SEIU 775 caregivers at the capitol in Olympia

WA News Service | mayo 22, 2023

WA Lawmakers Address Understaffed Caregiving Industry

WA News Service | May 22, 2023 Lawmakers guaranteed more than $760 million in their budget to boost wages and benefits for home care service providers. That means Washington state caregivers will get wage increases of at least 10%. Veronica Tausili is a caregiver for her mother who traveled Olympia with her union – the […]

Everett Herald | mayo 22, 2023

Nursing homes get short-term 14% funding increase for Medicaid patients

Everett Herald | May 22, 2023 By Joy Borkholder The two-year state budget increases the Medicaid rate for skilled nursing facilities by 14% over the next two fiscal years, and adds funding for some specialty care. The Washington Health Care Association calculated the total additional Medicaid funding to be $406 million. […] Adam Glickman, secretary-treasurer […]

Everett Herald | mayo 22, 2023

Home care providers win $21 minimum wage, more in new state budget

Everett Herald | May 19, 2023 By Joy Borkholder Home care providers are celebrating big wins from the state legislative session, including a two-year budget that increases the starting wage to $21 per hour for most home care providers. “People feel good about the Legislature taking their concerns seriously,” said Adam Glickman, secretary-treasurer of SEIU […]

Victorias de la legislative session (sesión legislativa) del 2023 en WA

Los cuidadores pueden estar orgullosos de nuestras históricas victorias presupuestarias y de todo lo que hemos conseguido juntos en la legislative session (sesión legislativa) de este año en Washington. ¡Los cuidadores pidieron con éxito a los legisladores que incluyeran más de $1,000 millones para la atención a largo plazo en el presupuesto estatal del 2023-2025! Alzamos […]

The Columbian | abril 10, 2023

Support Washington Wealth Tax

The Columbian | April 9, 2023 Opinion Editorial by SEIU 775 member Patrick K. from Camas I’m a home care provider working in Vancouver and a member of SEIU 775. I was a teacher, but started in this profession because I knew my mother wouldn’t cope in a nursing home. With age, many of us […]

The News Tribune | abril 10, 2023

Washington needs to tax the ultra-rich.

The Tacoma News Tribune | April 8, 2023 Opinion Editorial by SEIU 775 member Matthew G. from Tacoma My partner suffers from a chronic illness. After his diagnosis, I became his professional in-home caregiver represented by SEIU 775, the caregivers union. We pay a disproportionate amount in taxes to fund the very services designed to […]
Mae Hochstetler, left, sits with her twin children Josh and Joy Hochstetler, both 25, at her home where she lives with Joshon Friday, Feb. 24, in Lynnwood. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

The Everett Herald | marzo 2, 2023

To solve home care aide shortage, Washington may expand who can be one

Mae Hochstetler can pay the bills because the state pays her to care for her adult son, with a pandemic pay bump. In Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed state budget, home care providers could see pandemic hazard pay raises made permanent and access to improved benefits, like dependent health insurance. At $350 million, it’s enough to […]

The B-Town Blog | febrero 23, 2023

Burien Resident Brittany Williams Shares What It Was Like to Be Rep. Jayapal’s Guest at State of the Union

How did you get an invitation to the State of the Union? Every member of Congress gets to pick someone to bring to the State of the Union. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the past couple of years, guests have been virtual, so to be in person this year as Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s guest […]

febrero 17, 2023

Nursing Homes Face Staffing Crunch

Everett Herald | February 13, 2023 During the pandemic, a temporary increase in the Medicaid rate helped nursing facilities raise wages for some low-wage workers by up to $4 per hour, according to the state budget. Senate Bill 5526 makes this change permanent. And the bill would require a facility to spend a minimum percent of […]

Fast Company | febrero 17, 2023

6 Choices Companies Can Make to Create Jobs That People Love

Fast Company | February 16, 2023 Most businesses don’t know the caregiving status of their employees. Yet 73% of workers have some caregiving responsibility and feel it has adversely affected their careers. Systematically collecting employee caregiver data could yield supportive policies and a culture that spur productivity. Policymakers, too, must respond to the caregiving crisis. Consider […]