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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 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...
Sep 27, 2012
After months of stalled negotiations with their employer, Michael Konig, more than 300 New Jersey 1199SEIU nursing home workers have a n...
Aug 21, 2012
Workers at St. Mary?s Hospital in Bayside, Queens who have been struggling for nearly a year to negotiate a first contract are holding a...
Apr 30, 2012
At a hearing on June 21, DC Councilmembers looked at the troubling record of VMT, a private health services contractor that runs the Dis...
Apr 24, 2012
In an overwhelming victory this April, 325 home health aides with Utopia Home Care in Queens, NY, voted to join 1199SEIU. By uniting tog...
Mar 16, 2012
Contact: Kimberly Diehl | 718.271.4235 | kimberly.diehl@1199.org West Palm Beach, FL - With a state budget awaiting the gove...
Feb 16, 2012
A new labor contract will be adopted today by union members, following several days of voting on a proposal that will affect more than f...
Feb 1, 2012
Nursing home caregivers, students and street theater performers conducted a satirical manhunt outside of NYU Law School for school Trust...

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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.