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...
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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…
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Oct 18, 2016
Things you need to know as we head into Election Day.
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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…
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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…
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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,…

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  • Opponents of a plan to store gas near Seneca Lake in upstate New York prevailed this week, after Crestwood, a Texas-based corporation, annou Read More
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