It’s times like these that we’re thankful we have a strong union that can respond and make sure our voices are heard. We will be adding information and resources to this page as it becomes available.
Essential workers will be included in Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. For information from SEIU 503 and links to additional resources, please click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’m at home because I was sent home by my employer, self-quarantined or medically mandated quarantine. Will I get paid? A: Yes. You will be able to use the 80 hours of emergency paid leave in the letter of agreement we signed with the universities. See details below.
Q: If I run out of leave, can I file for unemployment? A: Yes. If you’ve exhausted the 80 hours of emergency leave and your own leave, you should file for unemployment. You do not need to be looking for work to qualify. See the unemployment section below for more information on how to apply.
Q: I’m considered essential staff but I am in an “at risk” group (age, immunocompromised, etc) and would like to use leave to avoid exposure. Can I use leave even if I’m essential staff? A: Yes. Your supervisor should allow you to take leave. If your supervisor isn’t working with you to allow you to take the time off please contact your union steward or call us at 1-844-503-SEIU (7348).
Q: “My supervisor is telling my position is critical. How can I verify this? Contact your steward or call us at 1-844-503-SEIU (7348).
Q: Will essential employees who cannot telework receive hazard pay? A: Not at this time, neither our contract or the LOA address hazard pay. We continue to work on addressing the difficult working conditions for essential staff, and will keep you informed of any updates.
University Letter of Agreement on COVID-19
Our Union has signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with Oregon’s seven public universities to make sure your perspective is taken into account during this period of uncertainty.
If you are continuing to work during this public health emergency and need child care, please call 211info to get connected with a provider as soon as possible. We’ve put together a guide for SEIU members who are trying to apply.
Healthcare and PEBB Benefits
PEBB has enacted a rule during the COVID state of emergency. For this period of time, you do not have to work 80 hours within the current month to have your health coverage extended through the end of the following month. This is to ensure that people on leave are not at risk of losing their benefits. PEBB also has a number of resources available through the Cascade Centers (EAP) that can help support members and their families.
Governor Brown has issued an executive order loosening the rules around unemployment to help people who are quarantined or temporarily out of work due to COVID-19 – this includes people who need to stay at home to care for a child. Claims can be filed at Oregon.gov/employ or by calling 1-877-FILE-4-UI (1-877-345-3484).
Are you facing eviction or housing insecurity?
Oregon has a new eviction moratorium valid throughout the state from December 23, 2020-June 30, 2021. If you are unable to pay rent, you must give your landlord a signed statement in order to protect yourself from eviction.
Community Resource Guide
With information on state and county resources, food assistance, low cost healthcare, childcare and more, our resource guide is an attempt to pull together all the resources in the state that are available to people impacted by COVID-19.
- Each university has put up websites with campus-specific information.
- 211 is the go-to public phone number to get information about Novel Coronavirus and referrals to programs for food, shelter, health care and more. CALL 211 or 1-866-698-6155; TEXT your zip code to 898211 (TXT211); EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID-19 website for weekly public updates about how many people are being monitored in Oregon, as well as updates on how Oregon families can help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
- Governor Kate Brown is posting updated news and resources, including the latest information on school and business closures, on her official website.
- Ten Steps for preventing Coronavirus: in English and Spanish