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Union Members Call on Fairfax County to Pass a Meaningful Collective Bargaining Ordinance

IMG_9516As reported in the Connection newspapers, essential county employees are calling on Fairfax County to pass a meaningful collective bargaining ordinance that will ensure a seat at the table for frontline workers to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe.

The newspaper reports:

“Tammie Wondong Ware, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 512, urged that Fairfax County adopts a collective bargaining ordinance that provides bargaining over wages, benefits, and working conditions, especially in light of COVID-19. She said that workers are concerned about workplace health and safety, workloads, career advancement, and equity.

“We need a real voice and a seat at the table,” she said.

“Regarding the number of bargaining units, Ware said one for general county employees, one for uniform Fire and Rescue employees, and one for police officers. She said they believed a separate ordinance would cover school board employees.

“Ware noted that a limited number of bargain units would create a more manageable union election and collective bargaining process. She urged that the bargaining unit include workers who may be more senior but do not have hiring and firing authority.

“Ware maintained that the County should adopt mail ballots, and once the bargaining representative is certified, the representative should have access to county employees for representation purposes.”

 

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SEIU Members Win 18.9% Raise and Paid Sick Days for Home Care Workers!

SEIU Members Win 18.9% Raise and Paid Sick Days for Home Care Workers in State Budget! Thanks to the advocacy of SEIU members, the General Assembly passed a state budget with 18.9% raises for Home Care workers (6.4% on May 1, and 12.5% on November 1), up to 5 paid sick days for qualifying consumer-directed home care workers, an orientation program for home care workers, and additional waiver slots for people with diabilities and older adults to get home care. This victory was months and years in the making, and it’s proof of what we can accomplish when we come together in our union.

The final step to winning our raises and paid sick days is to have the Governor sign the budget and bills. We need everyone — every home care worker, consumer, family member, friend and neighbor — to call on the Governor to support these measures. Click here to sign the petition, and then send it to everyone you know in Virginia!

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Union Members to Congress: Respect Us, Protect Us, and Pay Us!

Virginia public service and home care workers joined essential workers across the country in a national day of action to call on Congress to pass meaningful COVID relief, which includes:

  • State and local government aid;
  • $15 minimum wage;
  • Investment in good home care jobs;
  • Stimulus checks and expanded UI benefits; and more.

“Our frontline workers are sacrificing their health every day to serve the residents of our country, whether it’s home care workers, first responders, health care workers or sanitation workers,” said Fairfax County Chair Jeff McKay, rallying with SEIU members. “It’s time for Congress to make sure when they pass this much-needed stimulus bill that we support our workers and support our local economies, so we can get past this pandemic.”

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Chair Phyllis Randall Joins SEIU Tele-Town Hall to Talk Collective Bargaining

TTH_Facebook_InstagramLoudoun County Chair Phyllis Randall joined the SEIU Tele-Town Hall tonight to talk with hundreds of Loudoun County employees about the importance of collective bargaining to ensure good jobs, quality public services, and a strong community for everyone.

“We should always pay people a living wage,” Chair Randall said at the Town Hall. “As a former frontline worker I understand that a union is a family, and all Loudoun County employees should have collective bargaining rights.”

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Virginia Becomes First State to Establish Permanent COVID Safety Standards

Permanent Worker StandardsVICTORY! Thanks to the advocacy of union members, Virginia became the first state in the nation to enact permanent worksite COVID safety standards to keep workers healthy and protected. Approved by the Virginia Health and Safety Board, and signed by the Governor, the permanent standards went into effect January 27, 2021.

For more information on the standards and what it means for your workplace, please contact SEIU Virginia 512’s Member Services Team at 571-432-0209 or memberservices@seiuva.org

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Join Lobby Day 2021: A Week of Action for Essential Workers!

 Lobby Day 2021It’s more important than ever that working people make our voices heard for the pay, benefits, and funding that we need to stay safe and healthy through the pandemic. Join us on Saturday, January 16 as we kick off Lobby Day 2021: A Week of Action for Essential Workers! Sign up today on the: Lobby Day Registration page.
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Schedule for the Week:
Saturday, January 16: Kick-off!
Sunday, Jan. 17 – Friday, Jan. 22: Zoom Meetings with your Legislator!
Saturday, January 23: Celebration to Close Out Week of Action!
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While we won’t be gathering together in person this year, we WILL come together virtually to hold our elected officials accountable. Fill out the form below so that we can set up an appointment for you with your legislator. Then, join us on January 16 so that you can get all the information you need to make your voice heard. 
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We Are Building a Better Future for Virginia’s Working Families — Join Us Today!

VA 512 Front Page Graphic 2All workers, no matter where they are from or the color of their skin, deserve respect and a voice on the job. Fairfax and Loudoun County employees, and Home Care workers, have been working together to win good jobs and quality services for our community for over 10 years. We built our union, called SEIU Virginia 512, so we could use our strength in numbers to improve our pay and benefits and have a say in important decisions that affect our jobs. 

We clear roads, provide healthcare for the most vulnerable, we maintain our parks and natural resources, keep our air and water clean, care for young children, keep our libraries running, and much more. By joining together in our union, we have improved our pay, won paid family leave and protected our pensions.  Now we have a chance to lock in these gains by working together to win the ability to negotiate a contract with the county — through a process called collective bargaining — for better pay and benefits and to improve services for our communities. 

We need an organization that brings us together–white, Black and brown, no matter where we’re from–to win the things our families need so that everyone in our county can thrive. That is why county workers are uniting together to build power, demand a seat at the table, and win the right to negotiate with the county the changes we need to improve our jobs and our lives.

Let’s build power and win a voice for all county workers, together! Click here to become a member:

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Already a member? Spread the word and invite a colleague! By growing our union we’ll have the strength in numbers to make even bigger improvements in our jobs, our working conditions and the services we provide. 

Spead the word and share your story about why county workers deserve collective bargaining rights with the resources below:

Download and share the Collective Bargaining flyer

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Spread the word on social media:

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Get connected – Join the NOVA County Employees Facebook Group!

 

Got a meeting? Show your pride on Zoom: 

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For more info, contact your union at info@seiuva.org or 571-432-0209

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“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 info@seiuva.org 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: COVID-19 Info and Resource Center for Union Members and Our Community

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 info@seiuva.org, 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 info@seiuva.org 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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