Child Care

SEIU Child Care Provider Portia Moye with the children she cares for

Who we are…

We are License Exempt Child Care Providers who are paid by the State of Oregon, through DHS (Department of Human Services).  Many of us provide child care for the children of family members, friends or neighbors.  We are often referred to as FFN providers (Family, Friends and Neighbors).


Congratulations to the newly-elected Local 96 Child Care officers

Officers

Kassaundra West Nichols, President
Kimberly Cole, Vice President
Jennifer Schmidt, Secretary-Treasurer

Statewide Regional Outreach Coordinators (ROCs)

Wanda Winne
Enrique Luna
Natalie Jackson
Renee Rodgers
Yolanda Scott

Regional ROCs

Reg 11 Portia Moye

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We’re on the move! Sign up for the SEIU Local 503 Campaign to Build Voter Power

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

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Child Care contract ratified!

We are excited to announce that—with a strong show of support—SEIU Local 503 Child Care members have ratified the tentative agreement for our 2013-2015 union contract! Thank you to all of the providers who became members, participated in Lobby Days, completed story forms, attended rallies, and reached out to fellow Child Care Providers. Your efforts helped secure a strong contract for Child Care Providers and protect slots in the ERDC program for families in need of quality, affordable child care!

We are excited about the improvements we won in this contract, but our work isn’t over—in fact, it’s just the beginning. In the next few years, we will face many challenges. On the 2014 ballot, anti-union forces are putting forward measures that, if passed, would weaken our collective voice. As we navigate these challenges and prepare for contract negotiations in 2015, we must maintain the great spirit of solidarity—with each other, with Oregon families, and with all Oregonians. United, we won a strong contract, and united we will continue to be victorious in the future.

Without the political power and collective voice we have through our union, winning this contract would not have been possible. Together, we held lawmakers accountable to us and the services we provide to Oregon families. We need to continue to build our political strength, and we do this through contributing to our union’s political action fund, Citizen Action for Political Education (CAPE). We won rate increases and strengthened Oregon’s Child Care program because providers like you invested in our CAPE fund to make sure we have a strong political voice. To win in the future, we’ll need to do more of the same.

Click here to invest in our political strength by making a contribution to CAPE, our member-driven political action fund. 

If you have questions or want to be involved please contact SEIU 503 at 800-452-2146 or visit www.seiu503.org!

In It Together!

Your Child Care Bargaining Team,

Portia Moye (Portland)
Kassaundra Nichols (Baker City)
Enrique Luna (Salem)
Molly Stafford (Roseburg)
Kimberly Cole (Medford)
Wanda Winne (Portland)
Renee Cripe (Roseburg)
Jennifer Schmidt (Riddle)

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Victory for Child Care Providers

Congratulations to all Oregon Child Care Providers!

After 8 months of negotiations, our bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with the State that increases our rates, improves access to trainings, promotes quality care, and strengthens Oregon’s child care system.

SEIU Child Care Providers faced unique challenges throughout bargaining. Initially, the State was only interested in offering increases to Providers who are caring for infant and toddler children, even though all Providers have been held to a wage freeze for the past two contract cycles, resulting in a 6 year wage freeze. Our bargaining team held their ground and took a stand for all providers. We collected hundreds of Provider and Parent Story forms that we delivered to legislators and to the State’s bargaining team.

As a result of your support, we prevailed in winning across-the-board increases for all Providers! We also secured several quality care improvements—including improved access to paid trainings, continuation of the quality care enhancement program, and a stronger voice for Providers to share input on developing trainings focused on early learning, special needs, and issues specific to family, friend, and neighbor Child Care Providers. See below for Contract Highlights.

For more information on how to get involved, please call 1-800-452-2146 and ask to speak to the organizer for your area!

SEIU Local 503 Child Care Bargaining Team:

Portia Moye (Portland), Kimberly Cole (Medford), Kassaundra Nichols (Baker City), Renee Cripe (Roseburg), Wanda Winne (Portland), Molly Stafford (Roseburg), Enrique Luna (Salem), Jennifer Schmidt (Riddle)

Contract Highlights

Rate Increases

New Rate increases for the first time since 2007!

Hourly Standard Rates will be increased in each area by at least 10%.

Hourly Enhanced Rates (which all Providers can attain after completing a Paid Training on First Aid, CPR, Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect, and Food Safety Training) will be increased in each area by at least 5%.

All Monthly Rates will be increased by at least 3%.

What do these rate increases mean for providers? For the first time ever, a significant amount of SEIU Child Care Providers (those in Portland, Salem, Eugene area) will now have the opportunity (after completing the Enhanced Rate Training) to earn the same amount as certified Providers. We have always been paid at least 5% less then Certified Providers, so this is a huge step. Click here for new rate charts

Improved Access to Quality Care Trainings

Our Training Fund was increased by almost $300,000 additional dollars. Providers will have better access to information about our Training Fund and what it covers through a joint DHS and SEIU Training FAQ link to the online training calendar.

