Published: August 18, 2020

August 2020

SEIU General Council. Stronger Representation, Growth and Racial Justice.
SEIU 503 Members Set A Bold Agenda for 2020-2021.
On August 2, while COVID-19 cases surged through Oregon, several hundred SEIU 503 members joined a virtual meeting to do something old, in a very new way. Read More

Aug 19, 5:30pm: Listening Session with DHS Director Pakseresht

We have made big gains in union, but we still have to fight for basic things and make sure DHS respects our contract. Problems like late pay or failing to start our retirement program on time are unacceptable. Please join other homecare workers for an online listening session with Fariborz Pakseresht, the Director of DHS, on August 19th. The listening session starts at 6pm, with a Zoom training at 5:30pm. Share your story with Director Pakseresht so that we can push for the basic protections that we deserve. Read more and register.

Homecare Knowledge Base: Tip Of The Month

Avoid late pay by making sure your voucher is filled out correctly – click here for details. You can find tips like these and answers to other frequently asked questions in SEIU 503’s Homecare Knowledge Base.


We have a new and improved events calendar on Check it out! Due to the potential spread of the coronavirus, Homecare Local 99 leadership has suspended most face-to-face meetings until further notice. Online options are being utilized.) Please contact with questions about the calendar. Click here to check out our full calendar of trainings, meetings, and events.

For information regarding free training classes for care providers, check out the following links:

After State Delay, Retirement Plan for PSWs Begins in October

Personal Support workers may have noticed an additional $.77 raise on your July 30 paycheck. That’s because care providers on our Union’s bargaining team fought for and won a proposal to create a new retirement plan for care providers – the first of its kind in Oregon. After the State stalled on the implementation date, it appears they are now prepared to begin diverting those additional funds into your personal retirement plan. PSWs, you should notice this on your October 30 paychecks. Read More.

Sept. 4: National Homecare Day Of Action

Homecare workers will be coming together on September 4th for social distance actions across the state. Join us as we continue to send our message to the State that Homecare work is essential, valuable and that we deserve dignity and respect! Click HERE to sign up


Since The First Case Of COVID, SEIU Members Have Pulled Together 

The Oregon Health Authority announced our state’s first presumptive case of COVID-19 on February 28th, nearly 6 months ago. Life has not been the same since.

In the total absence of federal leadership in addressing the public health crisis this pandemic has brought, states, local governments and unions have been forced to step up. And SEIU 503 members have stepped up…in a big way. Read More.

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