Rights and Democracy

Democracy is a hallowed 1199 concept and practice. Our union draws its strength from broad participation of its members, with full respect to differing views and the rights of members to express those views. We also advocate and fight for the rights of all. We believe that women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities all deserve to share in the American dream.

A key avenue to obtaining and defending human and civil rights for all is the electoral process. That is why we encourage members to sign up for PAC and vote for elected officials who advocate for working people and the exploited. We are deeply committed to the fight for the ballot and to the defeat of the ultra-right forces that are attempting to disenfranchise millions.

Aug 20, 2013
Media Advisory For: Saturday, August 24, 2013 Dave Bates | 347.865.8038 | dave.bates@1199.org Nation?s largest health...
Jul 17, 2013
?It was with sadness and outrage that we learned of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black ...
Jun 28, 2013
?Recent Supreme Court decisions have both outraged the members of our union and given us cause for celebration. Regardless, we are commi...
Sep 13, 2012
Read the settlement here: http://www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/webfm_send/155 Miami, Fla. - Yesterday, a settle...
Aug 20, 2012
Fifty 1199 activists from across Upstate New York traveled to Erie, PA last weekend to conduct voter education and registration. The 119...
Mar 22, 2012
1199ers and other union members in Buffalo, NY gathered on March 17 at the Edward Sanders Community Center for a door-to-door voter regi...
Mar 8, 2012
Forty 1199ers from Buffalo and Rochester traveled to Erie, PA on July 28 to help register new voters and inform voters in the change in ...
Feb 21, 2012
1199SEIU retirees and leaders were among the 10,000 activists who marched and rallied February 11 in Raleigh, N.C., for jobs, education,...
Dec 12, 2011
Thousands gathered and marched through the streets of New York City on December 10 ? International Human Rights Day ? to stand for freed...
Dec 2, 2011
1199SEIU members at the November 29 New York City Joint Delegates Assembly pledged to mobilize co-workers, family and friends for a Dece...


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