In April the New York State Legislature passed, and Governor Cuomo signed, a change in the state’s public-employee labor relations laws regarding the legal Duty of Fair Representation. Public sector unions are no longer required to represent non-members in grievances, investigations, hearings regarding allegations or charges, or appeals of ratings.
“In their quest for even bigger profit margins, the rich and powerful have always tried to divide and suppress working people. Today, those forces are as shameless and well-funded as ever. This time, a flurry of corporate interests has launched a full-blown assault on working people through the courts, attempting to strip unions of our ability to effectively advocate for public workers.” – Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President
“Through struggle and sacrifice, workers built our unions and won a ladder into the middle class. Those gains proved precarious, however, as corporations tried to drive down costs and right-wing politicians attacked our social safety net. Now, in 2017, we are facing dramatically increased threats to job security, wages and benefits. Right to work legislation, once the province of the South, has moved North.” – George Gresham, President 1199SEIU
“What the Janus backers (and most commentators) miss is that agency fees are not just compensation for the financial costs of representation, but for the political costs of representing all the members in the bargaining unit and maintaining labor peace.” - Shaun Richman, the author of the Century Foundation report “Labor’s Bill of Rights.”
“It’s a mistake to focus on the individual plaintiffs,” says Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, an assistant professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. “Instead, the focus should be on the conservative advocacy groups. … ALEC, SPN and the Kochs’ Americans for Prosperity have all worked hand in glove over the past several years to cut back the strength of public-sector unions. The effects of this case will be felt far beyond the plaintiffs.”
“The supreme court this time appears to be poised to knock the legs from under union advocacy, in what would be a major victory for the rightwing jurisprudential movement,” said Dan Weiner, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, a non-partisan group.
Dozens of 1199SEIU Florida members recently turned Tallahassee purple for Senior Day, one of the most important public events this Legislative Session. Caravans of CNAs and other workers with 1199SEIU, the first labor union to be a community sponsor of the high-profile action, made their voices heard for seniors and their caregivers to lawmakers, news media and other key audiences.
Healthcare workers at Tamarac Convalescent Center are declaring victory after ratifying their new contract. That’s because they secured a strong deal that will put more money in their pockets, an extra sick day and give longtime employees additional vacation time. Read More
An arbitrator has found that Consulate Health Care violated the contract bargaining agreement when it refused to reclassify PRN workers at Bay Breeze Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center when their work hours exceeded the contractually allotted amount. This decision is a huge victory for the hardworking CNAs and other permanent staff at Bay Breeze who joined together through their union, 1199SEIU Florida, to file a grievance concerning this issue. Read More
Workers at Pinecrest Convalescent Home have approved a new contract. It’s a good deal that includes higher minimum wages and annual pay raises for certified nursing assistants, dietary aides, housekeepers and the other hardworking employees at the facility. Read More
Bill Pigford came of age in Laurel, Mississippi, in the early 1960s at the height of the Civil Rights Movement led by Dr Martin Luther King.
Today we welcome the clerical workers at Vassar Nuvance Medical Practice into the 1199SEIU family. They will join their service worker colleagues at the hospital, where they have already negotiated some of the best pay and benefits in New York State. Read More
Tallahassee was awash in the power of purple as dozens of 1199SEIU members made their voices heard for seniors and their caregivers on Senior Day actions throughout the Florida State Capitol.
Caravans of workers came from Tampa Bay, Central and South Florida in a show of strength to lawmakers, news media, and community partners dedicated to better serving nursing home patients and staff.
As we look back on 2019, we’re proud and excited by what 1199SEIU members accomplished when we got active and engaged. Standing together, we fought for what’s right for our families and our communities,delivering numerous electoral victories across the state. Read More
1199ers from the Bronx travelled to Albany to explain the priorities for their communities to their elected representatives. Read More
Background: In December, when The Lutheran Care Network (TLCN), owners of Good Samaritan & Kenwood Manor in Delmar filed for bankruptcy, they asked the court to gut the workers’ collective bargaining agreement as a condition of purchase. Read More
NYS Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) Commissioner Dr. Ann Marie Sullivan has not approved any closure plans for TLC Lakeshore Hospital in Irving yet administrators at the hospital abruptly closed the doors on Sunday, February 2nd!
Albany, NY It’s been three weeks since the healthcare workers at Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Kenwood Manor in Delmar, NY (members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East) withdrew their notice to strike. Read More
Get the Most Out of Your Tax Refund and Find Out If You Are Eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Read More
Helen Sandiford-Ayers has been a nurse for decades and still loves her job. Currently she works at North Shore Medical Center. Over the years, Sandiford-Ayers has worked at different hospitals and departments from post-partum to cardiac and telemetry. She admits that when she was a young adult, she had reservations about a career in nursing because of one fear—the sight of blood. This fear stems from a childhood health problem. Despite this potential roadblock nearly 40 years ago, Sandiford-Ayers applied for a civil service nursing program in Trinidad, her native homeland. To her surprise, she was accepted. Read More
When Lauren Malic was a little girl growing up in New Orleans, her dream was to become a nurse. Years later, she never lost sight of her dream, even after her family lost everything when Hurricane Katrina ripped the roof off their home. They relocated to Florida, Malic enrolled in nursing school and got a job as a transporter at UHealth Tower in Miami. But money was tight. Read More
PURPOSE: This seminar is offered to meet the training requirements of Chapter 544 of the Laws of 1988 that states that all physicians, chiropractors, dentists, registered nurses, podiatrists, optometrists, psychologists and dental hygienists must provide documentation of having completed two hours coursework or training about the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment to obtain or renew a license. The target audience are registered nurses and other licensed professionals who require this training. Read More
This program is designed to prepare Professional Registered Nurses to take the Medical Surgical Nurse Certification Examination by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Read More