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

 

 

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PCA_Bargaining_15Hour_Victory_feat.jpgTears of joy streaked the faces of cheering home care workers assembled in their Dorchester union hall on Thursday afternoon as a decades-long struggle for recognition and a living wage culminated in a historic moment of celebration.

Tobey Hospital workers and healthcare advocates picketed outside the hospital on Friday to protest a series of Southcoast Health System financial decisions that are threatening local hospital employees.

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Medical Resources Home Health Corp. has been a long-time purveyor of poverty wages, paying homecare workers on average $10-$12 per hour while funneling profits to its New York based ownership group.

On Friday, May 29th at 3PM, the homecare workers, community allies and local elected officials delivered a letter to Medical Resources' Boylston Street Boston office asking management to stop using taxpayer money to fund an anti-union campaign, and instead invest its money into senior care and the hard work that their employees do.

The members at Metrowest Medical Center in Framingham voted overwhelming on May 14th (40 yes, 1 no) to ratify a new 3 year contract, which included a raise to $15 an hour to all members who have been at the medical center for ten years by 2016.

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