SEIU 775 Sisters, Brothers, Siblings,

This summer has been filled with caregivers taking action in ways we haven’t had a chance to do in the past couple years. As you’ll read in this newsletter, we’ve had caregivers come together in Washington, Montana, and even Alaska for pickets, bargaining, political education, celebrations, and more!

And, in September we’re coming together for one of my favorite 775 events, our Leadership Conference. This is our first in-person conference since 2019 and we’re excited to see those who are able to make it!

It’s been an exciting year so far with a lot to be proud of and we’re looking forward to sharing what our future holds for caregivers and our Union in the coming months.

Stay safe, stay cool, and have a great rest of your summer.

In solidarity,
— Sterling Harders, SEIU 775 President


Nursing home workers picket Arcadia Talbot for higher wages

“On June 8, nursing home workers – from my facility and others from around the state – and home care workers joined me for an informational picket outside our facility Arcadia Medical Resort at Talbot in Renton, WA. We were there to draw attention to the low wages and unsafe working conditions happening there.

This year, the State legislature provided $48 million directly for nursing home worker wages because of our Union! But Arcadia Talbot refused to do the right thing – the required thing. After 15 bargaining sessions, they were still offering only 2% wage increases and they wanted to keep the rest of that money for themselves. So, we had to let the world know what they were doing and why that’s wrong.

We had many members come out for our informational picket, as well as Representative Mia Gregerson, Valley Hospital Commissioner and SEIU 775 member Monique Taylor-Swan, and our Union president Sterling Harders. People heard our stories and they heard why change needs to happen. And I think we sent a message to Arcadia Talbot. I know we did because management proposed significant wage increases.

We were able to make this possible because we came together and demanded better for ourselves and our residents. At the end of the day, our resident’s lives depend on it.”

— Linda Long, CNA, Renton, WA

Click here to watch a video about our picket


Caregivers organize hundreds of Montana caregivers

“In July a team of member organizers from Washington and Montana started working on an organizing drive for the workers of Consumer Direct in Montana. This was different than anything I’d done before. It was the first time I’ve talked to non-union workers about what it means to be a part of our Union.

I knocked on more than one hundred doors over 14 days and had dozens of conversations with my neighbors. What I found was that people want change. They want more of a say in what happens at the workplace, they want higher pay, they want better benefits – and that’s why they want a union. I’ll never forget this experience of sharing my story with caregivers, and I know I’ll remember some of the stories I heard from other caregivers forever.”

Delphine Camarillo, AP, Billings, MT

Click here to learn about the different ways to get involved with our Union


SEIU 775 celebrates new funding with Alaska caregivers

“Through hard work and sharing our stories with legislators over the last several months, caregivers in Alaska have won an annual 10% rate increase ($32 million this year) to fund pay increases! And in June, we got to celebrate that win and all our work together in person with more than 100 caregivers, our clients, our families, SEIU 775, and legislators who support us.

I spoke at the event about everything we did – testifying, writing letters, calling our legislators – to make this happen. It gives me so much hope to see what we can accomplish when we are together. We were in Anchorage, but we celebrated with caregivers from across the state. This is our first step forward in getting the recognition we deserve as essential healthcare workers in a state that has the fastest-growing senior population per capita in the country.

Speakers also included Alaska Senator Elvi Gray-Jackson, Alaska Representative Liz Snyder, and SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders.”

— Leonilei Johnson, Personal Care Assistant/Caregiver, Juneau, Alaska

SEIU 775 has been working in Alaska supporting caregivers over the last year in their fight for higher wages, benefits, and more. More news to come about our work in Alaska!

Click here to see more photos from the event or watch a video of the event


Rate Setting Board: Higher wages, dependent coverage, and more

“In April, I joined a handful of SEIU 775 members to participate in the newly established Rate Setting Board. The Board, which is made up of 14 people including caregivers, SEIU 775, and advocates for seniors and people with disabilities, will set the hourly Medicaid reimbursement rate for the Consumer Direct Employer (CDE), effectively determining how much money will be allocated to caregivers for negotiating wages and benefits in our next union contracts.

Throughout this process, which lasted several months, the Board heard stories from many caregivers, including myself. One of the things they heard about was our pay. I’ve been a caregiver for over 20 years, but the pay is not enough. We need at least $20 an hour or more for our caregivers and we need benefits that support not only us, but our families. I’m not ashamed to say I got emotional when I told them my story. It’s hard to share, but it needs to be heard or else nothing will change.

On August 8, the Rate Setting Board voted unanimously to set labor rates that will result in real, substantial raises for caregivers and expand health benefits to include affordable dependent medical coverage. The next step is to bargain our contract, which will happen this fall and winter.

This wouldn’t have happened without our stories. When we share our stories, we make a difference.”

— Diana Sanchez, IP, Des Moines, WA

Click here to learn more about the Rate Setting Board


Summer BBQs are back!

“In July, caregivers came together in Kennewick to hold our first Summer BBQ that we’ve had in a few years. This was one of many barbeques being held across the state to celebrate outside with each other.

It was wonderful to see so many caregivers and their clients and families together in one place, sharing food and stories and having a great time. Our barbeques are a space for community to celebrate our wins and look forward to what’s coming up next. And there’s so much for us to look forward to. I know a lot of us are looking forward to Leadership Conference in September, and we have elections and Purple Presence coming up too.

But more than anything else, just seeing the smiles on people’s faces as they spent the day with their families in the park was so worth it. I’m so glad we were able to come together and celebrate, and I’m glad that other caregivers across the state also have had the opportunity to do the same. I’m proud to be a part of a Union that celebrates together like we do.”

— Patricia Pantoja, IP, Kennewick, WA

Click here to see more photos


Democracy School/Elections: It doesn’t have to be scary

“I had the opportunity to participate in Democracy School this past June with other caregivers from SEIU 775 as well as members from SEIU 1199NW, SEIU 925, and SEIU Local 6. SEIU represents workers from so many different backgrounds and is so diverse. And when all these workers come together, we have a lot of power.

