Good Jobs and Economic Justice

When a 5,000-member drugstore union took on the formidable task of organizing New York’s powerful voluntary hospitals in 1959, hospital workers at the time earned as little as $32 for a 44 to 48-hour work week. A decade later, those same hospital workers had quadrupled their salaries and gained significant benefits thanks to labor organizing.

Today, our contract standards are second to none in the nation’s healthcare industry. 1199SEIU has emerged as one of New York City’s most powerful forces for economic justice. Throughout our history, we have joined hands and marched shoulder to shoulder with economic justice advocates.

We have worked with Occupy Wall Street and have been a leading voice in the Fight for $15 movement. We continue to advocate for training and career ladders for 1199ers regardless of classification, and we lobby tirelessly for programs and legislation for all workers as a whole.

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Sep 16, 2019
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.
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Sep 5, 2019
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.
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Aug 22, 2019
Today, Thursday, August 22, nursing home caregivers will be picketing at The Pines At Poughkeepsie Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East are holding the informational picket to reveal the corporate owner’s lack of attention to affordable benefits and safe staffing—and its impact on quality resident care. They will be outside the facility from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at 100 Franklin Avenue, Poughkeepsie.
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Jul 10, 2019
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) - Kaleida Health has announced that it has reached a labor agreement with unions representing 7,200 employees.
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Jun 30, 2019
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The unions that represent more than 7,000 workers at Kaleida hospitals say they're still trying to reach a deal with the health system.
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Jun 28, 2019
Kaleida Health employees, whose union contracts expired last week, will picket July 10 if they can't come to agreement, they said at a rally Friday. Negotiations will resume July 1.
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Jun 28, 2019
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Union workers at Kaleida health are preparing to go to battle to reach a new deal.
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Jun 26, 2019
MIDDLETOWN — More than 40 employees of the state’s mental health and maximum-security psychiatric facilities gathered in the hot sun Wednesday afternoon to demand better working conditions and adequate staffing, which has, in some cases, endangered the safety of patients and workers alike.
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Jun 22, 2019
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Kaleida Health and its three unions could not come to an agreement on a new contract covering thousands of employees, the contract expired at 11:59 p.m. June 21st.
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Jun 19, 2019
1199SEIU Strongly Rejects Modified Nursing Home Staffing Bill A382, Assails No-Notice Committee Vote

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