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Hot off the presses: Our new Kaiser Permanente contracts are now available!

At Kaiser Permanente, our dedication and commitment throughout bargaining paid off in huge wins including raises we deserve, continued protection of our health insurance and no takeaways in our retirement. We accomplished these wins because we stood together and took …

Samaritan SEIU members picket for good jobs and patient care

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, Samaritan hospital workers who are members of SEIU 49 and currently in bargaining held an informational picket outside Samaritan Albany General Hospital to demand quality patient care and good jobs.    Members held picket signs, chanted and marched in front of the …

2021 Washington Legislative Update

The Washington Legislative Session ended on April 25, 2021, and our Union worked to pass bills that will help make a more equitable future for SEIU members and our families! Read about our priority policies that we worked to pass. …

Providence Milwaukie Hospital Frontline Workers Settle First Union Contract!

Workers stood united to win a three-year contract that will ensure good jobs with wages that will help workers afford to live in the community where they work – most workers receive a raise of 13% or more over 3 years; …

Statement from SEIU 49 President Meg Niemi on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

The conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the 2020 murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, presents us with a moment of collective relief, deep grief, and somber reflection. As we come to grips with the outcome …

PDX Workers Win Better Wage Standard from Port of Portland

In a major victory for workers at Portland International Airport (PDX), the Port of Portland announced that it would implement a new wage standard for subcontracted airport workers. The move is a response to a demand from members of the …

New vaccine resources for essential workers!

Lea esto en español We are frontline essential workers who have been on the job since the pandemic started. Thanks to our political power and our COPE program, the timeline for all essential workers to get vaccines has been moved …

Celebra A Los Trabajadores Essenciales Con SEIU Local 49!

El 4 de marzo, celebramos nuestro primer evento de Facebook Live en toda la Unión celebrando nuestras victorias en 2020 y esperando lo que nos unimos para ganar en 2021. El 16 de abril, nuestro liderazgo de SEIU Local 49 llevará …

Community Leaders Remind Port of Portland: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied

While airport workers push the Port of Portland to correct the racial and economic injustice of poverty jobs at PDX, a number of community leaders have stepped up to support them. On January 27, the PDX Community Advisory Committee (CAC) …

Leadership from Airport Authorities Shows Path for Good Jobs

Despite the challenges of a pandemic, authorities overseeing airports from San Francisco to New York to Miami took action to support frontline airport workers. While the Port of Portland took a “wait and see” approach to fighting poverty jobs at …

Airport Workers Call on Port of Portland to Fix Poverty Jobs at PDX

Essential workers, bracing for the rush of spring break travelers, held a “day of action” at Portland International Airport (PDX) on Friday, March 19, to demand that the Port of Portland address racial inequities through a fair wage and benefit …

Updated COVID Housing Supports

Compiled by the Multnomah County Culturally Specific Newsletter on March 11, 2021.  Utility assistance: Call 211 or visit the energy page on 211’s website to see which agencies have funds available for help with utility bills. Problems with Calling 211? …

Our Statement on the Rise in Anti-Asian Violence and Hate

Our Union stands in solidarity with members of the Asian-American Pacific Islander community in the ongoing fight against white supremacy to win justice and respect for everyone who lives and works in our country. We all have the right to …

Relief Is Here: The American Rescue Plan

Essential workers have gone above and beyond to serve our communities while providing for our families during the COVID-19 crisis – but too many of us have faced challenges addressing our health, safety, and economic needs in the face of …

¡Celebre a los trabajadores esenciales con SEIU Local 49!

SEIU Local 49 miembros, Los miembros de SEIU Local 49 superaron los muchos desafíos que enfrentamos en 2020 y ganamos victorias significativas para los trabajadores de la salud, los janitors y los oficiales de seguridad en Oregon y SW Washington. …

Celebrate Essential Workers with SEIU 49!

Join SEIU Local 49 President Meg Niemi and our elected Executive Board leaders for our first union-wide Facebook Live events as we celebrate our victories in 2020 and look forward to what we will win in 2021! English-language event: Thursday, …

2021 Political Priorities

During the 2021 political legislative session, our Union is uniting with coalition allies, community partners, and elected leaders to pass bills will improve access to healthcare, protect immigrant rights, build a safer workforce for all workers, and acknowledge and address …

PDX workers urgently need a raise. Now.

Thanks to our community allies, the Portland International Airport Community Advisory Committee recently declared its support for a raise for many PDX airport workers. These employees–janitors, baggage handlers, wheelchair assistants, and others–work hard, but are paid poverty wages. Poverty jobs …

We did it! Samaritan SEIU 49 members win strong raises and more protections with new contracts

After months of negotiations, essential frontline healthcare SEIU 49 members at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and technologists at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center remained united to win strong new Union contracts that acknowledge the dedication and quality care that we have consistently provided our patients and our communities. Despite the challenges …

Toward Racial and Economic Equity at PDX

PDX Has A Racial Injustice Problem Many jobs that are essential to air travel – such as baggage handlers, wheelchair assistants, and airport janitors – are subcontracted by airlines at Portland International Airport (PDX) and even the Port of Portland …