SEIU members are on the front lines of the coronavirus, caring for the sick, seniors and people with disabilities. We keep our communities clean, safe and healthy.

COVID-19 is preventable and treatable, but only if we ensure working people are informed and protected. Basic wellness practices like frequent handwashing and staying home if we’re sick can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

SEIU members and millions of other service and care workers across the country are on the front lines of this crisis every day, putting our health at risk to protect our families and our communities during this medical emergency. Many more working people are living in fear that emergency closures and cutbacks will leave them unable to pay their bills. We are compiling information and resources for working people here.

For more specific information about your state, industry, or employer, contact your local union.

Coronavirus Resources for SEIU Members

Coronavirus Health Resources

10 Steps to Preventing Coronavirus -Additional languages coming soon.

2020 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): A Fact Sheet for Healthcare Workers - Available in English, Spanish, French-Canadian, Hmong, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese, Armenian, Russian

Financial Resources

Other financial support services

Resources for Healthcare and Home Care Workers

Home Care Checklist - Available in English, Spanish, French
Hospital Checklist - Available in English, Spanish, French

Helpful Videos

Resources for Cleaners, Airport Workers, and Security Officers

Resources for Public Sector Workers

Why a Union Matters

The COVID-19 outbreak has shown the importance of working people having the collective power that comes when we join together in a union to hold employers accountable and fight for our families, the people we care for and provide services for, and our communities.

1199NW and other unions negotiated an agreement with a hospital system in Washington that boosts pay for workers who are floated into new units to care for the influx of infected patients, secures full benefits for workers who have to quarantine, and adds protections for workers age 60+.

SEIU Local 1021 members are demanding employers ensure safe staffing, provide paid time off, establish screening protocols, and provide personal protective equipment for all employees whose jobs require it.

SEIU 32BJ members have won additional paid leave, expedited access to unemployment insurance, and new protections against utility shut-offs and evictions.

SEIU District 1199 OH/WV/KY members are advocating for new state worker protections including enhanced hourly stipends and protections for people with underlying health conditions.

SEIU Local 221 members in the County of San Diego won access to additional paid leave which would cover parents with school-age children who must stay at home, either because of the school closures or because of the virus, or people who feel sick.

In Seattle, 1199NW demanded that Target divert local mask sales to the medical system. After working with government leaders, Target committed to getting the supplies to medical workers who need them most.

SEIU Local 503 members negotiated an agreement with one of the largest nursing home chains in the state to ensure workers have paid sick time, support for child care, and access to personal protective gear.

SEIU Local 721 members negotiated an agreement with Los Angeles County to ensure non-essential employees can telework.

SEIU Local 668 members bargained for a shift-staggering agreement to enhance the safety of caseworkers during the pandemic.

SEIU Local 503 members negotiated an agreement with the state of Oregon to provide the option of telework, protections for immune-compromised staff, and additional options for accessing paid leave.

1199UHE has mobilized its members from Florida to Massachusetts to demand that Congress provide funding, equipment, and adequate support for healthcare workers in the long. They’re using #WeAreEssential to redefine who is considered a healthcare worker. They’ve leveraged their relationships with state and local officials to ensure healthcare workers to priority access to childcare, transportation, and other supportive services.

What We’re Fighting For

There’s no excuse for working people on the front lines of a pandemic to lack healthcare, sick days, or protective equipment. Here’s what SEIU members are fighting for (and winning!) across essential industries.

Paid sick time allows people to prioritize their health and their family’s health. As this moment demonstrates, paid time off is a crucial public health necessity that prevents the spread of any illness. Far too many working people across the country do not have paid sick leave and must forfeit wages in order to take time off.

Caregivers such as nurses, hospital workers and home care workers have a dual responsibility for their patients and clients, as well as themselves and their families. Employers must ensure they are complying with prevention and/or containment best practices and that all healthcare workers are receiving training and have the proper equipment for their roles to prevent the spread of the virus and stay healthy.

School custodians who work overtime to keep learning environments safe and clean for our children need the right equipment and protective gear. Our schools must be prepared to address health emergencies like COVID-19 before they emerge.

Airport workers who sanitize restrooms, remove trash and wipe surfaces on airplanes, as well as those helping travelers move about the airport must be informed and protected.

For working families across the country, every dollar counts. Many people simply cannot afford to take unpaid sick time — without that pay, they may not be able to afford their bills or put food on the table.

In addition to paid sick days and affordable health insurance, workers must be compensated for any overtime work they perform.

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