitzes, and together we knocked on 2,011 doors, signed up 254 new members and 202 CAPE contributors, and registered 92 new voters through weekend visits to communities across the state.
Will you join us? Whether you can come out for the whole weekend or just devote a day or a few hours, it all makes a big difference. We’ll feed you, train you and pair you up with someone who has knocked on doors before. Lodging provided for folks traveling more than 75 miles. Blitzes scheduled throughout the state on weekends: Fridays and Saturdays, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Register here to participate: http://seiu503.seiu.org/page/s/2014blitz