In 2021, homecare and personal support workers are bargaining a new contract that covers wages, benefits, and workplace conditions like safety, telework and more. Scroll down the page for the latest information about what’s happening at the bargaining table.
Meet your 2021 bargaining team
SEIU 503 is a member-run union. Members elect a bargaining team of their peers every two years. With legal, negotiation and logistical support from union staff, your bargaining team fights to make sure your priorities are reflected in the final contract. Click a photo for more information.
Key issues for 2021
These are determined by bargaining surveys, which were taken by a record number of members in the fall/winter of 2020.
- Wages. The state budget is in better shape than anyone thought a year ago. That is in large part because essential workers did their jobs through the pandemic and wildfires, and kept our seniors and people with disabilities safe. We’re fighting for a cost of living increase to bring our base pay up.
- Hazard Pay. Essential workers need to be treated like they are essential. The state needs to respect us, protect us and pay us. That means hazard pay for working through a pandemic without any additional compensation.
- Protecting hours. Consumer hours are not directly a condition of bargaining. They are set by the State and Federal Government Medicaid services. However, we are working to make sure anything we do at the bargaining table protects consumer hours from cuts.
- Getting paid on time, every time. In our last contract we won compensation when pay is late. We need to go farther to stop the problem from happening in the first place.
- Equity. Every SEIU member deserves a fair shot regardless of the color of their skin, their zip code, or the language they speak. In bargaining we have the opportunity lift up employees whose communities are underrepresented or ignored.
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Latest Bargaining Updates
Oregon Legislative Session Is A Win For Workers, Sets Up Bargaining Fight
Bargaining update: July 2, 2021
Your member-elected Homecare Bargaining Team met with the state on the Tuesday, June 29 and were able to reach agreement on articles around non-discrimination, workers comp, and ADA. We are continuing to press hard to address workplace safety to achieve better protection for care providers.
In addition, this week the hard work of union members across Oregon finally paid off, with the Legislature making an $80 million investment into our program! This is a big increase from the previous budget, and it sets us up to win big at the bargaining table. Now that we know the outcome of the State Budget, which includes a historic amount of money we won in the legislature for our salary post, the team has begun to craft proposals for wages as well as hazard pay. Click here to read more about these recent budget victories!
There will be no bargaining sessions next week. We continue bargaining on July 13. Be sure to check your email on July 16 for your Dignity newsletter, which always contains the latest info on what’s happening at the bargaining table!
Bargaining update: May 18, 2021
Bargaining Update: Early stages of negotiations continue
When workers negotiate a new contract with the State, we have an opportunity to raise wages, protect consumer hours, and fight for changes at DHS that will make it easier for us to care for seniors and people with disabilities. Stay up to date on the latest news, and find out how you can support the campaign at Seiu503.org/IAmEssential.
This week your member-elected bargaining team had their second meeting with the State. At the negotiating table, workers discussed several key issues, including the new provider time capture system that the state intends to roll out this summer. Workers also made proposals to improve the registry, strengthen the grievance process, and put non-discrimination language into the contract.
The key negotiations over wages, hazard pay, benefits and other issues that carry costs will happen later this summer. Right now, your member-elected bargaining team is pushing the state to provide information on how much raises and other economic changes will cost, a key piece of information that we need to make sure workers get the best raise possible. Right now, the state is dragging its feet, but the team will continue pushing for this critical information so we can stay on schedule.
The funding for our contract is determined by the State Legislature, so the best thing you can do to support your bargaining team is to write your legislators and ask them to prioritize homecare and personal support workers when finalizing this year’s budget.
The bargaining team expects to settle our next contract in September. Between now and then, we need to put pressure on legislators and DHS to prioritize homecare and personal support workers. And your member-led bargaining team will continue working to win the best contract possible.
Bargaining update: May 4, 2021
Bargaining Update: First Bargain Session with the State
This year homecare and personal support workers are bargaining a new contract that covers wages, benefits, and workplace conditions like safety, telework and more. On May 4 Our member-elected bargaining team met with the State for our first contract bargaining session.
We opened this session with discussions around the Provider Time Capture agreement (PTC) for Homecare Workers and Personal Care Attendants. We’ve been negotiating protections around this for members through a letter of agreement. After nearly 12 hours of bargaining we saw progress from the state on their counter proposals- including agreement on training and communications and offering resources in multiple languages.
However, issues of providing exceptions to the Provider Time Capture system remains unresolved. The state continues to not allow exceptions to the system for workers and consumers who won’t have access to either a landline, the internet, or a smart phone with data.
Our team continues to push forward to allow for exceptions so that all workers are able to submit their time in the new systems and are able to be paid on time
The State is dug in on not allowing any exceptions and we need to pressure them to do the right thing by offering a limited exception just like they have agreed to for Personal Support Workers.
You can help!
- Your bargaining team needs you to take action now by sending an email to Mike McCormick, Director of APD, urging him to grant exceptions for Homecare Workers! Click here to take action.
- Sign up to request your free Essential Homecare Worker yard sign!
Homecare Bargaining has just begun. Let’s purple up and show unity across the state with our “I am Essential” Homecare Union yard sign. Tell everybody that homecare workers are essential in our community! Click here to request your Essential Homecare Worker yard sign.
Bargaining update: April 8, 2021
Bargaining Update: Oregon Lawmakers Have A Choice
The State Legislature must prioritize homecare and personal support workers because we are essential to the economic recovery of so many Oregon families! Their investment into these programs is a critical first step toward bargaining a great contract later this year.
Watch: Homecare worker Ivonne Rivero is sharing her story and calling on legislators to step up and support homecare and personal support workers:
Please help Ivonne and every member of our Union—sign your name to deliver a message directly to lawmakers so they will invest in essential homecare and personal support programs. This is a critical first step toward bargaining a great new contract later this year.
Join our virtual lobby day: You can help win a fair contract by attending our Long-Term Care Lobby Day on April 21st and sharing your story to legislators! Sign up here.