In Democracy School, we learned how to organize and use that power. We talked a lot about how to have tough conversations about politics, how to help people see themselves as part of the solution, and how to move people from a place of apathy to one of hope.

Talking about politics, and talking to politicians, doesn’t have to be scary. These are the people that hold the power to make decisions that have big impacts on our lives and our client’s lives, and that’s why it’s so important that they hear from us. And one of the best ways to make sure they hear from us is to vote!”

— Kitty Richmire, IP, Camano Island, WA

SEIU 775 caregivers across Washington state came together, interviewed the people running for office in Washington, and are proud to endorse pro-caregiver candidates for elected office.
Click here to see our complete list of endorsements

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Chức Vụ Cấp Liên Bang

Thượng Viện Hoa Kỳ
Senator Patty Murray

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 1
Representative Suzan DelBene

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 2
Representative Rick Larsen

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 3
Representative Marie Glusenkamp Perez

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 6
Representative Derek Kilmer

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 7
Representative Pramila Jayapal

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 8
Representative Kim Schrier

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 9
Representative Adam Smith

Khu Vực Quốc Hội 10
Representative Marilyn Strickland

Chức Vụ Cấp Tiểu Bang

Tòa Án Tối Cao Tiểu Bang
Justice Position 1: Mary I. Yu
Justice Position 5: Barbara Madsen
Justice Position 6: G. Helen Whitener

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 1
State Representative, Position 1: Davina Duerr
State Representative, Position 2: Shelley Kloba

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 3
State Representative, Position 1: Marcus Riccelli
State Representative, Position 2: Timm Ormsby

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 5
State Representative, Position 1: Bill Ramos
State Representative, Position 2: Lisa Callan

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 10
State Representative, Position 1: Clyde Shavers
State Representative, Position 2: Dave Paul

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 11
State Representative, Position 1: David Hackney
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Bergquist

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 13
State Senator: Judy Warnick

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 17
State Representative, Position 2: Paul Harris

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 18
State Representative, Position 1: John Zingale
State Representative, Position 2: Duncan Camacho

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 21
State Senator: Marko Liias
State Representative, Position 1: Strom Peterson
State Representative, Position 2: Lillian Ortiz-Self

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 22
State Representative, Position 1: Beth Doglio
State Representative, Position 2: Jessica Bateman

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 23
State Representative, Position 1: Tarra Simmons
State Representative, Position 2: Drew Hansen

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 24
State Representative, Position 1: Mike Chapman
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Tharinger

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 26
State Senator: Emily Randall
State Representative, Position 1: Adison Richards
State Representative, Position 2: Matthew T Macklin

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 27
State Senator: Yasmin Trudeau
State Representative, Position 1: Laurie Jinkins
State Representative, Position 2: Jake Fey

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 28
State Representative, Position 1: Mari Leavitt
State Representative, Position 2: Dan Bronoske

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 29
State Senator, Steve Conway
State Representative, Position 1: Melanie Morgan
State Representative, Position 2: Sharlett Mena

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 30
State Senator: Claire Wilson
State Representative, Position 1: Jamila Taylor
State Representative, Position 2: Kristine Reeves

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 32
State Senator: Jesse Salomon
State Representative, Position 1: Cindy Ryu
State Representative, Position 2: Lauren Davis

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 33
State Senator: Karen Keiser
State Representative, Position 1: Tina Orwall
State Representative, Position 2: Mia Gregerson

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 34
State Senator: Joe Nguyen
State Representative, Position 1: Emily Alvarado
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 36
State Senator: Noel Frame
State Representative, Position 1: Julia Reed
State Representative, Position 2: Liz Berry

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 37
State Senator: Rebecca Saldaña
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative, Position 2:  Chipalo Street & Emijah Smith 

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 38
State Senator: June Robinson
State Representative, Position 1: Julio Cortes
State Representative, Position 2: Mary Fosse

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 39
State Representative, Position 1: Sam Low

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 40
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Lekanoff
State Representative, Position 2: Alex Ramel

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 41
State Representative, Position 1: Tana Senn
State Representative, Position 2: My-Linh Thai

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 42
State Senator: Sharon Shewmake
State Representative, Position 1: Alicia Rule
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Timmons

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 43
Senator Jamie Pedersen
State Representative, Position 1: Nicole Macri
State Representative, Position 2: Frank Chopp

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 44
State Senator: John Lovick
State Representative, Position 1: April Berg
State Representative, Position 2: Brandy Donaghy

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 45
State Senator: Manka Dhingra
State Representative, Position 1: Roger Goodman
State Representative, Position 2: Larry Springer

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 46
State Senator: Javier Valdez
State Representative, Position 1: Gerry Pollet

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 47
State Senator: Claudia Kauffman
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Entenman
State Representative, Position 2: Shukri Olow & Chris Stearns

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 48
State Senator: Patty Kuderer
State Representative, Position 1: Vandana Slatter
State Representative, Position 2: Amy Walen

Khu Vực Lập Pháp 49
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Wylie
State Representative, Position 2: Monica Jurado Stonier

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연방 사무소

미국 상원
Senator Patty Murray

제1 의회 선거구
Representative Suzan DelBene

제2 의회 선거구
Representative Rick Larsen

제3 의회 선거구
Representative Marie Glusenkamp Perez

제6 의회 선거구
Representative Derek Kilmer

제7 의회 선거구
Representative Pramila Jayapal

제8 의회 선거구
Representative Kim Schrier

제9 의회 선거구
Representative Adam Smith

제10 의회 선거구
Representative Marilyn Strickland

주정부

주 대법원
Justice Position 1: Mary I. Yu
Justice Position 5: Barbara Madsen
Justice Position 6: G. Helen Whitener

제1 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Davina Duerr
State Representative, Position 2: Shelley Kloba

제3 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Marcus Riccelli
State Representative, Position 2: Timm Ormsby

제5 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Bill Ramos
State Representative, Position 2: Lisa Callan

제10 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Clyde Shavers
State Representative, Position 2: Dave Paul

제11 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: David Hackney
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Bergquist

제13 입법구
State Senator: Judy Warnick

제17 입법구
State Representative, Position 2: Paul Harris

제18 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: John Zingale
State Representative, Position 2: Duncan Camacho

