FAQs

Health Insurance

Health insurance varies by the labor agreement you are covered under. For specific questions, contact your company’s HR Dept or our union’s Member Resource Center at 206-448-7348.

When do I become eligible for health insurance?

For Janitors covered under the King County Master Agreement: you and your family members can be covered under health insurance after you’ve worked 1040 hours, or about 6 months full time. You must sign up for coverage to begin with your employer. Premiums are 100% employer-paid; members are responsible for copays and coinsurance.

For all other SEIU6 members: contact your company’s HR Dept to learn about your medical benefits.

How do I apply for health insurance?

For Janitors covered under the King County Master Agreement: once you’ve worked 1040 hours, you’ll need to fill out the healthcare enrollment form for you and your family members. You can download the form here, request one from your company’s HR or call our union to have one mailed to you: 206-448-7348

For all other SEIU6 members: contact your company’s HR Dept to learn about your medical benefits.

When will I get my cards in the mail?

For Janitors covered under the King County Master Agreement: once you’ve worked 1040 hours and have filled out the healthcare enrollment forms, be sure to send them to Northwest Administrators. You can do this through our union by calling 206-448-7348, through your company’s HR or by mailing your forms directly to Northwest Administrators: 

Northwest Administrators
2323 Eastlake Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

Once Northwest Administrators has received your forms, you can expect your cards in the mail in a few weeks. 

For all other SEIU6 members: contact your company’s HR Dept to learn about your medical benefits.

When is my next raise? How much will it be?

For specifics on raises for the specific industries please contact the MRC and they can give you that information as well as provide you with a copy of your contract.

Sick Pay

Thanks to workers like SEIU6 members who organized for paid sick leave, all workers in Washington earn sick pay. Sick pay accrues at a rate of 1 hour for every 40 hours worked and can be used to take care of oneself or a family member, to visit the doctor or take a family member to the doctor, or to seek safety from domestic abuse. Most companies require 4 hours’ notice for calling out sick to qualify for paid sick time.

Rules around the cash-out of sick pay at the end of the year may vary according to your collective bargaining agreement. Check your CBA or call our Member Resource Center at 206-448-7348 for more details based on your industry and worksite.

I need to take time off to have a baby/care for a sick family member/undergo a medical procedure. Do I qualify for paid time off?

Paid Family and Medical Leave, or PFMLA, is a benefit available to Washington workers who have worked 820 hours in the state over the past year. Click here to learn more and see if you qualify: https://paidleave.wa.gov/ Or call: 833-717-2273

I’m planning for retirement. How much pension can I expect?

Janitors covered under the King County Master Agreement earn a pension that they may collect upon retirement. To get an update on your pension, call Northwest Administrators at 206-329-4900.

For all other SEIU6 members, contact your company’s HR Dept to learn more about your retirement benefits.

I’m looking for a new job in janitorial, security or at the airport, and I want to make sure it’ll be union. Which companies should I apply to?

Click here for a list of Responsible Contractors in our area that have work covered under SEIU6 union contracts. https://seiu6.org/responsible-contractors/

Something is wrong in my paycheck. What should I do?

If you find an error in your paycheck, contact your company’s HR Dept as a first step. If HR is unresponsive or if you disagree with their solution, contact our Member Resource Center at 206-448-7348.

How do I reach my organizer?

Call our Member Resource Center at 206-448-7348 to be connected to your organizer. You can request a one-on-one meeting with your organizer or arrange a workplace visit for you and your coworkers.

What do I do if I get fired, written up or face disciplinary action?

Call our Member Resource Center immediately at 206-448-7348. Leave a message if it is after hours. Time is critical as each CBA has guidelines for how long you have to file a grievance. Check your CBA to learn more about your grievance timeline.

My employer is discriminating against me. What should I do?

Workplace discrimination is illegal and SEIU6 members do not have to face it alone. If you feel you are being discriminated against due to race, gender, religion, disability, age, pregnancy status, nationality or in retaliation for speaking up, call our union at 206-448-7348 to determine next steps.

I’m facing sexual harassment at work. What should I do?

All workers deserve a safe workplace free from sexual harassment. If someone has physically hurt you, call the police. If you are facing sexual harassment, call our union immediately at 206-448-7348. Sexual harassment includes unwanted behavior focused on sex or gender and can include unwanted conversation, texting, phone calls, threats or requests for sexual favors. SEIU6 members do not have to face this alone.

I have an abusive supervisor. What should I do?

Abusive supervisors create hostile work environments. If you or your coworkers are dealing with an abusive supervisor, contact our Member Resource Center to determine next steps at 206-448-7348

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