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.
A federal judge in Washington threw a significant roadblock into the Trump administration’s efforts to compel poor people on Medicaid to work in exchange for health benefits, rejecting a Kentucky program for a second time while saying that rules in effect in Arkansas “cannot stand.” Read More
The 1199SEIU Women’s Caucus came together to mark International Women’s Day with a vibrant costume parade celebrating the diversity of ethnicities and nations in our union. Honoring this year’s theme that Women are the Heartbeat of the Nations, members heard from our Political Director, Gabby Seay, about how 2018 saw a record number of women becoming law-makers both in Washington DC and in the New York State Capitol in Albany.
It’s a promising new drug for multiple myeloma, one of the most savage blood cancers. Called Ninlaro, it can be taken as a pill, sparing patients painful injections or cumbersome IV treatments. In a video sponsored by the manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., one patient even hailed Ninlaro as “my savior.” Read More
Maria Castaneda was first elected Secretary-Treasurer of 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East in 2007, and has twice been re-elected. She holds the second highest position in her union, representing over 400,000 healthcare workers in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Maria is the highest ranking Asian American woman labor leader in the United States. Read More
George Gresham was born in Virginia and his family moved north to New York City when he was young. His mother was a homecare worker, and his father was a union truck driver, which helped provide financial stability for their family.
Only hours after after a bill that would legalize marijuana in New Jersey was shelved over a lack of support, Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday told a packed room in Union City that he will greatly expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program. Read More