제21 입법구
State Senator: Marko Liias
State Representative, Position 1: Strom Peterson
State Representative, Position 2: Lillian Ortiz-Self

제22 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Beth Doglio
State Representative, Position 2: Jessica Bateman

제23 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Tarra Simmons
State Representative, Position 2: Drew Hansen

제24 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Mike Chapman
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Tharinger

제26 입법구
State Senator: Emily Randall
State Representative, Position 1: Adison Richards
State Representative, Position 2: Matthew T Macklin

제27 입법구
State Senator: Yasmin Trudeau
State Representative, Position 1: Laurie Jinkins
State Representative, Position 2: Jake Fey

제28 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Mari Leavitt
State Representative, Position 2: Dan Bronoske

제29 입법구
State Senator, Steve Conway
State Representative, Position 1: Melanie Morgan
State Representative, Position 2: Sharlett Mena

제30 입법구
State Senator: Claire Wilson
State Representative, Position 1: Jamila Taylor
State Representative, Position 2: Kristine Reeves

제32 입법구
State Senator: Jesse Salomon
State Representative, Position 1: Cindy Ryu
State Representative, Position 2: Lauren Davis

제33 입법구
State Senator: Karen Keiser
State Representative, Position 1: Tina Orwall
State Representative, Position 2: Mia Gregerson

제34 입법구
State Senator: Joe Nguyen
State Representative, Position 1: Emily Alvarado
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon

제36 입법구
State Senator: Noel Frame
State Representative, Position 1: Julia Reed
State Representative, Position 2: Liz Berry

제37 입법구
State Senator: Rebecca Saldaña
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative, Position 2:  Chipalo Street & Emijah Smith 

제38 입법구
State Senator: June Robinson
State Representative, Position 1: Julio Cortes
State Representative, Position 2: Mary Fosse

제39 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Sam Low

제40 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Lekanoff
State Representative, Position 2: Alex Ramel

제41 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Tana Senn
State Representative, Position 2: My-Linh Thai

제42 입법구
State Senator: Sharon Shewmake
State Representative, Position 1: Alicia Rule
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Timmons

제43 입법구
Senator Jamie Pedersen
State Representative, Position 1: Nicole Macri
State Representative, Position 2: Frank Chopp

제44 입법구
State Senator: John Lovick
State Representative, Position 1: April Berg
State Representative, Position 2: Brandy Donaghy

제45 입법구
State Senator: Manka Dhingra
State Representative, Position 1: Roger Goodman
State Representative, Position 2: Larry Springer

제46 입법구
State Senator: Javier Valdez
State Representative, Position 1: Gerry Pollet

제47 입법구
State Senator: Claudia Kauffman
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Entenman
State Representative, Position 2: Shukri Olow & Chris Stearns

제48 입법구
State Senator: Patty Kuderer
State Representative, Position 1: Vandana Slatter
State Representative, Position 2: Amy Walen

제49 입법구
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Wylie
State Representative, Position 2: Monica Jurado Stonier

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联邦职位

美国参议院
Senator Patty Murray

第 1 国会选区
Representative Suzan DelBene

第 2 国会选区
Representative Rick Larsen

第 3 国会选区
Representative Marie Glusenkamp Perez

第 6 国会选区
Representative Derek Kilmer

第 7 国会选区
Representative Pramila Jayapal

第 8 国会选区
Representative Kim Schrier

第 9 国会选区
Representative Adam Smith

第 10 国会选区
Representative Marilyn Strickland

州职位

州最高法院
Justice Position 1: Mary I. Yu
Justice Position 5: Barbara Madsen
Justice Position 6: G. Helen Whitener

第 1 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Davina Duerr
State Representative, Position 2: Shelley Kloba

第 3 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Marcus Riccelli
State Representative, Position 2: Timm Ormsby

第 5 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Bill Ramos
State Representative, Position 2: Lisa Callan

第 10 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Clyde Shavers
State Representative, Position 2: Dave Paul

第 11 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: David Hackney
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Bergquist

第 13 立法区
State Senator: Judy Warnick

第 17 立法区
State Representative, Position 2: Paul Harris

第 18 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: John Zingale
State Representative, Position 2: Duncan Camacho

第 21 立法区
State Senator: Marko Liias
State Representative, Position 1: Strom Peterson
State Representative, Position 2: Lillian Ortiz-Self

第 22 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Beth Doglio
State Representative, Position 2: Jessica Bateman

第 23 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Tarra Simmons
State Representative, Position 2: Drew Hansen

第 24 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Mike Chapman
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Tharinger

第 26 立法区
State Senator: Emily Randall
State Representative, Position 1: Adison Richards
State Representative, Position 2: Matthew T Macklin

第 27 立法区
State Senator: Yasmin Trudeau
State Representative, Position 1: Laurie Jinkins
State Representative, Position 2: Jake Fey

第 28 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Mari Leavitt
State Representative, Position 2: Dan Bronoske

第 29 立法区
State Senator, Steve Conway
State Representative, Position 1: Melanie Morgan
State Representative, Position 2: Sharlett Mena

第 30 立法区
State Senator: Claire Wilson
State Representative, Position 1: Jamila Taylor
State Representative, Position 2: Kristine Reeves

第 32 立法区
State Senator: Jesse Salomon
State Representative, Position 1: Cindy Ryu
State Representative, Position 2: Lauren Davis

第 33 立法区
State Senator: Karen Keiser
State Representative, Position 1: Tina Orwall
State Representative, Position 2: Mia Gregerson

第 34 立法区
State Senator: Joe Nguyen
State Representative, Position 1: Emily Alvarado
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon

第 36 立法区
State Senator: Noel Frame
State Representative, Position 1: Julia Reed
State Representative, Position 2: Liz Berry

第 37 立法区
State Senator: Rebecca Saldaña
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative, Position 2:  Chipalo Street & Emijah Smith 

第 38 立法区
State Senator: June Robinson
State Representative, Position 1: Julio Cortes
State Representative, Position 2: Mary Fosse

