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.

Dec 26, 2018
Anxiety punctuated much of the last year, but 1199ers continued to shine, winning in the workplace, standing up to attacks on health care,…
Oct 24, 2018
Ray Flores is a 76-year-old retiree who previously worked at a New York hospital for many years before coming to Florida.
Oct 23, 2018
Sisters and Brothers, there are only a few days to go before Election Day, when the fate of our families, communities and country will be…
Aug 20, 2018
Summer’s over, sisters and brothers, and we have only two months until Election Day, so we’ve got the fight of our lives before us.
Jul 9, 2018
Since collective bargaining rights were written into law eight decades ago there hasn’t been such a hostile political environment for…
Mar 7, 2018
Every year, 1199SEIU honors hundreds of members who become new American citizens with help from the 1199SEIU Citizenship Program.
Feb 28, 2018
When Marilyn Mosby was sworn in as the 25th State’s Attorney for Baltimore City in 2015 she was the youngest chief prosecutor in any…
Feb 27, 2018
Generations of schoolchildren throughout our country have been taught to believe in a number of shared ideals and values:
Sep 9, 2016
Since June of this year, some of our member leaders have taken time off work to dedicate their time to the elections as Member Political…
Jul 5, 2016
After 22 years of living in this country, Rochelle Salcedo will vote for the first time for President this November. As soon as she became a…

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