Braving icy winds from the East River, 1199SEIU members held an informational picket before delivering a message of solidarity for Liberia’s healthcare workers to the country’s mission near the United Nations on Feb. 17. Caregivers in the West African nation have been on the front lines of the Ebola crisis and have been fighting an anti-union effort led by the nation’s government, which is refusing to recognize the workers’ union NAHWAL and their right to organize. 1199ers, led by Secretary Treasurer Maria Castaneda, delivered a letter urging the government to respect the workers’ organizing rights.

1199 Magazine | March/April 2017