1199SEIU represents 102 members at Westfield Center, a nursing home in northeastern New Jersey. Workers at the institution care for seniors as well as patients undergoing rehabilitation. Many of their patients are Medicaid- and Medicare-dependent. Over the last few months, workers from Westfield participated in a campaign through the Union’s labor-management partnership, the Nursing Home Alliance, to increase Medicaid funding for nursing home residents. Through their efforts—meeting with state leaders and rallying at the capitol in Trenton—1199 members won an extra $5.25 million for nursing homes.
Janine Bassi did not start out as a union activist. In fact, she took some convincing before she could see the value of collective bargaining. But once she understood the basic concepts, she was all in.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in June issued a complaint against New York City’s prestigious NYU Langone Medical Center (NYU) for its decision to withdraw from the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Nursing Homes and walk away from its collective bargaining agreement with 1199SEIU. A Sept. 17 hearing date for the complaint has been set. The NLRB found that because NYU is still under contract with the Union, its refusal to bargain through the League violates the National Labor Relations Act.
Patient navigators at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY voted unanimously for 1199 representation in an election held June 16.
In the wee hours of June 23, some 270 members at three New Jersey nursing homes settled a hard-won contract settlement and averted a one-day strike planned for the same day.
This summer’s Unity and Power vote, which was conducted union-wide over six weeks. In nearly 1,300 elections at 800 employers, 93% of voting members approved amendments to the 1199 Constitution that will change the Union’s dues cap, adjust officer elections to help facilitate the democratic process, and give the 1199 Executive Council the authority to create a an “Associate Member” classification of membership that will diversify and strengthen the Union’s ranks.
The remarks by Mr. Loeb regarding State Senate Democratic Caucus leader Andrea Stewart Cousins are repugnant. To liken an African American woman to the Ku Klux Klan in any context is far beyond insulting, it is the essence of racism. As the Chair of the Success Academy Charter School Network, deleting his comments from a post are not nearly good enough.
The neo-Nazi led and racist fueled violence rally in Charlottesville, VA is a shocking act of terror. But, this is nothing we have not seen in our country’s history before. Torches carried by the terror group mirror KKK and Nazi rallies that have occurred across our country, dating back to the 19th century.
Northampton, MA (August 11, 2017) – Technical workers at Cooley Dickinson Hospital voted to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest and fastest growing healthcare union in Massachusetts. Cooley Dickinson Hospital is located in Northampton and is part of Partners HealthCare.
Beating Back Challenges at Every Corner, 1199 Members at two NYS Wingate Nursing Homes Unanimously Vote to Ratify First Contract
Unaffordable health benefits will no longer burden workers at 2 Hudson Valley nursing homes--Wingate at Dutchess and Wingate at Ulster. In July, the members unanimously ratified their first 1199SEIU collective bargaining agreement, after 2 years of negotiations. The workers fought hard and won the 1199SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund (starting in 2020); a health plan that has little to no premiums, no deductibles, zero to minimal co-pays for participating or non-participating providers, no charge for generic or preferred brand prescriptions, no charge for participating urgent care providers, and excellent prescription dental and vision care benefits.