Oregon Home Care Commission Creation, Ballot Measure 99 (2000)
This measure passed at the November 2000 General Election.
Ballot Measure 99 directs the commission, in its performance of its duties, to first consider the effect of its activities and decisions on improving the quality of service and ensuring that adequate hours of service are provided to clients. The duties of the commission would include but not be limited to providing routine, emergency and respite referrals of qualified home care workers; providing training opportunities for home care workers and their clients; establishing qualifications for home care workers; establishing and maintaining a registry of home care workers; and cooperating with area agencies on aging and disability services and other local agencies to provide these services.
The commission would have authority to contract, lease, acquire, hold, own, encumber, sell, insure, replace, deal in and with and dispose of real and personal property.
Employees of the commission would not be employees of the State of Oregon for any purpose. The state, however, would be responsible for paying the unemployment insurance payments for home care workers.
The commission would be the employer of record of home care workers for collective bargaining purposes. Home care workers would have the right to form, join and participate in the activities of labor organizations of their own choosing for the purpose of representation and collective bargaining with the commission on matters concerning employment relations. Home care workers would have public employees' collective bargaining rights, with mediation and interest arbitration as the method of concluding the collective bargaining process. Home care workers would be prohibited from striking. 
Amends Constitution: Creates Commission Ensuring Quality Home Care Services For Elderly, Disabled
Ellie Sauers and Eugene Organ
Supporters of the measure believed the passage of the initiative would ensure better care for those who need in-home care by establishing higher standards and professional training for the health care workers, and by giving them much needed protections such as minimum wage and worker's compensation.
Supporters argued that it is better for patients to be able to stay in their own home, especially people with diseases such as Alzheimers, and the measure would make that more feasible.
Some of those in favor of the measure were:
- Oregon Public Employees Union, SEIU
- Older Women's League, Portland Chapter
- Advocate for Elderly
- Oregon Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals
- Alzheimer's Association
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