Kaiser Strike Resource Guide

Going on Strike

Workers do not get paid for days they are on strike. As such, standing up for your rights and livelihood by joining a picket line can be a financial challenge. This guide is intended to provide striking Kaiser SEIU Local 105 members with information that can assist them as they fight for their rights. 

SEIU 105 Emergency Relief Fund for potential Kaiser Strike:

To further support our Kaiser members and by a unanimous vote, the SEIU 105 Executive Board members has established a strike relief fund, to be able to disperse funds to some Kaiser bargaining unit members to assist those for whom striking could cause very serious consequences. We will seek donations to this fund from other unions, organizations, and individuals. To help kick off the fund, our member-driven executive board has contributed $128,000. In order to be able to support as many members as possible who face serious financial need, no disbursement will be larger than $300, and may be of a lesser amount – it will depend on individuals’ needs as well as how many members are in need collectively and how many additional donations are made. 

The fund is intended to help with very serious financial situations caused by honoring the strike, including the shutting off of utilities, inability to purchase groceries for the member and/or immediate family in their care, or other situations of similar gravity. Members must also participate in all strike-related picketing or other activities (i.e. rallies) during the strike to be eligible.

An application for the Strike Relief Fund will be available and accepted by the member committee starting two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled strike and will continue to be accepted up to 5 pm on the last Friday one (1) week after the end of the strike.  Since it is necessary to make a determination of need—and do an overall assessment of the collective need–before we can disperse any funds, please complete this application fully. A committee of both healthcare and property service members will review each application and determine all disbursements.  Their determination is final.

Due to the necessity of a review process for the funds, however, members should be aware that no approval of payments will be made until after the full review period is complete, with a period of at least one (1) week to process payments, so that funds may not be available to members for 10-14 days after the end of the strike. 

Food Banks and Pantries

The following is a list of food banks and pantries organized by municipality. The hours and activity of food banks often varies from what is posted online, so it’s a good idea to call beforehand to confirm they are open and to check what type of documentation they require from visitors. A more thorough list of Colorado food banks and pantries can be found at: https://www.foodpantries.org/st/colorado

Arvada

New Apostolic Church Food Pantry

  • 5290 Vance Street, Arvada, CO 80002
  • (720) 722-3663
  • Food Distribution: Wednesday 9 am to  11 am, back door of building

Rising Church Food Bank

  • 7500 West 57th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80002
  • (303) 422-1174
  • Food Distribution: Saturday and Monday 10 am to 12 pm (noon)

Abundant Life Community Church – Oasis Food Pantry 

  • 6520 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003
  • (303) 421-1373
  • Food Distribution: Wednesday 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, Sunday 11:45 am to 12::15 pm

Aurora

More Life Center – Colorado Community Church

  • 2220 S. Chamber Road, Aurora, CO 80014
  • (303) 783-3838
  • Food Distribution: Wednesday 9:30 am to 5 pm, First Saturday of the month 5:15 pm to 7 pm, Sunday 10 am to 12:45 pm. 

With Open Arms Community Outreach Center – Colorado Christian Fellowship

  • 10630 E. Iliff Avenue, Aurora, CO 80014
  • (303) 368-7105
  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 12 pm to 3:30 pm, Sunday 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Bring ID or proof of local residence 

Salvation Army Aurora Cares Food Pantry

  • 802 Quari Ct, Aurora, CO 80011
  • (720) 285-2025
  • Tuesday and Thursday 2 pm to 3:30 pm, Wednesday 4 pm to 6 pm. 

Brighton

Chapel Hill Food Pantry

  • 10 Chapel Hill Drive, Brighton, CO 80601
  • (720) 352-7298
  • 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month – 4 pm to 5:30 pm, Saturday 9:30 to 10 am.
  • Bring ID

 

Calvary Chapel Food Pantry

  • 103 E Bridge St, Brighton, CO 80601
  • (303) 659-1886
  • 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 1:30 am to 3 pm. 

 

Boulder

Harvest of Hope Pantry

  • 2960 Valmont Rd, Boulder, CO 80301
  • (720) 382-1971
  • Monday through Saturday 1 pm to 3 pm 

 

Broomfield 

Broomfield FISH

  • 6 Garden Center, Broomfield, CO 80020
  • (303) 465-1600
  • Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm

 

Crossroads Cares

  • 6900 West 117th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020
  • (303) 918-0075
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am to 2 pm, Thursday 5 pm to 7 pm

Centennial

Smoky Hill Vineyard Church Food Bank

  • 20050 E. Smoky Hill Rd, Centennial, CO 80015
  • (303) 690-2520
  • Saturday 8:30 am to 10:30 am, Sunday at 10251 E 1st Ave Aurora CO 80010 – 1 pm to 2:20 pm

Colorado Springs

Ecumenical Social Ministries Food Pantry

  • 201 N. Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • (719) 636-1916
  • Monday through Friday 9 am to 11:30 am and 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Care and Share Food Bank

  • 2605 Preamble Point, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
  • (719) 528-1247
  • Friday 8 am to 5 pm

Mercy’s Gate

  • 4360 Montebello Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
  • (719) 277-7470
  • Monday 4 pm to 7 pm, Wednesday 9 am to 12 pm, Thursday 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm, Friday 9 am to 12 pm
  • Zip code specific, call beforehand

High Plains Helping Hands

  • 7375 Adventure Way, Colorado Springs, CO 80923
  • (719) 495-3123
  • Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 4 pm, 3rd Saturday 10 am to 1 pm
  • Zip codes covered  include: 80923, 80808, 80828, 80830, 80831, 80832, 80833, 80835, 80864, 80106 and 80930

Commerce City

Adams County Food Distribution Food Pantry

  • Commerce City, CO 80022
  • (720) 878-3563
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 am to 1 pm
  • Proof of Adams County residency and photo ID

Denver

Food Bank of the Rockies

  • 10700 East 45th Avenue, Denver, CO 80239
  • (303) 371-9250
  • Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Call to confirm hours

Metro Caring

  • 1100 E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
  • (303) 860-7200
  • Monday through Friday 9:30 am to 3 pm, Tuesday 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Call ahead, bring ID

Crossroads of the Rockies

  • 2707 W Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80219
  • (303) 922-8772
  • Tuesday and Thursday 9 am to 11:15 am, Saturday 9 am to 9:30 am
  • ID and proof of residence

Englewood

HOPE: Helping Our People Excel

  • 3940 S Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113
  • (303) 762-7986
  • Monday 11 am to 3 pm
  • Arapahoe County Residents 

Erie

Erie Community Food Bank

  • 635 Pierce Street
  • (720) 383-4865
  • Thursday: 12 pm to 2 pm and 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, and Saturday 9 am to 11 am
  • Proof of residency in Erie

Greeley

St Vincent de Paul  Society St Peter’s Church Food Pantry

  • 915 12th Street, Greeley, CO 80631
  • (970) 352-1060
  • Monday and Thursday 1 pm to 3 pm
  • ID required

Lafayette

Sister Carmen Community Center

  • 655 Aspen Ridge Drive, Lafayette, CO 80026
  • (303) 665-4342
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 am to 11:30 am and 1 pm to 4 pm, Wednesday 1 pm to 6 pm

Lakewood

The Action Center Food Pantry 

  • 8755 W 14th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215
  • (303) 237-7704
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 am to 3:30 pm, and Thursday 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • Bring ID and proof of Jefferson County residency

Joy’s Kitchen

  • 7700 W Woodard Drive, Lakewood, CO 80227
  • (720) 577-5973
  • Monday at 1765 Kendall 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Tuesday at 1490 Zenobia 11 am to 12:30 pm, Thursday at 7700 Woodward Drive 6 pm to 8 pm, every other Saturday 12 pm to 2 pm

Littleton

Life Center Food Bank

  • 5804 S Datura St, Littleton, CO 80210
  • (303) 953-7180
  • Tuesday 5 pm to 7 pm, Wednesday 10 am to 12 pm
  • Bring ID or proof of residency, birth certificate for any children under 18

Calvary Cupboard – Calvary South Denver Church

  • 9052 W Ken Caryl Ave, Littleton, CO 80128
  • (720) 209-4812
  • Friday 10 am to 12 pm

Longmont 

OUR Center

  • 220 Collyer Street, Longmont, CO 80501
  • (303) 772-5529
  • Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm

