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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 Maryland, 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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Jun 28, 2019
Kaleida Health employees, whose union contracts expired last week, will picket July 10 if they can't come to agreement, they said at a rally…
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Jun 28, 2019
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Union workers at Kaleida health are preparing to go to battle to reach a new deal.
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Jun 26, 2019
MIDDLETOWN — More than 40 employees of the state’s mental health and maximum-security psychiatric facilities gathered in the hot sun…
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Jun 22, 2019
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Kaleida Health and its three unions could not come to an agreement on a new contract covering thousands of employees,…

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