“Being a caregiver is not easy … it’s hard work,” said Aurora Castillo Garcia, 28, who took on the care of her mother-in-law as she battled cancer in early 2020. “It’s emotional, it’s physical, but it is also rewarding.”

Garcia, a single mother of two who lives in Moses Lake, Washington, first took on the task of supporting her mother-in-law as an unpaid caregiver. While caring for her, Garcia worked in retail, stocking produce for a large grocer, though she soon saw her hours reduced during the course of the year. She also was a seasonal delivery driver for a produce company. That was until she pursued training in caregiving through the SEIU 775 Benefits Group in early 2021. (SEIU 775 represents 45,000 long-term care workers in Washington and Montana.) Since the training to become a paid caregiver for her mother-in-law, the additional income and benefits she has received have helped to fill in a gap for her family.

The Bipartisan Policy Center and Morning Consult recently conducted a poll on the impact that caregiving has had on workers since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The poll of a national sample of 2,200 adults found that 66 percent of Black and Latinx caregivers said that family caregiving responsibilities impacted their ability to work, a level ten percentage points higher than it was for white caregivers.

Accordingly, investments in care infrastructure are particularly important to women of color, who face additional structural disadvantages in accessing quality jobs, including occupational segregation and discrimination.

Garcia now feels like she finally has found a career path and has begun the process to become a full-time certified home care aide to work for an outside agency and care for others in need. “Before, I felt like I didn’t have a skill, but now I have passion about what I do. This is where I belong.”

Read more at The American Prospect.

July 1, 2021 Update: Millenia APs will get a $2.73 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked between July 1 and December 31, 2021. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $25 of targeted Hazard Pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here


April 23, 2021 Update: Millenia APs will get a $2.73 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in April, May, and June 2021. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $25 of targeted Hazard Pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here


January 15, 2021 Update: Millennia APs will continue to get a $2.73 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $25 of targeted Hazard Pay per shift if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.  

Millennia APs are also in the 1A priority group for getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of our advocacy as a Union. Learn how to get the vaccine here


August 27, 2020 update: We have exciting news for Millennia caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Millennia about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Millennia APs will now get a $2.73 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll also receive an additional $25 per shift of targeted hazard pay if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. You should have seen the increase to your base wages your August 20 paycheck, and you’ll receive your hazard pay for hours you worked from July 1 – July 31 in your September 5 paycheck.

PPE: You will continue to be provided with all the necessary PPE for caring for all your clients. You can ask your supervisor for PPE – contact us if you haven’t received PPE upon request.


Through impact bargaining, Millennia caregivers have won:

  1. Hazard Pay: Millennia caregivers will receive an additional $3.25 an hour for every hour worked in May and June, We are all on the front lines, so all Millennia caregivers will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. In addition, you’ll receive another $25 per shift when taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.
  2. More PPE: Millennia has committed to spending additional funds to provide PPE and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time-use N-95 masks, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients.
  3. Healthcare: Millenia is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Health Benefits Trust for all hours worked in May and June, so no one loses healthcare coverage.

See full MOU here.

This was possible because caregivers like you demanded Governor Inslee increase funding for home care agencies like Millenia by prioritizing caregivers to receive Federal stimulus funding – and it worked!  However, earlier this week DSHS announced budget cuts they plan to make to balance the state budget. These cuts will decimate long-term care in Washington. Cutting these vital resources isn’t what our state needs – we need revenue. That’s why we now need to demand Congress pass the HEROES Act – a new bill that provide federal relief and funding for long-term care.

Standing together got us to this point – we need to keep this up to make sure that caregivers are treated as the essential professionals they are.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Home Care Workers Across Washington Rally for Permanent Higher Wages, Long Term Care

As Congress mulls new round of investments, caregivers call for permanent higher wages and investment in home care for older adults and people with disabilities.

SEATTLE, WA — On Tuesday, July 13, SEIU 775 home care workers and local senior and disability advocates will rally across Washington State to urge the White House and Congress to invest in the nation’s care economy with the American Jobs Plan. Nine events in Washington, including one in downtown Seattle, join a nationwide call to action spanning 24 cities.

