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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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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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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