Political Action Center

In 1963, 1199 won legalized collective bargaining for New York City hospital workers. The victory came through our members’ political might. Since then, we have built a powerhouse on that milestone as members continue to expand their political involvement and grow our vital Political Action Contributions (PAC) fund.

Over the years, 1199ers have helped to elect working-family friendly candidates in every region of our union, including New York City mayors David Dinkins and Bill de Blasio, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and, of course, President Barack Obama. We have been successful in beating back sharp cuts to healthcare and in lobbying to preserve critical funding for healthcare programs and wage increases, including the recent, historic $15-an-hour wage wins in Massachusetts and New York State. These victories represent the core values of our struggle. Together with our allies, we stand for fairness, security and dignity for all working people. We intend to continue building coalitions, registering voters and increasing the number of political activists among our ranks until every candidate and elected official hears our voice. Whether it is in the voting booth or the statehouse, we stand up for a country that works for everyone.

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Check out the latest stories from 1199SEIU’s Political Action Center!

May 12, 2017
Opponents of a plan to store gas near Seneca Lake in upstate New York prevailed this week, after Crestwood, a Texas-based corporation,…
May 1, 2017
1199ers joined with members from SEIU 32B, New York State Nurses (NYSNA), and unions representing auto, electrical, postal, government,…
May 1, 2017
More than 35 busloads of 1199ers from New York, New Jersey and Maryland-DC were among the more than 200,000 marchers who descended on the…
Dec 5, 2016
The victory at Standing Rock demonstrates once again that standing in solidarity is one of the most effective strategies for “taking the…
Nov 2, 2016
Community activists, local officials and 1199SEIU caregivers from the Syracuse, NY area held a spirited rally February 5 urging NY State...
Oct 18, 2016
It was the Fight for $15 campaign that first attracted Beverly Miller to political action. She saw how effective activism could be. Miller…
Oct 18, 2016
Things you need to know as we head into Election Day.
Oct 11, 2016
When we stand united, we win! 1199SEIU is proud to stand with our endorsed candidates in the 2016 Maryland / DC Elections. We have a strong…
Oct 11, 2016
When we stand united, we win! 1199SEIU is proud to stand with our endorsed candidates in the 2016 Maryland / DC Elections. We have a strong…
Oct 1, 2016
The stakes couldn’t be higher for working families in this election. As healthcare workers, we must take our movement for quality jobs,…

LATEST NEWS

  • Luis Santiago walked into a strike on the day he started as an HIV/AIDS counsellor at Jamaica Hospital in New York City. Service workers wal Read More
  • Since its inception in 1965, The Anne Shore Camp program has been sending eligible 1199ers’ children who are between the ages of nine and Read More
  • In the American labor lexicon, apprentices are generally more associated with hammer and nails than blood sugar checks. Read More
  • When Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. island of Puerto Rico, it took the lives of three people and left 70 percent of the residents without power Read More
  • On Thursday November 2, 2017, the 1199 family welcomed more than 100 new members from three Hudson River Healthcare (HRH) community health c Read More
  • Healthcare workers in Watertown have chosen to assert their collective strength by organizing and voting to become members of 1199SEIU. Wat Read More
  • A statement from Ken Spurgeon, R.N. at Auburn Community Hospital and 1199SEIU Vice Chair: Read More
  • 1199SEIU denounces the actions of Jack Martins, candidate for Nassau County Executive, who is standing by a divisive and hateful campaign st Read More
  • GOOD NEWS! After over a year of negotiations and numerous set-backs, Rite Aid workers have accomplished what sometimes felt unachievable: th Read More
  • One would think President Donald Trump would tire of trying to enact a travel ban against visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. Read More
  • Over 170 healthcare workers represented by 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, currently involved in contract negotiations at Fort Hud Read More
  • Boston, MA (October 17, 2017) – Tyrék D. Lee, Sr., Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, issued the follow Read More
  • 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest, fastest-growing, most progressive healthcare union in the country, and we are lookin Read More
  • Background: The workers at Baptist Nursing Home dedicate their lives to the care and comfort of the nursing home’s ill, injured, frail and Read More
  • The 300 solar-powered lamps in these boxes are bound for Puerto Rico as part of the on-going 1199SEIU relief effort for the island in the wa Read More
  • 1199 healthcare workers are taking action in response to the crisis in Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by hurricanes Irma and Ma Read More
  • 1199 healthcare workers are taking action in response to the crisis in Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by hurricanes Irma and Ma Read More
  • With the Afya Foundation, 1199SEIU Secretary-Treasurer, Maria Castaneda arrived in Puerto Rico last week to help deliver medical supplies p Read More
  • Background: More than seven hundred 1199SEIU members are employed at 5 upstate New York nursing homes owned by The Grand Healthcare System; Read More
  • More than 100 are expected at the rally, including neighborhood and community activists, elected officials, clergy, members of several labor Read More