Published: August 16, 2023
Sheri S
We’ve worked so hard during bargaining to win big things like health insurance, wage increases, an attendance bonus, and more! This new contract is a product of the collective action and unity we showed as coworkers in this process. We need a majority vote to ratify, so please plan ahead to cast your vote on this important day.
Sheri S. , Hillsboro

Wage Increases

  • The average Arete worker will see an 18% increase over the life of the contract.
  • On 1/1/2023, 1/1/2024, and 1/1/2025, all workers will get a 3% COLA plus one step up the wage scale, equal to an additional 3%. Any employee who is paid above the wage scale will receive a 4% wage increase.

Bonuses and differentials

  • Inflation Bonus of $500, on first pay day after ratification
  • Perfect Attendance bonus of $100 per pay period for Full-Time / $75 per pay period for Part-Time if you work all scheduled shifts and clock in and out on time
  • Memory care differential of an additional $.25 per hour paid for all hours worked by any employee assigned to a memory care wing.

Essential Worker Healthcare Trust

  • Excellent quality affordable healthcare. More info at
  • Monthly premiums: $35 for worker only, $70 for worker + spouse, $105 for family

Paid Time Off

  • Add Juneteenth as a paid holiday
  • Improve Paid Time Off accrual bank amounts
  • Improved language for use of PTO, new language covering Paid Leave Oregon.

Job protections and quality of care

  • Staff to have right to enforce Oregon’s new acuity-based staffing requirements in Assisted living facilities
  • Extra Shifts and the Emergency Use of Mandation: Strong contract language that limits Arete from mandating staff, except in emergencies. Mandation cannot be used as a regular staffing tool, is limited to 4 hours and mandated staff receive an additional $10 per hour.
  • Guarantee that staff may speak languages other than English with residents and families at their request and with co-workers. This is current federal law.
  • No more temporary bargaining unit employees
  • Staff at unrepresented facilities to have right to join the union through a process free from intimidation or reprisal.

New Wage Scale

Effective 1/1/2024. Represents a 3% increase from 2023 scale.

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Next Steps

Drop-in Zoom Q&A about the Tentative Agreement
Thursday August 24, 10-11am and 3:30-4:30 pm
Join Zoom meeting here

Vote to ratify our new contract!

All votes will be at your facility at shift changes on the date specified: 5:30-6:30 am and 1:20 – 2:30 pm
Suzanne Elise, Sherwood, Sandy: August 28
Bethany, Hillsboro, Seaside: August 29
St Helens, Newberg: August 30

Sandra L, Seaside
Everybody needs to vote for the contract for better health care, better wages, and our bonus
Sandra L , Seaside