On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, dozens of 1199SEIU members headed to Albany to rally with some 200 New York City tenants to push for vital rent reforms that would restore some housing protections and make the city more affordable. They were joined by many of their Union brothers and sisters who were in the Capital for the annual Black and Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative Caucus weekend.
Devery Reid-Holmes, a patient care tech at Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital, used her tax refund last year for a down payment on her new home. Her federal and state refunds totaled more than $10,000 thanks to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) a program for low-and-moderateincome workers.
The 560-bed University of Miami Hospital (UMH) is the South Florida region’s first university-owned, multispecialty acute care hospital. 1199SEIU represents 1,800 workers at the institution, which has been organized since 2003, when it was Cedars Medical Center. 1199ers at UMH work in a broad range of capacities—as nurses, clerical workers and maintenance technicians, just to name a few. They serve a diverse and growing area population. 1199SEIU members come to work each day with a common goal: to be the best caregivers for all South Florida residents.
Caregivers at Sinai Hospital held a candlelight demonstration on February 11, 2015, to call for a fair contract and to protest the hospital’s latest proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs for medical expenses. Joined by community activists and allies, dozens of workers gathered near the hospital on Greenspring Avenue, holding tea light candles and chanting “We need affordable healthcare!”