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 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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Mar 3, 2022
NEW YORK – An arbitrator has issued an historic $30 million arbitration award covering more than 100,000 current and former 1199SEIU United…
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Feb 8, 2022
Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this testimony regarding the proposed health budget on behalf of the 300,000 New York State members…
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Jan 6, 2022
We all expected and hoped against hope to see a healthier new year. But, the Omicron variant, raging across the world, has quashed that…
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Dec 10, 2021
Last month we traveled to DC to call on the House to pass Build Back Better. Now it’s the Senate’s turn.
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Nov 16, 2021
Exclusive discounts and cultural events for 1199 members.
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Oct 29, 2021
Bargaining the contracts that determine the wages and conditions of tens of thousands of 1199 nursing home members in the New York City…
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Oct 21, 2021
These are hard times for working people. Good paying jobs with benefits are scarce. Employers continue to dig in their heels against union…
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Sep 14, 2021
Parents and children across the country are getting ready to return to school amidst the COVID-19 surge caused by the highly transmissible…

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