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.

In recent years, 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.

Sep 29, 2016
Hospital workers at United Medical Center in Washington, DC marched into the Chief Financial Officer’s office in City Hall on September 28 to demand action on a collective bargaining agreement, including retroactive pay and raises going back five years.
Sep 16, 2016
Just before midnight on Tuesday September 12, after hours of last-minute negotiations, 1199SEIU members at Cedar Oaks nursing home in South Plainfield, NJ, and Norwood Terrace nursing home in Plainfield, NJ, reached a contract settlement with AristaCare Health Services. The agreement was ratified by an overwhelming majority of the membership in a vote on Wednesday, September 14.
Sep 8, 2016
Between May and July of this year, caregivers at Tenet Hospitals were part of the first trial of new online ADO Forms. Whenever a caregiver had concerns about their assignment or staffing during their shift, they were able to report it from their phone.
Sep 8, 2016
Between May and July of this year, caregivers at Tenet Hospitals were part of the first trial of new online ADO Forms. Whenever a caregiver had concerns about their assignment or staffing during their shift, they were able to report it from their phone.
Sep 8, 2016
Between May and July of this year, caregivers at Tenet Hospitals were part of the first trial of new online ADO Forms. Whenever a caregiver had concerns about their assignment or staffing during their shift, they were able to report it from their phone.
Sep 2, 2016
Dozens of 1199SEIU members at Amboy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Perth Amboy, NJ, took to the picket line on Wednesday, August 31 in a powerful showing of determination to win a fair contract that improves the quality of jobs at the facility.
Jul 22, 2016
1199 members from Alameda Center nursing home in Perth Amboy, NJ, picketed at their workplace on Thursday, July 21st to demand that the facility reverse its decision to lay off at least 18 workers, a move which caregivers say is jeopardizing quality care for residents and will cause immediate financial hardship for workers and their families.
Jul 20, 2016
Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) caregivers joined Prince Georges County elected officials and the Laurel community at a press conference in mid-July, for an announcement that the hospital, slated to close, will now delay further service cuts.
Jul 13, 2016
In a showing of commitment and determination to improve jobs and protect quality care, nursing home workers at four Alaris Health facilities in New Jersey held pickets on June 29th and 30th. 1199SEIU members called for fair contracts that would improve staffing levels for certified nursing assistants, provide affordable family health insurance, and raise wages for low-wage caregivers.
Jul 6, 2016
Members at the Tampa nursing home are demanding that the owner, John Bartles, change the way he runs the facility. University Village has made the news for several times over the past couple of years for not paying its bills for basic items like food service and pharmaceuticals for residents, and for allegations of failing to pay refunds owed to residents, their estates and prospective residents.

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