News & Information

Today we welcome over 600 service workers at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Long Island, who voted overwhelmingly, by 417-69, to be part of the 1199SEIU family. On August 1, the service employees, including Nurse Aides, Transporters, Phlebotomists, Environmental Service and Dietary workers and Medical Assistants join the 130 technical workers at Brookhaven who voted to be part of 1199 in March.
Dana Balter has secured her first union endorsement as she aims to unseat U.S. Rep. John Katko in the 24th Congressional District race.
At 1199SEIU we’re always looking for new ways to protect and extend members’ rights as the healthcare landscape continues to change, sometimes putting our hard-won job security and benefits at risk.
Join 1199SEIU healthcare and homecare workers, our families and community advocates at our Summer Unity Barbecue! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to build community and enjoy the free food and entertainment.
Last month, we learned that corporate tax receipts are near a 75-year low as a share of the overall economy and that the federal budget deficit is increasing far faster than the White House and its congressional allies had predicted. The reason for the gaping gap is clear: The Trump-GOP tax cut, which amounted to a massive giveaway to big corporations and the super-wealthy.
Pushed to the edge by hospital management, 1199SEIU healthcare workers at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital voted today to give their Negotiating Committee approval to send a 10-day notice to strike. The legally required notice informs the employer, the Department of Labor and the Department of Health about the workers’ intention to strike.
According to Jim Scordato, 1199SEIU Vice President, “By 8 p.m. when voting closed down, more than 80% of our 413-member bargaining unit had showed up and voted—and 95% of those people voted to send a strike notice, if management doesn’t begin to show signs of coming closer to settling a fair agreement.” Scordato also noted that the vote took place about three miles from the hospital, yet the nurses, lab and tech staff, and service and maintenance workers who have been trying to negotiate a fair contract for months felt it was important enough to make a stop to vote before or after work.
It’s been a long haul for the nurses, lab and tech staff, and service and maintenance workers who have been trying to negotiate a fair contract with Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. Having done everything possible at the negotiating table to explain to management that short-staffing and high turnover create big obstacles to quality patient care, and that a decent contract with competitive market wages and affordable health benefits can mitigate the problem—management continues to turn a deaf ear.
On July 18 and 19th, the LPNs, PCAs and Medical Techs at Orchard Brooke Living Center in Orchard Park, NY, and the LPNs, CNAs and Housekeepers at Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Wellsville, NY, voted decisively to become part of the 1199SEIU family.
Boston, MA (July 19, 2018) – The following is a statement from Tim Foley, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, in response to the release of the FY19 budget by the Massachusetts Legislative Conference Committee: