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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Healthcare workers are our most valuable resource in addressing COVID-19, and keeping healthcare workers safe must be our top priority. 1199SEIU, the nation’s largest healthcare workers’ union, has been working tirelessly with our members and partners to make sure our healthcare workers have what they need to do their job well and under the best conditions possible. Learn more here about how workers can protect themselves and how you can stand with workers on the frontlines of this crisis.


We are in desperate need of resources to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the toll it continues to take. Healthcare workers can't do it alone. The federal government must do its part. Without providing access to lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) and crisis pay to cover essential bills, childcare, and transportation to work, healthcare workers are being forced to choose between caring for their patients and caring for their families. 


CONTACT: Ed Gilhuly | | 305.807.6906 MIAMI—Nurses with Florida’s largest healthcare union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have rejected new COVID-19 protocols from Hospital Corporation of America that weaken protections for caregivers against the highly contagious virus in HCA facilities around the state. HCA is one of the biggest healthcare companies in the nation […]
If caregivers start falling in large numbers due to PPE shortages and other system shortfalls, who will take care of the rest of us? asks a healthcare union official. The following opinion column written by 1199SEIU Vice President Bob Gibson was published in the Tampa Bay Times: We’re more than a week away from the […]
Due to ongoing health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, worksite availability and staffing, New York City has suspended the 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). We are working hard to continue providing quality programming during these uncertain times and will send email updates with resources and possible SYEP alternatives in the coming weeks. Stay tuned […]

1199 has ranked Maya Wiley as our number one choice to be the next mayor of New York City.

She understands deeply that as healthcare workers, we are and always were, essential! We know that Maya has the background in racial justice and city leadership necessary to keep us safe and transform our city.

Find out how you can help Make History with Maya here:

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“I am a mother and a grandmother. I understand what it means to care for someone out of genuine love and concern,” said Lillieth Clacken, a home health aide with the Region Care and All Metro agencies for six years, often working 50-to-70 hours a week to support herself and help with her two daughters and three grandchildren.

“Because of that, and in spite of the pandemic, I got up every day and went to work to look after this person who needs me.”

Clacken is at NYC City Hall with more than 100 fellow 1199SEIU Home Care workers and 1199 President George Gresham to thank Senator Chuck Schumer for his efforts to secure billions of dollars of care funding in the #AmericanJobsAct

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VIDEO: Juliette Negron, an 1199SEIU nurse at
@OCHBuffalo and mother of four describes to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul what it was like working through the pandemic for #NationalNursesDay.

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