With over 49,000 members in Massachusetts delivering quality care in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation facilities, clinics, and at home, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the fastest-growing union in the Bay State.
Number of Members: 49,000 Number of Delegates: 482 Number of Facilities: 87
Last Thursday, January 15th – as part of a National Day of Action to stand up for airport workers on the late Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday – 1199ers joined ReadyJet employees at Logan Airport’s Chapel to stand for respect and dignity in the workplace.
The AFRAM caucus hosted a number of events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Bay State last week. 1199ers took part in the annual MLK Jr. Day Breakfast at the Boston International Convention Center, volunteered at the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club, and attending a screening of the movie Selma.
As of January 1st, 2015, 280,000 workers in Massachusetts currently making the state’s $8 minimum wage – including many in the healthcare industry who are not yet a part of 1199SEIU – will get a raise to $9 an hour. This is the first of three annual $1 increases, leading up to a wage of $11 an hour in 2017 – which will be the highest minimum wage in the country.