President Trump taught us a few lessons when he shut down much of the federal government for several weeks, beginning during the holidays. We learned that he was willing to blackmail taxpayers into giving him $5.7 billion to start building his beloved wall. (The same one he promised that Mexico would pay for.) We learned—once again—that he doesn’t know how the government works. (After his first two years in office treating Congress as his servants, he now faces a Democraticled House of Representatives that knows Congress is a separate, coequal branch under the Constitution.) Read More
Hundreds of 1199ers from across New York State braved a blizzard on February 12 to travel to Albany and press their elected representatives to increase access to affordable, high quality health care for all.
Join us as we go to Albany and urge lawmakers to fight for our top legislative priorities in the 2019-2020 state budget. Our priorities include making New York healthier, more affordable for working people, more democratic, fairer, and safer. Let your voice be heard! Read More
Your zipcode should not determine the quality of care. Over time, Medicaid and Medicare funding has failed to keep up with increased costs. We thank the Legislature for enacting the Health Care Transformation Fund last year, which is providing for Medicaid rate increases for the first time in 10 years. There is an opportunity to build on that progress this year by increasing the Medicaid Global Cap by 3.6%. In addition, the Legislature should insure that any reforms to the Indigent Care Pool should not harm the safety net institutions, including private ones, that care for the uninsured and Medicaid patients.
Nurses and other healthcare employees who work at HCA-affiliated hospitals in Central and South Florida have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have cut their existing benefits. Read More
This Educational Activity is to inform RNs on the topics and content of the International Nurses Society on Addictions’ and the Addictions Nurses Certification Boards Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN/Generalist) Examination. Read More
Now that the presidential race has started (God help us), candidates have started discussing policies — and because the health care system very obviously needs another round of reform, Medicare-for-all is a hot topic. At a town hall, Kamala Harris was asked whether she would support getting rid of all private insurance companies, and she responded by noting the enormous headache of navigating the private insurance bureaucracy, and concluded: "Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on." Read More
Healthcare employment will have low exposure to automation in the next decade despite the increased use of artificial intelligence to replace some tasks, experts predict. Read More
As Congress debates border security, the issues that led to the death of two children in December are in danger of fading into the background. Read More
Join fellow 1199 members in Annapolis, at the Calvert House Hotel, 58 State Cir., for our annual Legislative Action Day! This is our chance to meet with lawmakers and advocate for laws that will improve the lives of Maryland’s working families.
“The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU congratulate Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for reaching agreement on historic legislation to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15. Read More
As healthcare has become the center of state and national attention, 1199SEIU is pleased to note that a number of healthcare concerns were important parts of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address. Read More
Next week, nurses and healthcare workers at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (the largest healthcare workers union in the country), will be celebrating bigger paychecks that will include a lump sum bonus. This additional money is just one of several improvements in their new collective bargaining agreement, that includes no-cost health benefits, as well as annual raises. Read More
It’s that time of year when many New Yorkers start paying attention to their health – watching their weight, trying new diets and hitting the gym. Read More
New York, NY- 1199SEIU and a number of elected officials today launched a concerted effort to protect both recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as well as young people born in this country of undocumented parents (Dreamers). There are approximately 300,000 TPS recipients, including 26,000 New Yorkers. Many are Haitians, displaced by the devastating earthquake of 2009. 1199SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Maria Castaneda says deporting these recipients is sending them back to a country unable to absorb them. “Haitians who came after the 2009 earthquake have integrated into our communities, and have made positive contributions to our life and culture. Many have children. Terminating TPS means separating families, something the federal government has no business doing. The Dreamers are young people who have skills this economy needs, and they should be allowed to stay and pursue a path to legalization.”
Following the completion of campus consolidation, we are now preparing to bargain our next contract as our current contract expires on June 15, 2019! We need to elect a bargaining committee and determine our priorities for negotiations. Our current contract has strong language and benefits which we want to build upon as well as incorporate new concerns and priorities. The 1199SEIU bargaining unit includes more than 1,600 Registered Nurses. Help start the process by reviewing a few highlights from the current contract, completing the survey, and nominating a bargaining committee member. Complete surveys by Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Become a member of the 1199SEIU Nurse Bargaining Committee! Nominate yourself or a nurse in your group by Friday, January 25, 2019 and help win a fair contract for 1199 nurses at Boston Medical Center.