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
Buffalo, NY - Following the retirement of 1199SEIU Executive Vice-President Ruth Heller, on April 1, the area director for Western New York Nursing Homes, Todd Hobler, was appointed by Union President, George Gresham, as Executive Vice-President (EVP) for
Upstate/Western New York division. 1199SEIU is the largest healthcare workers union in the country, representing over 350,000 nursing home, homecare, and hospital workers. The Upstate/Western New York Division has nearly 23,000 members with offices in
Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester and Governor. Read More
Despite the recent success with vaccinations, we know there are still many people who are reluctant to take the shot. A recent poll found 32 percent of the US population may not get the vaccine. And we know to fully protect everyone we need to reach at least 75 to 85 percent of us. We’ve all heard some of the reasons why people are hesitant—the technology is too new, steps must have been skipped, we don’t know the side effects, and others.
Updates for Massachusetts PCAs regarding COVID-19 Read More
Airbnb provided free housing to members across six states during pandemic Read More
I got my first dose of the Moderna vaccine last week. I walked away feeling fine. And grateful. Like all of us, I am missing so many of the important people and things in my life. 1199ers have surely been through hell over the last year. Recently, we were starting to see the light. We could think with genuine hope about returning to our lives. Grandparents could hug their grandchildren. We could spend time with old friends. No more Zoom birthday parties! Read More
We are making incredible progress. Each week, vaccine supplies are increasing and more and more of the population is becoming eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination. 1199ers are playing a central role in educating our co-workers and our communities about the vaccines. Vaccination rates are going up and hesitance is going down. Read More
This continuing education offering presents the 2021 American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. The participants will learn the latest best and evidence-based practices in diabetes care as per current clinical practice recommendations from ADA. There will be a discussion on the pharmacologic and nutritional approaches with an emphasis on the role of the nurse. There will be a thorough discussion on insulin physiology which will assist the nurse to intelligently monitor and manage acute complications such as hypoglycemia. New glycemic targets will be discussed and the ways to guide the patient in achieving them safely. New trends such as continuous glucose monitoring, new insulins, and delivery system will be included. Read More
This continuing education offering is an introduction to basic dysrhythmia. The participants will review the physiology of the electrical conduction of the heart and the associated mechanical and cellular events. The various dysrhythmias will be categorized according to the site of conduction defects. The participants will learn rules of rhythm analysis and follow a consistent method to ensure accuracy of readings. Read More
This month (March) 23years ago, 1199 greatly increased its reach and power when members voted by an overwhelming margin to affiliate with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and New York Local 144. Some 30,00 Members of Local 144, predominantly nursing home workers, had voted earlier in the year to merge with 1199. Read More
“A special election must be called by the governor for Florida Senate District 37 because it’s so blatantly clear that the November race was corrupted and stolen with dirty political tricks. Voters in South Florida deserve to have their voices honestly heard in a free and fair election, and should be furious about this obvious perversion of democracy.” Read More
CAPITAL REGION, NY (WRGB) — Thousands of healthcare workers will call on the governor and state lawmakers to pass real nursing home reform. Read More
Hello 1199 Family. I am very excited to report that last week I received my first vaccination. The process could not have been easier. The staff were fantastic, and I feel fine. I'm thrilled to be part of our increasing vaccination numbers in Upstate/Western New York State. Also, in our region (as across the country) case numbers, hospitalizations, and death tolls are continuing to decline. Read More
New York, NY - 119SEIU President George Gresham has released the following statement regarding recent racially motivated attacks against members of the Asian-American community: Read More
On March 22, 2001, 1199 launched a program to assist union members and their families to obtain citizenship. The program was jointly administered by 1199’s Benefit and Pension Fund and its Training and Upgrading Funds. Read More
1199SEIU President George Gresham released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s signing of the American Rescue Plan: Read More
Last week, I received my first vaccination at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. (And I feel great.) 1199ers at Interfaith have been doing incredible work throughout this vaccination effort. Central Brooklyn was hit particularly hard by the pandemic, and it was wonderful to see Interfaith caregivers, who have given so much, working to restore the health and wellbeing of thousands of Brooklynites. Interfaith 1199ers and hundreds of thousands of caregivers like them have been playing central roles in vaccine rollout programs that protect our communities. Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, adding a third vaccine to those available in the United States. All three vaccines have been approved by the FDA under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). An EUA makes the vaccine available for public health emergencies with continued use if people benefit from it. Read More
“Reports that the State Department of Health is planning to dramatically cut health care services in one of the hardest hit areas of New York City are deeply disturbing. Read More
On Friday, February 19th we welcomed nearly 6,000 Personal Assistants (PAs) at Concepts of Independence into the 1199SEIU family -- the largest group to join our Union in the last decade. Read More