Совместными усилиями социальные работники SEIU 775 добились бесплатного предоставления СИЗ caregivers.

Сотрудники агентств–поставщиков услуг (AP) должны запрашивать СИЗ через свои агентства.

IP могут заказать по одному комплекту СИЗ в месяц на клиента через программу Workday на портале CDWA DirectMyCare. Инструкции по оформлению заказа можно получить по этой ссылке.  

При непосредственном оказании помощи клиентам caregivers рекомендуется носить либо хирургические маски, либо маски N95. Маски N95 эффективны лишь в том случае, если они подогнаны по размеру, поэтому настоятельно рекомендуется их подгонять по размеру.

Изучите подробную информацию SEIU Benefits Group о том, какой тип масок выбрать и когда их носить, но в целом для caregivers рекомендованы хирургические маски и лицевой экран или маски N95 — их нужно носить при непосредственном оказании помощи клиентам.

Если вы ухаживаете за больным COVID-19, изучите руководство по патронажному обслуживанию пациентов и обслуживанию на дому Департамент здравоохранения штата Вашингтон.

Бесплатные перчатки для caregivers доступны некоторым IP в рамках страховых льгот по медицинскому обслуживанию их клиентов. Инструкции см. на веб-странице SEIU 775 Benefits Group.

June 20, 2022 Update: Hazard pay

We won a major victory this legislative session by securing Hazard Pay for homecare workers through June of 2023! As you can see in the chart below, Hazard Pay will continue to gradually decline, but our base Union contract wages will continue to increase. This keeps our wages stable.

March 28, 2022 Update: Hazard pay and CDWA bonus

We have two victories to share with you. First, we’ve won another extension of our temporary hazard pay for all home care workers through the end of June 2022! That’s over two years of continuous hazard pay during this pandemic.

IPs will receive $2.28 per hour of hazard pay for hours worked March – June 2022.

For Agency Providers, we are negotiating hazard pay rates through the end of June with all our employers. Watch your email for more information.

While the current hazard pay rate is extended through the end of June 2022, there will continue to be hazard pay through June of 2023 because of the work we did this legislative session. The hazard pay will continue to gradually decline as it has over the last two years, but our base Union contract wages will continue to increase. We will be bargaining soon with employers for updated hazard pay rates through June 2023 and will update you as we know more.

Also, we have now won a transition bonus for ALL IPs who successfully transition to Consumer Direct (CDWA). There was previously a transition bonus for IPs who met certain deadlines to transition. We have now negotiated a $65 transition bonus for any IP who successfully transitions by June 30 and did not receive the other bonus. IPs will receive this bonus from CDWA if you successfully move to CDWA by June 30, work hours for CDWA between April 1 and June 30, and you have not received a prior transition bonus.

We will provide more information on the timing of this bonus as we have it.

Read the full MOU here.

March 16, 2022 Update: We won an extension of hazard pay!

We’ll have more to share in the coming weeks, but it appears as if hazard pay will continue, though gradually decline, through 2024.

Workers at the top of the wage scale were making $18.25 at the start of the pandemic and are now making more than $21.50 (not counting differentials). Starting home care workers making $16 at the start of the pandemic are making $19.26 today. All home care workers have benefitted – and will keep benefitting – from these increased wages.

We expect to move quickly to negotiate an extension of hazard pay for April-June 2022, and then to negotiate hazard pay for July 2022-June 2023. We also expect to be able to continue, and even increase, the current enhanced wage rates workers are receiving now: the highest wages in the country for Medicaid home care workers.

We will then be working this year through the new Rate Setting Board and through negotiations with Consumer Direct for a new contract starting July 2023 – with the goal of establishing a starting wage of more than $20/hour and permanently increased wages for ALL caregivers.

December 21, 2021 Update: When the pandemic began, the federal government recognized the essential work of long-term care and temporarily increased funding for it. Our Union fought hard and turned that temporary funding into hazard pay for in-home care workers for 20 months.

Those hazard pay wage increases were set to expire at the end of this year, but by standing up together to tell the Governor and Legislature caregivers are essential and we deserve higher wages, we won another extension of hazard pay for home care workers! 