Good News Center

  • 120 9th Ave, Longmont, CO 80501
  • (303) 678-9550
  • Wednesday 9 am to 12 pm
  • Residents of Boulder County

Loveland

Loveland Vineyard Community Church Food Pantry

  • 900 Josephine Court, Loveland, CO 80537
  • (970) 667-8668
  • Monday through Thursday 9 am to 12 pm
  • Requires registering on site

Northglenn

Immaculate Heart of Mary Stewardship Center and Food Bank

  • 11426 Pearl Street, Northglenn, CO 80233
  • (303) 452-2041
  • Bring ID, residents within 104th Ave to the South, 160th Ave to the North, I-25 to the West and Quebec St to the East

Parker

Parker Task Force Food Bank

  • 19105 Longs Way, Parker, CO 80134
  • (303) 841-3460
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 9 am to 11:30 am
  • Proof of address and ID, social security cards for each family member

Pueblo

Care and Share Food Bank – Pueblo

  • 100 Greenhorn Drive, Pueblo, CO 81004
  • (719) 296-6995
  • Monday through Thursday 8 am to 4 pm, Friday 8 am to 12 pm
  • Residents of Pueblo County

Agape Fellowship Church Food Pantry

  • 611-620 Broadway Ave, Pueblo, CO 81004
  • (710) 542-1411
  • 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the Month
  • 11 am to 12 pm
  • Residents of Pueblo County

Pueblo Cooperative Care Center

  • 326 W 8th St, Pueblo, CO 81003
  • (719) 543-7484
  • Monday through Friday 9 am to 12 pm
  • Photo ID for each adult, proof of Pueblo address

Thornton

Neighbor Outreach of Colorado

  • 9371 Wigham Street, Thornton, CO 80229
  • (720) 938-4304
  • 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 3 pm

Thornton Community Food Bank

  • 8990 York Street, Thornton, CO 80229
  • (303) 287-7268
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1 pm to 3 pm
  • Residents of Adams County with some limitations  

Westminster

Westminster United Methodist Church Food Assistance

  • 3585 W 76th Ave, Westminster, CO 80030
  • (303) 429-1569
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30 pm to 4 pm
  • Adams County residents

Advent Lutheran Church

  • 7979 Meade Street, Westminster, CO 80030
  • (303) 428-7501
  • Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 12 pm
  • Call ahead, Adams County residents

Westminster Presbyterian Church FISH Food Bank

  • 3990 W 74th Ave, Westminster, CO 80030
  • (303) 429-8508
  • Monday through Friday 3 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Westminster residents from I-25 west to Sheridan Blvd and 52nd North to 144th

Government Benefits and Community Resources

There are a wealth of government benefits and community resources available to working families. Often however, these benefits are dependent on income prior to going on strike and take time to get enrolled in. As such, if you think you may qualify, it is strongly recommended to determine eligibility and sign up for these benefits as soon as possible. The following websites are good aggregators of this information:


Colorado Peak
This website allows Colorado residents to verify their eligibility for government benefits. Since enrollment in these programs can often take time to finalize, it is recommended that you check your eligibility as soon as possible and register now for any benefits you might be entitled to. 

https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/

 

211 Colorado
United Way’s 21 Colorado is a confidential service that allows visitors to speak with a representative who helps connect them to social and community resources. 211 Colorado representatives can answer questions and provide referrals for things like rental assistance and food banks. https://unitedwaydenver.org/2-1-1/

 

Aunt Bertha
Aunt Bertha is a search engine for community benefits and services by zipcode, and is a good tool to find resources in your neighborhood. 

https://core.auntbertha.com/

 

Denver Human Services
Residents of Denver can use the Denver Human Services website to find resources and benefits that they may be eligible for.

https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-human-services/be-supported.html

 

General Assistance
Counties in Colorado often have general assistance programs to support residents, available through their Departments of Human Services. The benefits and services they offer vary widely and require calling your local County office (contact information below): 

 

Adams County Human Services

(720) 523-2000 

11860 Pecos Street, Westminster 

 

Arapahoe County Human Services

(303) 636-1130

14980 E. Alameda Dr, Aurora

 

Boulder County Housing and Human Services

(303) 441-1000

3400 North Broadway, Boulder or 

515 Coffman St, Longmont

 

