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Need a UNION?

Do you ever feel like you don’t have a voice at work?  Does management make important decisions without your input?  Would the owners rather increase their profits than improve patient care?  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Over the last 40 years, tens of thousands of health care workers in Connecticut and Rhode Island have come together on the job — uniting across our differences — to form a union in District 1199.  Even during difficult economic times, health care workers are able to stand together and win:

  • A voice in decisions that affect us and our patients
  • Respect and dignity on the job
  • Fair and equal treatment
  • Safe staffing levels to ensure quality care
  • Benefits and raises that our families can count on
  • And much more!

If you want to organize a union at your job, the first step is to call the union office and speak with an organizer.  If you work in Connecticut, call (860) 549-1199.  If you work in Rhode Island, call (401) 457-5099.  If you work in another state, please click here to learn more about SEIU in your state.

You can also scroll through the articles below to learn about some of the recent 1199 organizing victories.

Mentor Network/REM Connecticut Community Services Workers WIN with 1199!

More than 275 direct support professionals at the Mentor Network, REM Connecticut Community Services have formed their union with SEIU District 1199.  Votes were counted on August 1, and the count was 144 to 48 — a 3 to 1 …

CT Legislature Stands with Home Care Workers & Consumers

CT Legislature Stands with Home Care Workers After 6 and a half hours of debate, the Connecticut State Senate passed legislation on May 3rd that grants family child care providers and home care workers the right to negotiate with the state for better pay and benefits and improved training.

Genesis Workers Ratify New Contracts, as Greenville RNs Win Unionization Court Case

This week, workers at two nursing homes owned by the Genesis Healthcare Corporation in Rhode Island voted to approve new collective bargaining agreements. Workers at Genesis Skilled Nursing & Rehab in Greenville and Pawtucket had been negotiating with management for more than …

After Management Breaks Law, Newly-Organized May Institute Workers Win 3% Raise

By standing together and speaking out at negotiations, a new group 1199 members at the May Institute, who joined the union in September 2011 by a vote of 66 to 18, fought for and won a 3% raise for all union workers. …

New Hope Manor Workers UNITE and WIN with 1199!

School and group home workers who serve troubled youth near Manchester, CT at New Hope Manor voted overwhelmingly to form their union with SEIU Healthcare 1199NE on January 25 – with 85% of employees voting YES for the union.

Workers at SunBridge Healthcare Win with 1199

Workers at Madison House (Madison, CT), owned by SunBridge Healthcare, recently voted 51-2 to form a union with 1199. Their first contract reduces employees’ health insurance costs, gains them access to the 1199 Training Fund, and includes raises and restoration …

Passing the Torch at the 1199 Delegate Assembly

Retiring 1199 President Carmen Boudier and newly-elected President David Pickus each offered a few words to the November 2011 Delegates’ Assembly. You can watch their speeches here.