第 39 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Sam Low

第 40 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Lekanoff
State Representative, Position 2: Alex Ramel

第 41 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Tana Senn
State Representative, Position 2: My-Linh Thai

第 42 立法区
State Senator: Sharon Shewmake
State Representative, Position 1: Alicia Rule
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Timmons

第 43 立法区
Senator Jamie Pedersen
State Representative, Position 1: Nicole Macri
State Representative, Position 2: Frank Chopp

第 44 立法区
State Senator: John Lovick
State Representative, Position 1: April Berg
State Representative, Position 2: Brandy Donaghy

第 45 立法区
State Senator: Manka Dhingra
State Representative, Position 1: Roger Goodman
State Representative, Position 2: Larry Springer

第 46 立法区
State Senator: Javier Valdez
State Representative, Position 1: Gerry Pollet

第 47 立法区
State Senator: Claudia Kauffman
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Entenman
State Representative, Position 2: Shukri Olow & Chris Stearns

第 48 立法区
State Senator: Patty Kuderer
State Representative, Position 1: Vandana Slatter
State Representative, Position 2: Amy Walen

第 49 立法区
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Wylie
State Representative, Position 2: Monica Jurado Stonier

您也可以访问 progressivevotersguide.com 查看着眼于重要经济问题的列表和来自许多机构的背书名单。

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Cargos federales

United States Senate
Senator Patty Murray

Distrito congresual n.º 1
Representative Suzan DelBene

Distrito congresual n.º 2
Representative Rick Larsen

Distrito congresual n.º 3
Representative Marie Glusenkamp Perez

Distrito congresual n.º 6
Representative Derek Kilmer

Distrito congresual n.º 7
Representative Pramila Jayapal

Distrito congresual n.º 8
Representative Kim Schrier

Distrito congresual n.º 9
Representative Adam Smith

Distrito congresual n.º 10
Representative Marilyn Strickland

Cargos estatales

State Supreme Court
Justice Position 1: Mary I. Yu
Justice Position 5: Barbara Madsen
Justice Position 6: G. Helen Whitener

Distrito legislativo n.º 1
State Representative, Position 1: Davina Duerr
State Representative, Position 2: Shelley Kloba

Distrito legislativo n.º 3
State Representative, Position 1: Marcus Riccelli
State Representative, Position 2: Timm Ormsby

Distrito legislativo n.º 5
State Representative, Position 1: Bill Ramos
State Representative, Position 2: Lisa Callan

Distrito legislativo n.º 10
State Representative, Position 1: Clyde Shavers
State Representative, Position 2: Dave Paul

Distrito legislativo n.º 11
State Representative, Position 1: David Hackney
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Bergquist

Distrito legislativo n.º 13
State Senator: Judy Warnick

Distrito legislativo n.º 17
State Representative, Position 2: Paul Harris

Distrito legislativo n.º 18
State Representative, Position 1: John Zingale
State Representative, Position 2: Duncan Camacho

Distrito legislativo n.º 21
State Senator: Marko Liias
State Representative, Position 1: Strom Peterson
State Representative, Position 2: Lillian Ortiz-Self

Distrito legislativo n.º 22
State Representative, Position 1: Beth Doglio
State Representative, Position 2: Jessica Bateman

Distrito legislativo n.º 23
State Representative, Position 1: Tarra Simmons
State Representative, Position 2: Drew Hansen

Distrito legislativo n.º 24
State Representative, Position 1: Mike Chapman
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Tharinger

Distrito legislativo n.º 26
State Senator: Emily Randall
State Representative, Position 1: Adison Richards
State Representative, Position 2: Matthew T Macklin

Distrito legislativo n.º 27
State Senator: Yasmin Trudeau
State Representative, Position 1: Laurie Jinkins
State Representative, Position 2: Jake Fey

Distrito legislativo n.º 28
State Representative, Position 1: Mari Leavitt
State Representative, Position 2: Dan Bronoske

Distrito legislativo n.º 29
State Senator, Steve Conway
State Representative, Position 1: Melanie Morgan
State Representative, Position 2: Sharlett Mena

Distrito legislativo n.º 30
State Senator: Claire Wilson
State Representative, Position 1: Jamila Taylor
State Representative, Position 2: Kristine Reeves

Distrito legislativo n.º 32
State Senator: Jesse Salomon
State Representative, Position 1: Cindy Ryu
State Representative, Position 2: Lauren Davis

Distrito legislativo n.º 33
State Senator: Karen Keiser
State Representative, Position 1: Tina Orwall
State Representative, Position 2: Mia Gregerson

Distrito legislativo n.º 34
State Senator: Joe Nguyen
State Representative, Position 1: Emily Alvarado
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon

Distrito legislativo n.º 36
State Senator: Noel Frame
State Representative, Position 1: Julia Reed
State Representative, Position 2: Liz Berry

Distrito legislativo n.º 37
State Senator: Rebecca Saldaña
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative, Position 2:  Chipalo Street & Emijah Smith 

Distrito legislativo n.º 38
State Senator: June Robinson
State Representative, Position 1: Julio Cortes
State Representative, Position 2: Mary Fosse

Distrito legislativo n.º 39
State Representative, Position 1: Sam Low

Distrito legislativo n.º 40
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Lekanoff
State Representative, Position 2: Alex Ramel

Distrito legislativo n.º 41
State Representative, Position 1: Tana Senn
State Representative, Position 2: My-Linh Thai

Distrito legislativo n.º 42
State Senator: Sharon Shewmake
State Representative, Position 1: Alicia Rule
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Timmons

Distrito legislativo n.º 43
Senator Jamie Pedersen
State Representative, Position 1: Nicole Macri
State Representative, Position 2: Frank Chopp

Distrito legislativo n.º 44
State Senator: John Lovick
State Representative, Position 1: April Berg
State Representative, Position 2: Brandy Donaghy

Distrito legislativo n.º 45
State Senator: Manka Dhingra
State Representative, Position 1: Roger Goodman
State Representative, Position 2: Larry Springer