Laying the Groundwork for Early Learning, Special Needs, and Spanish Language Trainings: The State agreed to discuss early learning, special needs, and trainings targeted to the best practices of License Exempt (Family, Friend, and Neighbor) Providers and to assess the need for trainings in other languages. Many SEIU Child Care Providers speak Spanish, Somalian, and other languages so this was an important step.

Safety and Quality Care Enhancement: The State will spend a minimum of $50,000 toward supports, including tools, supplies and/or equipment needed to support implementation of the recommendations of evidence-based best practices for the development of children in license-exempt child care in the 2013-2015 biennium.

 

New Provider Rates

Standard Family (FAM) Enhanced Family (QFM)
1 – 157 158 – 215 1 – 62 63 – 135 136 – 215
Group Area A Hourly Monthly Hourly Part-time Monthly
Infant/Special Needs – current $2.64 $493 $2.85 $399 $532
Infant/Special Needs – 11/01/13 $2.90 $521 $3.01 $422 $562
Toddler – current $2.64 $466 $2.85 $378 $504
Toddler – 11/01/13 $2.90 $487 $3.00 $394 $525
Preschool – current $2.64 $440 $2.85 $356 $475
Preschool – 11/01/13 $2.90 $481 $3.00 $390 $520
School – current $2.64 $436 $2.85 $353 $470
School – 11/01/13 $2.90 $455 $3.00 $368 $491
Group Area B Hourly Monthly Hourly Part-time Monthly
Infant/Special Needs – current $2.20 $400 $2.38 $324 $432
Infant/Special Needs – 11/01/13 $2.49 $416 $2.70 $337 $490
Toddler – current $2.20 $396 $2.38 $321 $428
Toddler – 11/01/13 $2.49 $412 $2.70 $328 $479
Preschool – current $2.20 $374 $2.38 $303 $404
Preschool – 11/01/13 $2.35 $403 $2.70 $326 $458
School – current $2.20 $352 $2.38 $285 $380
School – 11/01/13 $2.35 $396 $2.70 $321 $431
Group Area C Hourly Monthly Hourly Part-time Monthly
Infant/Special Needs – current $2.20 $374 $2.38 $303 $404
Infant/Special Needs – 11/01/13 $2.42 $396 $2.64 $308 $432
Toddler – current $1.98 $352 $2.14 $285 $380
Toddler – 11/01/13 $2.20 $372 $2.40 $297 $400
Preschool – current $1.76 $348 $1.90 $281 $375
Preschool – 11/01/13 $2.20 $360 $2.40 $290 $390
School – current $1.76 $348 $1.90 $281 $375
School – 11/01/13 $2.20 $360 $2.40 $285 $391

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SEIU Child Care Providers Hold the Line for Fair Rates

Our Union bargaining team met with the State’s bargaining team twice this month—on August 8 and August 27. We have made tremendous progress in negotiations: including victories on key proposals such as an improved access to paid trainings, continuation of the quality care enhancement program, and a stronger voice for Providers to share input on developing trainings focused on early learning, special needs, and issues specific to family, friend, and neighbor Child Care Providers.

The last remaining bargaining issue to be determined is securing an across-the-board rate increase for all child care providers.

Since forming our Union in 2006, we won several improvements to the Child Care Program, including: rate increases in 2007, lower parent co-pays, a paid training fund, quicker payments, direct deposit, improved communications with DHS, and we have fought back against ERDC and rate reductions. We have accomplished a great deal in past years, but have not had a rate increase in recent years due to Oregon’s budget shortfall. However, we know that as the cost of living continues to increase, it becomes more and more difficult for Providers to continue with the Child Care Program on such low rates. That’s why, in addition we have proposed an increase from current rates to at least a 10% increase, or higher depending on market rate.

Although the State did propose rate increases, their proposal did not go far enough to ensure that providers can afford to continue doing the work we love. We will not settle for a contract that does not include fair rate increases for all providers when we know people are already struggling to make ends meet.

That’s why our bargaining team has decided to move forward to arbitration. A neutral third party arbitrator will decide whether to implement the State’s proposals or our Union’s proposals. We have an arbitration hearing scheduled for October, but we are open to scheduling additional bargaining dates with the State before then if they provide an offer that increases rates to a fair standard.

You can make a difference and help us win a fair contract by encouraging the Governor to stand up for Oregon families and get our money back from the Wall Street banks that stole from Oregonians. Sign the Get Oregon’s Money Back petition today at www.GetOregonsMoneyBack.org!

For more information on how to get involved, please call 1-800-452-2146 and ask to speak to the organizer for your area!

