Care providers all across Oregon are struggling to make basic ends meet while doing some of the most important work there is: caring for vulnerable members of our community.
People who spend every day caring for others shouldn’t have to worry about paying rent and putting food on the table. It’s time we make sure that care provider jobs are good jobs.
Oregon Cares is a project of SEIU Local 503 to unite care providers throughout the state to stand up for quality care and quality jobs. We’re taking action together to hold employers accountable and support economic policies that give all of us a fair shot.
Over 20,000 care providers are already part of SEIU Local 503 and have won major improvements of wages and benefits together.
"I am fighting for $15 because this is more than just a job. We are so important to our supported individuals. So often their families never visit and they are just like you and me, they want love. With better pay for workers, turnover would decrease and provide better stability for our supported individuals." Kyle, Support Service worker
"I am Fighting for $15 because as a single mother making $10.50 an hour, I struggle to pay the bills. I work over time to try and keep up and rarely see my children. My job is so important I love caring for my clients. Even while struggling with low wages I refuse to make my self part of the high turnover our clients see. If I made $15 I could afford to spend more time with my children and not struggle so much to pay the bills." Michelle, Homecare worker
"I am fighting for $15 because I feel that care providers are not recognized for the work we do. The pay we receive in just 9.75 hr and we are certified to administer medications and other training and $15 a hr would show that we are recognized for the work we do." Courtney, Homecare worker
"I'm fighting for $15 because We are dedicated hard workers and this is very physical and emotional work all caregivers deserve at least $15 an hour." Christine, Homecare worker
“I'm fighting for $15 because it would help with my housing costs. Also, the more of us that get together, the better our ideas will be and the more strength we will have to get things done for ourselves and for our clients.” Darlene, Homecare Worker
“Every time I go to a senior home and see their smiles and how happy they are to be home because I am able to help them stay in their homes, it’s a blessing.”
Lana Aragon, Homecare Worker