COVID-19 Union Response Bulletin – April 24 Issue
The work happening across our union to fight for the safety of frontline caregivers marches onward. Our unity continues to lift up workers to ensure our health, safety and economic security.
Nationwide PPE shortages are ongoing and the response from the federal government has fallen short, but we continue to take action and push for PPE access for all healthcare workers.
In the meantime, we’ll keep sharing our stories and raising our demands. Keep up the fight and reach out to us if you have any questions.
- Our FAQ and benefits scenario chart is now available in Spanish, Tagalog and Amharic!
- We have also updated our FAQ page to share newly available information and to address questions you have raised about unemployment assistance, benefits for on-call and per diem employees, ESD eligibility, FFCRA and more.
- The recording of our April 16 tele-town hall with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is available here.
- We will be holding our next tele-town hall on Thursday, April 30, 5-6:30pm PDT. Featured guests will be King County Executive Dow Constantine and a COVID-19 data expert from UW’s Institute for Health Metrics Evaluation, newly organized in SEIU 925. Make sure to join!
- Survey: Do you have topic ideas for future tele-town halls? We’d love to hear from you. We’ve created a short, anonymous survey that will help us plan and develop member events that are informative, engaging and address our most pressing concerns. Take the survey here.
- Spanish language tele-town hall: Únete a los trabajadores en primera línea de SEIU en la tele-reunión “Todos Somos Esenciales” para exigir cuidado de salud, equipo de protección personal, y seguridad salarial y laboral para las familias trabajadoras de todas las razas en el país. Se llevará a cabo el miércoles 29 de abril a las 9am PT. Confirma tu asistencia aquí.
IN THE NEWS
Thanks to our work on the front lines and to the leadership of our members, media outlets are recognizing the essential role we play in caring for our community during the crisis. We have compiled recent press stories that highlight our members, our work and the challenges we face in our workplaces while fighting the pandemic. These are some of our stories:
- ‘The Reality Is, It’s Incredibly Hard’: Feat. Melanie Arciaga, a registered nurse at Harborview Medical Center. [The Atlantic]
- Nurse on front lines: This is bringing me to tears: Feat. Shannon Bruno, a nurse at Swedish Medical Center. [CNN]
- Hazard Pay Plans Poised to Outlast Virus With Bipartisan Push: Feat. Jane Hopkins, our union’s Executive Vice President. [Bloomberg Law]
- Faces of Seattle’s coronavirus frontline: Feat. medical staff at Harborview Medical Center. [Reuters]
We have updated our resources page with the following information:
- Resources available for immigrant families and immigrant worker rights
- Housing assistance and emergency relief fund for Tacoma and Pierce County residents
Last week, we connected with a local distillery to produce and distribute hand sanitizer to workers in our union’s behavioral health chapters — DESC, Navos, Compass and Lifelong. Check out the photos on our Facebook page.
King County and the City of Seattle have partnered with healthcare unions to provide workers with no-cost hotel rooms so we can keep our families safe. To access this resource, please call (425) 207-3031 to verify your union membership. The phone line is staffed from 8:30 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday, and from 9 am to 5:30 pm on weekends.
King County and the City of Seattle are stepping up to expand child care options for healthcare workers during this time of crisis. We’ve compiled all the child care resources available in Washington for frontline healthcare professionals like us.
GET IN TOUCH
If you need to report an incident at your facility related to COVID-19, have concerns about your safety in the workplace or questions about the impact of COVID-19 on your work, please call our COVID-19 member hotline:
- For all other queries, you can find the appropriate contact on this page.
- Visit seiu1199nwcovidresponse.org for the latest updates, information and news about our union’s response to the outbreak.
- As a union, we stand up to any form of discrimination in our contracts, and we are standing up against it in our workplaces and in our communities. If you feel that you have been subject to discrimination because of COVID-19, our legal department wants to know so we can fight back together. Submit your story by filling out an incident report here.
- Stay in touch by following us on social media!