Every day, the nearly 450,000 healthcare workers of 1199SEIU stand united to secure quality care and good jobs for all. The members of 1199SEIU work in settings, including home care, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics. Our members work in service, maintenance, technical, professional and nursing jobs. Our union is dedicated to the ideals that make it possible for every working person to create the life they envision for themselves and their family. We are continually mobilizing to call attention to and fight against every form of injustice. Through our Political Action Contributions (PAC), 1199SEIU fights for the needs of our communities by helping to elect working-family-friendly candidates and craft worker-friendly legislation and policy. Working people continue to face many challenges. Join us as we make our voices heard!
On the evening of Thursday, April 19th, NYU Langone workers from NYU Tisch, NYU Langone-Brooklyn and the Hospital of Joint Diseases hosted a community forum to address their concerns about the hospital giant’s divisive behavior and the potential impact this could have on stable middle-class jobs and quality care for New Yorkers. New York State Assembly Member and Chair of the Health Committee Richard Gottfried attended the forum, and gave a rousing speech of support.
In 2016, the medical assistants and lab technologists who care for students at Columbia University’s student health clinic voted to join 1199SEIU; a move that made particular sense since 1199 has represented hundreds of workers at Columbia for decades. The eight women, who work to provide the best quality of care to students, had hoped for a relatively seamless process in securing a fair contract so that they could better provide for themselves and their families. Their 1199 colleagues already had a contract, and they proposed that Columbia simply fold them into this preexisting agreement.
Homecare and healthcare workers have dedicated their lives to providing quality care, but too many caregivers are trapped in poverty.
1199SEIU has been at the forefront of reporting and activism on the destructive effects of one of humanity’s greatest challenges — the ravages of climate change. We have long worked with environmental organizations such as Riverkeeper, a New York State organization that protects the Hudson River from contamination.