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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Jan 20, 2021
The founders of 1199 shared a deep commitment to organizing all healthcare workers regardless of job classifications. They were active in…
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Jan 19, 2021
Ansel Oommen, a clinical laboratory technologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, lives where art and science meet. Since…
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Jan 19, 2021
In the 1960s, the blue and white 1199 paper hats became a powerful symbol of economic and racial justice. The hat was worn during the…
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Jan 14, 2021
For hundreds of 1199ers, Jan. 20 is the anniversary of one of the most important days of their lives. These 1199ers were present 12 years…
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Jan 13, 2021
We are less than two weeks into 2021, and our nation is at a dangerous crossroads. The road behind us is littered with violent acts of…
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Jan 11, 2021
Today we welcome more than 100 new members at White Plains Hospital into the 1199SEIU family. They are joining hundreds of fellow members in…
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Dec 12, 2020
The hardworking women and men of 1199SEIU have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic for nine months. During this time, they have…
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Dec 5, 2020
1999 Was a Banner Year
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Nov 23, 2020
When 1199 became the first Union to oppose the war in Vietnam, it did not represent the views of the leadership alone, but also large…
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Nov 2, 2020
Hospitals don’t stay in good working order on their own. It takes crews of experienced professionals who can manage complicated systems, fix…
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Sep 14, 2020
The contract contains substantial wage raises, retro pay, and many other benefits. The negotiation committee recommends this agreement!
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Sep 7, 2020
Happy Labor Day!
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Sep 1, 2020
Our 1199SEIU Executive Committee has endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to become the next President and Vice President of the United…
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Aug 19, 2020
New York, NY - George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU, today released the following statement regarding the reopening of New York City’s…
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Aug 15, 2020
1199SEIU Presents: A Live salute to Essential Workers
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Aug 6, 2020
1199SEIU Virtual Dance Party. Join us on Friday!
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Aug 2, 2020
This week, the Yankees honored eight 1199ers before Friday night's game against the Boston Red Socks!
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Jun 19, 2020
New York, NY – 1199SEIU members gathered for a candlelight vigil at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx yesterday — while some members who work…
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Jun 10, 2020
Mount Sinai 1199 members, along with thousands of others across the union, have sacrificed and risked their lives while working on the…
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Jun 10, 2020
Hello Sisters and Brothers! We are moving to a new Union headquarters on June 29th, 2020. Our new address will be 498 7th Ave., New York,…

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