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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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Dec 8, 2011
Seniors Management North 1114 Wynnwood Avenue Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 Across from Wegmans at Haddonfie...
Nov 30, 2011
West Palm Beach, FL ? Last night, a majority of the healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Medical Center became the fourth hospital owned...
Nov 11, 2011
On Tuesday, nearly 550 Pocono Medical Center service and maintenance workers in Pennsylvania voted by 92 percent to ratify a new contrac...
Nov 1, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, MA ? As the November 8 election approaches, members of the largest labor union in Springfield are empowering residents to g...
Oct 12, 2011
On September 23, 86 Certified Nursing Assistants at Hamilton Continuing Care, a nursing home in New Jersey, voted overwhelmingly to join...
Sep 22, 2011
Registered nurses at St. Mary?s Hospital for Children in Bayside voted overwhelmingly last week to join Local 1199 SEIU, United Healthca...
Sep 16, 2011
RN election follows a previous union vote of over 200 other caregivers in August; The 320 union staff at St. Mary?s say they now have a ...
Sep 6, 2011
The nursing home workers at Plaza Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Elizabeth, NJ voted on August 4 to rejoin 1199SEIU. Plaza is the se...
Aug 9, 2011
After a combined 25 years of struggle to win their first contracts, workers at Excel Rehab and Nursing Center in Tampa, and Sunrise Reha...
Jan 1, 1970
For years, Washington, D.C.?s Solanges Vivens has run a web of interconnected healthcare businesses that have made her a wealthy woman. ...
Jan 1, 1970
Protect Our Patients by winning better staffing and building strong workplace committees. Improve Our Jobs with...
Jan 1, 1970
After nearly three years, caregivers at J.B. Johnson Nursing Center in Washington, DC finally secured their first contract. They voted o...
Jan 1, 1970
On November 29, 2011, a majority of the healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Medical Center became the 18th hospital in Florida to cast ...
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When Jason McPherson arrived at work at Baltimore?s University of Maryland Medical Center last November, there was the usual huddle of c...

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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.