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Medicaid Expansion is Creating Jobs and Expanding Health Care – Learn More Here!

Med Ex for Website 2Union members advocated for years to win Medicaid Expansion so that we could expand health care to hundreds of thousands of Virginians, create tens of thousands of jobs, and save the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

Beginning January 1, 2019, more adults in Virginia have access to quality, low-cost health insurance through Medicaid.

On November 1, Virginia will begin accepting applications from these adults who are newly eligible for health coverage under Medicaid Expansion.

To learn more, please visit https://www.coverva.org or call toll-free 1-855-242-8282.

Single adults who make up to $16,754 per year, and families of 4 who make up to $34,638, will be eligible for coverage beginning January 1. For more detailed information, please visit https://www.coverva.org or call toll-free 1-855-242-8282.

Medicaid Expansion is also creating jobs, as local governments and health care providers are hiring staff to handle the expanded coverage.

Thank you to all the union members, family and advocates who worked so hard to win Medicaid Expansion. Let’s keep that momentum going to ensure that everyone has the information they need to sign up!

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Governor Northam Attends Union Leadership Conference

IMG_0720On June 2, Governor Ralph Northam attended the first-ever SEIU Virginia 512 Leadership Conference to thank union members for our Medicaid Expansion advocacy and to talk about building a better future for working families in Virginia.

Union members shared their ideas of what working Virginians need with the Governor, including:

  • Higher wages for all working people, and a $15 minimum wage
  • Free higher education
  • Affordable, quality child care
  • Expanded voting rights
  • Protections for workers’ rights to form a union and bargain collectively
  • and more!

Governor Northam and his staff pledged to continue to work with union members to pass policies and budgets, which will improve the lives of working Virginians. For more information, contact your union at 571-432-0209 or e-mail info@seiuva.org

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At Long Last, Union Members Celebrate Medicaid Expansion!

IMG_9641On June 7, 2018, union members joined our coalition partners to witness history as Governor Ralph Northam signed Medicaid Expansion into law.

The bill signing capped a 6-year campaign to win health care justice in Virginia. “We did it!” proclaimed Home Care Chapter Chair Thomasine Wilson, who has been knocking doors and lobbying for Medicaid Expansion for the full 6 years of the effort.

Medicaid Expansion means:

  • Health Care for up t0 400,000 Virginians
  • 15,000 – 30,000 jobs created
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for Virginia taxpayers

Union members will now shift our focus to ensuring all eligible Virginians know about Medicaid Expansion. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, visit www.coverva.org for the latest news on who is eligible for care under Medicaid Expansion, starting January 1, 2019.

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Loudoun County Budget Victory!

Victory! On April 3, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors passed a county budget, which invests in quality public services for our community and quality jobs for our workforce.

Thanks to the advocacy of union members and our community partners, the budget includes funding for vital mental health programs, parks, libraries, and more.

The budget also addresses the county’s workforce crisis. A recent study found that Loudoun County employees earn up to 14% less than our peers in neighboring jurisdiction.

Union members have been leading the campaign for Paycheck Fairness to ensure that Loudoun County employees earn what their peers earn, while ensuring that local families receive the quality public services they expect.

We applaud the budget’s 3% across-the-board raise and 3.5% merit raise as an important first step. We look forward to continuing to work with Chair Phyllis Randall and the Board of Supervisors to win true equity for Loudoun County employees.

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Fairfax County Budget Victory!

On May 1, the Fairfax Board of Supervisors passed a county budget, which invests in quality public services for our community and quality jobs for our workforce.

Thanks to the advocacy of union members and our community partners, the budget includes funding for vital health care and mental health programs, parks and libraries, schools, first responders and more. The budget also fulfils the county’s promise to its dedicated staff by fully-funding the union pay plan.

Fully-funding the union pay plan means that front-line county employees will be able to keep up with the high cost of living in our region and provide for their families, while cutting down on the county’s turnover rate.

We thank the Board of Supervisors for working with us on this budget. We look forward to working with Chairman Bulova, the Board, and County Executive Bryan Hill to ensure that next year’s budget also invests in our community.

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Join the 2018 Call to Action!

Join us on Saturday, September 8 for our annual Call to Action! This family-friendly event is your chance to meet with candidates running for Congress to talk about what working people need from our elected leaders in DC.

There will be events in Northern Virginia, Richmond and Hampton Roads, featuring food, fun, talking to voters, and more.

For more information, and to reserve your space, please call your union at 571-432-0209 or e-mail us at info@seiuva.org

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2018: Our Most Successful Year Yet!

Website - Thank youThank you to all our union members, friends, family and allies! By uniting together in our union and by advocating together in our community, we have made 2018 our most successful year yet.

United together, we have won real raises for Fairfax County employees, Loudoun County employees and Home Care providers.

United together, we have protected and expanded retirement security for working people.

United together, we have defended our rights on the job, advanced workplace anti-bullying policies, won back pay, and helped our members recover from medical events.

United together, we won Medicaid Expansion so that up to 400,000 Virginians can finally earn health care, while ensuring that our frontline healthcare workers have the resources we need to help our community.

All of these historic victories are possible because union and community members came together to hold our elected officials accountable and to advocate for a brighter future for all people.

Thank you. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Sincerely,

David Broder, President of SEIU Virginia 512

Kaen Conchar, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Virginia 512

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Welcome to SEIU Virginia 512

The hard-working women and men of SEIU Virginia 512 are united in 2018 to win for workers and fight for justice for all people.

Fairfax County employees, home care providers and Loudoun County employees have come together to win quality jobs and quality public services for our members and for all working families in our community.

United together, we have the strength in numbers needed to raise wages, expand health care coverage, restore retirement security, and protect families throughout Virginia.

Join us! To find out more, call us at 571-432-0209 or e-mail us at info@seiuva.org.

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Wishing You a Joyous and Just New Year!

The hard-working members of SEIU Virginia 512 wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and a Joyous and Just New Year!

2017 has been a challenging but hopeful year for Virginia’s working families. United together in our union, and in partnership with our allies, we worked to raise wages, expand health care coverage, promote retirement security and defend the rights of working people. We mobilized our communities to vote and on November 7, we elected champions for working families in an historic election.

We look forward to continuing to work together in 2018 to hold our new elected officials accountable to the promises they made to raise wages, lower health care costs and expand Medicaid, make our workplaces safer, expand voting rights, and more.

Here’s to a Joyous and Just New Year!

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Union Members Rally for Good Jobs!

WebsiteSEIU Virginia 512 members are rallying for good jobs with living wages, quality healthcare and secure retirements, for union members and all working families.

In Fairfax County, union members are leading the fight to save retirement benefits from corporate-funded political attacks, to end bullying on the job, and to fully fund the pay plan for dedicated employees.

In Loudoun County, union members are securing raises, expanding leave donation rights and working with the Board to fund vital mental health services.

Union members across the commonwealth are working to build a Quality Home Care system by expanding care for older adults and people with disabilities, creating jobs, and fighting to end the 40-hour cap which hurts both providers and consumers.

Meanwhile, union members are leading the effort to Protect and Expand Health Care! We are joining with community partners to block Congress from eliminating healthcare for 22 million Americans, including 15 million children, older adults, people with disabilities and working people on Medicaid.

Join the fight for good jobs! If you’re not a member, we invite you to join the union. If you are a union member, we invite you to get more involved through the Member Action Teams. For more information, please call 571-432-0209 or e-mail info@seiuva.org

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