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.
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!
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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Happy New Year! Join Us in 2021 as We Build Power for a Better Future for All Working Families

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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Got a meeting? Show your pride on Zoom: 

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For more info, contact your union at 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 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, 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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