The American Jobs Plan will transform the lives of workers across the economy. By making a historic investment in the essential healthcare work of home care, the American Jobs Plan will fuel a more equitable economic recovery, lift up the home care workforce – the national majority of which are Black women, Indigenous women, women of color and immigrant women – and be a huge step towards ensuring caregivers get the respect they deserve.

“Caregivers provide essential healthcare to some of Washington’s most vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities. Currently, where someone lives dictates their access to essential health care services. With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every day in America — and tens of millions more in need of care every day — there is no time to lose. We need to pass the American Jobs Plan.” said Becky Fernandez, caregiver and SEIU 775 member from Lacey, WA.

“Caregivers should always make a living wage, not just during a pandemic. We are lifelines for our clients and do the essential work of keeping vulnerable people home and safe,” said Sterling Harders, SEIU 775 President. “We need to invest in caregivers and make long-term care a sustainable profession.”

Learn more about how home care investments can address critical needs in Washington State at https://seiu775.org/hazardpayreport/.

Events across Washington State on July 13, 2021:
Everett: 7:30 a.m. at the corner of Summit Ave and 23rd St
Federal Way: 5 p.m. at the corner of S 320th St and Pacific Highway S
Olympia: 5 p.m. at the Boulevard overpass over I-5
Vancouver: 5 p.m. at 11502 SE Mill Plain Blvd
Seattle: 5:30 p.m. Boren Ave and Pine St
Spokane: 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Division St and Ruby St
Bremerton: 6 p.m. at W Loxie Eagan Blvd and S National Blvd
Tacoma: 6 p.m. at the corner of Sprague & Division
Yakima: 6 p.m. at 1421 W Nob Hill Blvd

Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP to Allison Tabiando, allison.tabiando@seiu775.org, 206.538.5784.

July 9, 2021 Update: Concerned Citizens APs will get a $2.73 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked between July 1 and December 31, 2021. We’ll also continue to receive $3 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.


April 23, 2021 Update: Concerned Citizens APs will get a $2.73 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in April, May, and June 2021. We’ll also continue to receive $3 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here.   


January 15, 2021 Update:  Concerned Citizens APs will continue to get a $2.73 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March. We’ll also continue to receive $3 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. 

You can read the latest MOU here

Concerned Citizens APs are also in the 1A priority group for getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of our advocacy as a Union. Learn how to get the vaccine here


August 14, 2020 Update: We have exciting news for Concerned Citizens caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Concerned Citizens about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Concerned Citizens APs will now get a $2.73 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September – or a $3 increase per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client. You’ll see your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your August 25 paycheck.

PPE: You will continue to be provided with all the necessary PPE for caring for all your clients.

You can read the latest MOU here. 


Through impact bargaining, Concerned Citizens caregivers have won:  

  1. Hazard Pay: Concerned Citizens APs will receive an additional $3.25 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all Concerned Citizens APs will receive this pay, regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19.  
  2. More PPE: Concerned Citizens has committed to spending additional funds to provide PPE and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time-use N-95 masks, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients. 
  3. Healthcare and Training: Concerned Citizens is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust for all hours worked in May and June, so no one loses healthcare coverage. 

Read the full MOU here.

Despite the State facing a growing budget deficit as a result of the pandemic, Governor Inslee agreed to increase funding for home care agencies like Concerned Citizens in order to provide this immediate support to caregivers. This was all made possible because of caregivers like you sending letters, signing petitions, sharing your stories, and so much more to demand the Legislature prioritize caregivers to receive Federal stimulus money.  

Standing together got us to this point – we need to keep this up to make sure that caregivers are treated as the essential professionals they are. 

July 9, 2021 Update: Chesterfield APs will get a $2.73 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked between July 1 and December 31, 2021.  We’ll also continue to receive an additional $2 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.  

You can read the latest MOU here.   


April 7, 2021 Update: Chesterfield APs will get a $2.73 per hour increase to our base wages for all hours worked in April, May, and June 2021.  

You can read the latest MOU here.   


January 15, 2021 Update: Chesterfield APs will continue to get a $2.73 increase to our base wages for all hours worked in January, February, and March 2021. We’ll also continue to receive an additional $2 of targeted Hazard Pay per hour if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.  

