After years of inaction, 2019 is an opportunity for Oregon to fully fund its commitments to students, teachers, seniors, parents, people with disabilities and working families. 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:
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!
Higher Education Coalition Day – February 18
Who Should Come: SEIU classified staff members from the seven public universities
SEIU members are joining Oregon Student Association members, and faculty and staff from AAUP, AFT, and OEA to rally and lobby for Revenue and Higher Ed Funding. If Oregon is serious about addressing big challenges like bringing Oregon families out of poverty, reducing student debt, achieving greater economic fairness, and creating better opportunities for businesses to flourish, we must increase the size of the pie.
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.
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.
Care Provider Day – April 1
Who Should Come: People who are affected by care (ex. Child care provider, senior care provider, receive care, unpaid caregiving)
Once considered a model state, setting trends with independence, dignity, and choice at the core of our long term care system, Oregon has fallen behind. We’ve failed to hold corporations accountable for the resources they drain. Now we are facing a long term care crisis. It is time for the legislature to do the right thing and invest in this workforce, of mostly women, in the same way they invest in jobs dominated by men as well as create an equal playing field for public and provide care providers.
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.
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.
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.
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