This year marks the 60th anniversary of 1199’s emergence as New York’s major healthcare union. The saga began with a resounding Dec. 30, 1958, victory of a 5,000-member pharmacy Union at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. But it was in 1959 when the workers won their first contract and 1199 undertook the daunting task of organizing 3,500 maintenance and service workers at seven private, nonprofit hospitals. Read More
When we fight, we win! The 2019 Leadership Conference convened Friday, April 12 and ran through Sunday, April 14th in Linthicum, MD, with over 350 members standing strong in attendance. The New York delegation consisted of members of African descent from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures, including our AFRAM STARS, millennials & retirees.
Most of us have heard the message that a balanced diet packed full of fresh produce and limited in fried
foods and sugar is one of the best ways to maintain overall health. Read More
Workers and community members in Washington, D.C., are fighting to change the narrative at one local
hospital. United Medical Center (UMC), a quasi-public facility which has for generations served the residents of the District’s Southeast and Wards 7 and 8, is slated for a dramatic downsizing which activists
say is dangerous for Southeast residents and unfair to workers. Read More
Mount Sinai Social Worker Joanne Rutland was thirteen when she started working in health care. Read More
Antoinette Rose, a medical records analyst at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, and Anestine Bentick, a PCA at South Boston Community Health Center in Massachusetts, are among the members who are helping drive the current uptick in member involvement in the Union’s Political Action Fund. Read More
Maintaining Union Strength 1199SEIU Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) in Massachusetts have a lot of irons in the fire these days. In one of the bluest states in the nation, PCAs are working to maintain Union strength, while at the same time negotiating a new contract with the state. Undaunted, PCAs are intent on building on past gains for meaningful wage and benefit gains. Read More
A host of Maryland labor organizations joined students and environmental, faith, health, labor, and civic organizations in Annapolis Feb. 15 to push for the passage of the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) and other environmental legislation being considered by the Maryland General Assembly. Read More
With 18 months until the 2020 national election, the mass media is in permanent campaign mode—
handicapping who’s going to win, who’s likable, who has no chance, who’s supporting whom, and so on. The issues—the things most important about an election—are considered secondary. Read More
The 2019 Maryland Legislative Session was exciting! With your help showing up to vote, knocking on doors, and contributing to our PAC, Maryland was able to elect a wave of younger, more progressive lawmakers. And as you’ll see below, many of those lawmakers passed bills that will help create real change for working families.
Budget provides a boost for nursing homes, PCAs and other crucial programs that care for state’s most vulnerable residents Read More
Guest Speaker: Sonia Dekadt, 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund Outreach Coordinator
Nominations for the Leadership Structure for the People with Disabilities Caucus Read More
The City Council is moving quickly to pass a “green buildings” bill that would dramatically reduce the carbon emissions of every building in New York City larger than 25,000 square feet, with strict timelines and major fines for noncompliance. We agree that the causes of climate change, including emissions from large buildings, must be urgently addressed and admire the Council’s advocacy on this issue. Read More
As PCAs, we care for Massachusetts. Every day, we enter the homes of those who are family or who have become like family to ensure they are able to live independently. Read More
Tell Governor Baker to Invest in Home Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities Read More
The care we provide is important. That is why PCAs are united in 1199SEIU, a healthcare workers union. Being a PCA can be isolating. Often our voices are silenced by the lack of connection between each other.
The proposed $550 million in Medicaid cuts ($1.1 billion with Federal matching funds) have been restored to the State budget, and there is no doubt in our minds that taking to the streets and raising our voices made all the difference. Read More
1199SEIU President George Gresham released the following statement today regarding the passage of the FY2020 New York State budget Read More
New York, NY- As New York State’s budget deadline gets closer, and as Washington tries to destroy the Affordable Care Act in the courts, on ACA, The 1199SEIU-Greater New York Hospital Association Healthcare Education Project (HEP) have released a new ad calling on Albany to stand firm and pass a budget that protects access to healthcare for all state residents, especially those who are most vulnerable. HEP is a joint project of 1199SEIU and GNYHA.