 You can read the latest MOU here.   

 Chesterfield APs are also in the 1A priority group for getting the COVID-19 vaccine because of our advocacy as a Union. Learn how to get the vaccine here.  


August 24, 2020 update: We have exciting news for Chesterfield caregivers. Our bargaining team has been working to reach an agreement with Chesterfield about extending Hazard Pay – and thanks to workers raising their voices, we have made it happen!

Hazard pay: Chesterfield APs will now get a $2.73 increase to your base wages for all hours worked in July, August, and September. You’ll also receive an additional $25 per shift of targeted hazard pay if taking care of a COVID-19 test-positive client.  You’ll see your hazard pay for hours you already worked in your September 1 paycheck.

PPE: You will continue to be provided with all the necessary PPE for caring for all your clients.

You can read the latest MOU here.


Through impact bargaining Chesterfield caregivers have won:

  • Hazard Pay: Chesterfield APs will receive an additional $3 an hour for every hour worked in May and June. We are all on the front lines, so all Chesterfield APs will receive this pay regardless if you are caring for a client with COVID-19. And, you’ll get an additional $25 targeted-hazard pay per shift for taking care of COVID-19 test-positive clients.
  • More PPE: Chesterfield has committed to spending additional funds to provide PPE and supplies intended to protect workers, including one-time use N-95 masks, gowns, and gloves for caring for test-positive clients.
  • Healthcare and Training: Chesterfield is increasing their hourly contribution rate to the Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust for all hours worked in May and June, so no one loses healthcare coverage.

See the full MOU here.

Despite the State facing a growing budget deficit as a result of the pandemic, Governor Inslee agreed to increase funding for home care agencies like Chesterfield in order to provide this immediate support to caregivers. This was all made possible because of caregivers like you sending letters, signing petitions, sharing your stories, and so much more to demand the Legislature prioritize caregivers to receive Federal stimulus money.

Standing together got us to this point, we need to keep this up to make sure that caregivers are treated as the essential professionals they are.

07.02.2021

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Quá trình thương lượng với các đại lý đã bắt đầu! Gần đây, chúng ta đã hoàn thành các phiên thương lượng đầu tiên với ResCare Home Care, Addus WA, Amicable, Millenia, First Choice, Chesterfield, Concerned Citizens, CCS, và Full Life Care. Trong các tuần sắp tới, chúng ta sẽ gặp gỡ KWA và Addus MT.

Những kết quả thương lượng đã đạt được từ trước đến nay:

Chúng ta đang đấu tranh để có mức lương cũng như phúc lợi tốt hơn, để được tôn trọng hơn và chúng ta đã đạt được tiến triển với nhiều đại lý trong số này trong quá trình đấu tranh để có được:

  • Sự bình đẳng về ngôn ngữ, bao gồm cả dịch các hợp đồng của chúng ta
  • Các thông báo nhằm giúp những chăm sóc viên là người nhập cư được an toàn hơn
  • Mở rộng định nghĩa về “thành viên gia đình” để có thêm nhiều người được hưởng phúc lợi
  • Đánh giá thường niên các kế hoạch cũng như chính sách chống quấy rối, ngược đãi và phân biệt đối xử (HADit)
  • Và còn nhiều hoạt động khác!

Tiếp Theo:

Chúng ta sẽ bắt đầu thương lượng để được tăng lương, hưởng các phúc lợi y tế, chương trình hưu trí cũng như các lợi ích kinh tế khác trong tháng 7.

Trong quá trình thương lượng, chúng ta cũng sẽ đàm phán về việc gia hạn Tiền Trợ Cấp Hiểm Họa (Hazard Pay) đến hết tháng 12 năm 2021.

07.02.2021

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¡La negociación con las agencias ha comenzado! Recientemente hemos concluido nuestras primeras sesiones de negociación con ResCare Home Care, Addus WA, Amicable, Millenia, First Choice, Chesterfield, Concerned Citizens, CCS y Full Life Care. En las próximas semanas nos reuniremos con KWA y Addus MT.

