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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FF15_roundup_feat.jpgIn a national day of action marked by events in some 200 cities across the country, working people from every labor sector - fast food, academia, hotels and hospitality, child care, homecare, retail and scores of others - rallied, marched, and demonstrated to make heard the growing demand heard for a fair, livable wage of $15 and hour and the right to join a union. Among them were thousands of 1199SEIU members who participated in actions uniowide.

march2justice_launch2_feat.jpgMembers of The Justice League NYC – accompanied by a group of dedicated supporters, which included 1199SEIU Pres. George Gresham and several other Union officers - set off Monday on their March2Juctice, a 250-mile walk to Washington, DC to raise awareness about the plague of police violence in America’s Black communities, the increasing militarization of law enforcement, and the inequity juvenile justice system.

1199SEIU Pres. George Gresham is an honorary co-chair and the Union and its members will lend support throughout the marcher’s journey.

hank5-100x100.jpgAs the New York legislature rushed to meet its deadline for passing the state budget, hundreds of millions of dollars for distressed hospitals in underserved communities were at risk. But an intensive campaign by 1199ers from upstate and Hudson Valley communities to central Brooklyn and Queens in New York City helped convince the legislature to include in the budget some $285 million for some 28 hospitals in danger of closing.

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