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Resources for members affected by the wildfires

Updated 10/2/20 | The wildfires in our region are affecting many SEIU 49 members and our loved ones. We will update this page with additional resources as we receive them. For information on current fire conditions, evacuation orders and more, visit Oregon …

Celebrating our Victories on Labor Day

Labor Day usually means picnics, BBQs, time with friends and family, and getting ready for school. This year is very different in many ways, but that gives us a chance to reflect on the importance of the work we do …

Take Action to Protect Lab Jobs at Kaiser

Hazard Pay Victory! We Kept the Pressure on PeaceHealth Management and We Won!

PeaceHealth members stood united in our demands for hazard pay during this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, and we have a huge victory for PeaceHealth workers, system-wide! Full-time caregivers (.9 FTE and above) will receive $1ooo; this will be prorated for part-time caregivers …

Kaiser Benefits Average Hours (BAH) and Temporary Weekend Services Update

Good news! Our actions and strong union contract moved Kaiser to reinstate healthcare benefits for many of our co-workers! We have two important updates: Benefits Average Hours (BAH) for on-call employees and temporary weekend services. BAH for on-call employees: ON-call employees who lost benefit …

Kaiser childcare grant renewal

When we fight, we win! Thousands of SEIU members raised our voices, signed petitions, and talked to management. As a result of our action and unity, Kaiser management agreed to reinstate the childcare stipend to help cover childcare costs while we continue …

TAKE ACTION: Workers compensation must go further to protect essential employees

Keep Oregon workers from being penalized for quarantining during COVID!

We’re Fighting to Keep our COVID Childcare Benefit at Kaiser

Union members are calling on Kaiser Permanente management to re-instate the COVID childcare stipend that we earned to help us care for our children while we work during the pandemic. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Oregon and Washington, …

Petition to renew Kaiser childcare stipend

¿Organizarás una acción #BlackLivesMatter en tu lugar de trabajo el lunes?

El sistema está roto y siempre lo ha sido para demasiadas personas. Los trabajadores sufren una crisis de tres frentes: el racismo sistémico y la violencia policial sin control, una emergencia de salud pública que está devastando comunidades de color …

Kaiser COVID leave and PPE update – July 14, 2020

Our unity and action is working!  Kaiser announced they are reinstating our 80-hour COVID administrative leave. This special paid leave is available for employees who test positive for COVID-19 or are sent home with symptoms and waiting for a test …

Planned Parenthood Members Win Raises, Continuing Ed, and More!

Congratulations to healthcare workers at Planned Parenthood who voted YES to approve a new 1-year contract that addresses key priorities for Union members! Even amid the COVID pandemic, workers stood united to win critical improvements to clinic staffing, continued access to …

SEIU endorses Joe Biden for President

After a thorough, member-driven process, SEIU has endorsed Joe Biden for President in 2020. Our Union’s endorsement is the result of a process that centered on SEIU’s Unions For All Agenda and SEIU 2020 portal to compile information on candidates for President. SEIU also hosted …

ACT NOW to renew our COVID sick leave at Kaiser Permanente!

Hundreds of SEIU members sent Kaiser CEO Greg Adams an email last week asking him to take immediate action to reinstate the COVID leave policy, strengthen our mask policy, and agree to pay our PSP bonus no matter what. But …

Standing United to Win Racial Justice

As members of the recently-elected Executive Board of our Union, we know we have an extraordinary responsibility to make critical decisions that set the agenda and vision for our Union.  We’re united in our values: as proud Union members, we …

Kaiser LOU June 2020

As we start the phased opening process for clinics while planning for future surges, we continue to meet with Kaiser Permanente management to navigate the impact of the novel COVID-19 virus and the unknowns that it presents. Our local Letter …

Celebrating Juneteenth: Action Leads to Justice For SEIU 49 Members

Juneteenth commemorations are becoming more common around the country as Americans learn of and embrace the history of the holiday: June 19th, called “Juneteenth”, is the day that Black Americans celebrate the last of our enslaved ancestors being freed from …

Statement from President Meg Niemi on Our Union’s Support for #BlackLivesMatter

Our Union has adopted the recent resolution that SEIU has made for the Movement for Black Lives. Read the full text of the resolution here. “This is a moment where we must lead with unequivocal principle. We must divest from …

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 …