Caucus

What is a caucus?

A caucus is a group of people with shared concerns within a political party, union or other large organization. In our union, groups have used caucuses and committees as platforms for member education and development. You can have a voice, take a stand and build lasting connections that will impact the union and your community.

Who can join a caucus?

Caucus memberships are generally open to all 1199 members and staff but individual caucuses may set additional membership criteria.

Why join a caucus?

Caucuses are important platforms for union members to celebrate culture, address issues that affect our communities and build lasting bonds that strengthen our union overall. Caucuses can serve as an entry point for taking full advantage of all that union membership has to offer. You will find additional opportunities to exercise your voice and develop as a leader. Caucuses provide avenues for advocacy on social injustice impacting your community and allow you to make meaningful connections within 1199 and beyond.

The 1199SEIU Caucus Member Engagement Program works to build and strengthen the following SEIU Caucuses:

AFRICAN AMERICAN CAUCUS (AFRAM)

Uniting SEIU members and staff of African descent to increase education, mentorship, leadership development and networking as well as promote social, economic and political justice within our union, our workplaces, our communities, and our nation.


ASIAN-PACIFIC ISLANDER CAUCUS

Uniting Asian‑Pacific Islander SEIU & 1199 members to strengthen our communities and pave the way for future generations.


GREEN JUSTICE CAUCUS

A new initiative to create an 1199 environmental justice caucus that connects labor and environmental advocates, educate our members about the importance of environmental advocacy and pushes for a healthy, green economy with living-wage jobs.


HAITIAN CAUCUS

Uniting union members within SEIU & 1199 for political, educational and advocacy work on issues impacting the Haitian community.


INTERNATIONAL LATINO CAUCUS

Organizing, educating and developing Latino people within SEIU & 1199 to achieve power, respect and social justice for the working class.


LGBTQ CAUCUS

Creating an environment where Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/ Transgender/Queer 1199 members can have a voice within our union and the labor movement as a whole.


NATIVE AMERICAN CAUCUS

Uniting Native American SEIU & 1199 members.


PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAUCUS

Pushing for a barrier-free world and full inclusion of persons with disabilities within the workplace and the labor movement.


PURPLE GOLD/MILLENNIUM CAUCUS

Engaging, educating and empowering SEIU & 1199 workers ages 35 and under. Through educational workshops, new technologies, social events, and mentorship, we create pathways for growth and leadership.


RETIREES CAUCUS

Bringing together retired members to stay connected to the SEIU & 1199 family, fight for the continued strength of the union and support fair policies for working people.


WOMEN’S CAUCUS

Uniting, organizing and empowering working women to become leaders in SEIU & 1199 and get active in our communities.


The Caucus Program Supports Committees and Constituencies

There are many ways to become more engaged in the union and address the issues that you find most pressing.

• Caucuses are groups of members and staff within SEIU with shared concerns and identities.
• Committees are formed through 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (UHWE).
• Constituencies are coalitions that may contain members from different unions and people unaffiliated with a union.


Committees

AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMITTEE
LATINOS UNIDOS COMMITTEE
LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN
DEMOCRACY COMMITTEE
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S COMMITTEE
SOCIAL CULTURAL COMMITTEE


Constituencies

COALITION OF BLACK TRADE UNIONISTS (CBTU)
A. PHILIP RANDOLPH INSTITUTE
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP)
LABOR COUNCIL FOR LATIN AMERICAN ADVANCEMENT (LCLAA)
ASIAN-PACIFIC AMERICAN LABOR ALLIANCE (APALA)
COALITION OF LABOR UNION WOMEN (CLUW)
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL


Check out the latest stories from our 1199SEIU Caucuses!



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On June 4th, our Political Organizer Coy Jones was a featured speaker on the "Bold Black Women's Voices" roundtable hosted by the Florida…
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Feb 21, 2014
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Feb 21, 2014
On February 16, Ina J. Ferguson received the ?The Best of Buffalo: Public Policy Award? during the Black, Puerto Rican & Asian legislati...
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Oct 21, 2013
Danielle Gates-White has been a Patient Financial Clearance Rep at Kaleida Health for over 15 years. During that time, Danielle has been...
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Jun 21, 2012
Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), visited 1199?s Manhattan headquarters June 16 for an aft...
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The 1199SEIU New Jersey Division was formed out of the merger of the former SEIU Local 1199 NJ with 1199SEIU in October 2008. The New Je...
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It's become a union tradition and a rite of passage for emerging young leaders in Maryland: The Purple Gold Night Out in Annapolis. Each...
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