Posts made in June, 2011

OREGONIAN REPORT: Senator Richard Devlin Accused of Trying to Silence Criticism of Union Drive

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in House Bill 3618 | 0 comments

From  The Oregonian’s Jeff Mapes: SALEM — At the behest of Service Employees International Union, Oregon Senate budget chief Richard Devlin  sought to stifle criticism of an organizing drive that added more than 7,700 workers to the union’s membership and turned it into the largest in the state. During a drive to organize workers who help care for developmentally disabled Oregonians, Tualatin Democrat wrote a letter to officials who help employ the workers, warning them not to say anything even “mildly” critical of unionization. He also suggested that a successful union drive would help boost legislative support for services for Oregonians with developmental...

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OSSA Position on Budget Cuts

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in Budget Cuts, Positions | 0 comments

The Oregon Support Services Association (OSSA) opposes all cuts to DD services and supports all bills that preserve DD services. Position Statement: If additional funds are available to “buy back” services eliminated in the Governors’ proposed budget, the OSSA advocates that additional funds be spread among all DD services.  If funds are returned to the Support Services system, we advocate the following priorities within that system as follows: Restore the 10% reduction to Personal Agent Services Restore services to non waivered individuals Restore services to 18-21 year olds Restore Administrative reductions Restore Quality Assurance...

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SEIU Gets Personal Support Workers Vote – Includes Domestic Employees and Independent Contractors

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in House Bill 3618 | 0 comments

Last week, the vote for SEIU’s unionization of Personal Support Workers was held. Final tally per the Employment Relations Board is 1,873 to 772. This means that Personal Support Workers are now set to be represented by SEIU and arbitration is expected to begin shortly. A Personal Support Worker is defined in House Bill 3618. The majority of domestic employees and independent contractors working with brokerage customers will be affected. Of a potential voting population of 9,000, just 30% voted. The union won the majority of votes cast. Those affected include the majority of domestic employees and independent contractors performing services listed in House Bill 3618....

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