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.
“As healthcare workers we are no doubt going to be exposed to the flu. Having a flu shot can protect you even when you’ve taken other precautions.” Read More
Sonia Ramirez is a humble home health aide who does not see herself as a hero. Her neighbors beg to differ. Many witnessed her heroism in August when she caught a 2-year-old who had fallen from a third-story fire escape in Queens, NY. Read More
Workers at several Baltimore area hospitals including Sinai and Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) recently settled a set of landmark, member driven collective bargaining agreements. To win, union delegates and negotiating committees employed strategy and solidarity, organizing rank and-filers, packing bargaining sessions and focusing on inclusivity. Read More
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“As soon as I get someone’s ear, I’m going to talk about health care,” says Evelyn Harris, an 1199SEIU delegate who has worked as a PCA at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for some 40 years. Read More
Our Union has joined hundreds of immigrant and civil rights organizations to turn back a cruel attempt by the Trump administration to punish immigrants with legal status for using basic public services. Read More
1199SEIU home care workers were out in force Thursday morning in front of Elderplan in Brooklyn demanding: Be Fair to Those Who Care! Read More
Anxiety punctuated much of the last year, but 1199ers continued to shine, winning in the workplace, standing up to attacks on health care, fighting for our families and communities and pushing back against hate and injustice. Read More