IPs will receive $2.28 an hour hazard pay through March 2022! While this will be slightly less than our current hourly hazard pay rate, IPs will also be receiving a 13-cent an hour raise to our base wages as part of our IP union contract starting Jan. 1. 

For APs, this means we will be going back to the bargaining table with all our employers to negotiate hazard pay through March 2022.

And, we are still fighting to make this wage increase permanent, so all long-term care workers make AT LEAST $20 an hour – but the first step was getting hazard pay extended into 2022!

October 20, 2021 Update: As part of our fight to make the wage increase permanent, we went back into bargaining last month with the State to re-negotiate the second year of our 2021-2023 IP contract. You can find our current 2021-2023 IP contract here.

Here’s what our SEIU 775 bargaining team won:

  • We won a $.90 increase in our base wage scale for the second year of our 2021-2023 contract (an additional 5% raise!). Some of this raise will go into effect July 1 2022, and the rest Jan 1 2023.
  • Our base wage will increase at the end of our contract to a starting wage of more than $18/hour ($18.14), and the average wage will be more than $19/hour!
  • In July 2022, the top step of the base wage scale will increase to more than $20/hour – for the first time ever.
  • And in January 2023, the top three steps of the base wage scale will be above $20/hour. That’s a third of IPs who will be making $20/hour (or more)!
  • Since this increase doesn’t start until next July, we’re still pushing hard to extend hazard pay into 2022. We also made an agreement with the State that will let us re-negotiate our wages if Congress increases federal funding for home care – as we have been pushing for.

This is the first step in our campaign to win permanent $20+ wages for all home care workers even after the temporary hazard pay ends: by winning an increase in our base wage scale.

This is a huge win! But our fight isn’t over! Since our raise doesn’t start until July, we still need to push the Governor and Washington State legislature to extend hazard pay, so it won’t expire in January. Can you send a message to your legislators asking them to pay essential workers a living wage?

October 1, 2021 Update: The State has agreed to re-open our IP contract to negotiate an additional wage increase for the second year of our contract (2022-2023). You can find our current 2021-2023 IP contract here.

Several caregivers joined us in a first bargaining session on September 17, when we demanded both an additional raise and to make the $2.50/hour hazard pay permanent.

“We need to make these higher wages permanent because caregivers like me deserve to be paid for the essential work we do!”

– Lauren Evans, IP, Vancouver, WA

You can check back here or look out for emails from us for more bargaining updates.

March 24, 2020: Hazard Pay will continue for IPs through December 2021 at $2.41 an hour

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers have been bargaining with the State for protection, pay, and support. We’ve sent petitions, shared our stories, and sat (virtually) across from the State at the bargaining table.

Bargaining with the State this year has been very different than our contract negotiations over the last decade. The State is facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit over the next several years because of the pandemic and the economic impact. And they have already imposed furloughs – unpaid days off – on all state employees – and in negotiations with other public employees, the State is proposing wage freezes and even reductions in pay.

While others saw these wage freezes and reductions, caregivers didn’t settle, and we now have two major updates for all in-home caregivers:

  •  IP Contract. The arbitrator heard us and we won a wage increase of five times as much as what the State initially offered – we won an increase in wages of 3% across the two years of the contract. We also won continued affordable healthcare, credit for prior home care work experience, and paid holidays for the first time ever!
  • Hazard Pay. Caregiver Hazard Pay was set to run out at the end of September 2020 – but it’s been extended! For the rest of 2020, IPs will receive an additional $2.56 per hour, and $2.54 per hour from January through June of 2021. July through December of 2021, IPs will receive $2.41 per hour of Hazard Pay. Just like with the previous Hazard Pay awards, we’re negotiating for extended Hazard Pay with all agencies next.

