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Oregon Medical Assistant National Certification is Coming

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) Meaningful Use requirement specifies that Medical Assistants who enter orders into KP Health Connect must have certain certifications. Washington MAs are covered by the state’s required HCA certification, but Oregon has no …

Victory for Central Interstate Staff and Patients

With just a few weeks’ notice, staff and patients at Kaiser Interstate Medical Center were surprised to learn about management’s plans to close the facility’s cafeteria on December 21, which would have eliminated jobs and basic needs for patients and …

Reed College Campus Safety Officers Unite!

With unanimous commitment from their coworkers, Reed College Campus Safety Officers delivered a letter informing management that they’re forming a union and asking for the college to agree to a fair process The delegation also included supporters and coworkers from …

U.S. Government Sides with Unions, Says Kaiser Broke the Law

The federal government has issued an indictment against Kaiser Permanente for breaking the law by withdrawing from National Bargaining with the 85,000 members of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and trying to force workers to give up their power to …

Portland Airport Workers Win $15!

Passenger service assistants will earn $15 an hour, but workers continue to call on the Port of Portland to require $15 for all PDX ground service workers. For years, Gladys Hernandez has had to make tough financial decisions. As a …

SEIU members are victorious in midterm elections

Upholding our values in Oregon On November 6, Oregonians re-elected Governor Kate Brown and sent pro-worker majorities to the state legislature. Governor Brown’s commitment to good union jobs, affordable healthcare, and stable housing inspired SEIU members to take action. Together, our …

Election Shows Strength Of Oregon’s Labor Movement

The following is a joint statement from SEIU Local 503 President Steven Demarest and SEIU Local 49 President Meg Niemi: We congratulate Governor Kate Brown on her resounding win, and we look forward to another four years of her leadership. …

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, …

Nike Janitors Win Their Union

Last September, Millennium Building Service janitors approached property managers for Nike to ask for them to speak up for janitors’ job quality at the Nike corporate headquarters.  The janitors were paid poverty wages, had no access to affordable health insurance, …

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 …