Last month, right after Labor Day, CNN conducted an unusual— actually, unique—seven-hour-long forum for the leading Democratic presidential candidates to present their ideas about the climate emergency. It was extraordinary that a major cable network would think the issue is so important that viewers would tune in so many hours. Read More
At our Presidential Issues Forum held in New York City in September, Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director of the Open Societies Foundation and former 1199 Political Director, charged us with taking bold action. Read More
Already short-staffed, with quality care at risk, healthcare workers have been informed their health benefits will be terminated this month. Read More
Mineola, LI, NY- After a long, contentious struggle, workers at NYU-Winthrop Hospital on Long Island voted on Wednesday, September 25, to join 1199SEIU UHWE, the largest healthcare local in the United States. The final vote was 817 for, 142 against becoming members of the union. The vote was the culmination of a long, pitched battle during which management attempted on several occasions to bully workers into voting “no”. Yet in the face of such tactics, an overwhelming majority of workers saw the importance of joining with 1199 to secure no-cost healthcare, a strong secure pension, as well as childcare and education benefits. Read More
Health care is a fundamental right for all. All Americans have a right to equitable, affordable, accessible, culturally-competent, and comprehensive healthcare services in their own communities. Yet more than 30 million individuals lack health coverage altogether, even as millions of others are underinsured and the rapidly escalating costs of health care become increasingly unsustainable. Read More
Successful vote caps an over year long battle to organize workers in the face of management opposition.
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.