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
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.
Throughout the histories of the labor and progressive movements, 1199SEIU is lauded as a highly disciplined army of activists for justice and equality. Its officers are praised for their leadership and vision.
Massachusetts has made history. Again. The state that sparked the American Revolution, and more recently, paved the way for The Affordable Care Act and Marriage Equality was in June the site of another big win for the people. On June 26, some 35,000 Massachusetts Personal Care Attemdamts (PCAs) chalked up a major victory in the Fight For $15 campaign and became the nation’s first homecare workers to win a starting wage of $15 an hour.
170 health care workers at Nashoba Valley Medical Center who voted to form a union with 1199SEIU in January 2015 are slated to receive a pay increase and other benefit enhancements as part of a new union contract agreement reached with Steward Health Care.