SEIU 503 members are coming together to make sure that the COVID-19 response is worker centered. With so much happening at once, we have launched multiple campaigns to support the variety of issues our members and our communities are dealing with.
Federal Funding for Public Services
In the coming months, the impact of COVID-19 on funding for state and local agencies, care provider programs and higher education will come into focus. It’s critical that Congress and the Trump Administration prioritize funding to protect public services and the essential workers who provide them.
Help protect Oregon from cuts.
Call (844) 967-2163 to send a message to your Senator and Representative. Click here if you’d like a script.
Congress bailed out Wall Street and they’ve passed important relief packages for workers and businesses. But we can’t ignore the looming crisis in state and local budgets across the country. We must prioritize funding to protect public services and the essential workers who provide them.
Essential workers need:
• ✅ PPE
• ✅ Paid sick/family leave
• ✅ Hazard pay
• ✅ Housing support
Without action by Congress and the Trump Administration, cuts are more likely than support. Call (844) 967-2163 to send a message to your Senator and Representative.
I Am Essential
The #IamEssential campaign is all about winning hazard pay for people with jobs that put them at risk of exposure to the coronavirus. Sign the petition today.
These frontline workers – often low-paid and more likely to be people of color, immigrants and women – have to go into their workplace, into people’s homes, or into public spaces where they are exposed to the coronavirus and put at risk. They are keeping us safe and comfortable, and we need to have their backs.
Employers should provide essential employees with a COVID-19 pay differential.
The #GetMePPE campaign is about respect. SEIU 503 members are doing essential jobs and many of us are putting ourselves at risk on the frontlines of the response to COVID-19.
Please Write your State Legislator and Governor Kate Brown. Tell them that SEIU 503 members doing essential jobs across Oregon without protection.
Problems at Oregon’s Employment Department Put Everyone At Risk
“This isn’t just a workplace safety issue, it’s an economic issue,” said Adam Lane, an adjudicator at the Employment Department, noting that hundreds of thousands of Oregonians are counting on unemployment benefits to get them through this difficult time. Lane said that “the impact on the entire State’s economy could be significant” if the department is not able to get people the benefits they’re owed.
Click here to tell Governor Kate Brown and legislators to push Employment to allow telework, practice social distancing, and provide frontline workers with PPE.