With over 47,000 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: 47,000 Number of Delegates: 482 Number of Facilities: 87
Mo Mohamoud is a 22 year old home care worker and 1199SEIU member from New Bedford, MA. He recently joined other workers and progressives from across the country at Netroots Nation in Detroit, a convention that focuses on strengthening communities, inspiring action, and serving as an incubator for ideas that challenge the status quo in the public sphere. Netroots is about learning and creating change.
Earlier this month, the Legislature’s conference committee released their final version of this upcoming year’s Fiscal Year 2015 state budget. The final budget was then approved by both the House and Senate, and then signed by the Governor late last week.
Nearly ninety caregivers at the Zenith Lexington Nursing Home voted unanimously to strike following the slash and burn takeover of a local nursing home by an out-of-state company, which has resulted in massive pay and healthcare cuts. Caregivers were out on the picket line for 24 hours, starting at 7am Monday morning. More than two hundred community members, politicians, and activists joined the striking workers for a rally at the picket line Monday night.