Our Movement


Bringing back good jobs. Improving patient care.

We are caregivers from across Oregon, joining together to get a seat at the table and stand up for: 

  • A fair wage for all healthcare employees
  • Affordable healthcare benefits for ourselves and our families
  • Quality care and safe working conditions with adequate staffing and training

Our movement includes people from throughout the healthcare system. We are:

  • Certified nurse assistants
  • Cooks
  • Environmental services attendants
  • Medical assistants
  • Patient access representatives
  • Pharmacy techs
  • Phlebotomists
  • Radiologic technologists
  • Surgical support assistants
  • …and more!

It’s time for everyone who works in healthcare to have a voice.


The People Driving Change

As our movement grows, we’re already making a real difference for thousands of caregivers and our families, winning higher wages and affordable benefits by raising our voices together.

Here are stories from employees seeing results.


“I started working in healthcare because I care about people. We work hard here, but we were still taken to collections and still had our wages garnished because we couldn’t afford our healthcare bills. Now that I’m part of a union, we have a seat at the bargaining table. We stood up to say ‘enough is enough,’ and now we have healthcare we can afford.”

—Pamela, Housekeeper, Legacy Emanuel


“With the new contract, I got a 21% increase in my wages. Before, we were getting paid so much less than we deserved. But now, my coworkers and I feel like we’re part of the game. We’re listened to, and management takes us seriously because we’re so many people working together. It’s made a huge difference in my life. When my furnace at home went downhill, we were able to pay cash to get it repaired. I’m not having to put things on a credit card like before.”

—Lorie, Environmental Services, Peacehealth Sacred Heart

We Care is a project of SEIU Local 49.


You have the power to achieve good jobs and better standards of care.

Join us!