“We have an awesome union”: Why Union Membership is So Important During a Crisis

Now more than ever it’s critical that working people have a voice on the job so we can stay safe, take care of our families, and serve the community.

Here’s what workers are saying about why they are SEIU union members are saying about the need to have a union during the coronavirus crisis:

“I see how my coworkers, and me sometimes, are being treated and it gives me great comfort knowing that we have an awesome Union… This makes me want to be more involved with the union whatever way I can.”

Thank you for allowing me to provide feedback and I am thankful this union continues to fight for all its members.

“I think the gentle and not so gentle pushing by SEIU members over the past week has made our county leadership understand the issues of lower wage front line professionals. I’m glad we have a great union.”

It’s so important that the union gives us employees a platform to voice our concerns.

“All our joint efforts as nurses and union members has paid off. Late last night, [management] sent out an email saying that [we] would be able to telework. Such great news! Thank you again to all union members for helping support us and advocate for us.”

Brothers and Sisters: You are a powerful force for the members and I appreciate ALLLLLLLL of the work you do to advocate. Be safe and take care of yourselves.

Make your voice heard! Share your story with us at about why union membership matters during a crisis, and every day.

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General Assembly Passes Historic Pro-Worker Legislation, Budget

Union members won historic victories in the 2020 General Assembly session, including:

  • Raising the minimum wage, with a path to $15 by 2026;
  • Collective bargaining rights for local public employees;
  • Prevailing wage laws, PLA reform, and anti-wage theft enforcement;
  • Sweeping voting rights form;
  • And so much more!

Union members also won passage of the most pro-Home Care budget in Virginia history, including:

  • 5% raises effective July, 2020, with an additional 2% raise effective July, 2021;
  • Repealing the 40-hour cap, and funding 16 hours/week of overtime;
  • EVV exemption for live-in caregivers;
  • Paid leave study;
  • Path to $15/hr by 2026!

These victories did not happen overnight. They are the result of years and years of hard work by union members to organize our communities, build our union, mobilize our members, educate elected officials, elect pro-worker majorities, and then hold those majorities accountable.

Congratulations to all the union members whose hard work made this possible!

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UPDATED DAILY: COVID-19 Info and Resource Center for Union Members and Our Community

UPDATED: August 2, 2020. Please check back regularly, as this page will be updated daily with relevant information for our union members, families and community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

THANK YOU to all our members for your extraordinary efforts! Public employees and health care workers are on the frontlines of containing the spread, and keeping our communities safe, healthy and just places for all. As the nation’s largest union of public service and health care workers, we are working tirelessly to support our members, our families, and our communities in this effort.

To support you in this time, your union is doing the following:

Contact Your Union for Assistance: Union members, please contact your professional union staff if you need guidance or support, or want to help others, by e-mailing, calling 571-432-0209 (calls will be answered Monday – Friday from 9 am – 4 pm. Messages will be checked 7 days/week), or calling staff directly.

United together in our union, we will get through this public health crisis, and advocate for a more just society for all.

NEW: Virginia becomes first state in the nation to pass mandatory workplace safety standards to keep workers safe from coronavirus! Contact your union at to sign up for an SEIU Health & Safety Training to learn more.

Click here to learn about Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


Fairfax County Employee Coronavirus Information: For the latest info for employees (paid leave, telework, etc.), see:


Loudoun County Employee Coronavirus Information: Important updates for Loudoun County Employees include:


Home Care Worker Coronavirus Information: For information for Medicaid providers, see the Consumer Directed Services Fact Sheet, Medicaid Memo dated March 19, 2020 (including info on EVV) and Medicaid Memo dated April 22, 2020. For information for Medicaid consumers, see the Medicaid COVID-19 one-pager. For information on providing Home Care services during the coronavirus crisis, visit this CDC website and read OSHA guidance on how to maintain safe worksites/homes. Plus: read the Fact Sheet for Health Care Workers (also available in ArmenianChineseFrenchHmongKoreanRussianSpanish, and Vietnamese). For information on resources available to working families in Virginia, see: Virginia 211 or cal 2-1-1 on your phone. Lastly, click here to listen to a Virginia Public Radio story about our members on the frontlines.


Coronavirus Information: For the latest information, visit the CDC Coronavirus/COVID-19 website and the Virginia Department of Health website.


SEIU Virginia 512 News: To track all of the above, and your union’s efforts to empower working families during this pandemic, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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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 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:
  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 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

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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

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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 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: 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 or call 571-432-0209 to find out more.IMG_3929


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