Our mission is to unite the strength of all long-term care workers, to improve the lives of working people and lead the way to a more just and humane world.
We represent more than 40,000 long-term care workers providing quality in-home care, nursing home care and adult day health services in Washington State and Montana. We have successfully held politicians accountable and have become one of the most powerful advocacy organizations in the region.
Since our founding in Washington State, we have won significant wage increases (40 percent for home care workers), paid vacation, health benefits, and increased funding for nursing home workers and training opportunities. In Montana, we’ve won healthcare coverage for healthcare workers and in 2009 we won over $80 million in funding for long-term care.
We are part of the larger Service Employees International Union (SEIU) that now represents more than 2 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and more than 1.1 million health care workers across the country. We are part of a much larger movement that is fighting on behalf of working people nation-wide.
List of the SEIU Healthcare 775NW Executive Board, serving a two year term 2011-2013
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Since we founded our union, we made a lot of progress from 2002 until the economy crashed in 2008. Wages increased by 40% for home care workers, where starting wages are above $10/hour, with additional raises for experience. A majority of home care workers have affordable health, dental, and vision insurance and we’ve won paid time off, mileage reimbursement, and fully employer-paid workers compensation (L & I). Members who work in nursing homes saw improvement in their wages and staffing, too but still lack health care.