Denver County Human Services

(720) 944-4347 

1200 Federal Blvd, Denver, or 

3815 Steele St, Denver, or 

4685 Peoria St, Denver

 

Douglas County Human Services

(303) 688-4825 

4400 Castleton Ct, Castle Rock

 

El Paso County Department of Human Services 

(719) 636-0000 

1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd, Colorado Springs

 

Jefferson County Human Services

(303) 271-1388 

900 Jefferson County Pkwy, Golden

 

Larimer County Human Services

(970) 498-6300 

1501 Blue Spruce Dr, Fort Collins

 

Mesa County Human Services

(970) 241-8480 

510 29-1/2 Rd, Grand Junction

 

Montezuma County Department of Social Services

(970) 564-4100 

109 West Main, Room 203, Cortez

 

Pueblo County Human Services

(719) 583-6160 

201 West 8th St, Pueblo

 

Weld County Human Services

(970) 352-1551 

315 N. 11th Ave, Greeley

 

Bills and Utilities

If you are unable to make minimum payments, contact your creditors as soon as possible, preferably before you fall behind on payments.

  • Notify creditors in writing that you are a member of SEIU Local 105, and will be on strike (see letter attached below, signed by our SEIU 105 President Ron Ruggiero, that you can bring to your bank, credit union, or other loan provider as they will often make arrangements for payments that take into account the financial circumstances of a strike); 
  • Request to arrange reduced or deferred payments;
  • If you don’t hear back within two weeks, reach out again by phone;
  • Maintain regular communication and try to at least make minimum payments; 
  • Maintain records of your contact with creditors to document any agreements made between you and your financial institution.  

 

Rent and Mortgage

Rental and mortgage assistance is generally limited and difficult to access. Few counties provide resources to those struggling to pay rent, and usually it’s contingent on applicants facing eviction. Please reach out to your county housing authority, or use the search tools above to find all available local resources. 

 

Denver County

The City and County of Denver’s Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program (TRUA) is a good resource for Denver residents struggling to pay rent or utilities. This resource is available to households that meet the income limits (earning $50,350 or less for one person, or $71,900 or less for a household of four). To access TRUA, call 3-1-1 and press 6. You will be referred to a local nonprofit that will assist you in determining your eligibility and preparing your application. 

 

Adams County

The Adams County Housing Authority has rental assistance programs and can be reached at 303-227-2075.

 

Arapahoe County 

The Arapahoe County Housing Assistance Program can connect tenants to rental assistance programs and offer referrals to community resources. For more information contact Benjamin Nichols, Housing Specialist, at 303-738-8061 or bnichols@arapahoegov.com

 

El Paso County

https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/colorado_springs_rent_assistan.html

 

Pueblo County

https://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/pueblo_county_assistance_progr.html

 

Loans

Sometimes taking out loans is necessary to cover emergency expenses. In the event that you need to take out a loan, you should avoid payday loans that charge high interest and fees. Many credit unions offer small personal loans or salary advance loans at reasonable interest rates. 

As mentioned above, attached is a letter, signed by our SEIU 105 President Ron Ruggiero, that you can bring to your bank, credit union, or other loan provider as they will often make arrangements for payments that take into account the financial circumstances of a strike.

Borrowing Against Your 401k
Another option you may have is to take out a loan against your 401k. Kaiser workers’ 401ks are managed by Vanguard, which allows workers to take out a loan (minimum of $1,000) against their retirement plan and play it back through deductions to their future paychecks. Funds are usually dispersed within 2-3 days.

Pros of borrowing against your 401k

  • Interest is paid to yourself
  • You don’t pay taxes on the loan
  • Good for emergencies

Cons to borrowing against your 401k

  • $40 application fee
  • $25 maintenance fee per year
  • Loss of potential investment income
  • If you stop working or fail to make payments the loan may become a withdrawal on which you would owe taxes and penalties
  • Interest on the loan is not tax deductible

Vanguard’s Retirement Plan Loan Calculator can help you calculate the cost of taking out a loan against your 401k:

To borrow against your 401k you can:

  • Call Vanguard at 800-523-1188 or;
  • Register and make an account on Vanguard.com
  • Go to “Manage My Money” and select “General Purpose Loans” from the loan options
    Select the terms of the loan

 

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