SEIU Local 49

‘¿Justicia para los janitors? Sí señor!’

Union janitors with SEIU Local 49 are protesting a decision at the Brewery Blocks to hire a non-union janitorial firm.

Strike Stories

2023 was the biggest strike year in decades. We asked readers who struck last year to tell what it was like.

The biggest health care strike in U.S. history

75,000 workers struck Kaiser Permanente for 3 days. Now a 4-year agreement brokered by the U.S. Secretary of Labor provides 21% raises.

Biggest ever Kaiser strike starts with pharmacy workers

Northwest pharmacists walked out Oct. 1, and 75,000 other Kaiser workers in five states began their own strike Oct. 4.

Pickets back up at Kaiser Permanente

SEIU Local 49 picketed three hospitals July 24-28 to protest unsafe staffing and draw attention to difficulty getting a new union contract.

Airport wheelchair attendants for United added to union

As of last month, every wheelchair attendant at Portland International Airport belongs to a union — SEIU Local 49.

At Portland airport, sitting for the right to sit

Airport contractor Bags Inc. orders wheelchair attendants to remain standing when not assisting passengers.

Workers petition for a prayer room at the Portland airport

The Port of Portland is exploring the possibility of dedicating a temporary space for prayer at the airport in time for Ramadan.

PDX tells service contractors to increase PTO

More than 1,000 service workers at Portland International Airport will get a bump in their paid time off accrual this summer.

SEIU Local 49 celebrates 100 years

The union's history began in Portland's performance venues in 1922, when theater and dance hall janitors decided to improve their working conditions.

Oregon Coast hospital workers ratify contract

A group of 115 workers at Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City have a new three-year contract.

Providence Medford hospital techs want union

A group of 118 technical employees at Providence medical facilities in southern Oregon is petitioning to join SEIU Local 49.

After two strikes, Springfield hospital workers approve contract

The deal means over 22% raises over three years on average for roughly 300 support workers at one of only two for-profit hospitals in Oregon.

Strike at Springfield hospital

Over 300 workers held a 5-day strike at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital to protest outsourcing of laundry, food service and housekeeping.

Daimler Machinists: $4 raise plus essential worker bonus

Four unions at the Portland truck plant ratified new five-year agreements that raise wages $4, and hold the line on health insurance costs.

Frontline healthcare workers strike McKenzie-Willamette

Members of Service Employees Local 49 are fighting for wage increases, improved job safety, and to stop the hospital from outsourcing jobs.

SEIU Local 49 ratifies new master janitorial agreement

About 1,800 janitors will see wages rise $2.25 an hour over the next three years, reaching $18 an hour in year three.

As strike neared, Legacy Health Systems settled with SEIU Local 49

1,100 hospital workers at Legacy Emanuel and Good Samaritan were set to walk out July 15; instead they ratified a five-year contract.

Providence Milwaukie signs first union contract

Providence Health System fought against the union of housekeepers and CNAs at every stage in their three-year campaign to win improvements.

Leadership change at Portland Jobs with Justice

Will Layng is leaving as executive director to return to SEIU, where he formerly worked as organizing director at Local 49.