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Interested in joining 1199SEIU?

At 1199SEIU, we’re guided by a mission to achieve quality healthcare and good jobs for all. With over 450,000 members working in nursing homes, homecare agencies, hospitals, and community clinics, by joining 1199SEIU, you’ll be a part of the largest and fastest growing union of healthcare workers nationwide.

1199 members have fought for and won contracts with real improvements including paid time off, educational opportunities, and better working conditions.

But joining 1199SEIU means more than a voice on the job. From the Fight for $15, to advocating to protect funding for Medicaid, joining 1199 means having a voice in city government, state government and in Washington D.C.

In recent years, as workers nationwide rose up to demand a living wage, 1199 members fought hard to win a $15 minimum wage for all workers in New York, Massachusetts, Maryland and New Jersey.

Currently in New York City the minimum wage is $15.00 an hour. Long Island and Westchester Counties will reach $15.00 by the end of 2021. By the end of 2020 the minimum wage in the rest of the state will be $12.50 with a state wage board deciding what will happen next. In Massachusetts an increase to the minimum wage was passed in June of 2018 with increases until 2023 when the wage will be $15.00. In New Jersey, the state approved increases to $15.00 by 2024. In Maryland legislation was passed in March of 2019 that sets the stage for increases to $15.00 in 2025. All of these victories were made possible through the hard work and persistence of 1199 members.

We are continuing to grow and build the most effective voice for our patients, our families and each other.

More than 3,000 healthcare workers voted to join 1199 in 2019 in almost every region of the union. This includes over 1200 healthcare workers from NYU Winthrop, located on Long Island, who joined their NYU colleagues as 1199 members. Over 200 service workers at Health Alliance in Kingston and another 200 service workers at New York Eye and Ear Hospital also joined our union in 2019. In homecare, nearly 300 home health aides from Reliance Home Care voted for respect on the job, affordable healthcare and job security by joining with 1199.

2020 is also proving to be an important year for homecare workers fighting for a better future as 1200 CDPAP homecare workers at Allen Homecare have recently chosen to be represented by 1199. The ability of healthcare workers to join in 1199 and negotiate with their employer is how working people gain a voice at work and the power to shape their working lives.

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Mar 14, 2019
This week we welcome 106 new members into the 1199SEIU family at Staten Island University Hospital.
Dec 20, 2018
Today we welcome Respiratory Therapists at NewYork Presbyterian Queens into the 1199SEIU family. They will join their RN, professional and…
Jun 26, 2018
Today we welcome more than 70 new members at Whittier Street Health Center on the southside of Boston, Massachusetts into the 1199SEIU…
Jun 22, 2018
Today we welcome more than 300 new members at Good Samaritan and Northern Westchester Hospitals in the Hudson Valley into the 1199SEIU…
Mar 6, 2018
Today we welcome 130 new members from Brookhaven Memorial Medical Center into the 1199SEIU family.
Feb 8, 2018
This week we welcome more than 110 new members from 10 Mount Sinai off-site locations and a City MD urgent care site into the 1199SEIU…
Dec 8, 2017
This week, 40 more Northern New York healthcare workers, Home Health Aides (HHAs) at Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown, voted to assert…
Nov 9, 2017
On Thursday November 2, 2017, the 1199 family welcomed more than 100 new members from three Hudson River Healthcare (HRH) community health…
Jul 25, 2017
Today we welcome more than 700 new members from four different health systems into the 1199SEIU family.
May 25, 2017
Today we welcome more than 50 new members from three Hudson River Health Care (HRHCare) community health centers in Long Island into the…
May 18, 2017
Today we welcome more than 30 new members from St John’s Riverside Medical Center into the 1199SEIU family.
May 16, 2017
Northampton, MA (May 16, 2017) – The following is a statement from Tyrék D. Lee, Sr., Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare…
May 11, 2017
Today we welcome more than 60 new members from Greater Hudson Valley Health System into the 1199SEIU family.
Apr 25, 2017
More than 125 workers at the hospital in Irving, NY, are now members of the state’s largest and fastest growing healthcare union.
Mar 22, 2017
Boston, MA (March 22, 2017) – Service workers at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital voted overwhelmingly to join 1199SEIU United…
Feb 9, 2017
Today we welcome 36 new members into our 1199 family after a unanimous vote to join our union. The CNAs and housekeeping staff at the Hope…
Dec 16, 2016
This year was one of historic victories and, for many of us, heartbreaking 1199ers helped scores of working-family friendly candidates win…
Dec 2, 2016
Today the 194 workers employed at the Institute for Family Health (a large Federally Qualified Health Center) in the mid-Hudson voted…
Oct 18, 2016
The caregivers at Baptist Health Rehab and Nursing Center (Baptist Nursing Home) voted overwhelmingly to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare…
Oct 6, 2016
Healthcare workers at Start Treatment and Recovery Centers have voted overwhelmingly, by 93 votes to 37, to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare…

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Eva James
Eva James
CA/RN , Beth Israel Hospital, New York, NY
This union has enhanced my life with the various benefits offered, such as medical and educational. I had to have major surgery a while back, and 1199 covered all of my expenses.
Eva James
Tiona Rockett
CNA , Syracuse
I know I have a secure pension with 1199SEIU with guaranteed monthly payouts after I retire. That’s important to me and my family. A nonunion facility doesn’t guarantee anything.
Eva James
Anestine Bentick
CNA, South Boston Community Health Center
Unfortunately, my husband lost his battle with cancer but even during that tough process, I was thankful for the family health insurance we have. My family was able to focus on his health rather than worrying about cost. As 1199 members, we are able to negotiate how much we contribute to our health insurance and it was a valuable benefit for me during that tough time.
Eva James
Bernice Gilmore
Housekeeper, Arch Plaza, North Miami, Florida
I supported joining with 1199SEIU because there is power in numbers. With more power, we are bargaining for better benefits and win good health insurance for ourselves and our families.