On Thursday November 2, 2017, the 1199 family welcomed more than 100 new members from three Hudson River Healthcare (HRH) community health centers in Long Island into the 1199SEIU family.

The Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Laboratory Technicians, Patient Representatives and Navigators, Clinical Assistants and Outreach workers at the Brentwood, Amityville and Wyandanch HRHCare centers voted by 81 votes to three to join our union.

By providing compassionate and professional care to people across Long Island, our HRHCare colleagues embody the spirit of the 1199 local.

1199SEIU is the largest healthcare workers’ union in the US, with more than 400,000 members in five states along the Eastern seaboard. We are one of the fastest growing unions in the country.

As well as having a larger say in their working lives, the newest members at HRH voted to join our union to enable them to negotiate for 1199’s child care, job security, affordable quality healthcare and educational benefits.

Denise Diaz, a clinical assistant in the Amityville location, is looking forward to taking advantage of education benefits in her road to become a Registered Nurse. “I’m very, very happy to be a part of 1199 so I can have the enjoy the security that comes with better benefits and continue on my path to become and RN.”