SEIU, Local 503 Child Care Bargaining Team

Portia Moye (Portland)
Kassaundra Nichols (Baker City)
Enrique Luna (Salem)
Molly Stafford (Roseburg)
Kimberly Cole (Medford)
Wanda Winne (Portland)
Renee Cripe (Roseburg)
Jennifer Schmidt (Riddle)

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SEIU Child Care Providers Stand Up for a Fair Contract

CCare story delivery 1fSEIU, Local 503 Child Care Providers have been active at the bargaining table and in the Capitol this month!

On June 19, our Child Care Bargaining Team joined state workers and other care providers at the Human Services Building in Salem to urge state decision makers to fund critical services. We know that our efforts are making a difference! The following week, in our June 27 bargaining session, the State proposed an increase in rates for providers who care for infants and toddlers.

While we are glad the State is proposing rate increases, we are disappointed that the State’s proposal included no increase for providers caring for preschool and school-age children. We know that all providers are committed to providing quality care and deserve an increase. We have proposed an increase from current rates to the 2012 Market Rate Study or a 10% increase, whichever is higher for the provider.

Our bargaining team continues to hold strong on the need for rate increases for all providers. On June 28, members of our Child Care Bargaining Team headed to the Capitol Building and delivered hundreds of story forms from providers, parents, and children to state legislators urging them to stand up for Oregon families by supporting the ERDC program and funding rate increases for providers.

Our next scheduled bargaining session is August 8. You can make a difference and help us win a fair contract by encouraging the Governor to stand up for Oregon families and get our money back from the Wall Street banks that stole from Oregonians. Sign the Get Oregon’s Money Back petition today at www.GetOregonsMoneyBack.org!

For more information on how to get involved, please call 1-800-452-2146 and ask to speak to the organizer for your area!

SEIU, Local 503 Child Care Bargaining Team

Portia Moye (Portland)
Kimberly Cole (Medford)
Kassaundra Nichols (Baker City)
Renee Cripe (Roseburg)
Wanda Winne (Portland)
Molly Stafford (Roseburg)
Enrique Luna (Salem)
Jennifer Schmidt (Riddle)

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Child Care Bargaining Update, June 3, 2013

During our most recent bargaining session, on June 3, the State said they intend to direct resources towards rates, within available resources.

We are asking for the rates to be updated to reflect 2012 Market Rate Study or a 10% cost of living increase.

We are also asking for increased rates for evenings and weekend work, paid holidays, paid time off, health care, retirement security, lower parent co-pays, and an investigation into the Financial Institutions (like Banks and Walls Street) that have contributed towards the economic downturn.

While we are hopeful the State will do the right thing and invest in the Child Care Program so that kids and working parents have access to safe and affordable child care, we are also deeply concerned that the State Legislature has not taken the steps needed yet to fully fund the ERDC program and rate increases. Our next bargaining sessions are on June 10 and June 27.

As a Care Provider Union, we have been able to point out common sense solutions to the budget issues and we’ve asked the Legislature and Governor to make the right decisions. For example, we need the State to

  • Stop runaway tax breaks.  Oregon is projected to give away more than $36 billion in tax breaks in 2013-15.
  • That’s a 29% increase just since 2009, even while budgets for critical services have been cut.
  • Get our money back from the Wall Street banks that stole from Oregonians before cutting services to children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Do you think it’s ok for politicians to be cutting services while letting Wall Street banks get away with stealing money from Oregonians?

We don’t either.  Child Care Providers have been doing a lot to win a fair contract and fund services: from going to the state capitol, testifying at legislative town halls and calling our elected officials to do what’s right.  But we need to continue to put pressure on the Governor to hold the big banks accountable.

Here are a few things all of us can do:

  1. Sign the online petition to the Governor to hold Wall Street banks accountable
  2. Join us in Salem June 19th to call upon State decision makers to protect services:   11:30am, DHS Human Services Building, 500 Summer St NE Salem, OR 97301
  3. Fill out a story form and return in postage paid envelope (these were mailed to each provider — contact your organizer if you did not receive one)
  4. Join other care providers for our summer blitzes. We’ll be talking to other care providers, registering voters and educating people about our contract bargaining and new healthcare options.
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Child care bargaining update, May 2013

SEIU, Local 503 Child Care Providers have been making great progress at the bargaining table toward a new contract. Our current contract expires June 30, 2013. We met with the State on May 17 and May 23 this month and have reached the following tentative agreements:

  • Protected billing for up to 5 absent days per month. The State has been proposing to remove this process from the contract but on May 23 they withdrew that proposal and, as a result, we have successfully protected our right to bill the State for absent days (up to 5 per month)
  • Neutral Environment: The State has agreed that no provider, on account of political or union affiliation, shall be discriminated against on account of the exercise of rights granted by the collective bargaining agreement or in protected activities on behalf of the Union
  • Taxes: The State has agreed to include taxes as a discussion topic in our quarterly Issues Meeting, so that Providers can share experiences with tax issues and The State and Our Union can work together on possible solutions
  • Investment toward Safety and Quality Enhancement: The State has agreed to invest $50,000 toward training and support for the implementation of child development best practices with input from Providers in the planning process