With the IP contract win, we still have a fight ahead of us. We need to demand that our Legislators fund our contract when they go into legislative session in January and make sure that all our clients continue to receive essential home care services. We’ll be telling lawmakers to fund our new contract, which will:

  • Increase wages: We’re getting five times as much what the State initially offered equaling to an increase in wages of 3% across the two years of the contract, which works out to about 25-30 cents per year depending on what step you are at.
  • Not increase healthcare premiums: Funding will cover expected healthcare inflation and our premium cost – $25 per year – will not increase, which it has not for the past decade.
  • Continue providing PPE: The State has agreed to continue providing PPE – at no cost to caregivers – based on public health guidance.
  • Protect caregivers with strong HADit language: Strong language in our contract will help protect caregivers from harassment, abuse, and discrimination.
  • Increase PTO: An increase in the PTO accrual cap from 120 hours to 130 hours.
  • Give caregivers credit for agency work: Starting on July 1, 2022, IPs will be able to get credit on the wage scale for work at private home care agencies. We’ve been fighting for this victory for years!
  • Include paid holidays: Time and a half for caregivers who work on July 4 and New Year’s Day

We won a better contract because members took action – emails, calls, and social media. Now, we need to do the same to fund the contract in the legislative session and to fight for revenue.

SEATTLE, WA – Members of SEIU 775, the caregivers union, have endorsed fellow healthcare workers, union members, and working people for elected office in the upcoming Washington primary election. The candidates were selected because they are committed to standing for economic justice, racial justice, and a democracy that works for everyone – no exceptions.

SEIU 775 caregivers have chosen to support Black women, women of color, and working people running for legislative, congressional, and statewide positions.

SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders says, “Washington State needs elected officials who will support the people, and SEIU 775 caregivers are proud to endorse a statewide slate that puts essential workers first. Caregivers are often Black women, women of color, and immigrants and we’ve continued to put our clients first during COVID-19 crisis because caregiving is essential, life-saving work. Having elected officials who understand that makes all the difference.”

SEIU International has also endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how basic rights, like healthcare and jobs with living wages and good benefits, are still out of reach for far too many people and can be ripped away quickly in a crisis. This year has also laid bare so many of the deep-rooted pains we experience as a nation: lack of access to healthcare, structural and systemic racism, and an economy built on the backs of low-wage workers.

The decisions Congress makes in Washington D.C. and legislators make in Olympia impact the quality of caregiver jobs, the opportunities available to our families, and whether our communities have the resources to thrive. We’ve had to fight to get minimum wage, overtime, healthcare, retirement, and more – directly because the laws written to protect workers left caregivers out on purpose. But we have choices about what happens next. We will center equity and justice in what we build by electing working people up and down the ticket who will fight for us.

The full list of SEIU 775 Washington state endorsements can be found at seiu775.org/2020endorsements

“Nursing home workers are essential, frontline healthcare workers… That’s why we’re out here today – to demand that the State and Federal government do better to protect us and to provide the resources we need to keep ourselves and our residents safe.” – Julie Ortiz, Yakima Nursing Home

YAKIMA, WA – Nursing home workers in Yakima – a city with less than four percent of Washington state’s population but almost 15 percent of its COVID-19 cases – are protesting downtown today as part of a national movement to demand funding for long-term care facilities like the ones hit hardest by the pandemic.

Nursing home workers are the frontlines of healthcare in our country, and they are putting their health at risk to fulfill a critical need during this crisis. Their jobs are getting harder, not easier. But nursing homes and their workers are not getting the funding or equipment they need to stay safe or the pay they deserve as essential workers. And while nursing home workers desperately need more resources to take care of their residents safely, the State’s Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) is now proposing a $60 million cut to nursing home funding.

One in three COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes, according to recent estimates, and yet the caregivers in these homes must continue working without hazard pay or personal protective equipment (PPE). This lack of both federal and state funding directly puts the lives of working people, our families, and our communities at greater risk.

“Nursing home workers are essential, frontline healthcare workers,” said Julie Ortiz, a nursing home worker in Yakima. “We’ve kept some of our state’s most vulnerable out of overwhelmed hospitals while putting our own health on the line. Nursing home workers deserve better. That’s why we’re out here today – to demand that the State and Federal government do better to protect us and to provide the resources we need to keep ourselves and our residents safe.”

As of May 13, 279 long-term care facilities in Washington state had known cases of COVID-19. These facilities had a total of 2,894 cases among residents and staff, resulting in 507 deaths. This means residents and workers in long-term care facilities made up one in five (17%) of all cases in the state and more than half of all COVID-19-related deaths.

SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders says, “Caregivers, who are primarily women – and often Black women, women of color, and immigrants – have always been critically undervalued as healthcare workers and are now disproportionately being affected by COVID-19. Nursing home staff are being called essential workers by the same elected officials who are withholding vital funding for the equipment and pay they need to do their jobs safely.”

Nursing home work is essential. Nursing home workers deserve hazard pay. Nursing homes need funding.





SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders: To cut funding for the frontlines of healthcare in the middle of a global pandemic is tantamount to neglect. The people of Washington are asking: Why are we slashing care for the most vulnerable while the wealthiest in our state pay next to nothing. 

SEATTLE, WA – Today, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) announced their plan to balance the state budget by decimating long-term care services in our state. They’re electing to eliminate nursing homehome care, and other services for tens of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities, cutting wages and benefits for already low-wage home care workers, and slashing funding for nursing homes that were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

This proposal is outrageous. Caregivers put our health on the line because the people we care for needed us. To cut funding for essential work now, in the middle of a global pandemic, is not acceptable.  

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic I’ve been caring for my five clients 24-7, because if I wasn’t there I’m not sure who would help them out of bed and make sure they have enough to eat,” said caregiver Shazia Anwar. “DSHS’s proposed cuts will leave thousands of vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities without essential healthcare while we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic.” 

We live in a state where those who make the least pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than wealthy residents – but DSHS proposes to cut wages and benefits for in-home caregivers who make $16-18 per hour  

“I’ve been taking care of one client for over 5 years. When we were both diagnosed with COVID-19, even though I couldn’t be in his home with him, I didn’t stop taking care of him because his anxiety meant he needed me at this time more than ever,” said caregiver Desirae Hernandez.»We spent over 2 hours a day on the phone as I walked him through remembering to eat, talking to his substitute caregiver, and trying to mitigate his depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I kept him out of the hospital, and I know I’m the reason he’s still alive.”  

When this pandemic started, Governor Inslee called caregivers essential workers. Our work helped flatten the curve and kept Washington safe. At the same time caregivers were risking their lives, Washington’s richest saw their wealth continually increase.  

“Caregivers – who are generally women, and often Black women, women of color and immigrants – care for clients who are often high risk for COVID-19. For an in-home caregiver, over the course of a week they go into multiple peoples’ homes, the grocery store and pharmacy to pick up necessary supplies for the people they care for. Nursing home workers cared for wards of COVID-19 residents without proper access to PPE and testing. Caregivers in our state showed up to work, while risking their lives,” said Sterling Harders, SEIU 775 President. “To cut funding for the frontlines of healthcare in the middle of a global pandemic is tantamount to neglect. The people of Washington are asking: why are we slashing services for the most vulnerable while the wealthiest in our state pay next to nothing.”   

Washington needs revenue. We need a tax system that makes the wealthiest in our state pay their fair share. We need a new normal that addresses the unacceptable inequities– that have plagued our society.  

Balancing the budget on the backs of essential workers in Washington is unacceptable. We are ready to fight back. 




SEIU 775 

SEIU 775, the caregivers union, represents more than 45,000 long-term care workers providing quality home care, nursing home care, and residential services in Washington and Montana.  


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.

No ballot? Contact your county auditor for a replacement.


Statewide Ballot Issues:

Approve Referendum Measure No. 90

Requires all public schools to offer medically accurate age-appropriate comprehensive sex education that is LGBTQ inclusive, includes affirmative consent, and teaches the signs of healthy relationships.

Approve Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution No. 8212

In 2019 the legislature passed a landmark bipartisan law establishing the Long Term Care Trust, which will help reduce the burdensome cost of long term care for hundreds of thousands struggling Washington families.  This amendment, 8212, is designed to allow the independent oversight committee established by the Long Term Care Trust Act to better manage and invest our money, ensuring our money is there for us when we need it for decades to come.


