Safe and affordable housing is foundational for physical and mental health, affirmed a recent study by the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Yet across all 1199's regions, members are facing increasingly tight
housing markets in which wages lag behind rent and other housing costs. Read More
The Maryland/DC Division of 1199 recently threw a special housewarming party for Johns Hopkins floor tech Simone Hicks, who this spring moved into a new place after losing her family home to predatory lending. Read More
The Union, Funds and management came together in 1199’s Cherkasy Davis Conference Center on April 17 to celebrate winners of the 2019 Basil Paterson Scholarship. The program is named for 1199’s great friend, labor lawyer Basil A. Paterson. Mr. Paterson, an attorney for nearly five decades, spent 20 years as counsel for 1199SEIU and was a tireless advocate for homecare workers. Read More
Together with Brookdale Hospital, the NYC Department of Health and the One Brooklyn Health System, 1199 hosted a summit on April 27 to educate and mobilize East Brooklyn’s communities around health care and economic justice. Read More
Under New York State law, hospital pharmacy technicians have for decades been allowed to mix batches of medication under the direction of a licensed pharmacist. Read More
Nursing home workers pushed to the edge by out-of-state owners not committed to communities they serve Read More
After months of testimony and support from a coalition led by 1199SEIU, Maryland lawmakers passed a bill in April allowing doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe to minors, without requiring parental consent, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a drug that helps prevent the transmission of HIV. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan let the bill become law by not using his veto power. Read More
New collective bargaining agreements at Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center are a demonstration of increasing worker power in New York’s Hudson Valley. Read More
In the labor movement, as across the rest of society, acceptance of climate change and its effects has been a mixed bag. But increasingly frequent catastrophic weather events along with a drumbeat of urgency from the scientific community are generating new awareness. A growing and diverse movement is calling for clean
energy production, environmental and health justice, and a renewed dedication to the health of people, plants and animals. Read More
It should be shocking that a state senator would cite white supremacist talking points to justify a radical rollback of women's healthcare and reproductive rights.
Fifty years ago, in the spring of 1959, some 450 workers at two Charleston, South Carolina, hospitals struck for more than three months for 1199 protection and recognition. Read More
With next year’s Presidential and Congressional elections, everything we’ve achieved, hold dear, and hope for our children is at stake. So when members ask what’s the most important thing they can do to protect themselves and their families, I answer, “register to vote.” If you’re already registered, register every eligible member of your family, then register your co-workers, neighbors, those you worship with—just register
everyone you know. Read More
For Mother’s Day this year, we heard from 1199SEIU “kids“ about how their mother’s Union membership made their lives better. Read More
1199 is unique in this world. Our Union was founded not only as a workers’ rights organization, but also as one of freedom fighters. Written into our Constitution is our mission to unite all people, regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, national origin, or politics. Our founding document also demands we advance and defend all forms of civil rights and civil liberties and eliminate all forms of discrimination and racism. Read More
Union joins coalition to pass bill before end of legislative session Read More
Nursing home workers are in crisis. We have been pushed to the edge by out-of-state nursing home operators, who are not invested in those we care for nor the communities we reside in. Nursing home operators at Blue Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center (Stoughton) and Saugus Care & Rehabilitation Center (Saugus) are refusing to settle a fair contract that reflect the care we provide to seniors and people with disabilities. Read More
We are proud to welcome 38 new members who work as Laboratory Technologists at the Health Quest facility attached to Vassar Brother Hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, into the 1199SEIU family.
A summary about the onslaught of bills that came out of the 2019 legislative session that impact healthcare, education, citizen initiative ballots and voting rights. Read More
As a diverse union with members from all over the world, we recognize the invaluable contributions of immigrants and know that immigrant’s rights are human rights. Extremist politicians in Washington DC are trying to strip away long-standing legal protections from over a million people. Read More
To celebrate Hospital & Nursing Home Healthcare Worker Appreciation Month, 1199SEIU is celebrating the incredible work of our members.