In 2021, homecare and personal support workers are bargaining a new contract that covers wages, benefits, and workplace conditions like safety, telework and more.
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.
Take action to support the campaign
- Sign the pledge to support the campaign
- Find other ways to support your co-workers in winning a strong contract, including social media posts, profile picture frames, zoom backgrounds, and other options in the Digital Action Toolkit.
This spring, we will begin negotiations with management. You will receive regular bargaining updates from your bargaining team after each negotiation. In June or July, the Legislature will finalize the State budget, which allows us to begin negotiating over pay and other “economic” issues. This marks the most intense period of negotiations, when your bargaining team will ask you to take actions to support their efforts. Negotiations usually settle with a “tentative agreement” in the summer. Then you vote on the contract. It isn’t final until it’s approved by a majority of voting members.
June 4 Day of Action. Details coming soon.
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.