County Ballot Issues:

King County:

Yes on Charter Amendment No. 7 — Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Family Caregiver, Military or Veteran Status

If adopted, Charter Amendment No. 7 would add the following to the list of statuses for which discrimination in county employment and contracting with nongovernmental entities is prohibited: (1) status as a family caregiver; (2) military status; and (3) status as a veteran who was honorably discharged or who was discharged solely as a result of the person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Approve Proposition No. 1 — Harborview Medical Center Health and Safety Improvement Bonds

This proposition would authorize King County to make public health, safety and seismic improvements to Harborview Medical Center facilities, including construction of new buildings, renovation and upgrading of existing facilities and demolition of existing buildings. This will allow Harborview to increase critical health capacity, update and expand modern infection control standards and expand behavioral health capacity.


Federal Candidates:

President and Vice President

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris – Click here to find volunteer opportunities!

Congressional District 1

Suzan DelBene

Congressional District 2

Rick Larson

Congressional District 3

Carolyn Long

Congressional District 6

Derek Kilmer

Congressional District 7

Pramila Jayapal

Congressional District 8

Kim Schrier

Congressional District 9

Adam Smith

Congressional District 10

Beth Doglio


Statewide Candidates:


Jay Inslee

Lieutenant Governor

Marko Liias

Secretary of State

Gael Tarelton

State Treasurer

Mike Pellicciotti

State Auditor

Pat (Patrice) McCarthy

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Commissioner of Public Lands

Hilary Franz

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Chris Reykdal

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler


State Supreme Court Justice

Raquel Montoya Lewis – Pos. 3

Charles Johnson – Pos. 4

G. Helen Whitener – Pos. 6


State Legislative Candidates:

