PARTISANSHIP SUCCUMBED TO THE COMMON GOOD
People power doesn’t sleep. The nation saw proof on July 28 at about 1:30 a.m. in the U.S. Senate, when three votes from Republican senators ended the latest drive to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read More
I’m a retired 1199 member and a person with a disability who is very relieved that the disastrous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are on hold, but we shouldn’t get comfortable. When something is unfair and unjust what do 1199ers do? We fight back! This American Healthcare Reform Act (AHCA) is still a dangerous reality and mostly for our most fragile populations. The AHCA does nothing but harm many, and any benefit will be to the wealthy with a huge tax break. Read More
In Rochester, NY, America’s immigration story is unfolding among a community of refugees from Asia’s mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Read More
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Housekeeper Dowaine Clarke thought he was going to die on June 30. “We were right next to a guy who had been shot and we had no idea where the shooter was,” says Clarke. “I had just come in to start my shift when a guy came in saying he’d been shot. I thought he was joking.” Read More
As our nation deals with the aftermath of the terror and violence committed in Charlottesville, we mourn the loss of Heather Heyer and our thoughts are with all those injured during the attack. These horrific events remind us of the bravery of those, like Heather, who have the courage to stand up against racism and hate. Throughout our country’s history, we have witnessed examples of violence and oppression, and also experienced the power of those willing to fight against it. Read More
1199SEIU represents 102 members at Westfield Center, a nursing home in northeastern New Jersey. Workers at the institution care for seniors as well as patients undergoing rehabilitation. Many of their patients are Medicaid- and Medicare-dependent. Over the last few months, workers from Westfield participated in a campaign through the Union’s labor-management partnership, the Nursing Home Alliance, to increase Medicaid funding for nursing home residents. Through their efforts—meeting with state leaders and rallying at the capitol in Trenton—1199 members won an extra $5.25 million for nursing homes. Read More
Janine Bassi did not start out as a union activist. In fact, she took some convincing before she could see the value of collective bargaining. But once she understood the basic concepts, she was all in. Read More
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in June issued a complaint against New York City’s prestigious NYU Langone Medical Center (NYU) for its decision to withdraw from the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Nursing Homes and walk away from its collective bargaining agreement with 1199SEIU. A Sept. 17 hearing date for the complaint has been set. The NLRB found that because NYU is still under contract with the Union, its refusal to bargain through
the League violates the National Labor Relations Act. Read More
Patient navigators at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY voted unanimously for 1199 representation in an election held June 16. Read More
In the wee hours of June 23, some 270 members at three New Jersey nursing homes settled a hard-won contract settlement and averted a one-day strike planned for the same day. Read More
This summer’s Unity and Power vote, which was conducted union-wide over six weeks. In nearly 1,300 elections at 800 employers, 93% of voting members approved amendments to the 1199 Constitution that will change the Union’s dues cap, adjust officer elections to help facilitate the democratic process, and give the 1199 Executive Council the authority to create a an “Associate Member” classification of membership that will diversify and
strengthen the Union’s ranks. Read More
The remarks by Mr. Loeb regarding State Senate Democratic Caucus leader Andrea Stewart Cousins are repugnant. To liken an African American woman to the Ku Klux Klan in any context is far beyond insulting, it is the essence of racism. As the Chair of the Success Academy Charter School Network, deleting his comments from a post are not nearly good enough. Read More
The neo-Nazi led and racist fueled violence rally in Charlottesville, VA is a shocking act of terror. But, this is nothing we have not seen in our country’s history before. Torches carried by the terror group mirror KKK and Nazi rallies that have occurred across our country, dating back to the 19th century. Read More
Northampton, MA (August 11, 2017) – Technical workers at Cooley Dickinson Hospital voted to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and fastest growing healthcare union in Massachusetts. Cooley Dickinson Hospital is located in Northampton and is part of Partners HealthCare.
Unaffordable health benefits will no longer burden workers at 2 Hudson Valley nursing homes--Wingate at Dutchess and Wingate at Ulster. In July, the members unanimously ratified their first 1199SEIU collective bargaining agreement, after 2 years of negotiations. The workers fought hard and won the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund (starting in 2020); a health plan that has little to no premiums, no deductibles, zero to minimal co-pays for participating or non-participating providers, no charge for generic or preferred brand prescriptions, no charge for participating urgent care providers, and excellent prescription dental and vision care benefits.
Join us Sunday, August 13th as we celebrate and march in the 2017 Dominican Day Parade. Read More
Quincy, MA (August 10, 2017) – In response to the Attorney General’s findings about the 2014 closure of North Adams Regional Hospital, Filaine Deronnette, Vice President of Health Systems at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, issued the following statement:
Hyannis, Mass. (August 9, 2017) – Healthcare workers with 1199SEIU are raising concerns about Cape Cod Healthcare’s (CCHC) proposal to outsource its outreach laboratory services to Quest Diagnostics.
As groups representing millions of New York consumers, providers, health plans, employers and frontline health care and human services workers, we share a common belief that every New Yorker deserves affordable health insurance and high quality care. You have heard from many of our organizations, individually and jointly, during the recent debate over health care repeal legislation. Read More
We, the Undersigned, urge you to stop the layoffs at Wyckoff Hospital. These layoffs will surely devastate patient care, take jobs away from hardworking New Yorkers and hurt our community economically. We also urge you to reconsider joining a Brooklyn multi-hospital system, as was recommended by New York State. Read More