Published: January 14, 2020

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It’s Your Union. Run For Office! Vote! Sublocal Elections Are Underway. Nominate yourself or a fellow union member. 

Introducing a Knowledge Base for Homecare & Personal Support Workers
When we talk to care providers we frequently hear that it’s challenging to navigate DHS. Vouchers, benefits, union contract…people have a lot of questions and the State of Oregon doesn’t always do a great job of answering them. Our Union can help. That’s why we’re so excited to launch a Knowledge Base for Homecare & Personal Support Workers. This website, which is available in English, Spanish and Russian, answers the most frequently asked questions about homecare and personal support work in Oregon.Please have a look! We would also like your feedback on the new Knowledge Base. Click here to let us know what you think and leave suggestions for how we can improve this new tool.

Civil & Human Rights Conference, March 28. Join us!
The Civil and Human Rights Committee promotes and monitors the union’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and administers the Latinx, Indigenous, Asian/Desi/Pacific Islander, Lavender (LGBTQA+) and the African/American caucuses to build a strong power base for pursuing issues of cultural diversity. Our conference is where we lay the foundation for this work. Join the Civil and Human Rights Committee, plus our caucuses, at this conference to promote the union’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and building a strong power base for pursuing issues of cultural diversity.

The conference will include workshops led by each of the CHRC Caucuses, including African American Caucus, Asian/Desi/Pacific Islander Caucus, Indigenous Caucus, Latinx Caucus, and Lavender Caucus. In addition, conference attendees will see content created by the Climate Change Committee, the Women’s Council and SEIU 503’s Political Department.

This event is an SEIU member event. Click here to join SEIU.


How to Access Your Paid Time Off Benefits

Care Provider Spotlight: Rita Adamski, Homecare/PSW, Salem

Why Choose To Be A  SEIU Member? The Union Difference!
Better wages and benefits? Check. Save thousands on healthcare premiums? Check. A contract, union stewards and organizers who make sure you get treated fairly at work? Check. Member-only advantages like free college courses, up to $20,000 in life insurance, and discounts on everything from travel to legal advice? Check. Sound good? Join the union! All of this possible because people like you choose to be a member in union. Click here to join.

2020 DHS Payroll Calendars
Click a link below for access to the Department of Human Services Payroll Calendar for homecare and personal support workers.

How To Correct An EVV Shift

The Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) System eXPRS Training Video Series
Each month we have highlighted one in a series of videos from DHS that provides a general overview of the eXPRS system and the provider enrollment process.
This month, we are featuring ‘How To Correct An EVV Shift’, the seventh and final video in the series. Watch The Video

Join the SEIU 503 Member Leader Development Program. Build your union, while learning valuable leadership and organizing skills!

SEIU 503’s Member Leadership Development Program is a volunteer and paid program for new and emerging union leaders. Trainees in this program will attend classroom sessions that will focus on developing and strengthening leadership skills. In addition, they will be able to practice those skills through working with other members on current union issues and campaigns.

The program runs in several “waves” throughout the year. The next waves will be March 22nd – May 14th and June 6th – July 30th. More details coming soon!

This event is an SEIU member event. Click here to join SEIU 503.

Greetings, ‘Dignity’ Readers!
We’ve changed our monthly publishing date and you can now expect to receive our newsletter the third week of the month. On occasion, publication may be delayed to accommodate breaking news, such as new legislation or bargaining resolutions.

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy with SEIU 503
WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 1-4 p.m.
WHERE: SEIU Local 503 (6401 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206)

The SEIU 503 Women of Color Caucus (WOCC), in collaboration with the AfrAm Caucus, invites you to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by reflecting together, building Union power, and shaping our future. Join us for a BBQ lunch, music, and to share experiences with women of color. Our keynote speaker will be Bureau of Labor and Industries Civil Rights Director Carol Johnson, who will discuss fighting harassment in the workplace. Music will be provided by DJ Dullah. We are the future we’ve been waiting for! RSVP Today!

Calendar of Events & Trainings

There’s always something fun and informative going on in our union! Depending on the time of year, you can learn how to become a union steward or attend other various trainings, sign up for rallies and legislative lobby days, or find out about monthly meetings with other care providers in your area. Click here to check out our calendar of trainings, meetings, and events taking place.

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

  • Oregon Home Care Commission. The Oregon Home Care Commission offers both in-person and online classes for personal support workers and homecare workers.
  • Oregon Care Partners. Oregon Care Partners (OCP) provides free access to high-quality trainings in all corners of the state, helping caregivers to improve the lives and quality of care of aging Oregonians and individuals living with dementia. (Please note: Homecare and Personal Support Workers are welcome and encouraged to attend but do not qualify for CEU’s in OCP classes.)