Paving the way for the next decade, the 11th Annual SEIU Healthcare 775NW Convention and Leadership Conference kicked off Friday in Seattle with a call to life caregivers out of poverty; build powerful sustainable and scalable worker organizations; transform healthcare and long-term care; and increase prosperity while decreasing inequality.
SEIU 775 David Rolf told more than 500 caregivers from Washington and Montana that there’s much to celebrate.
“I am thrilled to be able to report that there is no home care contract better than ours,” Rolf said. The individual provider contract includes raises this year and next. Starting pay will increase to $11/hour and, for the first time, experienced caregivers will make $15/hour.
“We protected health care, paid time off, dental and vision coverage, L&I, and mileage reimbursement,” Rolf said. “We also protected parity for our agency providers that has already translated into major contract victories in the private sector.”
Rolf’s keynote address outlined the economic landscape for the nation. He encouraged caregivers to expand their vision for how union members can make a difference.
“What will be remembered most of all is, when the American dream and the American middle class faced their darkest hour and were at their greatest level of risk, whether or not some bold and courageous group of working people took up the challenge of fighting back, of never backing down, and of raising every voice for a different future,” Rolf said.
Individual providers, agency workers and nursing home employees came arrived at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle for two days of programs. Follow all the exciting events at Seiu775.org, follow us on Twitter @seiu775 or on Facebook.