Distrito legislativo n.º 46
State Senator: Javier Valdez
State Representative, Position 1: Gerry Pollet

Distrito legislativo n.º 47
State Senator: Claudia Kauffman
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Entenman
State Representative, Position 2: Shukri Olow & Chris Stearns

Distrito legislativo n.º 48
State Senator: Patty Kuderer
State Representative, Position 1: Vandana Slatter
State Representative, Position 2: Amy Walen

Distrito legislativo n.º 49
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Wylie
State Representative, Position 2: Monica Jurado Stonier

También puede consultar esta lista relacionada con importantes temas económicos, incluyendo los candidatos respaldados por muchas organizaciones: progressvotersguide.com

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Федеральные офисы

Сенат США
Senator Patty Murray

Избирательный округ 1 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Suzan DelBene

Избирательный округ 2 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Rick Larsen

Избирательный округ 3 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Marie Glusenkamp Perez

Избирательный округ 6 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Derek Kilmer

Избирательный округ 7 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Pramila Jayapal

Избирательный округ 8 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Kim Schrier

Избирательный округ 9 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Adam Smith

Избирательный округ 10 по выборам в конгресс США
Representative Marilyn Strickland

Офисы штата

Верховный суд штата
Justice Position 1: Mary I. Yu
Justice Position 5: Barbara Madsen
Justice Position 6: G. Helen Whitener

Избирательный округ 1
State Representative, Position 1: Davina Duerr
State Representative, Position 2: Shelley Kloba

Избирательный округ 3
State Representative, Position 1: Marcus Riccelli
State Representative, Position 2: Timm Ormsby

Избирательный округ 5
State Representative, Position 1: Bill Ramos
State Representative, Position 2: Lisa Callan

Избирательный округ 10
State Representative, Position 1: Clyde Shavers
State Representative, Position 2: Dave Paul

Избирательный округ 11
State Representative, Position 1: David Hackney
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Bergquist

Избирательный округ 13
State Senator: Judy Warnick

Избирательный округ 17
State Representative, Position 2: Paul Harris

Избирательный округ 18
State Representative, Position 1: John Zingale
State Representative, Position 2: Duncan Camacho

Избирательный округ 21
State Senator: Marko Liias
State Representative, Position 1: Strom Peterson
State Representative, Position 2: Lillian Ortiz-Self

Избирательный округ 22
State Representative, Position 1: Beth Doglio
State Representative, Position 2: Jessica Bateman

Избирательный округ 23
State Representative, Position 1: Tarra Simmons
State Representative, Position 2: Drew Hansen

Избирательный округ 24
State Representative, Position 1: Mike Chapman
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Tharinger

Избирательный округ 26
State Senator: Emily Randall
State Representative, Position 1: Adison Richards
State Representative, Position 2: Matthew T Macklin

Избирательный округ 27
State Senator: Yasmin Trudeau
State Representative, Position 1: Laurie Jinkins
State Representative, Position 2: Jake Fey

Избирательный округ 28
State Representative, Position 1: Mari Leavitt
State Representative, Position 2: Dan Bronoske

Избирательный округ 29
State Senator, Steve Conway
State Representative, Position 1: Melanie Morgan
State Representative, Position 2: Sharlett Mena

Избирательный округ 30
State Senator: Claire Wilson
State Representative, Position 1: Jamila Taylor
State Representative, Position 2: Kristine Reeves

Избирательный округ 32
State Senator: Jesse Salomon
State Representative, Position 1: Cindy Ryu
State Representative, Position 2: Lauren Davis

Избирательный округ 33
State Senator: Karen Keiser
State Representative, Position 1: Tina Orwall
State Representative, Position 2: Mia Gregerson

Избирательный округ 34
State Senator: Joe Nguyen
State Representative, Position 1: Emily Alvarado
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon

Избирательный округ 36
State Senator: Noel Frame
State Representative, Position 1: Julia Reed
State Representative, Position 2: Liz Berry

Избирательный округ 37
State Senator: Rebecca Saldaña
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative, Position 2:  Chipalo Street & Emijah Smith 

Избирательный округ 38
State Senator: June Robinson
State Representative, Position 1: Julio Cortes
State Representative, Position 2: Mary Fosse

Избирательный округ 39
State Representative, Position 1: Sam Low

Избирательный округ 40
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Lekanoff
State Representative, Position 2: Alex Ramel

Избирательный округ 41
State Representative, Position 1: Tana Senn
State Representative, Position 2: My-Linh Thai

Избирательный округ 42
State Senator: Sharon Shewmake
State Representative, Position 1: Alicia Rule
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Timmons

Избирательный округ 43
Senator Jamie Pedersen
State Representative, Position 1: Nicole Macri
State Representative, Position 2: Frank Chopp

Избирательный округ 44
State Senator: John Lovick
State Representative, Position 1: April Berg
State Representative, Position 2: Brandy Donaghy

Избирательный округ 45
State Senator: Manka Dhingra
State Representative, Position 1: Roger Goodman
State Representative, Position 2: Larry Springer

Избирательный округ 46
State Senator: Javier Valdez
State Representative, Position 1: Gerry Pollet

Избирательный округ 47
State Senator: Claudia Kauffman
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Entenman
State Representative, Position 2: Shukri Olow & Chris Stearns

Избирательный округ 48
State Senator: Patty Kuderer
State Representative, Position 1: Vandana Slatter
State Representative, Position 2: Amy Walen

Избирательный округ 49
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Wylie
State Representative, Position 2: Monica Jurado Stonier

Обратите внимание на этот список важных экономических вопросов и рекомендаций от множества других организаций: progressivevotersguide.com

SEIU 775 caregivers across Washington state came together, interviewed the people running for office in Washington, and are proud to endorse the following candidates for elected office.

