Care Providers

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

Here’s what’s happening at your AFH bargaining table!

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 …

Homecare funding is under attack

In the last few weeks, the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that we are facing a $140 million shortfall in funding services. Unless legislators act, our consumers could face significant cuts in services. SEIU members have been working …

Homecare worker bargaining: Opening proposals

The chart below shows the opening proposals for each side. Our goals are to raise standards for workers and to protect access to services for our consumers! SEIU PROPOSAL STATE PROPOSAL Wages to recruit and retain quality providers Base rate: …

Here’s what’s happening at the Child Care bargaining table!

Our Child Care bargaining team had our third bargaining session with the State this week. We felt this session was very productive, and we are on the right track to win improvements for providers as well as the families we …

DON’T TURN YOUR BACK On Seniors & People with Disabilities

Today, hundreds of people from all over the state are in the State Capitol in Salem for “Don’t Turn Your Back” Lobby Day, meeting with legislators about the importance of supporting seniors and people with disabilities and those who care …

Homecare workers: Tell us why retirement security matters

One of our top priorities for Homecare bargaining this year is to win access to retirement savings system. We need homecare workers to share your story about why retirement security is important to you.

Update for PSW Independent Contractors

Update regarding work done coming out of the PSW-Independent Contractor Workgroup: This workgroup came out of our 2013-2015 contract with the charge of making recommendations on requirements and certification for PSW Independent Contractors (PSW-ICs).  The workgroup members included PSW-ICs, representatives …

Child Care Providers Lobby Legislators For Improved ERDC Funding

Child care providers were in the state capitol on March 4 speaking to their legislators! The providers shared stories about their work with children and families, and asked their legislators to pledge their support to the bill that Speaker Kotek …

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 …

Sign up for Lobby Days 2015!

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 …

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