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
“As we continue to fight the global pandemic that is COVID-19, I want to take a moment to call attention to the scourge of police brutality that has targeted Black and Brown communities for generations. We all saw the footage of George Floyd’s murder. This weekend, we also saw police brutality in New York City, carried out against groups of protestors exercising their constitutional right to assemble. Read More
“We work, but we mourn. The caregivers of 1199SEIU Florida continue to be focused on protecting the public in this historic COVID-19 health crisis, but we do so with especially heavy hearts in this time.” Read More
WHAT: Hospital and nursing home staff, including but not limited to nursing assistants, housekeeping, dietary and food service workers, orderlies, maintenance mechanics and laboratory, pharmacy, clinical, respiratory and surgical technicians, all members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, will hold an informational picket to inform the community about short-staffing and Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home (NLHNH) administration’s refusal to address the problem in contract negotiations. Read More
George Floyd, a Black man was murdered by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day, Monday May 25, 2020 in broad daylight, in front of the community, after a grocery clerk called the police thinking he was writing a bad check. For almost seven minutes, George was pinned to the ground by a white officer named Derek Chauvin who held his knee on his neck, while two other officers held his hands and feet. Read More
This is a surreal moment. I know I don’t have to tell you as caregivers about the ways COVID-19 has inflicted tragedy on our lives. This virus is an invisible enemy, inflicting visible pain on so many, but we are continuing to fight to save the lives that have been entrusted to us for care. Read More
MIAMI----While its members work on the front lines of the Covid-19 public health emergency, the bargaining committee of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East today has rejected layoffs and pay cuts proposed by HCA hospitals across Florida. Read More
WHAT: Frontline nursing home workers at The Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, will hold a silent and solemn vigil, expressing their grief and concern. The nursing home has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths of any of the 362 nursing homes in New York that have reported the virus fatalities. According to the New York State Department of Health, there were 82 confirmed coronavirus-related deaths at Parker Jewish as of May 26. Read More
Who needs to be tested?
All staff who work in nursing homes must be tested, except for people who already tested positive for COVID-19. Read More
We have received numerous calls from members saying that they received a call from “1199” about an additional benefit for which the member must pay. This is a scam. We will never call you requesting money for your benefits. Hang up immediately, block the caller and report this to our Fraud and Abuse hotline. Read More
A car caravan of more than 100 officers and staff from 1199SEIU brought music and celebration to hospital and nursing home workers in recognition of their sacrifice and dedication. Read More
WHAT: Frontline nursing home workers at 36 long term care facilities across the
state will hold silent and solemn vigils, expressing their grief and concern. Members
of 1199SEIU, who work for some of the biggest for-profit nursing home networks on
the East coast and beyond, are facing similar challenges whether they are upstate,
in the Hudson Valley or the metropolitan region. They include: Read More
“Healthcare workers are on the front lines serving the public health. They face unprecedented challenges today taking on a pandemic and economic crisis. These caregivers, including the 24,000 represented by members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East in Florida, need the support of elected officials and government at all levels to protect their patients, their families and themselves. Read More
As the state begins to reopen, we are committed to making sure that it is done deliberately, with adequate safeguards and social distancing in place, to prevent a resurgence of the virus that could potentially overwhelm caregivers in every setting. Read More
“We commend Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives for standing up for working people through the passage of the Heroes Act. COVID-19 has ravaged our nation, and no group has been more affected than our dedicated healthcare workers who continue to put their lives on the line to care for those who are unable to care for themselves. Read More
On the front lines of the war on COVID-19, there are many civilian heroes going out of their way, as volunteers and contributors. Also, many who are elected to serve are going the extra mile. In this column the Eagle hopes to give our readers an ongoing update on those fighting in the front lines. Read More
WHAT: After several meetings and thousands of petition signatures were presented to Westchester Medical Center administrators, the healthcare employer is still refusing to provide frontline staff with any form of hazard pay for their work during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
Updates for Massachusetts PCAs regarding COVID-19 Read More
Enhanced pay recognizes 300 workers for dedicated service during pandemic. Read More
FORT MYERS---Florida’s largest healthcare union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, has filed official complaints with federal and state agencies against Consulate Heritage Park Care & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Myers for a “blatant disregard” of Covid-19 safety practices, putting the facility’s caregivers and patients at “high risk” of the deadly virus. Read More
We are proud to endorse candidates who will fight for a healthy and equitable District of Columbia. We must elect representatives who will organize with us to build a city that works for working families. Read More