It was a moment Martha Wydra-Miller will never forget. That day when her colleagues at UHealth Tower, formerly University of Miami Hospital, surprised her with an honor called the Daisy Award—an award given to nurses who provide extraordinary, compassionate and skillful care every day. Read More
Nora Duncan, a licensed practical nurse for more than 40 years, and now a monitor tech at HCA-affiliated Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL truly is an “Incredible of Healthcare”.
A co-worker who nominated Nora in 1199SEIU Florida’s Incredibles of Healthcare recognition campaign said, “Nora has great respect and compassion for patients and her colleagues. She is a devoted delegate and puts her soul into every problem that arrives, even without pay. She is a superhero to all of us.”
The GW Hospital violated labor laws by improperly withdrawing recognition of the labor union representing hospital workers, according to a National Labor Relations Board decision released on Sept. 4. Read More
Washington, DC (September 11, 2019) - We applaud the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for ruling that Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) at George Washington University Hospital engaged in unfair labor practices. We also fully support the decision’s remedies. The decision is a victory for 1199SEIU’s members and a lesson on the tactics employers use to coerce workers and eliminate unions. Read More
Tuesday night was rough. A sharp scent drifted into Marjorie Salmon’s dream world at 4 a.m. She was still trying to rouse herself when its source, her 77-year-old client, pounded on her bedroom door, yelling that he wanted to go home. Read More
We are, unfortunately, in an era of the propagation of “fake news.” And also, equally unfortunate, is that the spread of fake news is not limited to any particular race, color, creed, national origin, religion, or any other identifier that exists in the human family. Read More
After negotiating throughout the summer months with an employer who was proposing givebacks on the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund and 1199SEIU Child Care Fund, the 450 clerical and cafeteria members at Columbia University’s Morningside campus have won 3% pay increases every year for the life of their new contract.
Most hospitals do not frequently take patients to court over medical debt. But since 2015, Carlsbad Medical Center, in New Mexico, has filed lawsuits by the thousands. Read More
Of the 3,000 victims killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, some 600 were union members. The majority were firefighters, but members from many other unions also lost their lives. Today, first responders continue to suffer illnesses and early deaths resulting from exposure to ground zero toxins. Read More
Of the many 1199 heroes on Sept. 11, 2001, one made the ultimate sacrifice. Cabrini Hospital EMT Marc Sullins, aged 30, lost his life trying to save 9/11 victims. Read More
The decade of the 1980s was a difficult period for 1199, as the Local grappled with complex questions of affiliations and its relation to the 1199 national union. Yet through it all, 1199 never lost sight of the centrality of solidarity. Read More
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