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Since 1932, 1199 members have been on the front lines of the struggle for the rights and dignity of working people. Driven by the mission to win fair wages, better working conditions, and a just society, 1199ers have proudly stood squarely at the intersection of the labor and social justice movements.

Our Union was started by a group of Jewish pharmacists and spent its earliest days organizing neighborhood drugstores in New York City. Over the years we have expanded to organizing workers in hospitals, homecare agencies, nursing homes, community clinics, and more, but we have never strayed from our mission of advocating for society’s most vulnerable and building a country where working families thrive. Now, as then, 1199ers believe that every person––no matter what color you are, where you are from, who you love, or how you worship––deserves their shot at the American Dream.

Today’s 1199SEIU is over 450,000 members strong, representing workers in every sector of healthcare and human services, up and down the East Coast. 1199ers are organizing, building a stronger Union, and ensuring opportunities for more and more workers as our healthcare system evolves. In communities large and small, 1199ers are some of the strongest voices in the struggle to build a better America for working all people.

In recent years, 1199ers have helped make historic gains throughout our regions; improved healthcare funding, a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and nursing home staffing reforms are just some of the advances propelled by the power of 1199 members. During the COVID-19 crisis while serving on the front lines of the pandemic, 1199SEIU members have aided in vaccine rollout programs, fought for the availability of lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE), and won crisis pay to recognize the heroic contributions of healthcare workers.

At the bargaining table, 1199ers are negotiating strong contracts to ensure a voice at work, fair pay, good benefits, educational opportunities, and more. Every day, 1199SEIU members demonstrate that united workers have the power to improve our lives in very real ways. Whether it’s a bigger paycheck or healthcare coverage for our children, 1199ers victories are the foundation of a just society where every child can look with hope into the future.

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Apr 29, 2015
Workers and County Legislators Want Better Standards for Residents & Employees Scotia, New York-On April 24, over 160 caregi...
Apr 1, 2015
One hundred and seven healthcare workers at FountainView Care Center in Lakewood, NJ, became the newest members of 1199SEIU on March 26 ...
Jan 9, 2015
AYER, MA ? 170 workers at Nashoba Valley Medical Center have voted overwhelmingly to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. 1199S...
Dec 31, 2014
Thanks to a newly ratified contract, the dedicated nursing assistants at Baltimore?s Springwell Senior Living Community?formerly known a...
Jul 14, 2014
199SEIU members at Regency Grande Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dover, NJ, made a showing of strength and unity at an energetic p...
Jul 8, 2014
On June 24, some 145 home health aides with Unlimited Care on Long Island voted to join with 1199SEIU. They voted yes by an overwhelming...
Apr 21, 2014
On April 16, 1199SEIU members working at four nursing homes owned by Alaris Health gathered together in North Bergen, NJ, with one goal ...
Mar 24, 2014
On Tuesday, March 18, 205 caregivers at Tallwoods Care Center in Bayville won a major victory when they voted to join with 1199SEIU Unit...
Dec 24, 2013
One hundred and ten 110 LPNs, CNAs and unit clerks at Linwood Care Center in Linwood, NJ, voted to join with 1199SEIU on December 4. The...
Dec 19, 2013
On December 12, 1199SEIU members kicked off contract negotiations for a group of 13 New Jersey nursing homes owned by Genesis HealthCare...
Oct 23, 2013
Physician Assistants Group of New York (PAGNY) workers at Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital voted overwhelmingly in...
Sep 30, 2013
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned on Monday with an agreement to study new legislation that would provide equal labor protections ...
Jun 3, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, June 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m. Contact: Jeff Hall, 617-281-8384 jeff.hall@11...
May 21, 2013
About a thousand workers from the Partners in Care homecare agency gathered at a mid-town Manhattan hotel on May 20 to kick off their ca...
Apr 29, 2013
On Wednesday, April 24, 1199SEIU members held an informational picket at Forest Hill Healthcare Center in Newark,NJ, to demand a fair co...
Mar 15, 2013
For Immediate Release Friday,...
Jan 30, 2013
1199SEIU members and their supporters will rally on February 23 at St. Mary?s Hospital for Children in Bayside, Queens to demand a fair ...
Dec 14, 2012
In Vermont, thousands of seniors and people with disabilities are able to live independently at home, thanks to the helping hands of hom...
Dec 6, 2012
Despite a toxic atmosphere of union bashing by corporations, the US Chamber of Commerce and the 2012 Republican candidates for President...
Oct 16, 2012
St. Mary?s Hospital for Children in Bayside, Queens opened a sparkling new $114 million patient pavilion on September 27. And on the sam...

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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.