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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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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May 17, 2022
Join us for an evening of celebration and activism as we hear from our Members and Special Guest Speakers: Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA…
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Apr 21, 2022
When NYS Council of Churches head Rev. Peter Cook said last month that, “the time is up for paying these guardian angels a living wage,” he…
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Apr 21, 2022
With the death of Edward (Eddie) Kay on Feb. 15, the progressive movement lost one of its most celebrated organizers. Kay stepped down from…
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Apr 21, 2022
Finding and holding onto an affordable place to live has never been easy, especially when rents are rising faster than wages in many U.S.…
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Apr 19, 2022
1199SEIU home care members and their community allies across New York State were celebrating a victory in early April when Governor Kathy…
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Apr 19, 2022
In 2011, Occupy Wall Street shook up the established political order by sharply raising the question of income and wealth inequality. “We…
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Apr 19, 2022
Whenever 1199ers go to bat, whether it be against an employer who is testing our resolve, or to demand that our elected representatives to…
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Apr 7, 2022
“The healthcare workers of 1199SEIU celebrate today’s historic confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the US Supreme Court. Judge…
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Mar 10, 2022
Statement of George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the nation’s largest healthcare union:
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Mar 3, 2022
In 2019, 1199 filed a class action grievance against forty-two home care agencies on behalf of current and former bargaining unit members…

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