Care Providers

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

Child Care Bargaining Begins!

Our elected Child Care Bargaining Team met with the State yesterday to begin bargaining our new contract. In this brief meeting, we exchanged proposals on ground rules for bargaining and set dates for future negotiations. Our next bargaining session is …

Important update about paid time off for Personal Support Workers

As a part of our 2013-2015 union contract, we won new state funding to establish paid time off through our Homecare Trust. We were excited to start this benefit starting February 1st 2015. Unfortunately, the Oregon Department of Human Services …

Training videos for Personal Support Workers on eXPRS

ODDS created these YouTube videos to help train providers on the electronic billing system called eXPRS. ODDS will also be offering more in-person trainings on eXPRS over the coming months. PSW eXPRS Training Part 1: (general info on the transition …

Victory for Prestige Chehalem nursing home workers

Workers at Prestige Chehalem Health and Rehab Center are 10th new group of nursing home workers to organize with SEIU 503 this year! Congratulations to these 56 new members for their decision to organize around issues including scheduling and fair …

Lobby Days 2015: Our chance to make our voices heard at the Capitol

Do you want to make sure everyone, including SEIU 503 members, has a fair shot to get ahead? Do you want to improve the quality of public services, increase wages and win retirement security for all Oregonians? Come talk to …

Isn’t it time we all had a Fair Shot?

After great success last year in making sure our elected officials were ready to stand up for women and working families, Fair Shot For All—a group of labor and community organizations united for economic justice—is expanding our coalition and sharpening …

Free Trainings for Paid and Unpaid Care Providers!

Our union is joining with Oregon Care Partners to provide free statewide trainings to AFH providers and your staff. Learn and grow as AFH providers and earn free Continuing Education Credits!

Update: DHS proposed cap on hours and changes to live-in program

Dear fellow care providers, Recently the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) proposed new policy concepts relating to a proposed cap on Homecare Workers’ hours and changes to live-in program for consumers in the Aging and Physical Disability (APD) program. …

Important: OHP Renewal Letters

Dear Homecare/Personal Support Worker, If you received a renewal letter from the Oregon Health Plan that stated your coverage is scheduled to end on December 31, 2014 please reach out to us right away for enrollment assistance. If you no longer qualify for …

2015 Health Plan Changes

Dear Homecare Worker, Exciting changes are underway for the 2015 medical insurance plan year! Based on feedback from surveys and other input, Trust eligible workers* will have plan updates for 2015. Here are some of the highlights; please visit www.seiu503.org/enrollment-materials …

Member Benefits

Starting May 1, 2014, Benefit Solutions, Inc. (BSI) will be responsible for handling and processing all premium payments and member reimbursement payments for the Oregon Homecare Workers Trusts.

Lawrence workers win first contract!

After many months of hard bargaining, workers at Lawrence Convalescent Center (LCC) in Portland won their first union contract late in the evening of September 25. Besides improved wages and benefits, the contract gives structure to workers’ voice on the …

Two More Nursing Homes Say Union Yes!

Workers at Avamere Sunnyside Transitional Care and Avamere Rehab. of Beaverton became the latest groups of nursing home workers to join our union this year.  The 74 workers at Sunnyside and the 72 workers at Beaverton join with workers at …

Important information for AFH providers on new federal rule

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.  …

Over $24 Million in Waste Cut from 2015 Health Insurance Premiums

Close scrutiny of proposed health insurance premiums for 2015 has cut over $24 million in waste and unjustified costs from premiums for Oregon consumers and small businesses, according to an OSPIRG Foundation report released in September. The cuts come after OSPIRG Foundation’s …

Union wage increase in October for Nursing Home Workers

Union wage increase in October Our Work at the Capitol Pays Off Nursing home workers in our union have done amazing work in the last year—securing strong union contracts with wage and benefit improvements, helping other workers join our union …

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

Workers 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 …

Homecare and Personal Support Workers win basic federal workers’ protections

Expansion of federal workers’ rights brings our work out of the shadows, but many questions remain about state implementation. Personal support and homecare workers: share your thoughts with us about proposed changes to hours.

Are you on the Oregon Health Plan?

Every year people that are enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan and Healthy Kids need to update their information to make sure that they are still eligible. When it is time for renewal, the Oregon Health Authority will send its …

Victory on health insurance rates: many Oregonians will see premium reductions

SEIU members spoke, and the Insurance Division listened. Thousands of Oregonians, including many SEIU care providers, sent messages to the Oregon Insurance Division to comment on proposed rate increases for 2015.  As a result, many (though not all) Oregonians will …

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