1st Legislative District

State Senate:  Derek Stanford

State House, Position 1: Davina Duerr

State House Position 2: Shelley Kloba


3rd Legislative District

State Senate: Andy Billig

State House, Position 1: Marcus Riccelli

State House Position 2: Timm Ormsby


4th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Lori Feagan


5th Legislative District

State Senate: Ingrid Anderson

State House Position 1: Bill Ramos

State House Position 2: Lisa Callan


9th Legislative District

State House Position 2: Joe Schmick


10th Legislative District

State Senate: Helen Price Johnson

State House Position 1: Angie Homola

State House Position 2: Dave Paul


11th Legislative District

State Senate: Bob Hasegawa

State House Position 1: Zack Hudgens

State House Position 2: Steve Bergquist


12th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Adrianne Moore


16th Legislative District

State House Position 2: Skyler Rude


17th Legislative District

State Senate: Daniel Smith

State House Position 1: Tanisha Harris

State House Position 2: Paul Harris


18th Legislative District

State House Position 2 – Donna Sinclair


19th Legislative District

State Senate: Dean Takko

State House Position 1: Marianna Everson

State House Position 2: Brian Blake


21st Legislative District

State House Position 1: Strom Peterson

State House Position 2: Lillian Ortiz-Self


22nd Legislative District

State Senate: Sam Hunt

State House Position 1: Laurie Dolan

State House Position 2: Jessica Bateman


23rd Legislative District

State Senate: Christine Rolfes

State House Position 1: Tarra Simmons

State House Position 2: Drew Hansen


24th Legislative District

State Senate: Kevin Van De Wege

State House Position 2: Steve Tharinger


25th Legislative District

State House 1: Jamie Smith

State House Position 2: Brian Duthie


26th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Carrie Hesch

State House Position 2: Joy Stanford


27th Legislative District

State Senate: Jeannie Darneille

State House Position 1: Laurie Jenkins

State House Position 2: Jake Fey


28th Legislative District

State Senate: T’wina Nobles

State House Position 1: Mari Leavitt

State House Position 2: Dan Bronoske


29th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Melanie Morgan

State House Position 2: Steve Kirby


30th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Jamila Taylor

State House Position 2: Jesse Johnson


32nd Legislative District

State House Position 1: Cindy Ryu

State House Position 2: Lauren Davis


33rd Legislative District

State House Position 1: Tina Orwall

State House Position 2: Mia Gregerson


34th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Eileen Cody

State House Position 2: Joe Fitzgibbon


35th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Colton Meyers


36th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Noel Frame

State House Position 2: Liz Berry


38th Legislative District

State Senate: June Robinson

State House Position 1: Emily Wicks

State House Position 2: Mike Sells


40th Legislative District

State Senate: Liz Lovelett

State House Position 1: Debra Lekanoff

State House Position 2: Alex Ramel


41st Legislative District

State Senate: Lisa Wellman

State House Position 1: Tana Senn

State House Position 2: My-Linh Thai


42nd Legislative District

State House Position 1: Alicia Rule

State House Position 2: Sharon Shewmake


43rd Legislative District

State House Position 1: Nicole Macri

State House Position 2: Frank Chopp


44th Legislative District

State House Position 1: John Lovick

State House Position 2: April Berg


45th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Roger Goodman

State House Position 2: Larry Springer


46th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Gary Pollet

State House Position 2: Javier Valdez


47th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Debra Entenman

State House Position 2: Pat Sullivan


48th Legislative District

State House Position 1: Vandana Slatter

State House Position 2: Amy Walen


49th Legislative District

State Senate: Annette Cleveland

State House Position 1: Sharon Wylie

State House Position 2: Monica Jurado Stonier

I want to share with you a step forward in our fight to get all caregivers the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we need, like masks.

After advocating hard with the Governor’s office and DSHS, we successfully pushed to have home care workers included in the official state “priority lists” for access to PPE.

In the next days, you’ll receive information from DSHS about their new guidelines for in-home caregivers and PPE. Caregivers who provide care for someone who is “Confirmed” (tested positive for COVID-19) or “Suspected” (pending test results OR medical provider verified the symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, but will not test) can request PPE through your Area Agency on Aging (AAA).

This is a step forward – and some caregivers will be able to get PPE – but it’s not enough.

The coronavirus spreads long before there are symptoms. That’s why we’re:

  1. Demanding ALL caregivers have PPE, hazard pay, and pay for lost hours. Add you name to our petition here.
  2. Working with the Benefits Group to get support on guidance on what caregivers can do to stay safe.
  3. Asking you to share a photo on social media of you with a sign saying why you need PPE. Make sure to tag @seiu775 and use the hashtags #GetMePPE and #ProtectAllWorkers

If we can get the equipment and resources we need, caregivers can prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’re a vital and essential link in stopping this pandemic!

We will continue to fight to make sure caregivers and our communities are taken care of during this time.

Be well,

Sterling Harders

SEIU 775 President

As we all adapt to manage the COVID-19 outbreak, it can be hard to keep up with the news and what you should do to keep yourself, your client, and your community protected. I want to share the latest news with you and the resources our union, SEIU 775, has put in place for our caregivers and community to help you navigate these changes.

Today at 5:30 p.m., Governor Jay Inslee announced a Stay Home order in Washington state to help contain the outbreak of COVID-19 starting immediately for a minimum of two weeks. You can read the full announcement here or watch it on TVW. Here’s what you need to know.

We have confirmed with the State that home care workers are considered “essential providers” and are allowed to continue to work and provide care for their vulnerable clients.

You can find precautions that caregivers should take on our website at seiu775.org/covid19, and we expect additional guidance over the next few days from DSHS about tasks that caregivers can and will be encouraged to do remotely, when possible – such as over the phone – to limit how much you have to leave home and reduce contact while continuing to support your client.

If you are at greater risk yourself – such as over the age of 60 with an existing health condition – and you feel it is unsafe for you to go to work, you should call your agency supervisor or case worker and you could potentially qualify for unemployment.

We will continue to update our members with new information as it becomes available. It was great to talk to so many of you this afternoon on our teletown hall – nearly 4,000 caregivers joined, but if you missed it and have questions, please visit our website at seiu775.org/covid19, which we’re updating continuously.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Member Resource Center Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 1-866-371-3200 or at mrc@seiu775.org.

We will continue to fight to make sure our caregivers and communities are taken care of during this time.

Sterling Harders
SEIU 775 President

Throughout the 2020 Washington State Legislative Session, thousands of SEIU 775 caregivers from across the state called, emailed, and traveled to Olympia to meet with their legislators to let them know what we’re fighting for and why it’s important – and it worked!

We have a lot to celebrate. We’re ending the legislative session with BIG WINS for caregivers, which were only possible because of the work and leadership of our members!

