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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Jun 10, 2019
1199SEIU represents over 700 Registered Nurses at Brooklyn’s Brookdale Medical Center and its associated long term care facility, the Shulman and Schachne Institute.
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Jun 7, 2019
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.
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Jun 7, 2019
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.
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Jun 4, 2019
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.
May 30, 2019
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.
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Apr 30, 2019
In a unanimous vote, The Sands at South Beach Rehabilitation and Nursing Center members recently approved their new contract. It’s a strong contract that runs through 2022. It includes annual wage increases as well as higher minimum rates for most employees. Plus, there are no losses.
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Apr 18, 2019
Busloads of NYC 1199ers headed east on April 17 to join their Suffolk County sisters and brothers for an informational picket at Long Island Community Hospital (LICH) in Patchogue.
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Apr 17, 2019
Certified Nursing Assistant Elomie Minott has a good reason to smile. That’s because she has returned to a job she loves – caring for her nursing home residents at the Rosewood Health and Rehabilitation Center, a facility in Orlando owned by Consulate Health Care. Minott was recently reinstated after she was unjustly fired a year ago. During that time, she struggled to make ends meet. “I almost lost my car and my home. If it wasn’t for my family, I couldn’t have survived,” said Minott.
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Apr 17, 2019
Justice has finally come for Jorge Tschebortarjew, a driver who worked at Hillcrest Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Florida for nearly eight years until he was unjustly fired in 2016. After a long hard fight to get his job back, Tschebortarjew was recently reinstated. He will also receive back pay and benefits. The 75-year-old grandfather and member of 1199SEIU described the victory as an arduous journey for justice.
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Apr 17, 2019
These 1199ers care for New York State’s North Country. Just above the Adirondack Mountains in Northeastern New York State lies the North Country. The region is also home to several 1199-represented healthcare facilities, including Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg and Carthage Area Hospital in Carthage. An area of abundant natural beauty, the North Country is bordered by Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. It’s home to Lake Champlain, the Thousand Islands and Fort Drum, home of the U.S. Army’s fabled 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed unit in the U.S. military.

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