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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 […]

Remembering 1199's History

When 1199 won a major New York League contract victory in June 1998, workers understood that they had been emboldened by their increased strength. A key reason for that strength was the recent merger with Local 144.

The unions’ parallel histories made them a natural fit. Both unions began healthcare organizing in the late 1950s. 1199’s members were mainly white male drugstore workers and 144 consisted of mainly white hotel workers.

Both unions took on the challenge of organizing previously forgotten and ill-treated workers of color. The unions occasionally competed bitterly for the same workers. The merger helped to remove those rivalries.

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This is what 1199 political activism looks like in Florida. CNA member, Deborah Grier spoke at an event in St Petersburg, FL, last night about the need to ensure federal money from the American Rescue Plan is used for local grants that will stabilize our healthcare system and workers. Thanks to St. Pete mayor Rick Kriseman for ensuring working families have a voice in this process. ...

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