Care Providers

Care providers and clients, some in wheelchairs, stand on the Capitol steps in Salem

Child Care Bargaining Update

Now that the legislative session has ended and the budget is set, we are back at the bargaining table to negotiate rate increases for child care providers. While we are disappointed that legislators did not pass revenue reform this year, …

Nursing Home Bargaining Update

  All 57 of our nursing homes across the state will be bargaining together this summer. Earlier this year, we filled out bargaining surveys and elected fellow workers to represent us at the bargaining table. Then, on June 28, our …

AFH bargaining update

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 …

Nursing Home Bargaining Team Elections

All 57 of our nursing homes will be bargaining together this summer. In April, we nominated the co-workers we wanted to represent us on bargaining with our employers. Now we’ll have the chance to vote on who we think would …

April 25 Homecare and PSW Bargaining Update: We need to win in Salem and at the table

For more than a decade, homecare and personal support workers in Oregon have been joining together in our union to win for ourselves and our consumers. As a result, our consumers have a degree of dignity and autonomy not found …

Broken Promises: Report exposes widespread problems with services to people with developmental disabilities

Poverty wages and 90% turnover for Direct Support Providers put Oregonians with disabilities at risk Group home workers and people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) gathered at the Capitol on March 7 to testify about the looming crisis in …

URGENT notice for PSWs: Action Needed to Avoid Disruption in Your Pay

As you know, the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services (ODDS) is changing who the payroll vendor is starting January 2017. Before you were getting your checks from TNT FI Services and now you will be getting them from Public Partnerships, …

Homecare Professional Development Certification (PDC)

 Article 14, Section 5 in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), includes a training certification differential for homecare workers and personal support workers. What is the purpose of the Professional Development Certification (PDC)? The purpose is to acknowledge the continued skill …

Homecare and Personal Support Worker overtime contract language

Following is the contract language negotiated by our homecare worker bargaining team with the State in 2016. The language was negotiated in a special bargaining session to meet new federal regulations that extended overtime protections to homecare and personal support …

Homecare workers reach overtime agreement with state

Since the federal Department of Labor ruled that homecare workers are covered by overtime laws, our bargaining team has been been negotiating with DHS for an implementation that is fair to workers, without putting services to our consumers at risk. …

Homecare Hours Cap Bargaining Update

Our member-elected bargaining team met with the State last Thursday to continue pushing for a fair settlement. We have been fighting for the last six months for a path forward that is the most fair to workers, without putting the …

You know you’re an Oregon care provider when…

10 Things You’ll Only Understand as a Homecare Worker 1. You know that homecare work is one of the hardest jobs in the world   At least astronauts get to sit down! 2. And it’s like you’re always on call There’s …

Important updates for Personal Support Workers

Important reminders for Personal Support Workers on upcoming payroll changes and Paid Time Off PSW Payroll Changes (These changes do not apply to Independent Choices or PC-20s) As of February 1, 2016 PSWs who submit a paper timesheet for the CDDP/Brokerage …

Payroll changes for homecare workers

Important information about changes in the way DHS is processing payroll for homecare workers These changes will take effect in January 2016, and are summarized below. If you have more questions that are not answered here, please contact the SEIU …

Homecare workers Fight for $15 and a Union

Today in Portland, homecare workers and janitors joined thousands of low-wage workers in a national day of action, standing up for $15 and a union.

2016 Homecare Trust Updates

Exciting changes are underway for the 2016 medical insurance plan year! Here are some of the highlights; please visit www.orhomecaretrust.org/overview/ for more information! Exchange Plan Choice Stays the Same. Trust-eligible participants who qualify for benefits through the Exchanges will continue to have …

Meadow Park Workers Defeat Potentially Harmful Proposals, Avert Strike

Agreement Includes Safety Provisions for Nursing Home Residents, Workers Meadow Park Health and Specialty Care workers defeated potentially dangerous proposals from Fortis (Meadow Park Management) and succeeded in reaching a tentative agreement that will support Meadow Park resident and worker …

Meadow Park workers unanimously vote to strike

Certified nursing assistants, cooks, and many more workers at Meadow Park Health and Specialty Care in St. Helens have unanimously voted to strike in response to ongoing contentious negotiations over patient care and safety, as well as working conditions. “I …

Top Ten List of Advocacy Wins for Oregonians with Developmental Disabilities

Parent provider and guardianship advocacy. Parent providers, organized through our union, pushed ODDS and they responded by coming with a fair process in which guardians could continue to be paid providers. Guardians can now appoint someone else to take on …

Care Providers: Looking for Info on Our Tentative Agreement with the State?

Our SEIU Homecare Bargaining Team has reached an exciting tentative agreement with the State that increases wages and benefits, advocates for quality consumer services, and strengthens Oregon’s homecare system. We are proud of the work our members have done to …