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Federal Offices

United States Senate
Senator Patty Murray

1st Congressional District
Representative Suzan DelBene

2nd Congressional District
Representative Rick Larsen

3rd Congressional District
Representative Marie Glusenkamp Perez

6th Congressional District
Representative Derek Kilmer

7th Congressional District
Representative Pramila Jayapal

8th Congressional District
Representative Kim Schrier

9th Congressional District
Representative Adam Smith

10th Congressional District
Representative Marilyn Strickland

State Offices

State Supreme Court
Justice Position 1: Mary I. Yu
Justice Position 5: Barbara Madsen
Justice Position 6: G. Helen Whitener

1st Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Davina Duerr
State Representative, Position 2: Shelley Kloba

3rd Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Marcus Riccelli
State Representative, Position 2: Timm Ormsby

5th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Bill Ramos
State Representative, Position 2: Lisa Callan

10th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Clyde Shavers
State Representative, Position 2: Dave Paul

11th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: David Hackney
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Bergquist

13th Legislative District
State Senator: Judy Warnick

17th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 2: Paul Harris

18th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: John Zingale
State Representative, Position 2: Duncan Camacho

21st Legislative District
State Senator: Marko Liias
State Representative, Position 1: Strom Peterson
State Representative, Position 2: Lillian Ortiz-Self

22nd Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Beth Doglio
State Representative, Position 2: Jessica Bateman

23rd Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Tarra Simmons
State Representative, Position 2: Drew Hansen

24th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Mike Chapman
State Representative, Position 2: Steve Tharinger

26th Legislative District
State Senator: Emily Randall
State Representative, Position 1: Adison Richards
State Representative, Position 2: Matthew T Macklin

27th Legislative District
State Senator: Yasmin Trudeau
State Representative, Position 1: Laurie Jinkins
State Representative, Position 2: Jake Fey

28th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Mari Leavitt
State Representative, Position 2: Dan Bronoske

29th Legislative District
State Senator, Steve Conway
State Representative, Position 1: Melanie Morgan
State Representative, Position 2: Sharlett Mena

30th Legislative District
State Senator: Claire Wilson
State Representative, Position 1: Jamila Taylor
State Representative, Position 2: Kristine Reeves

32nd Legislative District
State Senator: Jesse Salomon
State Representative, Position 1: Cindy Ryu
State Representative, Position 2: Lauren Davis

33rd Legislative District
State Senator: Karen Keiser
State Representative, Position 1: Tina Orwall
State Representative, Position 2: Mia Gregerson

34th Legislative District
State Senator: Joe Nguyen
State Representative, Position 1: Emily Alvarado
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon

36th Legislative District
State Senator: Noel Frame
State Representative, Position 1: Julia Reed
State Representative, Position 2: Liz Berry

37th Legislative District
State Senator: Rebecca Saldaña
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos
State Representative, Position 2:  Chipalo Street & Emijah Smith 

38th Legislative District
State Senator: June Robinson
State Representative, Position 1: Julio Cortes
State Representative, Position 2: Mary Fosse

39th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Sam Low

40th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Lekanoff
State Representative, Position 2: Alex Ramel

41st Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Tana Senn
State Representative, Position 2: My-Linh Thai

42nd Legislative District
State Senator: Sharon Shewmake
State Representative, Position 1: Alicia Rule
State Representative, Position 2: Joe Timmons

43rd Legislative District
Senator Jamie Pedersen
State Representative, Position 1: Nicole Macri
State Representative, Position 2: Frank Chopp

44th Legislative District
State Senator: John Lovick
State Representative, Position 1: April Berg
State Representative, Position 2: Brandy Donaghy

45th Legislative District
State Senator: Manka Dhingra
State Representative, Position 1: Roger Goodman
State Representative, Position 2: Larry Springer

46th Legislative District
State Senator: Javier Valdez
State Representative, Position 1: Gerry Pollet

47th Legislative District
State Senator: Claudia Kauffman
State Representative, Position 1: Debra Entenman
State Representative, Position 2: Shukri Olow and Chris Stearns

48th Legislative District
State Senator: Patty Kuderer
State Representative, Position 1: Vandana Slatter
State Representative, Position 2: Amy Walen

49th Legislative District
State Representative, Position 1: Sharon Wylie
State Representative, Position 2: Monica Jurado Stonier

Local Offices

Spokane
County Commissioner 1: Chris Jordan
County Commissioner 2: Amber Waldref
County Commissioner 5: Maggie Yates
County Prosecutor: Deb Conklin
County Auditor: Vicki Dalton

Yakima
County Commissioner: Dulce Gutierrez

King County
County Prosecutor: Leesa Manion

You can also check out this list that looks at important economic issues and endorsements from many organizations: progressivevotersguide.com

Union Sisters, Brothers, Siblings,

Caregivers came together and raised our voices in a BIG way in Olympia this year. Because of the thousands of contacts between caregivers and legislators, we’ve won on many of our big priorities!

Last year, we kicked off our Time for $20 campaign. And now we’ve won funding to extend our pandemic wages of over $19 per hour for home care workers as well as funding for big wage increases in nursing homes.

In addition to the huge wins on Time for $20, we also won improvements to WA Cares which increases the number of people eligible for long-term care by over one million people. And we won big improvements in the in-home client personal needs allowance (PNA) – almost 85% of the home care clients who currently have co-pays will no longer have to pay them, and the rest will see much-reduced co-pays. Our clients and family members will be able to keep more money to use on their personal needs, including housing costs, utilities, food, and personal items.

Similar to our PNA win, we are also regularly fighting to better the lives of our clients and our communities. That’s why this year we also demanded and won:

  • Funding for community-based organizations to educate and provide resources to help people apply for the Working Families Tax Credit, a new benefit starting in 2023 that provides eligible individuals up to an additional $1,200 on their tax return.
  • Affordable prescription drugs: A new prescription price transparency board was created, and a new law requires health plans, including health plans offered to public employees and their dependents, to cap the price for a 30-day supply of insulin at $35.
  • Increased affordable housing: Increased funding and several new laws expand the ability to allow local governments to build affordable housing across Washington and to provide permanent housing to those who need it.
  • Funding to expand Apple Health for Washington residents regardless of immigration status, beginning in January 2024.

The past two years have been rough on everyone, but if there’s one thing all of these wins can remind us of it is that even in the hardest of times, we’re stronger together.

