NYC/Long Island

1199 was founded in 1932 as a New York City drugstore workers’ union. Today’s 1199SEIU represents the spectrum of healthcare professions in five states and the District of Columbia. What remains true, though, is that the vast concentration of 1199’s membership is centered in New York City and its suburbs; the union represents more than 250,000 workers in the region. Tens of thousands of 1199SEIU hospital-based members work throughout the mega-health systems that include Mount Sinai, NYU Langone, Presbyterian, Northwell Health (formerly Northshore LIJ), and Montefiore. These include hospitals, ambulatory care centers, off-site provider-based clinics, and other settings. The union represents 100,000 more members who work in nursing homes and home care settings.


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Oct 15, 2022
By the late 1980s, 1199 had grown into a New York City political powerhouse. But even as far back as the 1930s, the Union could be found on…
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Oct 15, 2022
There is no doubt working on the frontlines during the covid pandemic took a terrible toll on 1199ers in the healthcare workforce. Hailed as…
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Oct 14, 2022
“I started gathering stories over 20 years ago,” says Tomasina Decrescenzo, a retired 1199 RN operating room nurse at the now closed St.…
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Oct 13, 2022
More than 1,000 members at the hospitals owned by Nuvance Health signed a letter to the Nuvance Board of Directors at Vassar Brothers…
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Oct 11, 2022
The mainstream media has downplayed one of the biggest stories of the year. I’m referring to the tens of thousands of workers organizing…
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Oct 11, 2022
If ever there were a time to stand up for our families and our communities, this is it. It is less than two years since we went all out to…
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Sep 29, 2022
Do you have federal student loans or know someone who does? Do you/they work for a not-for-profit healthcare institution or other non-profit…
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Sep 8, 2022
Albany, NY. 1199SEIU, the largest union of healthcare workers in the country, has serious concerns about implementing New York's nursing…
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Sep 5, 2022
Rite Aid members have ratified another three-year contract after a tough round of negotiations which includes annual three percent raises…
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Sep 1, 2022
No matter how young or old we are, we Americans have grown up hearing quite a few myths about our democracy that very often proved to be…
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Jun 24, 2022
“As a union of healthcare workers, we recognize that the right to an abortion is fundamental to reproductive health, overall health, and…
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Jun 24, 2022
Weeks before his death in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed 1199’s Salute to Freedom Celebration at which he praised the Union for…
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Jun 24, 2022
Hanna Duda has been an 1199 homecare worker with the Personal Touch agency for 22 years, since she first arrived in New York from Ukraine.…
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Jun 24, 2022
Doreen Barnett believes that most childhood fears can be overcome if parents simply devote a little bit of time to providing age-appropriate…
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Jun 24, 2022
As the country commemorated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, the Union took the opportunity to honor the thousands…
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Jun 22, 2022
When family emergency strikes, most people will spend whatever it takes to get them through the tough times and worry about paying the bills…
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Jun 22, 2022
Between them, the 125 staff members who work in the Food and Nutrition department at Maimonides Medical Center in South Brooklyn serve…
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Jun 22, 2022
New York, NY—On Tuesday, June 14, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest union of healthcare workers in the nation, installed…
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Jun 15, 2022
When he was murdered in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis supporting a sanitation workers’ strike. This is well known. Less well…
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Jun 2, 2022
This spring, the 1199SEIU Homecare Division collaborated with Pratt Institute and the Highbridge Community Development Corporation.

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