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1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

The Largest Healthcare Union in the Nation

Our mission is to advocate for quality care and good job for all

Every day, the members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East save lives, deliver babies, heal the sick and care for seniors and people with disabilities. We work on the frontlines in hospitals, nursing homes, homecare, clinics, pharmacies and all other areas of the healthcare industry. We are nurses, nurse aides, techs, lab workers, clerks, housekeepers, dietary workers, transporters, pharmacists, social workers and many other types of medical professionals.

With over 400,000 members throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Florida, we are the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in the nation.

Since our founding in 1932, our mission has been to stand up for quality healthcare, good jobs and social justice for all. This led Martin Luther King to call 1199 his “favorite union” and “the authentic conscience of the labor movement." We have won some of the highest job standards for healthcare workers in the country, including fair wages, good benefits, safe staffing, low-cost continuing education, paid time off, childcare, secure retirement, respect and a real voice at work. Our members are highly politically engaged and active, so we have the strongest voice in government to advocate for our patients, families and communities.

We are affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) which has over 2 million members and is the largest labor union in North America.