Thousands of hospital workers across Greater Boston joined 1199 in 2009. Find out more about this city on the move!

A Victory for Hospital Workers! Click here to read about the contract that is making a difference in the lives of patients, healthcare workers and their families.


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Friday
Jan062012

Nearly 200 hospital workers at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill Vote to Join 1199SEIU

Healthcare workers vote to join union in continuation of largest hospital organizing effort in New England history

BOSTON, MA – Hospital workers at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Massachusetts have voted overwhelmingly to join 1199SEIU. The vote means that the nearly 200 hospital workers at Merrimack Valley will now join with thousands of other workers across Massachusetts in several other Steward Healthcare facilities.

“Healthcare workers across Massachusetts know we must come together to protect the quality of care we provide, the economic health of our hospitals and our communities.” said 1199SEIU President George Gresham. “We’re proud to welcome the workers at Merrimack Valley into the 1199 family – and we’re ready to continue this unprecedented momentum at hospitals throughout Massachusetts.”

The vote included respiratory therapists, radiology techs, nurse assistants, pharmacy techs, secretaries, housekeepers, dietary workers and many others.  Since the launch of the campaign three years ago, thousands of health care workers across Massachusetts have voted to join 1199SEIU for a voice for job security, a better future for their families, and to provide the best patient care.

“Being a part of 1199SEIU is a real benefit to both myself and family,” said Merrimack Valley Hospital Certified Nursing Assistant, Bernadette Marongere. “To have such a great team backing me at all times gives me the security and empowerment that I needed to provide my patients at Merrimack with the highest quality of care possible.”

“We know that when healthcare workers have a voice in the quality of care they provide their patients, the quality of care improves,” said Lisa Houle, an XRay/CT Tech at Merrimack Valley Hospital. “I’m excited to be a part of 1199 because I know our voices will be heard. We now have job security as well as fairness.” 

Monday
Jan032011

More than 600 hospital workers at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen Vote to Join 1199SEIU

Healthcare workers vote to join union in continuation of largest hospital organizing effort in New England history!

Hundreds of hospital workers at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Massachusetts have voted overwhelmingly to join the state’s largest healthcare union, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. The vote means that the more than 700 hospital workers at Holy Family will now join with thousands of other workers across Massachusetts in several other Caritas Christi Healthcare facilities.

“Healthcare workers across Massachusetts know that in these tough economic times, we must come together to protect the quality of care we provide, the economic health of our hospitals and our communities.” said 1199SEIU President George Gresham. “We’re proud to welcome the workers at Holy Family into the 1199 family – and we’re ready to continue this unprecedented momentum at hospitals throughout Massachusetts.”

The vote included respiratory therapists, radiology techs, licensed practical nurses, nurse assistants, pharmacy techs, paramedics, secretaries, housekeepers, dietary workers and many others.  In the past two years alone, thousands of health care workers across Massachusetts have voted to join 1199SEIU for a voice for job security, a better future for their families, and to provide the best patient care.

“Being a part of 1199SEIU is a real benefit to both myself and family,” said Holy Family Hospital Laboratory Secretary, Susan Hoehn. “To have such a great team backing me at all times gives me the security and empowerment that I needed to provide my patients at Holy Family with the highest quality of care possible.”

“We know that when healthcare workers have a voice in the quality of care they provide their patients, the quality of care improves,” said Wanda I. Rivera, Patient Financial Counselor. “I’m excited to be a part of 1199 because I know our voices will be heard. We now have job security as well as fairness.”

In October of 2007, non-union hospital workers across Boston announced their appeal to hospital CEOs to allow free and fair voting conditions when deciding whether to join a union. Caritas Christi Health Care, the largest community based health system in Massachusetts, distinguished itself as the first major health system to forge such an agreement with 1199SEIU in January 2009.

Thursday
May062010

Governor Deval Patrick Salutes Historic Accord Between 1199SEIU and Caritas Christi Healthcare

Recently, the healthcare workers of 1199SEIU and Caritas Christi Healthcare came together for a celebration to commemorating the historic partnership between the two that has impacted the lives of thousands of healthcare workers, their patients and the communities they serve.

Governor Deval Patrick joined the celebration offering his congratulations on the work that was done in 2009 and encouragement to work toward more accords in the future.

Tuesday
Mar162010

Thousands of hospital workers across the Greater Boston area celebrate after a series of historic hospital organizing victories in 2009!

2009 was an exciting and busy year for hospital workers in Massachusetts. During a series of historic union elections, hospital workers at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Union Hospital in Lynn and Norwood Hospital in Norwood cast their ballots and voted overwhelmingly to unite together to win a better future for their patients, their families and their hospitals. Click here to read more about hospital victories in 2009!

Tuesday
Mar162010

The Caritas Contract: A Victory for Hospital Workers!

The state’s largest community-based healthcare system and the state’s largest healthcare workers union announced on Friday, December 11, 2010 that they have reached an historic four-year labor agreement that will enhance jobs and care delivery at four Caritas Christi hospitals. The innovative agreement establishes a series of joint labor-management initiatives and committees to enhance quality care delivery across the facilities. Click here to read more about the Caritas Contract!