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For Immediate Release

Friday, March 15, 2013

Contact: Jeff Hall

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

617-281-8384, jeff.hall@1199.org, Twitter: @1199mass

Workers at Cambridge Rehab vote unanimously to join 1199SEIU

Cambridge Rehab workers the latest to vote for avoice to promote quality care and quality jobs

CAMBRIDGE, MA –Last week, caregivers at Cambridge Rehabilitation & Nursing Center voted unanimously to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. 1199SEIU is the largest union of healthcare workers in Massachusetts, and also the fastest growing union in the state. The vote continues a series of organizing victories by healthcare workers seeking to join 1199SEIU, including recent elections at Morton Hospital where over 500 workers voted to join 1199SEIU in October.

Workers at Cambridge Rehab who participated in the vote to join 1199SEIU included dietary and maintenance workers and certified nursing assistants.

“We all love working at Cambridge Rehab, but we wanted to come together to have a stronger, united voice and make positive changes,” said Marie Golman, a certified nursing assistant from Dorchester. “We’ve been making our patients happy, but we want to advocate for our happiness too. The union can help us do that together.”

“Workers at Cambridge Rehab voted overwhelmingly for a voice on the job and for respect. 1199SEIU members are proud to welcome these workers to our family. We look forward to working together to ensure that workers at Cambridge Rehab enjoy the rights, respect, and voice that they deserve,” said Veronica Turner, 1199SEIU Executive Vice President.

Cambridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Home is an 83-bed facility serving Cambridge and the surrounding area, specializing in providing short- and long-term care to seniors through skilled nursing and rehabilitative care.

As a union of healthcare workers, 1199SEIU has developed a legacy of successful advocacy on behalf of caregivers and for public investment in quality healthcare services, training, and access – and has defended many health facilities against funding cuts.

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Representing more than 375,000 healthcare workers throughout Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, and Washington, D.C., 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. Our mission is to achieve affordable, high quality healthcare for all.

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