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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 […]

”I try to explain to people that this is our chance to get our freedom back, said Derick Rias, an 1199 Physician Assistant, on Staten Island, NY.

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"As soon as I heard about the vaccine, I made an appointment right away. I got my first dose on December 26th," said Pablo Olivera, an 1199 member who works in Environmental Health at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Northwell Health in Queens.

"Getting the vaccine is the only way we are going to get back to normal."

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"The Bread and Roses Gallery, also known as Gallery 1199, often served as a venue for the Union’s African American History Month programs. Just as the auditorium’s stage provided a platform for speakers and performing artists, the Gallery played a similar role for graphic artists and multi-media exhibits.

"For the first #BlackHistoryMonth of this century, Gallery 1199 launched an interactive, multi-media exhibit honoring 16 civil right activists. The exhibit, entitled “The Long Walk to Freedom,” was co-sponsored by Community Works, an art program for young people."

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