Delegates

1199SEIU delegates are the elected rank-and-file leadership of our union. Like “stewards” in other unions, our delegates are workers on the job who are democratically chosen by their co-workers to represent the voice of the union in their institutions. Delegate elections are generally conducted by department and/or shift. Delegates meet in their chapters and also at in regional, divisional and union-wide assemblies. Our 1199SEIU Executive Council, the highest elected body of the union, includes dozens of delegates who represent various job classifications and all the geographical settings in which the 1199SEIU organizes.

Throughout 1199’s history, our delegates have been the backbone of our union; their leadership is vital to our collective bargaining, organizing and political campaigns. Delegates are absolutely crucial in mobilizing our members. Without our delegates, 1199SEIU could not have grown into the strong, influential union it has become.

A union delegate is an employee just like you. They have a job to do every day, and they answer to the same management that you do. The key difference, though, is that a union delegate has the training, the tools and the protections to help you and other employees solve problems at work!

If you have a problem at work, your delegate can help you. Delegates have been trained by the union and have special legal protections that enable them to stand up for employees when management is not being reasonable.

The job of a union delegate involves:

Representation

When you think you are in trouble. If you have a meeting with management that you believe is an investigatory interview with the possible purpose of taking disciplinary action against you, you have the right to have your union delegate at the meeting. This is also known as exercising your Weingarten Rights. …When you have a problem that needs solving. A term you may be familiar with is "filing a grievance." A grievance is an allegation that management has violated the terms of your union contract. Not every problem is a contract violation and not every problem requires a grievance. Regardless of whether your issue is a formal grievance or another problem, your delegate is a resource and may have other ways, both formal and informal, for solving problems.

Communication

Your delegate will make sure to inform members about what is going on in the union by dsitributing informational leaftlets, putting information on the union bulletin board and by simply talking to people. Your delegate also plays the role of feeding your ideas and issues back into the other parts of the union, such as the staff, vice presidents and executive officers.

Education

Your delegate will work to make sure workers understand their rights, the contract, and any important issues the union is working on.

Organizing and Mobilizing Members

This is considered the union delegates' #1 job. The strength of our union at any point in time is the total energy and support of the members who can be mobilized. When more members get involved, we accomplish more — at our workplaces as well as statewide. All the other work delegates do — representation, communication and education — is done with an eye to strengthening and increasing member involvement in the union.


Check out the latest stories from our 1199SEIU Delegates!

Oct 17, 2012
Two massive new banners adorning 1199SEIU?s Manhattan headquarters at 310 W.43rd St. proclaim the Union?s support for President Obama an...
Oct 12, 2012
Some 1,600 New York metropolitan region 1199SEIU Delegates crowded into a Manhattan Sheraton hotel ballroom on October 9 for a special D...
Oct 12, 2012
1199SEIU and the NAACP have joined to sponsor Get Down for Democracy, a voter registration concert on October 12 in Locust Hill, Virgini...
Oct 4, 2012
With only five weeks to go to Election Day, 1199 ?Weekend Warriors??member volunteers who bus on Saturdays to battleground states to reg...
Sep 10, 2012
Working people from throughout the New York metropolitan region proudly marched up Manhattan?s Fifth Avenue September 8 in the 130th ann...
Aug 20, 2012
As the campaigns to re-elect President Barack Obama and a worker-friendly Congress move into high gear, 1199SEIU has launched a drive to...
Aug 16, 2012
Three busloads of New York City 1199ers ? some 120 members - kicked off the New York City metropolitan area?s Weekend Warrior program Ju...
Aug 3, 2012
1199's ?Weekend Warriors? were back in the streets of Eastern Pennsylvania on July 28 educating and registering voters in preparation fo...
Jul 26, 2012
On July 21st, 1199's ?Weekend Warriors? from hit the streets of eastern Pennsylvania to work in preparation for the upcoming national el...
Jul 10, 2012
Three busloads of New York City 1199ers ? some 120 members - kicked off the New York City metropolitan area?s Weekend Warrior program Ju...
Jun 7, 2012
SEIU held its 25th Annual Convention in Denver, CO May 28-30, and more than 2,000 members from the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada attended...
Apr 18, 2012
1199SEIU Delegates and employers from 19 Brooklyn hospitals and nursing homes met in Manhattan on April 12 for the Health Care Reform Le...
Dec 21, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board has approved new rules that would speed the pace of union elections, making it easier for workers to ...
Dec 2, 2011
1199SEIU members at the November 29 New York City Joint Delegates Assembly pledged to mobilize co-workers, family and friends for a Dece...
Nov 17, 2011
On the heels of several sweeping victories for labor-friendly candidates, more than a hundred 1199SEIU New Jersey delegates gathered for...
Jan 1, 1970
What's your name and where do you work?I'm Michol Bobb, and I'm a pharmacy technician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. What?s your motto?Be th...
Jan 1, 1970
When you speak with Patrick Paschall, it?s hard to believe that the 1199SEIU delegate and new City Councilmember from Hyattsville, Maryl...
Jan 1, 1970
What's your name and where do you work?I'm Darlene Handy, and I'm a unit secretary at Communicare ? Fayette.What?s your motto?Be honest ...
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