SEIU 503 In-Home Care Providers Vote to Ratify New Contract!

Members have voted, ballots have been counted, and we’re thrilled to share that our new contract was ratified. The contract contains some big victories for Homecare and Personal Support workers! Read all about it here!


SEIU503 Homecare Workers have won wage increases and a pay scale! Here’s how it works!







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Because union members came together and took action in our worksites, at the capitol, and in our communities, we were able to reach a tentative agreement that included a raise of $1.73 for all workers in January 2024, a pay scale which will ensure regular wage increases based on the amount of hours you work, and a raised hours cap on overtime—allowing workers a maximum of 20 overtime hours per week.






Homecare and Personal Support Workers held a big Rally and March on May 17, 2023 in Salem to tell legislators and DHS about our top priorities. First and foremost, we need pay raises that not only keep up with inflation but also make homecare jobs more competitive within the market. Check out these images taken at the rally by SEIU Homecare member, Sergio Osorio.

Who are Homecare Workers?

As Homecare and Personal Support workers, we provide essential, skilled care that allows parents, grandparents and people with disabilities to continue living at home. Together in union, we share a goal of providing services that make Oregon a better place to live. We work to improve the lives of SEIU 503 members and their consumers, and help build an Oregon where access to care and support is a top priority. Our strength as a care provider union has resulted in some of the strongest worker contracts in the nation, enacting improvements that strengthen the program for ourselves and the families we support.

What do we want?

In 2023, we are bargaining a new contract that covers wages, benefits, and workplace conditions like safety, and more. In this contract we will demand to be shown the respect we deserve for the essential services we provide. We know we make Oregon work, now it’s time to make our contract work for us!

Our Priorities:

  • Drive to $25
    Our top priority is pay. We need pay raises that not only keep up with inflation but also make homecare jobs more competitive within the market. That is why we will be proposing a significant cost of living pay raises for all providers. Additionally, we will press the State to implement the Pay Scale that will give us additional pay increases as we gain longevity in our careers.
  • Benefits
    We will propose to maintain and improve the current health insurance benefit, our Holiday Pay that begins in July and the improved PTO benefit that begins in March.
  • Hours
    The vast majority of members would like to work more paid hours. And we know that many of our consumers need our care for more than 40 hours a week. That’s why many providers and consumers are moving to private agencies without a cap. This year we’ll prioritize changing the 40 hour a week cap and will push the State to fully implement the new matchmaking service (Carina) to make it easier to find a consumer to work with and to schedule respite care.
  • Respect
    Our work as Care Providers is valuable – and should be valued. We will hold the state accountable to fix the issues that frustrate and demoralize us. We want to be paid on time, every time. We need to be able to call someone to fix our issue, whether it is an issue in the pay system or an issue related to the care of our consumer. We also need to have better communication from the State – and that communication needs to be in our preferred language.

Get involved:

Do you know who your SEIU organizer is?

Here’s a list of all SEIU Homecare Organizers by county. Contact your SEIU Organizer for ways to get involved and take action!

Raul Gardea – Multnomah 503-720-0804, email
Joe LeBlanc – Clackamas, Hood River 253-330-7555, email
Andrew Kung – Washington, Columbia, Clatsop, Tillamook 360-558-9225, email
Lupe Canales – Marion, Yamhill, Polk 661-429-8939, email
Julia Bockelman – Lane, Linn, Lincoln, Benton, 458-232-7608, email
Renee Booker – Douglas, Josephine, Coos, Curry, Jackson 650-222-5025, email
Erik Horeis – Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook, Harney, Klamath, Lake 541-601-8042, email
Matthew Wilson – Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Morrow, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, Grant, Baker, Wallowa 541-429-5082, email

Here’s your 2023 Homecare Bargaining Team!

Bargaining Co-Chair: Cristal DeJarnac, Bend, Chief Steward, Bargaining Delegate, HCW
Bargaining Co-Chair: Patty Falkenstein, Tigard, Secretary- Treasurer, Bargaining Delegate, PSW

Andrew Cook: Eugene, Bargaining Delegate, HCW
Barbara Evans: Dorena, Bargaining Delegate, HCW, PCA
Carla Hodges: St. Helens, District Director Columbia/Clatsop Co, Bargaining Delegate, HCW
Carol Kelly: Portland, District Director Multnomah Co, Barg. Delegate, HCW
Cristina Aviles: Hillsboro, Bargaining Delegate, PSW
Gary Fletcher: Roseburg, Bargaining Delegate, PSW
Heather James: Hermiston, Bargaining Delegate, PSW
Jolene White: Grants Pass, District Director, Josephine Co, Barg Delegate, HCW
Joy’e Willman: Portland, Vice President, Bargaining Delegate, PSW
ReNae Hill: Keizer, District Director, Marion Co, Bargaining Delegate, HCW
Phyllis Wills: Clatskanie, Chief Steward, Bargaining Delegate, PSW
Alice Redding: Rainier, Bargaining Alternate #1, HCW

Bargaining Sessions and Updates from each Session: 




Friday – Feb 3rd 

Bargaining Team Mtg 

Sunday – Feb 5th  

Bargaining Conference 

Monday – Feb 6th  

Lobby Day & Press Conf. 


Wednesday – Feb 22nd  

VIRTUAL Bargaining Team Meeting 

Tuesday – March 7

Bargaining Session 1 – In Person, Keizer DHS office

Tuesday – March 21

Bargaining Session 2 – In Person, Salem   

Tuesday – April 4

Bargaining Session 3 – In Person, Salem   

Tuesday – April 18

Bargaining Session 4 – In Person, Salem   

Tuesday – May 2

Bargaining Session 5 – In Person, Salem   

Tuesday – May 16

Bargaining Session 6 – In Person, Salem   

Tuesday – June 6

Bargaining Session 7 – In Person, Salem   

Tuesday – June 20

Bargaining Session 8 – In Person, Salem   

Tuesday – July 11

Tuesday – July 18

Bargaining Session 9 – In Person, Salem   

Bargaining Session 10 – Virtual via Zoom  

Tuesday – July 25

Barg Session 11 – In Person, Salem  

Tuesday – August 1

Barg Session 12 – In Person, Salem  

Tuesday – August 1 5 Bargaining Session 13 - In Person, SEIU Salem HQ 
Tuesday – August 22 Bargaining Session 14 - In Person, SEIU Salem HQ  
Tuesday – September 12 and Wednesday September 13 Bargaining Session 15 - In Person, SEIU Salem HQ  We’ve reached a tentative agreement! Click here to read about what we’ve won, and next steps to ratify our new contract.

Reminder – RSVPS and Travel needs for Bargaining Team Meetings and Bargaining Sessions with the state are all handled through our Private Homecare Bargaining Team Event Page.