Las victorias durante la negociación hasta el momento:

Estamos luchando por obtener mejores salarios y beneficios, así como respeto, y ya a hemos logrado avances con muchas de estas agencias en nuestra lucha en favor de:

  • equidad de lenguaje, incluyendo las traducciones de nuestros contratos;
  • notificaciones para ayudar a mantener la seguridad de los cuidadores inmigrantes;
  • ampliación de la definición de “familiar” para recibir los beneficios;
  • revisión anual de los planes y políticas contra el acoso, el abuso y la discriminación (HADit); y
  • ¡mucho más!

Siguiente:

En julio empezaremos a negociar los aumentos, los beneficios de la salud, la jubilación y otros aspectos económicos.

Durante la negociación, también vamos a abordar la extensión del pago de riesgo (hazard Pay) hasta diciembre del 2021.

07.02.2021

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Начались переговоры с агентствами! Недавно мы завершили первые этапы переговоров с агентствами ResCare Home Care, Addus WA, Amicable, Millenia, First Choice, Chesterfield, Concerned Citizens, CCS и Full Life Care. В ближайшие несколько недель мы встретимся с представителями KWA и Addus MT.

Текущие достижения по итогам переговоров

Мы боремся за повышение заработной платы, расширение льгот, а также уважительное отношение и уже достигли прогресса в переговорах со многими агентствами в нашей борьбе за:

  • Языковое равенство, включая перевод наших контрактов на другие языки
  • Получение уведомлений для соблюдения безопасности caregivers-иммигрантов
  • Расширение понятия «член семьи» для получения льгот
  • Ежегодный пересмотр планов и политики по предотвращению домогательств, жестокого обращения и дискриминации (HADit)
  • И многое другое!

Далее:

Во время переговоров в июле мы обсудим повышение заработной платы, медицинские льготы, пенсии и другие экономические аспекты.

Мы также поговорим о вопросе увеличения надбавки за риск (Hazard Pay) до декабря 2021 года.

2021년 07월 02일

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기관 교섭이 시작되었습니다! 최근에 ResCare Home Care, Addus WA, Amicable, Millenia, First Choice, Chesterfield, Concerned Citizens, CCS 및 Full Life Care와의 첫 번째 교섭 단계를 끝냈습니다. 그리고, 앞으로 몇 주 안에 KWA 및 Addus MT와 만날 것입니다.

지금까지 교섭이 성공적으로 진행되었습니다.

저희는 임금 인상, 복리 후생 및 인격 존중을 위해 싸우고 있으며 이미 많은 기관과 함께 다음과 같은 부분에서 진전을 이루었습니다.

  • 계약서 번역을 포함한 언어 형평성
  • 이민자 간병인들을 더 안전하게 보호하기 위한 위한 알림 서비스
  • 혜택을 받는 “가족 구성원”에 대한 정의 확장
  • 괴롭힘, 학대 및 차별 방지(HADit) 계획 및 정책에 대한 연례 검토
  • 이 밖에도 많은 것들을 이용하실 수 있습니다!

다음:

7월부터 임금 인상, 건강 혜택, 퇴직 및 기타 복지 혜택 관련 협상을 시작할 것입니다.

또한, 교섭이 진행되는 동안 2021년 12월까지 위험 수당(Hazard Pay)의 연장에 대해서도 협상할 예정입니다.

2021 年 7 月 2 日

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机构谈判已经开始!我们近期已经完成了与 ResCare Home Care、Addus WA、Amicable、Millenia、First Choice、Chesterfield、Concerned Citizens、CCS 以及 Full Life Care 的首轮谈判会议。我们将在接下来的几周内与 KWA、Addus MT 会面。

到目前为止,谈判工作取得了如下成功:

我们正在争取更高的工资、更好的福利和尊重,并与多家机构针对以下事项取得了进展:

  • 语言公平,包括对我们合同的翻译
  • 及时通知,帮助保护移民护理人员安全
  • 针对各项福利,扩大“家庭成员”的定义
  • 对反骚扰、虐待和歧视 (HADit) 计划和政策进行年度审查
  • 还有其他更多事项!

接下来:

7 月份我们将就涨薪、医疗保健福利、退休和其他经济问题进行谈判。

在谈判过程中,我们还会协商将危险补贴 (Hazard Pay) 延长至 2021 年 12 月的相关事宜