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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 …

Election Shows Strength Of Oregon’s Labor Movement

The following is a joint statement from SEIU Local 503 President Steven Demarest and SEIU Local 49 President Meg Niemi: We congratulate Governor Kate Brown on her resounding win, and we look forward to another four years of her leadership. …

SEIU Is All In for Governor Kate Brown

Election season is heating up, and no campaign will have a greater impact on union members in Oregon than the governor’s race. After reviewing her record on key issues like healthcare, affordable housing, paid sick leave, and raising the minimum wage, …

Nike Janitors Win Their Union

Last September, Millennium Building Service janitors approached property managers for Nike to ask for them to speak up for janitors’ job quality at the Nike corporate headquarters.  The janitors were paid poverty wages, had no access to affordable health insurance, …

Peace Harbor NLRB Notice

Local 49 Members Demonstrate Solidarity Through Sacrifice

By Cliff Pfenning Sacrifice comes in many forms and in this case by way of solidarity. Brianna Abrams, Amber Dyce and Danny Nichols are ABM custodians and members of SEIU Local 49 who tirelessly clean buildings throughout the Evergreen School …

Sacred Heart SEIU members stand united to protect patient care, jobs

When we stand united, we win! Photo: Tiffany Eckert Since May, Certified Nursing Assistants and Patient Team Support workers at Sacred Heart at Peace Health in RiverBend have been fighting to save healthcare jobs and protect patient care against management’s …