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We won raises and rights in 2019. Join us in 2020 as we make Virginia the best state for workers!

SEIU Virginia 512 union members came together in 2019 to win real improvements for our members, our communities, and all working people! United in our union, we won:

  • Raises for all union members!
  • A $15 min wage and retirement security for Fairfax County employees!
  • Orientation programs and back pay for Home Care workers!
  • Jobs, funding and raises for Loudoun County employees!
  • Health care for over 300,000 Virginians through Medicaid Expansion!
  • And so much more.

We are proud of what we have won, but we know that our work is far from done. That’s why we’ll continue to advocate and build power until all Virginians have a living wage, affordable health care, a great education, clean air and water, rights on the job and in our community, and a fair shot at a brighter future for their kids.

Join us in 2020 as we hold our new state and local elected officials accountable to making Virginia the best state for workers!

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Union Wins 235 New Merit Positions — Here’s How to Prepare for Them!

After a full year of advocacy by SEIU members, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved funding in September, 2019 to convert up to 235 positions from limited term (1560 hrs) or “non-merit,” to merit positions with full benefits.  The county is in the process of selecting from over 1,200 limited term positions for the conversion, as well as developing position descriptions and establishing qualifications. By law, any appointments to merit positions must be on a competitive basis.

SEIU members have been meeting with DHR and the Board of Supervisors to ensure that this conversion is done fairly, equitably, and with full transparency.

While Fairfax County has not yet released which specific positions will be converted, there are steps that union members can take today to prepare. After all,  if your limited term position is converted, we want you to be in position to submit an application which reflects that you are the best candidate.

Remember: Your Union Is Here To Help!

If you have been working in a limited term position, we encourage you to take these steps NOW:

  1. Contact our union office at info@seiuva.org and add your name to our list so that we can keep you updated on the process and invite you to workshops on submitting your application.
  1. Make an extensive, detailed list of all of the tasks you have been performing in the limited term position.
  1. Compile a list of your past work experiences, education, certificates, licenses, skills, languages, and references.
  1.      Subscribe to the County’s Job Alert for your department:https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxcounty/jobInterestCards/categories
  1. Become familiar with the County’s Hiring and Job Application Process:

 

We believe that everyone who works at the county should make a living wage, have affordable health care, and enjoy a secure retirement. Funding the conversion of 235 positions to merit jobs is a good first step. Now let’s work together to hold the county accountable and ensure that the conversion is done fairly, equitable, and will full transparency. For more info, contact your union at info@seiuva.org or 571-432-0209.

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Union Members Endorse Loudoun County Board Candidates

After an extensive process — including an in-person interview, completed questionnaire, and review of voting records and past actions — frontline SEIU Virginia 512 members have endorsed the following candidates for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. We encourage all members to take these recommendations into account as you vote on Tuesday, November 5.

Chair (At-Large): Phyllis Randall (Incumbent)

Algonkian District: Juli Briskman

Ashburn District: Mike Turner

Blue Ridge District: Tia Walbridge

Broad Run District: Sylvia Glass

Catoctin District: Forest Hayes

Dulles District: Sree Nagireddi

Leesburg District: Kristen Umstattd (Incumbent)

Sterling District: Koran Saines (Incumbent)

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5. Polls are open from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm. To find out where you vote, what is on your ballot, etc., please visit the Virginia Department of Elections at vote.virginia.gov

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Union Members Endorse Fairfax Board Candidates

After an extensive process — including an in-person interview, completed questionnaire, and review of voting records and past actions — frontline SEIU Virginia 512 members have endorsed the following candidates for the Fairfax Board of Supervisors. We encourage all members to take these recommendations into account as you vote on Tuesday, November 5.

Chair (At-Large): Jeff McKay

Braddock District: James Walkinshaw

Dranesville District: John Foust (Incumbent)

Hunter Mill District: Walter Alcorn

Lee District: Rodney Lusk

Mason District: Penny Gross (Incumbent)

Mt. Vernon District: Dan Storck (Incumbent)

Providence District: Dalia Palchik

Springfield District: Linda Sperling

Sully District: Kathy Smith (Incumbent)

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5. Polls are open from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm. To find out where you vote, what is on your ballot, etc., please visit the Virginia Department of Elections at vote.virginia.gov

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Medicaid Starting New EVV System for Home Care Workers October 1

Effective October 1, 2019, all home care workers will be required to electronically check-in before the start of their shift, and also electronically check-out at the end of their shift. These electronic check-ins/check-outs must be done via an app on a smart phone OR through the use of a landline (i.e. traditional phone jacks at a home/location). The use of paper timesheets, websites, and cell phone calls to submit time will not be allowed. Each of the 3 fiscal agents that process time worked and issue payments to home care workers have different EVV apps. If you work for more than one consumer, and your consumers have different fiscal agents, you will need to use more than one app.

Attend a Training Near You to Learn More! The Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) is holding town halls across the state on the new EVV systems from July 9 through August 9. Click here to see the list of town halls and to register.

NOTE: You must register in order to attend a town hall. Your union strongly encourages you to attend a town hall to learn more. In addition, your union will be holding our own series of trainings to make sure everyone is prepared.

This is a BIG Change: Read More About EVVTo learn more about the EVV system, please visit the Department of Medical Assistance Services website at http://www.dmas.virginia.gov/#/longtermprograms. To see the full list of town halls – and to register for a town hall near you — click on this link: EVV Town halls.

Lastly, if you have any questions about the town halls, you can e-mail: EVV@dmas.virginia.gov. This will be a major change to our home care system, which impacts our ability to be paid, and the ability of our loved ones to get care. Please read up on these changes, and contact your union at 571-432-0209 with any questions.

Add Your Name in Support of the Home Care Bill of Rights! Now more than ever, we must pass a Home Care Bill of Rights so that home care providers and consumers have a real voice in how our system works. Over 300 Virginians have signed on in support. Join them! Click here to show your support for the Home Care Bill of Rights!

 

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Union Members Endorse Champions in Fairfax County Board Primary Elections

Elections aren’t about candidates. Elections are about us, our families, and our communities!

That’s why union members work to elect candidates — regardless of political party — who will fight for working families and what we need to thrive: living wages, affordable health care, retirement security, and justice on the job and in our communities.

Union members interviewed all the candidates running for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in the June 11 primary, and reviewed their written answers to our questions as well as their records. After doing so, frontline union members voted to endorse the following candidates:

Fairfax County Chair: Jeff McKay

Braddock District Supervisor: James Walkinshaw

Hunter Mill District Supervisor: Walter Alcorn

Lee District Supervisor: Rodney Lusk

Providence District Supervisor: Dalia Palchik

“Union members in Fairfax County are proud to endorse these champions for working families,” said Tammie Wondong, a 30-year Fairfax County employee and the President of the Fairfax Chapter of SEIU Virginia 512. “We look forward to working together with them to ensure good unions jobs and a brighter future for all families across the county.”

Election Day is Tuesday, June 11. The polls will be open from 6 am – 7 pm. You can confirm your local polling place, and what’s on the ballot, by visiting the Virginia Department of Elections website.

Voters in Fairfax can also vote “in-person absentee” at the Fairfax County Government Center Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday from 8am – 7pm, and Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

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Union Members Are Winning Real Raises in 2019. Join Us Today to Win the Raises You Deserve!

The union members of SEIU Virginia 512 — Fairfax County employees, Home Care providers and Loudoun County employees — work hard to make our Commonwealth a better place for all people.

We are caregivers, engineers, nurses, librarians, social workers, parks staff, child protective services workers, and more, dedicated to making our communities healthy, successful places.

Now, united in our union, we have the strength needed to win the raises we deserve!

Fairfax County employees won 4.1% average raises, doubled the Market Rate Adjustment (MRA), and established a $15.14/hr minimum wage for county employees, in the FY’2020 budget, which was passed in May.

Home Care providers won raises in the state budget, which passed earlier this year, despite strong right-wing opposition.

Meanwhile, Loudoun County employees have won 11.5% raises over the past two years.

We are proud of the work we do to help local families, and we’re proud of what we can accomplish in our union to take care of our own families.

Want a raise? Join us today! E-mail info@seiuva.org or call 571-432-0209 to find out more.IMG_3929

 

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

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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