Nursing Homes

Who we are…
SEIU represents more than 2,000 nursing home workers who provide quality care and rehabilitation services for residents in 32 24-hour skilled nursing facilities and three assisted living facilities across Oregon.

Quality care, quality jobs and a fair contract for Lawrence workers

Lawrence Convalescent Center workersWorkers at Lawrence Convalescent Center are fighting for quality jobs and quality resident care in a union contract. A respected and fairly compensated workforce is essential to provide the quality care that seniors in our community deserve.

Workers at 17 local nursing homes have already formed unions and bargained contracts that provide fair wages and benefits to workers and a way to work collaboratively to ensure quality care. In April, workers at Lawrence Convalescent center voted to form a union as part of SEIU Local 503. Management fought hard to try to break the organizing drive and they are still fighting in negotiations to weaken the union and not agree to the standards and raises that other local nursing home employers have agreed to.

Workers need your support to win a fair contract! Please send a message to the Lawrence today: ask them to settle a fair contract with Lawrence workers.

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Two organizing victories: 130 new members join Local 503

Fernhill Estates nursing home workers

Nursing home workers at Fernhill Estates and temp workers at Marion County won organizing victories in the past week and became the newest members of SEIU Local 503.

With the addition of Fernhill, workers at 50 nursing homes and assisted living facilities are now members of Local 503! Fernhill workers are the 7th group of nursing home workers to organize this year. Fernhill workers organized for respect and fair wages. Many union members at Laurelhurst and Porthaven nursing homes who also work at Fernhill helped win this election victory.

Marion County temporary workers finally became part of our union after years of attempts and legal hurdles. About 100 temporary positions will now be part of the union at Marion County and workers will begin bargaining shortly. Pay equity and job security are two of their most pressing issues.

Many members helped on this campaign, including Sara Fillion, Stacey Harp, Trish Straw, Charles Arnold, Kendra Stafford, Bernadine Newland, Steve Nerrow, Oscar Izaguirre, Mark Terrill and Roseanne O’Connor.

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Timberview Care Center joins SEIU 503

Workers at Timberview Care Center in Albany won union recognition yesterday from Prestige! They are the 3rd group of nursing home workers to join our local union this year.  The 55 workers at the facility united around winning wage increases and respect.

Edna Lara“I support the union because we need to be listened to. It’s not right to wait till someone gets hurt to have a problem looked at. Our union will be our voice here at Timberview for respect and safety.”

—Edna Lara, C.N.A., Prestige Timberview



Kimberley Siemens and Melissa Thornton“Our union will mean fairness and support for dedicated Timberview workers.”

—Kimberley Siemens C.N.A. and Melissa Thornton C.N.A., Prestige Timberview



Clara Martineau
“I support our union because it brings us together for equality – You can see the difference between the union facilities and the ones without it. Now it’s our turn to say Union Yes!”

—Clara Martineau, C.N.A., Prestige Timberview

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Mayors Piercy and Lundberg Declare “Caregiver Recognition Day”

Eugene-area care providers enjoyed some much-deserved accolades from city officials on April 8, as Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg declared April 8, 2014, “Caregiver Recognition Day.”

The mayors joined hospital workers from McKenzie Willamette Medical Center, nursing home workers, local homecare workers and developmental disability workers for a heartfelt roundtable discussion, followed by an official joint proclamation declaring April 8th “Caregiver Recognition Day”.

“I’m so touched at how proud [these caregivers] are of the work they do, how much they care about the people they provide services for and how much they know those services are very valuable for the quality of life for people in our community.”, said Kitty Piercy, Mayor of Eugene.

“I can’t tell you how much we truly appreciate the work that caregivers do. Thank you so much for what you do said Springfield’s Mayor Christine Lundberg.

Standing alongside the Mayors, local caregivers reflected on the importance of having the support of local leaders and the community.

“It means so much to receive this appreciation from our elected leaders and community. Everyone deserves to have a good life and to be taken care of, regardless of their age or disability.” said Jhansie Turner, a local developmental disability worker with independent living services company Alvord Taylor.

Caregivers provide essential services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Their work in our community ranges from providing critical care in our hospitals to providing in-home care to seniors, children and people with disabilities. Despite the critical services they provide, caregivers continue to face significant challenges that include having a meaningful voice on the job, getting access to affordable care and making a living wage.

“This is a special day that is just as much about our community and our patients as it is us. We are here today because we are proud of the work we do and deeply care about our community, said Ken Charpie a Lab Tech worker at Mckenzie Willamette Medical Center. “But at the same time caregivers are facing increasing challenges that are forcing us to do more with less.”

In response to growing care provider concerns, employees across Mckenzie Willamette Willamette Medical Center – from nurses to technical workers – are holding an informational picket on Thursday, April 17th from 1-4pm at Willamalane Park (Across from McKenzie Willamette Medical Center). Caregivers will be joined by elected leaders and community supporters in standing up for quality affordable care and good jobs at the hospital.

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Watch: Nursing Home Workers Testify In Favor of Staffing Ratio Changes

SEIU Nursing Home workers across the state testified in Salem on February 18, 2014 in favor of staffing ratio changes to improve quality care.


