As a union of healthcare workers, patient satisfaction is our highest calling. This is best secured by ensuring a highly motivated workforce with a strong voice in the workplace. We have fought to have a voice in patient care and in the workplace as a whole.
To that end, 1199SEIU works with employers, elected officials and healthcare advocates to improve the quality of healthcare and to make it available to all.
Through our efforts, we have helped secure billions of dollars in healthcare funding in New York State alone, with similar wins, though on a smaller scale, throughout regions we serve. We continue our work to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and advance legislation that expands access to quality care for all.
Workers Represented: 10,000 Number of Facilities: 19
HCA affiliated hospitals represented by 1199SEIU:
Aventura Hospital & Medical Center Blake Medical Center, Bradenton Central Florida Medical Center Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Fawcett Memorial Hospital Kendall Regional Medical Center Largo Medical Center Medical Center at Trinity Northside Hospital Northwest Medical Center Oak Hill Hospital Osceola Regional Medical Center Palms West Hospital Plantation General Hospital St. Lucie Medical Center St. Petersburg Hospital West Palm Medical Center Westside Regional Medical Center University Hospital
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On Tuesday, October 12, Senator Chuck Schumer joined home care members and advocates in our Manhattan headquarters to urge Congress to pass President Biden’s Better Care Better Jobs Act. The act would provide $400 billion to expand homecare and community-based organizations, creating more jobs for homecare workers and allow more people to remain in their homes and receive the vital care they need.
Homecare members were also in Washington, D.C. the week prior to take part in a 24-hour national story-telling vigil. Read More
The pandemic has changed the way we work, meet and live. Since we can’t meet in person due to the health crisis, let’s connect virtually every Wednesday evening to discuss issues that impact our workplace, jobs and patients. Whether you’re concerned about staffing levels, grievances, pay, PPE or other issues, your union is here for you. Make plans to join us online or by phone on Wednesdays. Read More
Purpose: Enrich the connections between RNs by providing a program that is beneficial to mentors and mentees. Read More
New York, NY – The League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York (the League) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (1199SEIU) today announced a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that increases wages, provides recognition pay, and adds Juneteenth as a new legal holiday. Read More
1979 was the eleventh straight year that New York City’s labor movement had failed to sponsor a Labor Day parade. That year,1199 decided to help fill that void. The Union’s Bread and Roses Program (B&R) hosted the first annual New York Labor Day Street Fair. The idea was to celebrate the achievement of the working class while having fun. “A good union doesn’t have to be dull,” B&R founder and director, Moe Foner, often declared. Read More
Long term care workers across Florida who have been on the front lines of the pandemic are uniting through their union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, to call on government officials and nursing homeowners to better protect and fully fund nursing homes. Read More
A group of MDDC region workers this year marked Juneteenth with a dramatic action standing up for workers’ rights—and in keeping with the holiday’s spirit of ending oppression. Read More
RN Deb Montgomery was hired full-time by HCA Palms West Hospital in December 2019 and immediately joined 1199SEIU for the better pay and protections provided as part of a union. Read More
Seventy-five percent of the United States adult population has now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. The country met this milestone as the pace of vaccination has increased to more than 900,000 shots per day after a low of nearly 500,000 daily shots in mid-July. Read More
At Wesley Gardens nursing home in Rochester, NY, 1199ers care for a broad range of patients—from seniors on a memory care unit to young adults in physical rehabilitation. As at nursing care facilities across the country, Wesley Gardens workers struggled during the pandemic. They were and remain dedicated to keeping themselves and their residents safe. Read More
Parents and children across the country are getting ready to return to school amidst the COVID-19 surge caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant. The overwhelming majority of new COVID-19 cases and serious infections are among people who have not yet been vaccinated, and children 12 years old and younger who are not yet eligible. Read More
Caregivers at Cayuga Ridge have been working short-staffed and without a contract since May 1, 2021. Downstate owners, Shalom and Barry Braunstein, are using stall tactics at the bargaining table while hiring agency staff to come work for higher rates. Read More
New York City loves a party. And on July 7, the city held a big one with a parade honoring the essential workers who sacrificed so much
caring for the city that became the “epicenter of the epicenter” for the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
In early July, 1199SEIU members and the League of Voluntary Hospital and Homes kicked off negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Union members entered negotiations expecting challenges, but also with the hope that their unprecedented contributions during the pandemic would set the tone for collaborative and productive talks. Read More
1199ers were among the scores who rallied in lower Manhattan on July 29 demanding that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) enact long-promised reforms to their stop and frisk policy. The event was organized by Communities United for Police Reform. Eight years ago, in a landmark decision, a federal judge found the NYPD liable for a pattern of unconstitutional racial profiling and stops. Black and Latino New Yorkers constituted the overwhelming majority of NYPD stop-and-frisks. Following the decision, the NYPD, New York City, and community stakeholders began mapping out a series of reforms. Read More
Members 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East rallied in Miami July 16 to show unity with Cuban citizens demanding freedom and fairness after decades of government tyranny, violence and corruption. Read More
A delegation of 1199SEIU homecare and nursing home members travelled to New York State’s Capitol in Albany, NY on July 27 to give State Senators a first-hand account of the crisis facing workers and patients in New York’s long term care sector—and offer practical solutions for resolving it. Read More