An article in the March 10th edition of the Seattle Times noted that the Service Employees International Union had “hit a wall – or at least a speed bump” in the Oregon legislature. Democratic leaders in the Senate pulled the plug on a bill that would have extended collective bargaining rights to 12,000 day care center workers.
In the past six year, unions, let by the SEIU, have added 65,000 members by pushing collective bargaining legislation. Under these new laws, the SEIU has organized more than 40,000 state paid home care and child care workers.
Home care has captured the attention of the SEIU and other unions. We can expect to see more organizing attempts for our industry’s workers. What do you see happening out there? Are there any attempts in your state or community to bring home care workers into unions?
Give us your comments below or send us an email when you see union organizing of home care workers.