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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:

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Avamere Medford says Union Yes!

Congratulations to workers at Avamere Rehabilitation of Rogue Valley on their new union. On January 23, they became the first group to join Local 503 this year. More than 80% of the 56 workers signed union cards, and Rep. Peter Buckley counted the cards and certified that a majority supported forming a union. The majority of nursing homes in Josephine and Jackson county are now organized and our campaign was helped by the large number of former SEIU members at the facility.

Mindy Williams“Having a union in our facility will help because we deserve to have respect and dignity. Our union will give us that voice.”  — Mindy Williams, CNA.

Mike Long

“A union contract will bring our wages up to a respectable rate, and that will make us feel respected for the work we do.” — Michael Long, CNA

Brittany Church

“Our union will help us earn the respect and fair treatment we deserve.”  — Brittainy Church
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Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities Lobby Day February 5th, 2014

Join the Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities to advocate for Oregon’s home and community-based services and overall long-term care system at the Capitol in Salem.  SEIU continues to be a strong voice at the Capitol.  Bring your friends, family and neighbors.

Click here to register for the Lobby Day.

WHO: You and other Advocates

WHAT: Campaign for Oregon’s Seniors & People with Disabilities Lobby Day

WHEN:   Wednesday, Feb. 5th – 8:00 a.m. until around 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Oregon Capitol Building, 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301

WHY: Because we care— and SEIU members play a critical role in advocating at the bedside and at the State Capitol!

REGISTRATION NOTE: We are matching attendees with your elected legislators for your area to schedule meetings—please register as soon as possible so we can set this up.

PARKING NOTICE: Free parking is available at the Mission Mill parking lot (located at 1313 Mill Street SE, Salem, OR 97301).  We will have shuttle transportation for people between the Mission Mill parking lot and the Capitol entrance regularly throughout the day.  All parking around the Capitol is set at $1.50/hour and is very limited during the legislative session.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: If you have special dietary restrictions, please mark that on the registration form.  Lunch and light breakfast will be provided.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration/Coffee in the Capitol Galleria

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Talking Point Training/Room 50

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Talking Point Training/Room 350

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Informational Displays in Galleria

10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Visit your Legislators

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch from Meals on Wheels

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Legislative Speakers/Room 50

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

Click here to register for the Lobby Day.

SEIU Lobby Days are our chance to impact the state budget and legislation by making sure that our voices are heard in Salem. In recent legislative sessions, member advocacy helped establish fiscally sound staffing ratios, restore funding for services for seniors and people with disabilities, avoid layoffs, and pass foreclosure protections.


Lodging will be provided at the South Salem Phoenix Inn with the Doubletree by Hilton (previously the North Salem Phoenix Inn) as overflow. Members traveling from more than 75 miles away are eligible for lodging the night prior to the event. Those who are unable to reach their residence by 9PM (including allotted one hour dinner break) after the meeting are eligible for lodging the evening of the event. One-half the total overnight room rate (tax included) will be covered for the individual member, thus room sharing is strongly encouraged. Any additional fees and/or charges (eg. single occupant, smoking, pets, and failure to cancel on-time) will be billed back to the individual member, excepting when they receive a single room at no fault of their own.  Members travelling with client(s) will not be charged for their client(s) lodging. For details, please reference AP&P, Article VI, Section 9, & 13.

The Doubletree and the Phoenix Inn accommodate individuals with disabilities. Members in need of special accommodations to participate in this event should contact Shoshana Loos at, 503.581.1505, or 1.800.452.2146.

The Doubletree is a non-smoking facility. The South Salem Phoenix Inn has only two smoking rooms available. Smoking in a non-smoking room/facility can result in fines beginning at $250.

A complimentary continental breakfast is available at the hotel for those staying overnight. Lunch will be provided at the event. While SEIU Local 503 strives to provide options that meet most dietary needs, members with specific/strict needs should come prepared with an alternative meal option for themselves.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE / CANCELLATION NOTICE: Registration and cancellation deadline is three business days before the lobby day. Members who register and fail to cancel in time, or do not attend may be charged in full for all costs incurred on their behalf (meals, lodging, etc.)

Registration Questions?

Contact Shoshana Loos at, 503.581.1505, or 1.800.452.2146.

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Meadow Park Settlement Reached!

Ratification vote Monday, November 18

Tentative Agreement Highlights:

  • Adjustment to take into account years of experience
  • Additional 2% for those not adjusted with 1+ year of experience
  • 2% increases in 3/14, 9/14, and 3/15
  • Improved Health Care cost share
  • Additional week vacation for 15+ years of service
  • $200 ratification bonus for full time, $150 for part time

The Agreement

Issue Union Proposal Management Agreement
Wages Implement a wage scale to fix compression once and for all. Agreed to fix compression though an adjustment table.  Minimum 4% annual increases for anyone with 1+ year of experience
Vacation Extra week for employees with 15 years of service Agreed to give extra week for employees with 15 years of service
Healthcare 80% Premium Share ($79/mo in 2014) 80% Premium Share ($79/mo in 2014)

Meadow Park Bargaining Team“We are excited to reach an agreement on a fair contract.  We will fix compression and make sure all employees receive a wage increase.”

