Published: May 3, 2024

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What’s in this issue: 

  • New! Homecare Elections Information
  • Your Safety and Well-Being Are Important: New Online Report Form Available
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) is There For You When You Need It
  • Oregon’s Primary Election is Underway!  
  • Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month With Your Union 

In case you missed it, the Homecare Election will now be held by paper ballot beginning next week. Keep your eyes peeled for your ballot; they will be mailed to your postal address that we have on file beginning Thursday, May 9th. We strongly encourage you to mail your ballot by no later than Thursday, May 23rd so there is plenty of time for them to arrive in time to be counted by the deadline. They will be due by Wednesday, May 29th at 10:00am.

As noted in our Union’s bylaws, you must have been a member by January 26, 2024 to be eligible to vote in this sublocal election.

Your Safety and Well-Being Are Important: New Online Report Form Now Available 

If you experience a health or safety issue while working, or have a concern related to your employer’s or other person’s behavior in the home, please let your employer’s case manager, services coordinator, or personal agent know right away and then complete the new online health and safety reporting form on the Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) website.

You can also find this form by visiting OHCC’s website and selecting the dark blue button.

Paid Time Off Benefit: Time Off from Work When You Need It

Taking time off work is crucial to your physical, mental, and emotional health! That’s why Carewell SEIU 503 offers eligible care providers up to 48 hours of PTO benefits every year. You can earn 1 hour of PTO benefits for every 20 hours worked, up to a maximum of 4 hours of PTO benefits every month.

Once you have at least 8 hours of PTO benefit in your balance, you can request hours, or you can save hours to take a well-earned vacation! Read more.


Oregon’s Primary Election Has Started!

Ballots for Oregon’s primary election were mailed on Wednesday, and you should receive yours soon. If you don’t have your ballot by next week, please contact your county election office for a replacement. Decisions that impact SEIU members’ wages, benefits, and working conditions are made by elected officials – from local governments to the legislature and beyond. This election matters for union members. Our union’s member-run political program is how we make sure our voice is in the room when those decisions are made. You can view our full list of endorsements here.

Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month With Your Union!

In 2024, we wish to celebrate the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders in our union, the labor movement, and our society. This year, we celebrate and recognize the resilience of ourselves and our multigenerational family, and those who inspire us with their courage, determination, and hopes for a better future.

Join the SEIU 503 Asian Desi Pacific Islander Caucus as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in person at our Portland office next Saturday, May 11th, from noon to 3 p.m. The theme of the event is Resilience & Strength TOGETHER, within the context of Anti-Asian bias and racism. Register for the event here.

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