With over 52,000 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: 52,000 Number of Delegates: 482 Number of Facilities: 87
Healthcare workers are ramping up their criticisms of Partner HealthCare for closing the only hospital in the wealthy system’s network that directly serves a low-income community. A new radio advertisement by the largest healthcare union in Massachusetts, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, warns that “the Partners scheme to make Lynn the largest city in our state without an emergency room is dangerous.”
On Tuesday, September 22nd, local healthcare workers and members of 1199SEIU came to the Massachusetts State House for a hearing to speak out in favor of new bill to protect community hospitals. At the same time, 1199ers are launching a drive to collect signatures for a ballot initiative that takes similar steps to protect healthcare in our communities. This legislation and ballot initiative would rein in expensive hospitals and provide a boost to local community hospitals. The measures would save the state an estimated $267 million in reduced healthcare spending.
Inspired by 35,000 Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) who in mid-June won a historic $15 an hour wage, (See story on page 8.) a group of 236 impoverished private home care agency workers at Boston’s Medical Resources Home Health Corp. took on the boss. And on June 30, undeterred by a vicious, illegal anti-union campaign, they voted to unionize.
Find out more about the PCA Workforce Council and the PCA program at mass.gov/pca/
If you are looking for additional PCA hours, check out the Rewarding Work directory. Add your name to the directory so a consumer looking for a PCA can contact you. Go to masspcadirectory.org for more information.