In solidarity,
– Sterling Harders, SEIU 775 President


WA IPs: Know your HADit reporting guidelines

As caregivers, we know it is rewarding to help make someone’s life better, but at times it can be challenging because of the nature of our work. We often work in isolated environments that can put us at risk of harassment, abuse, and discrimination, which is why we helped make the landmark HADit legislation into law and have continued to fight for resources if any of us experience any of these.

That’s why I’m excited that the new HADit reporting guidelines were created by Washington State DSHS and Consumer Direct (CDWA), in partnership with SEIU 775. I think it’s crucial that caregivers are prepared to identify these situations and know what our options are.

The guidelines identify three levels of risk and provide recommendations on steps we can take if we find ourselves in one of these situations:

  • Level 1: Feel uncomfortable, but don’t feel you’re at risk
  • Level 2: Feel unsafe, but do not want or need to leave immediately
  • Level 3: Feel unsafe and want or need to leave immediately

The guidelines also include accountability for DSHS and CDWA representatives if we reach out to them, so our experiences aren’t ignored. I trust with these guidelines, our caregivers are empowered to provide excellent care to others.

Learn more about the steps you can take at seiu775.org/hadit

In solidarity,
– Sylvia Liang, SEIU 775 Caregiver and Executive Board Member, Seattle


Nursing home workers win raises!

Nursing homes were short-staffed even before the pandemic. That isn’t safe for me, and it isn’t safe for my residents. When COVID hit, workers were leaving, and no one else was even applying with what wages have been. This job is something we do out of love and duty, but that doesn’t mean we should have to take a vow of poverty. We deserve to be compensated for our essential work.

Hundreds of nursing home workers around the state called and lobbied their representatives to tell them nursing home wages need to be funded, and they heard us. The funding for wage increases for nursing home workers will arrive this summer, which is when our bargaining teams will be negotiating new raises and wage scales. For me, a raise means I’ll be able to afford to fix some things around my house. I’ll be able to squirrel some money away and not have to worry about that one week a month when all the bills are due.

This funding will also mean better staffing, and more nursing homes will be able to stay open. I’ll get to spend more time with my residents and provide quality care. Without this funding, we would’ve had no hope of doing any of that.

I am so proud of everyone who has stuck it out in nursing homes during the pandemic. It has not been easy. And I have so much gratitude for all the nursing home and home care workers who talked about how important it was for us to get this funding.

Learn more at seiu775.org/2022legislativewins
– Shelly Hughes, SEIU 775 Nursing Home Caregiver and Executive Board Member, Bellingham


We won full funding for the updated IP contract with agency parity and continuing enhanced rates (hazard pay)!

Home care workers will continue to receive higher wages through a combination of hazard pay and our bargained contract raises through the rest of our 2021-2023 contract, which expires in June 2023.

While we didn’t get everyone all the way to $20 an hour like we wanted, we made huge progress! We secured funding to continue IPs starting wage of $19.26 (including hazard pay) and higher wages along each wage scale step. Workers at the top of the wage scale are now making more than $21.50 (not counting differentials). Throughout the pandemic, home care workers have had to be so brave and take on the risks to ourselves and our families. Hazard pay has made the difference for a lot of us already working full-time to not have to choose which bill we’re going to pay this month.

Last year, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was caught in time, but it was only because of hazard pay that it was possible for me to pay my rent while I was out of work for surgery.

I know there are other people walking around right now in a scenario like that, where immediate action will be what saves their lives. We’ve needed this funding to take care of ourselves, and that translates to safer clients, too.

This funding is support for caregivers, but it’s also support for our elderly, our children, and our families and communities who need the care we provide. It will help provide dignity and quality of life for everyone needing and providing long-term care. We can take better care of our clients when we can take care of ourselves.

Learn more at seiu775.org/2022legislativewins
– Julie Sparkman, SEIU 775 Caregiver, Spokane


We will continue to hold DSHS accountable until every IP has successfully moved to CDWA

As an IP, I made the move to Consumer Direct (CDWA) at the beginning of this year. It took some work and a lot of patience to get through the paperwork, but I was able to get it all done. I won’t say it was the easiest thing to do, so if you are still working on it, I recommend that you try to do a little bit each day so you can get it done in time.

I know a lot of IPs have reported long hold times with the CDWA call center. That is why caregivers and our Union demanded that DSHS extend the deadline for Phase 2 IPs. The CDWA transition is expected to be complete by summer 2022, but we must make sure DSHS and CDWA give us the help we are asking for to get through this process.

All our benefits and protections that we count on will also stay in place once we move to CDWA. There will even be some new benefits – for example, we will get paid directly by CDWA for all hours worked and not have to collect co-pays from our clients.

Learn more at seiu775.org/cdwa. And please reach out to our Member Resource Center if you have questions about the transition or if you think you have been paid incorrectly.

– Manuel Brito, SEIU 775 Caregiver and Executive Board Member, Mount Vernon


Welcome caregivers of Communitas in Bremerton who recently voted to join our Union!

Dear SEIU 775 Caregivers,

We have so much right in front of us as we launch our Time for $20 campaign! But to succeed we can’t just look at what is right in front of us, we also have to build a vision for the future. So I’m putting together a committee of members to build a new ten-year vision, and we’ll need all of your help and input in that process.

This won’t be the first time we’ve brought members together to set long-term goals. In 2005, following our “Think Big, Act Big, Win Big” campaign, thousands of home care agency workers in Washington and Montana joined our Union and we established the best training standards in the country. In 2012, our Vision 2022 Committee set new goals for our Union, including lifting caregivers out of poverty and transforming health and long-term care. Since setting those goals, we’ve raised wages for home care workers from $10/hour to an average of almost $18/hr (not counting hazard pay) and helped tens of thousands of workers in Washington and Montana access health care through Medicaid expansion.

But we know that as we have won new victories, caregivers and all working people continue to face big challenges including rising income inequality, institutional racism, and the ongoing pandemic. We will rise to meet these challenges but that starts with a thoughtful and strategic plan and vision.