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Our 2020 priorities:

  • Landmark legislation that addresses the harassment, abuse, and discrimination of caregivers passed out of the legislature: Everyone deserves to feel safe while giving and receiving care. Senate Bill 6205, an important part of our HADit campaign, is headed to the Governor’s office to be signed into law! The bill makes the care environment safer for both caregivers and the people we care for by creating safety, prevention, and reporting standards.
  • A 5-cent increase to the in-home care agency administrative rate passed out of the legislature: This will help stabilize funding for agencies and help ensure access to home care for Washingtonians who need it!
  • Improved funding for home care agencies passed out of the legislature: House Bill 2380 clarifies the Parity law, so agency caregivers are paid equivalent wages and benefits for doing the same work that State-paid Individual Providers do!
  • Nursing home funding: We won more than $50 million total in funding for nursing homes. As many of you know, we’ve been working on increasing this funding for years, and it feels great to say we’ve made progress.
  • Insulin: House Bill 2662 will reduce the total cost of insulin, and Senate Bill 6087 will create cost-sharing requirements for the coverage of insulin products!

More legislative wins:

Adult day health: A rate increase of 6 percent was funded in the budget.

Healthcare affordability: Senate Bill 6088 will establish a prescription drug affordability board (SB 6088), and House Bill 2457 will establish a health care cost transparency board.

Housing: The legislature also passed bills that give authority to city and county councils to increase local sales, and use taxes by one tenth of one percent to dedicate to affordable housing (HB 1590), allow apartment move-in fees to be paid in installments (HB 1694), and create new residential tenant protections (SB 6378).

Equity, racial justice, and immigrant justice:

  • HB 1783 establishes a state racial equity office within the Governor’s office.
  • HB 2602 establishes hair styles as a protected civil right, especially in workplaces.
  • HB 2277 bans the use of solitary confinement in our juvenile justice system.
  • The Courts Open to All Act (HB 2567) prohibits federal immigration agents from communicating with and arresting people at and around county courthouses.
  • HB 2576 authorizes the Department of Health to study the effects of private detention in our state agencies.
  • HB 2632 designates the false reporting of crimes or emergencies as a felony offense to combat the use of “swatting” to intimidate members of the community.
  • HB 2793 automatically vacates criminal records for eligible people.
  • SB 6442 prohibits the Department of Corrections from using private contractors for incarceration unless it is a Governor-declared emergency.
  • HB 2231 reforms our current bail system to create more racial, economic, and legal equity by allowing judges the right to determine consequences for missed court hearings, rather than prosecutors.

This wouldn’t have been possible without caregivers like you reaching out to legislators and telling your story. Together, we are stronger.

The US Census is underway! You may have already received something in the mail detailing how to participate. If not, keep an eye on your mailbox. The Census takes place every 10 years, and is an essential tool for keeping power and resources in the hands of the people, so it’s important to make sure all of us are counted.

Why should you participate in the Census?

  • Census numbers are used to determine funding for vital programs like Medicaid, SNAP, affordable housing, and highway maintenance projects.
  • Census numbers are also used to decide how congressional districts are drawn. It’s common for several states to lose and gain House seats after a Census.
  • Washington is one of 21 states that use census data to apportion our state legislative districts, so if your area has low participation you could end up underrepresented in Olympia. Tell your neighbors!
  • Black, Hispanic, and Native American people are historically under-counted in the Census, as well as children and renters. This has led to these communities, which skew lower income, losing resources and representation to non-Hispanic whites and homeowners.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 16 million people were not counted or possibly incorrectly counted in the 2010 Census – generally people who experience multiple forms of oppressions.
  • We need to let our representatives know where we are, who we are, and how we live. These numbers give them a clearer idea of what their constituents need.
  • There are no immigration questions on the 2020 Census, despite efforts to include such questions by the Trump Administration.
  • You should include anyone who is staying in your home whether or not they are on the lease. Your landlord will not see your answers.
  • In fact, all of your answers to Census questions are confidential.

When and where can I fill out my census form?

  • Starting March 12th, once you have received official census mailings with your household’s User ID Number you’ll be able to complete your census forms at https://my2020census.gov/
  • You may also fill out the forms on paper and mail them in, or by phone.

Learn more about the Census HERE, or below:

Remember, it’s through our numbers that we build power as a Union. Every single one of us must be counted!