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Novel coronavirus COVID-19


COVID-19 Member Hotline

If you are a member of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and want 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:

(866) 977-0247

 

For all other queries, you can find the appropriate contact on this page.

As a union of healthcare workers, we respect and care for people of all nationalities and ethnicities and realize that screening for the coronavirus must be based upon an individual’s likely exposure to the virus — not their language or skin color. We will support and encourage respectful treatment of all patients and team members during this challenging period. SEIU will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide additional materials to help members protect themselves and their communities.


Updates

Sunday, March 22

SEIU 1199NW Healthcare, WSNA and UFCW 21 entered into an agreement with MultiCare Health System regarding guarantees to wages and benefits for healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Thursday, March 19

Washington State Nurses Association, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and UFCW 21 support Gov. Inslee’s emergency actions to protect health care workers and the public.

APPEAL FOR N95s

Health care workers need safety equipment to protect ourselves on the front lines of the COVID19 outbreak. It’s time to get this equipment into our hands. It is imperative that the federal government keep health care workers safe during this pandemic. With health care workers already re-using facemasks, sharing equipment, and running out of gowns and gloves – we need help NOW. Tell lawmakers: The federal government must release supplies from the National Strategic Stockpile of protective equipment immediately, giving priority to epicenters like Washington state.

CALLING FOR DONATIONS OF PPE

Our union is joining UFCW 21, Washington State Nurses Association and the Washington Sate Council of Fire Fighters in calling for donations of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak. Find out how to donate your unused masks and safety equipment at suppliessaveliveswa.org

Tuesday, March 17

The Training Fund will be closed from March 16-31 as a precautionary measure. More information here.

Sunday, March 15

SEIU 1199NW, UFCW 21 and WSNA entered into agreement with CHI Franciscan regarding worker safety and compensation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Friday, March 13

SEIU has developed guiding principles and current federal demands for the COVID-19 pandemic: investing in workers and ensuring guardrails on corporate relief, protecting frontline workers and communities, healthcare access for all, protecting the health and safety of all people no matter the color of their skin or where they were born, and protecting our democracy. We will join other SEIU locals in using these principles to guide our conversations with elected representatives at all levels of government. You can read them in full here.

Tuesday, March 10

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, the Washington State Nurses Association and UFCW 21 have released a joint statement on personal protections for healthcare workers. The three hospital and clinic unions call on health care employers and federal and local public health agencies  to ensure all caregivers have access to the highest level of PPE available so we can continue to provide the high-quality health care our communities require. You can read the entire statement on this page.

Monday, March 2

  • We will submit information requests to administrators at every facility to verify that all workers have the tools we need to be safe — such as PPE and training — and to ensure internal quarantine guidelines adhere to CDC and DOH guidelines.
  • We will demand to bargain over paid time for time spent in quarantine or sick due to COVID-19. We maintain that employers should provide paid leave for workers affected so they can recover without using accrued PTO, sick leave or vacation hours.
  • The proposal vote at Valley Medical Center in Renton (scheduled for Tuesday, March 3) has been POSTPONED. We’ll be sending information soon about remote membership meetings, our priorities and next steps.
  • We will be scheduling a union-wide online town hall later this week. Member leaders and public officials will be available live to answer questions, share updates and address our concerns as we prepare to face the outbreak. Details will be shared via email as soon as possible.

Fact Sheet

SEIU has prepared a fact sheet for healthcare workers that addresses:

  • What is known about COVID-19, including symptoms and transmission
  • Protections for workers
  • What employers should do to prepare
  • Updates, resources and additional information

Fact Sheet in more languages:

Spanish Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers

English Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers

Vietnamese Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers

Korean Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers

Russian Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers

Hmong Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers

Chinese Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers


Washington Resources

 

Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Visit the department’s COVID-19 information page to learn about:

  • Federal Quarantine Guidance
  • Local Health Jurisdiction and Healthcare Provider Resources
  • School Resources
  • Workplace and Employer Recommendations
  • Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet – Available in 11 languages
  • Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Washington (updated daily)
  • Frequently asked questions

 

Washington State Labor Council

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions are working together to protect all who live in Washington state amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. They have compiled important resources for Washington workers impacted by this outbreak and its negative economic impacts: