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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.

Fill out the form to become part of this movement. Together, we’ll build a country and a future that works for us all.

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...
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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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.