SEIU 775

Stronger Together: August 2022 Newsletter

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 […]

The Seattle Times | May 16, 2022

‘Whole new crisis’ for WA long-term care facilities, 2 years into COVID

“North Cascades Health and Rehabilitation Center is no longer on lockdown, so visitors can come inside and see their loved ones. Residents having a hard night can stay in the nurses station and do arts and crafts. There’s weekly coronavirus testing, and workers only have to wear surgical masks. But there is still a frantic […]

SEIU 775 | May 10, 2022

Big wins this year: May 2022 Newsletter

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 […]

The Olympian | March 13, 2022

Letter to the editor: Nursing home workers deserve higher wages

“I’ve been a home care worker for 17 years and care for my mother. I am grateful that the proposed budget released by the state Senate includes funding for an extension of hazard pay for home care workers, but I’m alarmed that it has none to raise wages for nursing home workers. Despite caring for […]

The Seattle Times | March 7, 2022

Letter to the editor: Nursing homes: ‘Increase workers’ wages’

“I’m a nurse’s assistant at a nursing home in Renton. Our workforce has cared for our state’s elderly and sick on the front lines of this pandemic for two years now. But because the nursing-home sector hasn’t had enough funding to pay us competitive wages, many have quit and short staffing is widespread. In my […]

The Spokesman-Review | March 2, 2022

Letter to the editor: Nursing home workers need living wage

“I’m a nurse’s assistant at a nursing home in Spokane. Despite serving our state’s elderly and sick on the front lines of this pandemic for two years now, nursing home workers haven’t received hazard pay. We’ve worked long hours and are short-staffed. Many have quit. Burnt-out staff have been asked to come back to work […]

NPR | March 1, 2022

The pandemic pummeled long-term care – it may not recover quickly, experts warn: NPR

With the omicron variant causing a surge of COVID-19 infections in assisted living facilities, more staff are having to stay at home, making the jobs of those still working a lot harder. Listen to the full story featuring SEIU 775 member Sherylon Hughes on NPR.
SEIU 775 member Sherylon Hughes

NPR | February 7, 2022

There’s a critical shortage of nursing home staff: NPR

“There just isn’t any other way to fix this problem. We have to be able to offer a better living wage to people that are going to be coming in and doing one of the most important jobs in health care.” You can hear the rest of the story featuring SEIU 775 member Sherylon Hughes […]

SEIU 775 | August 9, 2021

COVID vaccine required for Nursing Home workers

As the COVID-19 Delta variant surges in Washington state, so have hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases, making the need for vaccinations more critical. As a result, Governor Inslee announced today that state employees and healthcare workers will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18. Does this mandate impact you? Nursing Home workers: […]

SEIU 775 | June 17, 2021

Stronger Together: June 2021 Newsletter

A note from SEIU 775 President Sterling Harders SEIU 775 Members and Caregivers,In our January newsletter, we talked about the huge challenges in the upcoming Washington and Montana legislative sessions. Despite caregivers still being on the frontlines of the pandemic, we faced uphill battles around funding our contracts, extending hazard pay, and doing right by […]