Yes, you read that correctly. Yesterday, our member-elected SEIU 503 Addus bargaining team settled a historic contract that will increase the starting pay from $13.80 to $17.00 by next September, a 23% increase over the next 11 months.
Despite the Addus company receiving huge increases in the hourly medicaid reimbursement rate, our bargaining team had to fight hard in order for Addus management to agree to the pay increases.
This agreement represents the culmination of months of hard work, starting with your input in bargaining surveys, your activism during the legislative process, and your voices in actions targeting Addus management, including a community petition that received nearly 40,000 signatures. And, of course, the many hours of work at the bargaining table by your member-elected bargaining team.
Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
- Pay increases:
–Starting Pay of $16.00 on 10/1/21
–Starting Pay of $17.00 on 9/1/22
- Resolution of mileage reimbursement issues for travel in-between clients
- Commitment for Addus to participate in the Long Term Care Healthcare Trust, a pathway to lower healthcare costs
- Contract language improvements to Electronic Visit Verification, Workplace Safety and Open Shifts
- And more!
Next Steps: Soon it will be time to vote to approve our new agreement! In-person and electronic voting options will be available. Look for more information in the coming days.
Remember, only members can vote! There’s never been a better time for you to join other care providers in Oregon and become a union member. With all we’ve been through the past couple of years, and who knows what is on the horizon, your voice needs to be heard, and you deserve to be involved in the decisions that affect you. Become a member today.
Even if you are already active in your union, with this win, now is the perfect time to recommit to being a member in union for another year. Signing the membership application today will show your commitment to making Addus stronger, both for union members and the people we care for.