Environmental Justice



As healthcare workers, we have dedicated our lives to caring for the total well-being of our patients, families and communities. But now, our values and our world are under attack by extreme right-wing politicians and corporate CEOs who want to destroy environmental protections and burn billions more tons of dirty fuels to make bigger profits. Here’s why we will be joining hundreds of thousands of fellow Americans for the People’s Climate March in DC:

CLEAN WATER AND AIR. The process of digging up, transporting and burning dirty fuel like oil, gas and coal creates toxic pollution and is a direct threat to the water we drink, the air we breathe and the food we eat.

PUBLIC HEALTH. Global warming threatens public health, with increases in asthma and the spread of viruses like Zika, Chikungunya and West Nile.

GOOD JOBS. We need to create millions of good jobs through massive investment in clean energy manufacturing, construction and research, especially solar and wind.

CLIMATE CHANGE. Too often, working families, communities of color, seniors, and the poor are hit the hardest by the floods, droughts, wildfires and superstorms caused by climate change. The world’s scientists warn that we must stop burning dirty fuel and transition to a 100% clean energy economy immediately in order to avoid global catastrophe.

Largest Healthcare Union in the Nation, 1199SEIU, Calls for Clean Energy Jobs Instead of Dirty Fuel Pipelines


Krystyna Garncarz, PCA at Staten Island Hospital.
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Emilia Arendacova, PCA at Staten Island Hospital
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Here's how the #EPA explained the importance of the #CleanPowerPlan in 2015. President Trump has signed an executive order to repeal it.

Dec 5, 2016
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Dec 1, 2016
Native Americans and allies are protesting the construction of the 1,100 mile “Dakota Access Pipeline” that would transport millions of…
Dec 1, 2016
We stand in solidarity with the people of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and all who would be affected by the proposed 1,100-mile-long…
Oct 25, 2016
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Oct 11, 2016
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Sep 23, 2016
On September 20, 2016, the NYS Department of Health held a public meeting in Newburgh, NY to discuss the consequences and solutions for…
Sep 22, 2016
1199SEIU healthcare workers have always been committed to defending clean drinking water, advocating for the health of our communities, and…
Aug 12, 2015
1199SEIU?s Executive Committee should be commended for taking a stand on July 27 and unanimously passing a resolution opposing industria...
Aug 4, 2015
In reaction to a pending NYS permit that would allow a Texas-based corporation, Crestwood Midstream, to store liquid propane gas (LPG) n...
Jul 29, 2015
199SEIU Leadership Body Votes Unanimously to Oppose the Construction and Operation of Gas Storage Facility near Seneca Lake ...
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