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McKenzie-Willamette Caregivers Overwhelmingly Vote to Support a Strike

SPRINGFIELD, OR—Hospital workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center who are members of SEIU Local 49 voted overwhelmingly to approve an unfair labor practice strike at the hospital during a strike vote on August 12. The 400 workers have been in contract …

Sacred Heart Members Win Strong Union Voice and Significant Raises in New Contract

(Springfield, OR)—Healthcare workers at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center in Riverbend and University District overwhelmingly voted to approve a new 3-year union contract with hospital management on Friday, July 19. The hospital workers, who are members of SEIU Local 49, …

Kaiser Strike Vote Schedule

Kaiser Strike Vote Schedule Our SEIU Local 49 elected bargaining team is holding strike votes at Kaiser worksites. Refer to the schedule below to vote. STRIKE VOTE FAQs How do I vote? Come to at any of the locations during …

Tentative Agreement Reached at Sacred Heart Medical Center

Our SEIU Local 49 bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with PeaceHealth Sacred Heart management on a new contract. The picket planned for Wednesday, July 17 has been canceled. Details on the tentative agreement will be available to SEIU 49 …

2019 Legislative Summary

Together, We Made a Difference! 2019 was a year of historic wins for SEIU members and working families in Oregon and Washington. We had ambitious agenda to address some of the issues that matter most to union members: taking action …

Lincoln Center Janitors Take a Stand and Win Their Union!

Janitors who clean Lincoln Center are celebrating after the building owner and manager chose Able Building Services, a union company, to take over cleaning the buildings. The decision comes after workers united in a clear voice for respect of their …

SEIU Local 49 Statement on City Council Award of G4S Contract

May 23, 2019 PORTLAND, OR | The front-line security officers who work hard every day to keep the City of Portland offices and properties safe and secure count on our elected leaders to stand firm in their commitment to keeping …

Lincoln City Hospital Workers Win Higher Pay, Affordable Care, and a Stronger Union

SEIU Local 49 members at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City, Oregon, stood united to win improvements to wages, benefits, and increased union power that will have positive impacts on patient care and employee safety and retention for years …

Security officers call on Portland leaders to invest in union contractor

Security officers who are members of SEIU 49 are proud of their work keeping Portland buildings and citizens secure and safe, but they’re facing the possibility of losing their good union jobs if the City of Portland switches to a …

Time to Bargain at PPMC

PPMC caregivers and supporters deliver a request to management to respect our union and begin bargaining!   On April, 17, a crowd PPMC workers and community supporters filed into HR to deliver a strong request to Krista Farnham that Providence …

Our actions are working: Kaiser is coming to the table!

85,000 members of our Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions will begin negotiating our National Agreement with Kaiser management this April—without preconditions! What does this mean? It means our actions and our unity are working! Kaiser illegally refused to bargain with our …

VICTORY! Providence Portland Caregivers Win Historic Union Election

In an historic election, caregivers at Providence Portland Medical Center voted to unite in SEIU Local 49 and win a strong voice for quality care. “This is an important step forward for patient care at Providence,” said Mohan Varghese, a …

2019 SEIU Local 49 Political Priorities

TAKE ACTION! SEIU 49 members can sign up to attend lobby days here. (registration open to SEIU 49 members only). TAKE ACTION! Do you have a personal story about how the need for stable and affordable housing, affordable healthcare, safe …

Political Action Priorities

Our Commitment to Social Justice SEIU 49 members are committed to social and economic justice. We work hard to campaign for candidates and pass laws that improve the lives of working families in our region and around the country. There are …

Oregon Medical Assistant National Certification is Coming

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) Meaningful Use requirement specifies that Medical Assistants who enter orders into KP Health Connect must have certain certifications. Washington MAs are covered by the state’s required HCA certification, but Oregon has no …

Victory for Central Interstate Staff and Patients

With just a few weeks’ notice, staff and patients at Kaiser Interstate Medical Center were surprised to learn about management’s plans to close the facility’s cafeteria on December 21, which would have eliminated jobs and basic needs for patients and …

Reed College Campus Safety Officers Unite!

With unanimous commitment from their coworkers, Reed College Campus Safety Officers delivered a letter informing management that they’re forming a union and asking for the college to agree to a fair process The delegation also included supporters and coworkers from …

U.S. Government Sides with Unions, Says Kaiser Broke the Law

The federal government has issued an indictment against Kaiser Permanente for breaking the law by withdrawing from National Bargaining with the 85,000 members of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and trying to force workers to give up their power to …

Portland Airport Workers Win $15!

Passenger service assistants will earn $15 an hour, but workers continue to call on the Port of Portland to require $15 for all PDX ground service workers. For years, Gladys Hernandez has had to make tough financial decisions. As a …

SEIU members are victorious in midterm elections

Upholding our values in Oregon On November 6, Oregonians re-elected Governor Kate Brown and sent pro-worker majorities to the state legislature. Governor Brown’s commitment to good union jobs, affordable healthcare, and stable housing inspired SEIU members to take action. Together, our …