We officially kicked off our Vision planning during our Leadership Summits in September. And last month, we convened a committee of member leaders and began our regular meetings. Looking forward, we will be:

  • Holding a work session during the legislative session with leaders from across our Union
  • Sending out surveys to members about their priorities
  • Gathering feedback from members during membership meetings
  • Voting on the recommendations at Convention in the Fall of 2022

We’re excited to get started and to share updates as we make progress toward building our 10-year plan.

When we link arms and get to work, there’s nothing we can’t do together.

Sterling Harders, SEIU 775 President


SEIU 775’s Leadership

Sterling Harders, President
Adam Glickman, Secretary-Treasurer
Andrew Beane, Vice President
Shaine Truscott, Vice President
Tangie Webb, Vice President

Executive Board
Tanika Aden
Berta Alvarado
Shazia Anwar
Victoria “Vicki” Bickford


Manuel Brito
Agustina Cardenas
Jessica Field
Pamela Hansen
Sherylon “Shelly” Hughes
Darryl Johnson
Vera Kandrashuk
Jackie Keen
Sylvia Liang
Linda Long
Wei “Kandie” Luo
Daravadee “Dara” Mann
Debbra Maul
Brenda Morgan
Rhonda Parker


Rhonda Paul
Dora Poqui
Manuela “Nelly” Prieto
Danielle “Dani” Rice
Anna Rudova
Winnifred “Winie” Schafer
Margaret Singh
Edward “Ed” Solseng
Monique Taylor-Swan
Celeste Thompson
Eden Thompson
Earlene Webster
Brittany Williams
Susan “Susie” Young


2021 SEIU 775 Officer and Executive Board

Our caregivers’ Union has grown so much since we were founded. We’re now over 45,000 caregivers strong and we want our leadership – our officers and Executive Board – to grow as we grow. That’s why SEIU 775 members approved an amendment to expand our leadership by one Vice President and one Executive Board seat this year.
I’m excited to be one of three new Executive Board Members joining our returning Board Members along with Vicki Bickford from Vancouver and Brenda Morgan from Pasco. And I also want to welcome Jackie Keen from Spokane who was appointed by President Sterling Harders to the newly-created Board seat.

I am honored to join an amazing team that cares deeply for caregivers. Being a caregiver for 16 years, I have seen so many changes – wage increases, better benefits, health and safety protections, and so much more – and understand the power of our voice when we unite. The decisions we make as the Executive Board not only affect our caregivers but also the people we care for. Caregivers also voted Tangie Webb as Vice President, and President Harders appointed Shaine Truscott as Vice President to fill the new position.

On behalf of our Executive Board and officers, we look forward to continuing to move our Union forward in our fight for $20 an hour and so much more.
– Dora Poqui, IP, Tacoma, WA


SEIU 775 hits the road with our first Leadership Summits

In September, our Union took our Leadership Conference on the road and held five outdoor Summits in Everett, Chehalis, Tacoma, Spokane, and Yakima. I was joined by tens of caregivers who attended the Everett Leadership Summit where we got everything started with lots of energy, socially-distanced conversation, celebration, inspiring speakers, and so much more. It was a thrill to be in the same space with other Union brothers, sisters, and siblings.

With our theme of ‘This is Why,’ caregivers welcomed each other to one of our first in-person events in more than a year. I got to share my experience with caregivers as part of the Everett ‘This is Why’ panel where I talked about the latest news on HADit, our campaign against the harassment, abuse, and discrimination of caregivers. So many of us worked hard to make HADit happen during the 2020 legislative session, but to see the work being done to make sure caregivers know about our resources and rights and having it in our contracts is huge! It’s wins like these that help remind me why we work so hard as a Union and as caregivers. And to come together to celebrate our strength, even during some of the toughest years, is amazing.

– Melissah Watts, Parent Provider, Seattle, WA
Watch our recap videos: seiu775.org/2021summits


IPs start the move to CDWA

I was part of the first group of IPs to transition to Consumer Direct of WA (CDWA) alongside about 200 others to test the system. All IPs are moving to CDWA, our new legal employer, in the next few months as they are replacing the State of Washington and taking over things like payroll from IPOne. This is a big move, but our wages, benefits, and representation we count on as part of our SEIU 775 Union contract will stay the same and clients will continue to direct their own care.

I, like many others, was a little wary of this move at first, but the transition process wasn’t really hard. My biggest tip for IPs is to pay close attention to your email when it comes to the CDWA transition because it’s important to get all the steps done, so that we get paid on time by CDWA.

There’s also a lot of resources from our Union to help IPs as we move to CDWA including a video with tips from me on what I learned to make the process easier for you on our website.

About 15,000 IPs started the process in November and the rest of our IPs will start in January of 2022.

– Rhonda Parker, IP, Bucoda, WA
Learn more: seiu775.org/CDWA


It’s time for $20 an hour!

As caregivers, we are taking care of another life, and this is incredibly important work. Our jobs of caring for others need to be paid in a way that shows the importance and value of caregiving.

Having higher wages isn’t just about making ends meet. It’s about respect for the work that caregivers do. That’s why our Union has started Time for $20: the campaign to get a starting wage of at least $20 an hour for all long-term caregivers in Washington.

A starting wage of at least $20 an hour will allow caregivers to provide for ourselves and our families, and it’s a huge step towards getting the dignity and respect we deserve.

As the 2022 legislative session begins, we will need to keep fighting to make sure caregivers are treated like the essential workers we are. It’s up to us to keep the pressure up on our elected officials and make sure they hear us loud and clear. We’ll need as many people as possible demanding change this year – because we’re stronger together!

– Miranda Bridges, IP, Moses Lake, WA
Listen to our Time for $20 tele-town hall: seiu775.org/tth

BOZEMAN – There has been an ongoing discussion in Washington on how much to spend for President Biden’s Build Back Better plan.

Anna Volkersz, a home care worker in Bozeman—says the waiting is costly not only for her but for her clients.

“It takes a special person to do what we’re doing,” says Volkersz “We help take care of seniors, elderly, disabled, developmentally disabled also, we’re getting a lot more mental health clients.”

With the pandemic, Montana’s high cost of living, and the worker shortage, Anna is not sure she can keep up with her calling.

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