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SEIU Local 49 wishes a joyful and powerful Juneteenth to all!

Not aware of what Juneteenth is? Please read on! Slavery was abolished in the United States on January 1, 1863, but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865—two years later–that word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas, and the last enslaved …

Justice for Janitors Day: 30th Anniversary

[Español abajo] On June 15, 1990, the Los Angeles Police Department violently attacked hundreds of janitors who were peacefully protesting their inadequate pay and unfair treatment at work. Dozens of janitors were hospitalized, and many others arrested, in what became …

Despite COVID, Janitors Win Major Improvements in Contract Extension

By sticking together and committing to fight to protect good janitorial jobs even in the midst of a pandemic, SEIU 49 janitors protected healthcare, secured additional sick days, and won our second-highest raises ever in a one-year contract extension! During …

Extended COVID Benefits for Kaiser SEIU Members

Good news! Kaiser agreed to extend the benefits we negotiated through June 14, 2020, including: Childcare: up to $300 a week for employees required to work in the facility. Hotel rooms: for some employees working long hours or with an at-risk person at home. …

Victory Report for Relay Resources SEIU Local 49 Janitors | Informe de Victoria para Trabajadores de Relay de SEIU Local 49

Para español haga clic aquí Victory Report for Relay Resources SEIU Local 49 janitors: Your bargaining team won a 1-year extension of our union contract!  Highlights include: Raises of $0.50 for janitors with 1040 hours (6 months full-time), $0.40 for …

Informe de Victoria de Justicia para Janitors | Justice for Janitors Victory Report

Click here for English. El equipo negociador ganó una extensión de un año al contracto de la unión. Mejoramientos incluyen: Aumento de $0.50 para la gente con 2 años de trabajo, y $0.40 para gente con menos que 2 años …

NEW SCORECARD: How Do Oregon Hospitals Rate on COVID-19 Protections for Frontline Workers?

While Governor Brown’s stay-at-home order remains in place in Oregon, SEIU 49 members who work on the frontlines at hospitals have continued to report to work, making personal sacrifices to save lives and keep patients and hospitals safe amid the …

2020 Primary Election – Candidate Endorsements

SEIU Oregon endorsed the following candidates for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election. Federal Jeff Merkley, U.S. Senate Suzanne Bonamici, Congressional District 1 Earl Blumenauer, Congressional District 3 Peter DeFazio, Congressional District 4 Mark Gamba, Congressional District 5 Statewide Shemia …

Justice 4 Janitors Fight for a Fair Contract

Lucha por un contrato justo Aviso importante En las últimas semanas, COVID-19 ha cambiado nuestro mundo. Ahora más que nunca nos damos cuenta de que dependemos unos de otros para la salud y seguridad en nuestras comunidades. La pandemia pasará, …

Federal Stimulus Bill and Oregon

Congress passed a record $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill to help our nation recover from the coronavirus crisis that was signed into law on March 27, 2020. We want to provide SEIU members with an overview of how it could …

COVID-19 Resources & Information

We know our members are on the frontlines of efforts to mitigate the effects of and fight against COVID-19 and we want to keep everyone informed of resources available during the pandemic. We are committed to keeping our community informed so …

Meet Our New Executive Board

2020 International SEIU Convention Delegation Nomination

Detailed SEIU 49 Executive Board Election Results

Here is a breakdown of votes per candidate by seat. The person elected for each seat is marked in bold type. Definitions: Undervote — (blank/did not vote for any candidate in this seat) Overvote – (voter voted for more than …

Calling All SEIU 49 Janitors: It’s Time to Fill Out Bargaining Surveys!

What do YOU think?  Fill out the Contract Bargaining Survey to make your voice heard as we prepare to bargain a new Union Contract. If you work for ABM, SBM, Township, Able, Servicemaster, ESC, ISS, NJSI, or Skyline, click HERE …

Kaiser Healthcare Workers Vote to Approve New Contract

Workers win strong yearly raises, preserve retirement and healthcare benefits, improve educational opportunities, and protect quality care in new 4-year contract. 4,500 healthcare workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington who are members of SEIU Local 49 voted overwhelmingly to ratify …

Tentative Agreement Reached at Kaiser!

Our 83,000-member Union Coalition just reached a Tentative Agreement with Kaiser Permanente on a four-year contract that wins on all our bargaining goals and restores a true Labor Management Partnership. Our Four-Year Tentative Agreement: Protects good, middle class jobs with …

Elected officials stand in solidarity with Kaiser workers

Support from elected officials continues to grow in Kaiser healthcare workers’ fight for a new national agreement that protects patients, rebuilds our partnership, and gets Kaiser back on track. As we head toward a possible unfair labor practice strike on October …

McKenzie-Willamette Workers Win Best Raises in a Decade and a Voice in Staffing with New Union Contract

Four hundred hospital workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center voted to approve a new union contract late on Friday, September 6. The contract ratification came days before a planned three-day unfair labor practice strike that would have taken place September 10-12 …

McKenzie-Willamette Workers Announce ULP Strike

Hospital Workers Announce Unfair Labor Practice Strike to Protect Quality Care and Good Jobs in Springfield On Friday, August 30, 400 caregivers at McKenzie Willamette Medical Center (MWMC), members of SEIU Local 49, announced plans to hold a three-day unfair labor …