1199SEIU New York City

310 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
(212) 582-1890

Contact 1199SEIU NYC/Long Island

1199 began as New York City pharmacists’ Union in 1932 and New York City remains, to this day, the primary base of the organization. In 1959, the largely male, Jewish drugstore Union began to transform itself by launching drives to organize the city’s voluntary, not-for profit hospitals and their primarily female, African-American and Latino workers.

Number of Members: 200,000
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Everyday, 1199SEIU members are continuing to build on our historic growth in New York by uniting and organizing healthcare and home care workers across the state.


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basilpaterson_scholarship_feat.jpgThe Basil Paterson Scholarship Program & 1199SEIU’s Homecare Education Fund held their Fourth Annual Basil Paterson Scholarship Fundraiser on April 27 at 1199SEIU’s Cherkasky/Davis Conference Center in New York City. The Paterson Scholarship Fund, a labor/management initiative, was established in 2013 in honor of the late Basil Paterson, the Union’s longtime and beloved friend and attorney who dedicated his life to organized labor, civil rights and social justice.

Harlem United Joins 11991199SEIU is proud to welcome the dedicated employees of Harlem United to the 1199 family. The Harlem United workers voted overwhelmingly to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. By providing compassionate care to underserved people in Harlem living with HIV/AIDS, the workers at Harlem United embody the progressive spirit of the 1199 local.

For his past 28 years with 1199SEIU, Bruce Richard has had many titles—Organizer, Vice President and, since 2001, Executive Vice President—as he has directed other union officers and staff in representing tens of thousands of our members.

ff15_win_feat.jpgMembers of 1199 have been fighting hard for the $15 minimum wage, and last week in New York we had an historic victory. We are now on the path to a $15 minimum wage for all working people across the state!

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