We have also put forward proposals to the State seeking

  • Higher Rates – Either an increase from the current rates (which are based of the 2006 Oregon Market Rate Study) to the 2012 Market Rate Study OR a 10% increase, whichever is higher for the Provider
  • Evening and Weekend Differentials
  • Paid Time Off
  • Double Time on Holidays Worked
  • Paid Health Insurance
  • Retirement Security (401K option)
  • Lower Parent Co-Pays and protection of access to ERDC Program

Next Bargaining Dates are scheduled for June 3, 10, and 27th. Stay tuned for updates and check out the TAKE ACTION NOW list below to see how you can do your part to help us win a fair contract!

New Vice President of the SEIU Child Care Council and Bargaining Team Member, Provider Kassaundra Nichols from Baker City, who drives more than 6 hours into Salem for each bargaining session, shared some of her thoughts on the bargaining process so far, “Putting forth the effort and energy to make every bargaining session is worth it because we’ve been protecting what we’ve won in our current contract and are working to gain new improvements for our future contract. We gained $50,000 for quality improvements for the next 2 years, and that’s huge!”

Member Action: The Two Things Each of Us Needs to Do:

  1. Sign the online petition to the Governor to hold Wall Street banks accountable: http://seiu503.seiu.org/page/s/get-oregons-money-back
  2. Join us in Salem June 19th to call upon State decision makers to protect services:  Click here to find out more information and to RSVP.

This update is brought to you from your SEIU Child Care Bargaining Team:

Portia Moye (Portland)
Wanda Winne (Portland)
Molly Stafford (Roseburg)
Renee Cripe (Roseburg)
Jennifer Schmidt (Riddle)
Kassaundra Nichols (Baker City)
Enrique Luna (Salem)
Kimberly Cole (Medford)

 

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Child Care bargaining update: Join us for regional actions in May!

During our most recent bargaining session, on April 17, the State committed to making the improvements to our training program that we asked for – including:

1) More opportunities to attend the Enhanced Rate Training (which we get a 7% pay increase after completing this one day paid-training)

2) A greater focus on specialized trainings: like ones needed for early learning, special needs, and ones specifically for family, friend, and neighbor Child Care Providers

The State also acknowledged there may be funding for a rate increase, but we need to keep the momentum up in order to get them to put real money on the table. We are asking for the rates to be updated to reflect 2012 Market Rate Study (we are currently being paid at the 2006 rates) and for a 10% cost of living adjustment.

While we are hopeful the State will do the right thing and invest in the Child Care Program so that kids and working parents have access to safe and affordable child care, we are also deeply concerned that the State Legislature has not taken the steps needed yet to fully fund the ERDC program and rate increases.

As a Care Provider Union, we have been able to point out common sense solutions to the budget issues and we’ve asked the Legislature and Governor to make the right decisions. For example, we need the State to

• Stop runaway tax breaks. Oregon is projected to give away more than $36 billion in tax breaks in 2013-15.

• That’s a 29% increase just since 2009, even while budgets for critical services have been cut.

• Get our money back from the Wall Street banks that stole from Oregonians before cutting services to children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

All of us can take action today to win a fair contract!

1) Fill out a story form – we will be delivering these to the Legislature and the State’s Bargaining Team, to educate them on the importance of the work we do and why Oregon needs to invest in the Child Care Program!

2) Join SEIU, Local 503 members at our regional May actions, where we’ll be publically calling on the Governor to hold the big banks accountable and get Oregon’s money back

Call 800.452.2146 to ask to speak to the Child Care Organizer for your County for more information on when and where a May action will be in your area.

SEIU Local 503 Child Care Bargaining Team members:

Portia Moye, Portland
Renee Cripe, Roseburg
Molly Stafford, Roseburg
Wanda Winne, Portland
Kassaundra Nichols, Baker City
Kimberly Cole, Medford
Enrique Luna, Salem
Jennifer Schmidt, Riddle

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Workers, Parents and Allies Call for State to Fully Fund Daycare

Child Care 009 LD XAn alliance of SEIU 503 members, parents, allies and advocates for children converged on Salem from across the state March 27 to beseech legislators to provide employment-related daycare for all eligible families and to provide a living wage for providers.

Cuts in prior legislative sessions are capping participation in the program at 3-4,000 below those eligible, creating long waits for parents who want to return to the workforce with the assurance that their children have competent and loving care. Providers, who are negotiating with the state now, have not received an increased in their hourly pay rate since 2007, told legislators they simply cannot afford to continue on at barely $2 an hour per child.

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