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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Jones_feat.jpgBarbara Smith is one of the most committed and effective social justice activists whose name you do not know. She has been on the frontlines of social change through the civil rights movement as well as fighting for the liberation of working class people, women and LGBTQ communities. One of 1199’s own, the distinguished Alethia Jones, PhD, has recently published a book that documents 40 years of Barbara Smith’s groundbreaking voice and contributions to our struggles.

Sandy2yrsLater_feat.jpgIt’s been two years since Hurricane Sandy swept through New York and New Jersey. The storm wreaked the kind of havoc on the five boroughs and sections of Long Island and southern New Jersey that many residents of those areas never thought possible during their lifetimes.

ebolaConf_feat.jpg“When you have the job of taking care of a patient with a highly infectious disease, it’s scary,” Arjun Srinivasan, Associate Director for Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Programs at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, told the more than 5,000 healthcare workers who gathered at New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center Oct. 21 for an Ebola Education Session presented by the GNYHA/1199 Healthcare Education Project and the Partnership for Quality Care.

1199SEIU President George Gresham joined Julian Bond, US Senator Kay Hagan and the Riverside Church’s Rev. James Forbes as featured speakers before the convention of the North Carolina NAACP in Fayetteville, NC on October 9-11.

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