In Rochester, NY, America’s immigration story is unfolding among a community of refugees from Asia’s mountain kingdom of Bhutan.
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Housekeeper Dowaine Clarke thought he was going to die on June 30. “We were right next to a guy who had been shot and we had no idea where the shooter was,” says Clarke. “I had just come in to start my shift when a guy came in saying he’d been shot. I thought he was joking.”
As our nation deals with the aftermath of the terror and violence committed in Charlottesville, we mourn the loss of Heather Heyer and our thoughts are with all those injured during the attack. These horrific events remind us of the bravery of those, like Heather, who have the courage to stand up against racism and hate. Throughout our country’s history, we have witnessed examples of violence and oppression, and also experienced the power of those willing to fight against it.
1199SEIU represents 102 members at Westfield Center, a nursing home in northeastern New Jersey. Workers at the institution care for seniors as well as patients undergoing rehabilitation. Many of their patients are Medicaid- and Medicare-dependent. Over the last few months, workers from Westfield participated in a campaign through the Union’s labor-management partnership, the Nursing Home Alliance, to increase Medicaid funding for nursing home residents. Through their efforts—meeting with state leaders and rallying at the capitol in Trenton—1199 members won an extra $5.25 million for nursing homes.
Janine Bassi did not start out as a union activist. In fact, she took some convincing before she could see the value of collective bargaining. But once she understood the basic concepts, she was all in.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in June issued a complaint against New York City’s prestigious NYU Langone Medical Center (NYU) for its decision to withdraw from the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Nursing Homes and walk away from its collective bargaining agreement with 1199SEIU. A Sept. 17 hearing date for the complaint has been set. The NLRB found that because NYU is still under contract with the Union, its refusal to bargain through the League violates the National Labor Relations Act.
Patient navigators at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, NY voted unanimously for 1199 representation in an election held June 16.
In the wee hours of June 23, some 270 members at three New Jersey nursing homes settled a hard-won contract settlement and averted a one-day strike planned for the same day.
This summer’s Unity and Power vote, which was conducted union-wide over six weeks. In nearly 1,300 elections at 800 employers, 93% of voting members approved amendments to the 1199 Constitution that will change the Union’s dues cap, adjust officer elections to help facilitate the democratic process, and give the 1199 Executive Council the authority to create a an “Associate Member” classification of membership that will diversify and strengthen the Union’s ranks.
The remarks by Mr. Loeb regarding State Senate Democratic Caucus leader Andrea Stewart Cousins are repugnant. To liken an African American woman to the Ku Klux Klan in any context is far beyond insulting, it is the essence of racism. As the Chair of the Success Academy Charter School Network, deleting his comments from a post are not nearly good enough.