After years of inaction, 2019 is an opportunity for Oregon to fully fund its commitments to children, seniors, people with disabilities, and the workers who care for them. Our benefits as workers and the future of all Oregonians rely on the legislature holding corporations accountable to pay their fair share in taxes. Lobby Days are a chance for legislators to hear directly from workers and do the right thing. And this is the time when we as a state need to step up and provide the services that protect our most vulnerable citizens.
Members are asked to register for up to 2 of the following lobby days, plus the Revenue Rally:
Public Services Day – March 7
Who Should Come: Members who work for state/local government
SEIU 503 members do the work that keeps our state running and serves our most vulnerable residents. These are good jobs that support thousands of families in Oregon. We are called to public service because we care about our communities. Help us advocate for the benefits that we deserve including good pay, quality healthcare, and a secure retirement.
Oregon State Hospital Day – March 19
Who Should Come: Members who work for Oregon State Hospital
OSH members work to assure that we have a state hospital system equipped to protect and serve Oregon’s highest need and most vulnerable populations. Workers at the Oregon State Hospital are often working in dangerous situations that cause high amounts of stress, trauma, and physical and mental health issues which drastically impact their well-being. Help us advocate for a retirement system that takes these factors into account and for staffing that helps to ensure OSH is able to best serve its patients.
Driver’s License Day – March 26
Who Should Come: Anyone who believes all Oregonians, regardless of immigration status, should be allowed to have driving privileges
All Oregonians need to get to work, school, or see loved ones. Providing every Oregonian with the opportunity for a driver’s license makes our streets safer and helps grow our economy.
DHS Day – April 9
Who Should Come: Members who work for DHS
We will be talking to legislators about the urgent need to fully fund each DHS program to reduce the caseload on case managers, support the families who rely on our social safety net for food and health care, and protect Oregon’s most vulnerable children.
Child Welfare Day – April 30
Who Should Come: Child Welfare Members
Our Child Welfare system is chronically understaffed. Caseworkers and other Child Welfare professionals often work unreasonably long hours with caseloads that should be assigned to 2-3 workers. The culture and workload of the program is driving high performing caseworkers out of their jobs. Poor retention rates and unreasonable working conditions are putting families and children at risk. Help us advocate for the resources necessary to ensure that Oregon has a Child Welfare system that is able to meet our needs.
LINK TO COME
Senior Care Day – May 16
Who Should Come: Recipients of long-term care services, seniors, people with physical disabilities, and those who care for them
Join together with other care providers, consumers, and advocates to lobby for programs that serve Seniors and people with disabilities. A key focus of the day will be on the need to pass meaningful revenue to protect these important services from budget cuts.
Revenue Rally – May 20
THIS WILL BE OUR SIGNATURE EVENT OF THE 2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION!
Who Should Come: All members and community partners
Bargaining, benefits, and agency funding all rely on sufficient state revenue. We need everyone who can be there on the front steps of the Capitol on May 20th to make it clear to every legislator that corporations need to pay their fair share and Oregon must fully fund its commitments to our future. This is our shot!
Revenue Rally registration details will be announced soon.
Registration Deadline / Cancelation Notice
Members may register for up to 2 lobby days, plus the Revenue Rally. Registration deadline is 5 business days prior to each event. The cancellation deadline is 3 business days prior to each event. Members who register and fail to cancel in time, or do not attend, will be charged for all costs incurred on their behalf (meals, lodging, etc.)
Members traveling more than 75 miles (or more than 2 hours) are eligible for lodging the night before. Those who are unable to reach their residence by 9 pm (including 1 hour for dinner break) after the meeting are eligible for lodging the evening of the event. One-half the room rate (tax included) will be covered for the member, thus room sharing is strongly encouraged. Any additional fees (e.g. single occupant, smoking, pets, room service) will be charged back to the member. Members traveling with clients/ consumers will not be charged for the client(s) lodging. For details, please reference AP&P, Article VI, Section 9 & 13.
Want to do more?