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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 …

SEIU Vaccine Principles and FAQ

Updated August 4, 2021 Accessing COVID-19 Vaccines In Oregon:  The Get Vaccinated Oregon tool helps you locate a vaccination site and sign up, go to getvaccinated.oregon.gov. You can also call 211 or 1-866-698-6155 (open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily), and an operator will help you through this …

SEIU Member Forum: Answering Your Questions about the COVID-19 Vaccines

After nearly a year, we now have the strongest tool available in our fight against COVID-19 with the rollout of the vaccines. But naturally, many people have questions about the development, efficacy, and safety of the vaccines.  SEIU will host …

Oregon’s eviction moratorium: FAQ

Lee esto en español As part of the Stable Homes for Oregon Families coalition, our Union helped pass an extension to Oregon’s eviction moratorium that will last until June 30, 2021, ensuring renters facing financial hardship don’t have to worry …

Victory! Samaritan Pacific Community Hospital Members Win Big!

We did it! Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital workers stood united and resolute in our negotiations with management and won a strong new 3-year contract that rewards essential workers for our commitment to quality care in our community! By standing united, …

VICTORY! Kaiser Union Members Win Hero Bonus and Extended COVID Benefits

When we’re united in our Union, we win! The 85,000 members of SEIU and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions were firm in our resolve to win extensions to the COVID childcare and paid leave benefits that were set to …

Kaiser SEIU Members Plan Candlelight Vigil to Honor Healthcare Heroes

On Thursday, December 10 from 5-6pm, Kaiser SEIU members are holding candlelight vigils at three locations to honor the frontline healthcare workers who have risked their lives to provide compassionate care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, all Kaiser Coalition Unions will hold two minutes of silence …

We Won Expanded Protections for Oregon Workers During COVID: Know Your Rights!

Union members around the state took action–and thanks to our collective advocacy, essential Oregon workers now have stronger protections and rights on the job as we work through the COVID crisis. This is a huge victory for workers and our …

Senator Merkley, Oregon Legislators Stand With Providence Milwaukie Workers

Elected leaders in Milwaukie and across Oregon are standing in solidarity with 180 SEIU 49 healthcare workers at Providence Milwaukie Hospital who are fighting to win their first Union contract. Our community understands that safe staffing, fair wages, and on-the-job protections …

Landscapers Plant a Seed and Watch It Grow

Every good landscaper knows that if you plant a seed and nurture it, you’ll soon have a beautiful garden. Sometimes, that seed is an idea that can be nurtured along the same way. That’s exactly what happened when a group …

Kaiser COVID Stories

Together with 85,000 members of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, Kaiser SEIU 49 members are standing up to demand our full PSP payout as a guaranteed Hero Bonus. We’ve gone above and beyond to protect our patients during this healthcare …