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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Aug 31, 2021
Micki Grant, who died on Aug. 21 at age 92, was the first woman to write the book, music and lyrics of a Broadway musical, “Don’t Bother Me…
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Aug 25, 2021
From the start of the pandemic early last year, we and other health-care workers across the state sacrificed our health — and risked our…
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Aug 20, 2021
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Aug 13, 2021
The delta variant is creating a surge of new COVID-19 cases across the country, particularly in states and regions where fewer people are…
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Jul 30, 2021
One week after New York City’s ticker-tape parade to show appreciation for front-line workers, home care workers rallied in front of City…
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Jul 30, 2021
In 1967, 1199 produced a celebrated film that movingly dramatized the plight of service workers and the vast improvements that came with…
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Jul 30, 2021
When 1199 won a major New York League contract victory in June 1998, workers understood that they had been emboldened by their increased…
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Jul 27, 2021
Contract campaigns against the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Nursing Homes mark major milestones in 1199’s history. After the Union won…
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Jul 26, 2021
The majority of residents in the United States are fully vaccinated, and nearly 70 percent of adults have taken at least one dose of the…
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Jul 23, 2021
Last month marked the 40th anniversary of the first description of AIDS. To date, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has resulted in over 75 million…
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Jul 23, 2021
In 1199’s storied history, its victory against the Whelan Stores Corporation counts as one of its most dramatic. At the time, the small but…
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Jul 20, 2021
During the economic downturn of the mid-1970s, employers fired and laid-off workers en masse. New York City placed its finances under the…
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Jul 15, 2021
In a sign of how well the Biden Administration has tackled the pandemic, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged…
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Jul 15, 2021
1199SEIU President George Gresham has released the following statement regarding recent events in Haiti and Cuba:
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Jul 15, 2021
1199SEIU President George Gresham has released the following statement regarding recent events in Haiti and Cuba:
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Jul 13, 2021
Vaccines are bringing our country back to life. As of early June, some 51% of the U.S. population had received one vaccine dose. Among those…
Jul 7, 2021
Your 1199SEIU Benefit Fund is working with Mobility Capital Finance (MoCaFi) to offer a FREE financial information series for 1199SEIU…
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Jul 6, 2021
1199SEIU encourages all members to get vaccinated for their own health and safety. Vaccine mandates are unjust, unnecessary, and dismissive…
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Jul 2, 2021
New evidence suggests the vaccine may provide longer-term protection than first thought. Health experts originally speculated that we may…
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Jun 17, 2021
During his 18- year tenure as 1199 president, Dennis Rivera was hailed as one of the most powerful New Yorkers and labor leader in the…

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