April 2019

Care Power

Info and action about our movement

to change the way we care for each other in Oregon

Homecare worker in Care Power t-shirt
Jamie Porter, Homecare worker, at the April 1 Care Power Lobby Day in Salem

Care Agenda: Taking action to improve private agency homecare

Universal homecare standards will improve long-term care for all Oregonians

SB 669 will create universal standards for homecare. Our current system offers little oversight to private pay agencies that have popped up all over Oregon as the industry has grown. And unlike union homecare, workers at private agencies don’t have a contract or collective bargaining to help them push for change. That’s why we need the Legislature to act. Please write you legislators today and ask them to vote yes on SB 669.

Take action today

SEIU 503 Homecare Bargaining Team group photo with fists up

Care Power: State Homecare Bargaining

Protecting hours, higher wages are top priorities for next homecare contract

Thousands of SEIU state homecare and personal support workers responded to surveys to determine the top priorities for our next contract, and the results are clear: Protect consumer hours and services, win a wage increase, hold the line on benefits, and win access to a retirement benefit.

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Care Power: Care @Work

Why SB 669 matters for private agency homecare workers

“With lost hours due to lack of sleep, I have suffered approximately $12,000 in wage theft. My story is just one of many. Senate Bill 669 will provide oversight to Oregon’s private home care agencies. Please urge your legislators to support SB 669.”

—Sarah Bennett, Private agency homecare worker

Sarah Bennett

Benefits Update: State Homecare

OregonSaves: A Pathway to Retirement for Homecare Workers

All workers deserve fair wages, affordable health care, and financial security upon retirement. Before forming a union, Oregon homecare workers had none of these basic needs met despite performing difficult and important jobs caring for our most vulnerable community members.

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Care Power

Universal Homecare Standards

Contact your legislator to help win universal standards for Oregon homecare workers and consumers.

Take action today!

Care Power: Upcoming Events

Help build Care Power in Oregon!

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Film Screening

Eugene, April 17

Film & Panel Discussion
The Care Revolution:
The Transformation of Homecare in Oregon

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Know Your Rights!

Salem, April 27

Free workshop on legal rights for non-union Homecare workers, Home Health Aides and PCAs

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Caregiver Wellness

Portland, May 18

Yoga for Caregivers! First in an ongoing series. All are welcome, regardless of job or physical ability.

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