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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, …

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 …

Our fight to protect worker rights intensifies

The Janus v. AFSCME case is the latest attack by corporate interests to weaken collective bargaining power for workers to negotiate higher wages, stronger benefits, and protections for workers and those we serve. Until now, public employee workers who didn’t want …

In Historic Election, Hospital Workers Vote to Join Growing Healthcare Union

MILWAUKIE, OR – Caregivers including certified nursing assistants, phlebotomists, dietary aides and environmental service workers at Providence Milwaukie Hospital voted overwhelmingly to join the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49 on Thursday, June 14. Nearly 200 Providence employees will …

REPORT: Cleaning Up Oregon’s Janitorial Industry

A new report by SEIU Local 49 and Raise America PDX explains a new Oregon law that goes into effect on July 1, 2018, that will protect janitors from discrimination, wage theft, and sexual harassment and assault on the job. The …

Samaritan Hospital Workers Stand Together for Quality Care and Jobs

Weeks after voting to approve a strike, hospital workers at Albany General Hospital and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center—both part of Samaritan Health Services—voted to approve new union contracts on Friday, May 18 and Monday, May 21, respectively. The hospital …

Kaiser faces charges of illegal bargaining

For months, Kaiser has refused to bargain in good faith with the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. Kaiser is refusing to come to the bargaining table and is trying to get us to sign off on new rules for a …

SEIU Shifts Balance To Pro-Labor Candidates

  In three key races, SEIU Local 503 and SEIU Local 49 shifted the balance in favor of pro-labor candidates. “SEIU members’ voluntary contributions to our political program are a vital part of the progressive infrastructure in Oregon,” said Melissa …

Corvallis Good Samaritan Union Members Authorize ULP Strike in Historic Vote

On Tuesday, May 8, healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (GSRMC) in Corvallis, Oregon overwhelmingly voted “yes” to authorize an unfair labor practice strike if the hospital’s interference with workers’ rights continues to impede progress on their key …

Albany Hospital Workers Authorize ULP Strike in Historic Vote

Hospital workers at Albany General Hospital overwhelmingly voted yes to authorize an unfair labor practice strike on Tuesday, May 1. The hospital workers are members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49, which represents 172 service, maintenance, and …

Weingarten rights

If you are ever called into an interview meeting with your supervisor or manager so they can investigate a situation which might result in discipline, you have specific representational rights. These rights are summarized below: You have the right to …

Kaiser SEIU 49 members announce May pickets

On April 19, Kaiser SEIU 49 members held a powerful action at Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas, Oregon, delivering 10-day notice to management of union members’ intent to hold a series of pickets around Kaiser worksites in May.

“Right To Work” is WRONG

  Your pay and benefits are under attack from CEOs with deep pockets When working people stick together in a union, we have the power in numbers to raise wages and improve benefits like healthcare for our families and ourselves. …

Janitors win fight to keep union jobs in Washington County

Thirty janitors who clean Washington County buildings are celebrating a victory after waging a campaign to keep good union jobs in the county. Employed by Relay Resources, the janitors were in danger of losing their jobs when the county announced …

Kaiser Bargaining Update: What’s going on with our Coalition?

Our SEIU Local 49 National Bargaining representatives Meg Niemi, Julie Markiewicz & Jacy LaPlante are representing our union as part of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (CKPU) at national bargaining in California. We are bargaining with Kaiser management over …

Legacy members ratify new contract following healthcare fight

After months of negotiations, caregivers at Legacy Emanuel, Randall Children’s Hospital and Unity Center for Behavioral Health in Portland ratified a strong new 3-year contract. The contract campaign made the news when a nutrition worker’s struggles over Legacy’s unaffordable healthcare benefits became public. Union …

Joint Statement on DACA Repeal

In the strongest terms possible, SEIU Locals 49 and 503 condemn the overturning of DACA. Under the 2014 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, nearly 800,000 young people—including more than 11,280 Oregonians—came forward in order to fully contribute to the …

A Message Concerning the Tragic and Deadly Attack in Charlottesville

This weekend, Americans were shocked by news of the tragic and deadly attack on citizens in Charlottesville, VA, who were standing together against hate and protesting a white supremacist, neo-Nazi rally that swept through the town. The attacks included reprehensible …