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In the American labor lexicon, apprentices are generally more associated with hammer and nails than blood sugar checks.
When Hurricane Irma hit the U.S. island of Puerto Rico, it took the lives of three people and left 70 percent of the residents without power. Just days later, Hurricane Maria flattened the island, drenching it with record rainfall, knocking out all of its power and much of its water supply, destroying its agriculture and littering its roads with uprooted trees and downed power lines. The hurricane’s devastation came as Puerto Rico struggles under the weight of an economic crisis worsened by the island’s decaying infrastructure.
Late Thursday afternoon, on November 9, one hundred nursing home workers at The Grand at Pawling, members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Worker East, overwhelmingly ratified their first collective bargaining agreement since voting to join the largest healthcare workers’ union in the country, three years ago. The nursing home, part of the statewide for-profit, corporate network, The Grand Healthcare System, is located in the southeast Hudson Valley near the Connecticut border. It is about 70 miles south of New York City. Workers at five other nursing homes owned by the network (in Queens, Poughkeepsie, Guilderland, Chittenango and Rome) are also 1199SEIU members who already have legally binding contracts.
One hundred 1199SEIU members at The Grand at Pawling this week voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement. The nursing home, in the southeast Hudson Valley near the Connecticut border, is about 70 miles from New York City.
It’s been a victorious week for working people, with healthcare champions winning elections across our regions!
On Thursday November 2, 2017, the 1199 family welcomed more than 100 new members from three Hudson River Healthcare (HRH) community health centers in Long Island into the 1199SEIU family.
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Healthcare workers in Watertown have chosen to assert their collective strength by organizing and voting to become members of 1199SEIU. Watertown is a small city in Northern New York, just southeast of the Canadian border. Last week, CNAs and resident care assistants at Samaritan Summit Village voted to join 1199SEIU. Less than a week after their victory, the momentum continued and CNAs at Samaritan Keep Home voted two to one to join the union.
The SEIU Nurse Alliance held its biennial gathering October 25-27 in Maryland, bringing together hundreds of Registered Nurses from scores of SEIU locals in the U.S. and Canada. Nurses from New York City, Upstate New York, Massachusetts and Florida comprised 1199’s 170-member contingent.
A statement from Ken Spurgeon, R.N. at Auburn Community Hospital and 1199SEIU Vice Chair: