In 1979, in part to mark the twentieth anniversary of 1199’s hospital organizing victories, the Union’s Bread and Roses program held an all-day Labor Day Street Fair.
For most Americans, Labor Day – the first Monday in September – marks the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. But for us in the labor movement, the national holiday is a time to celebrate our contributions to our nation and to rededicate ourselves to the struggle for all working people.
Today we welcome 18 skilled maintenance workers from Health Alliance Hospital into the 1199SEIU family. They will join thousands of service worker colleagues in New York’s Hudson Valley, who have already negotiated some of the best pay and benefits in the country.
Statement by Merline Thomas, a Certified Nursing Assistant at University Village nursing home in Tampa and a member of the 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East union, in response to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s announcement that all city employees will earn at least a minimum wage of $15 per hour. Read More
Among the many jewels in the 1199 crown, none shine brighter than its widely praised Training and Employment Funds (TEF). The TEF’s family of programs include the Training and Upgrading Fund, Job Security Fund, Registered Nurse Training and Job Security Fund, and Labor Management Initiatives, Inc. Together they represent the largest workforce support program in the nation. Read More
It has been nearly 75 years since the Russian army liberated Inge Auerbacher and her family from a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia. She was just ten years old at the time and had endured three years in the unspeakable conditions at the Terezin (also known as Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp. Auerbacher and her parents were among only one percent of the people who survived long enough to be liberated. Most prisoners, including her best friend and bunkmate in the camp, Ruth, were sent to Auschwitz and never returned. Read More
Some 4,000 1199SEIU delegates from New York’s Downstate, Hudson Valley and Capital Regions, along with a unionwide slate of executive officers, were sworn in at a ceremony held on June 17 at a midtown Manhattan hotel. Read More
It's a fact that in a lot of places labor is struggling. But 1199ers continue to prove with contract victories that organized workers can win by staying the course and taking the fight to the boss. Read More
Since its inception in 1965, Anne Shore Camp program has been sending eligible 1199ers’ children who are between the ages of nine and 15 on two-to-four week stays at summer camps throughout the Northeast. To participate in the program, there is a nominal administrative fee of $50 and members must also pay tax on camp tuition paid on their behalf. Read More
From city halls to statehouses to the nation’s capital, 1199SEIU members make sure that working people’s
voices are heard at every level of government. Read More
This fall, the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund (NBF) is offering all 1199SEIU members a free, online
financial information series. Read More
The 1199SEIU/Employer Child Care Corporation held its annual Pre-RN Lab Coat Ceremony on June 3 in the 1199 Cherkasky/Davis Penthouse. The ceremony recognizes the achievements of WorkForce Pre-RN graduates who are considering a career path in nursing. Read More
The 1199SEIU Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus marked the end of Asian Pacific Heritage Month with a broad-ranging celebration held on May 29 at the Union’s Manhattan headquarters. Read More
New York City celebrated the 62nd Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday, June 5, and once again Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue morphed into a glittering, mile-long spectacle of Borinquen pride. Read More
Throughout most of the northeast, June is LGBTQ Pride Month. And this year, with LGBTQ rights under attack by the current White House and its right-wing allies, 1199SEIU members at marches in New York City, Albany
and Massachusetts showed their Union Pride and determination to defend the LGBTQ community. Read More
Ever since the 2016 election, we’ve heard much regarding Russian interference. I have no new information about that, but I can tell you this: Right here in the U.S. the Republican Party, which controls the White House, the U.S. Senate and arguably the Supreme Court, is laying the groundwork to steal the 2020 elections and every election thereafter. Read More
Today, Thursday, August 22, nursing home caregivers will be picketing at The Pines At Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East are holding the informational picket to reveal the corporate owner’s lack of attention to affordable benefits and safe staffing—and its impact on quality resident care. They will be outside the facility from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 100 Franklin Avenue, Poughkeepsie.
New York Leaders Come Out in Support of AG James Lawsuit Against Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule Read More
Caregivers from four Plaza Health Network nursing homes in Miami have ratified a new contract that includes higher wages and bonuses as well as no takeaways. Read More