–Meadow Park Bargaining Team

What’s Next? 

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Prestige Settlement Reached, Ratification Up Next!

On November 5, 2013, we reached a tentative agreement with Prestige for our new union contract. This is a tentative agreement pending membership ratification—members voting to approve our new contract. Our 2013 elected SEIU bargaining team unanimously recommends a YES vote to implement the new wage increases, benefits and other improvements. We won this contract because we won in politics at the capitol and secured new state funding for nursing homes. Our future wage increases depend on doing more of the same: let’s build our political strength through our CAPE program!

Member Action Check List

• Vote!  Ratification vote information will be posted on union bulletin boards, emailed, and mailed out soon. Be sure to come and vote YES.
CAPE  Invest in our political strength to ensure we win new wages and benefits in the future!
• Stay tuned for updates on staffing ratios. Let us know if you are interested in joining us to testify in Salem. Thanks to the hundreds of members who completed staffing story forms! There were so many examples of why we need to improve staffing to ensure we can continue the high quality care our residents need and deserve.

“I am very proud of the contract we won this year. This will help Prestige nursing home workers for years to come.”
– Julio Pina, Bargaining Team Member, CNA, Prestige Menlo Park

In solidarity,

Nursing Home Bargaining Team
SEIU Local 503

Tentative Agreement Summary

Bargaining Issue Settlement
Fair Wages to Recruit and Retain Quality Staff
Cost-of-Living Adjustments All workers will be placed on wage scale resulting in at least a 70 cents increase retroactively paid to October 1, 2013.  To be paid on the first pay period following membership vote to approve contract.
Wage Scales and Solving Inequities Establish new wages scales, correct everyone to where they should be based on years of service, those of us still behind will receive final correction April 1, 2014 and then moving forward make sure we move us steps of the wage scale each year based on years of service.  New hires will be hired in on wage scale based on experience to make sure there is fairness.
Recognizing Years of Service by having Wage Scale with Step Increases Solve wage inequities through wage scales with annual step increases of .35 cents to have more rhyme and reason to how we’re paid (workers who are above the top of scale would still receive the same increase). Step increases to be implemented on October 1 of each year of the contract.
Future Increases Our future wage increases will be based on Medicaid rates decided at the State Capitol, we’re targeting 75 cents which can go up or down, but we have a guaranteed 35 cents minimum and a maximum increase of $1.25 each year.
Length of Contract 4 year contract
Longevity Bonuses New bonuses to reward years of service.  As of October 1, 2013 workers with 10-14 years’ service will receive a one-time bonus of $1,000 and workers with 15-19 years $1,500, and workers with 20 or more years $2,000.
Extra Shift Premium New consistent process.  $6.50 per hour, now defined as work beyond regularly scheduled shifts, does not include trades, offered within 7 calendar days of the extra shift.  We will need to complete a written form from management and also work our next scheduled shift to qualify, unless we are sick or called off by management.
Attendance Bonus Improved criteria, now you just have to be scheduled for 110 hours for the month to qualify.
PTO Cash Out, Family Leave, Birthdays
Birthdays We have improved the process to request our birthdays off.  Additionally, if we have to work we will receive a free meal.
PTO Cash-Out New and Improved.  One time each year on our anniversary date, we will be able to cash out up to 40 hours of PTO WITHOUT PENALTY as long as we maintain at least 40 hours after cash out.  We can also request other cash outs for emergency situations.
Parental Leave New options for leave to care for a new baby within Article 17- Other Leave.
Affordable Healthcare for Healthcare Workers
Premium Costs We protected our union difference with lower rates than non-union workers.  Our 2014 rates will be per pay period: $32.92 employee only, $114.14 employee + child(ren), $151.17 employee + spouse, $245.14 employee + family.  Nonunion members are paying $75.00 a month for employee only. Prestige will be moving towards only having one plan option for 2014.  This represents a few improvements than the current base plan.  More details in open enrollment.
In 2015, we will be bargaining again with Prestige on healthcare.  We know that we can and must continue to do more to make healthcare more affordable.
Protecting Eligibility We have a new protection that our hours will not be changed for the sole purpose of limiting eligibility to health benefits.
Making Spousal Coverage More Affordable We are looking to keep spousal coverage for those who have it and then give people the option to purchase coverage for spouses through the Affordable Care Act.  For most people, this will be more affordable than trying to pay for the Prestige spousal coverage.
Safe Staffing & Quality Care
Staffing Ratios We won new funding at the state capitol to improve staffing ratios!  We expect the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) to announce new proposed rules that will keep day shift 1:7, improve evening to 1:9.5 and night to 1:17.  We will need to go to Salem to testify in support of staffing improvements.  Let us know if you would like to help.
Certified Med Aids Gives us a great voice if Prestige wants to phase out CMA work.  If Prestige does transition CMA work, they agree to reimburse affected workers $500 if they lose their certification.
Job Protection
Subcontracting Prestige cannot subcontract without extending full Union protection for our jobs and contract pay and benefits.

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