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.


Hospital workers support public radio in order to educate our community about Free & Fair union elections.
Click to listen to our WBUR (90.9 FM) underwriting spot.

Free & Fair hits the airwaves!
Hear the radio ad.

Hear “Voice of the Red Sox” Joe Castiglione promote fair elections.

Listen to the WBCN ads that ran
during Superbowl 2008.


Dorchester Reporter: "Downtown hospital chief takes cheap shot at Carney"


Hospital workers appear on Cambridge and Boston cable TV to discuss Free & Fair elections


Boston Neighborhood Network

Boston Globe 11/9: "Overwhelming yes" vote of home health workers gives "momentum, strength" to hospital workers' call for Free & Fair elections

Personal Care Attendants (PCAs) voted by a 94% margin to form a union in the largest labor election in New England history. Supported by senior and disability advocacy groups, PCAs united in an effort to increase wages, benefits, and training opportunities to stabilize the workforce and provide quality care, enabling consumers to live independently in their homes. The Boston Globe reported that the vote "gives the union strong momentum as it moves toward its larger goal of attempting to organize about 55,000 workers at Boston's teaching hospitals."


Boston TV and radio cover historic PCA election

Channel 5

Univision TV


WBUR - 7 a.m. - Listen to the broadcast.
WBUR - 8 a.m. - Listen to the broadcast.
WBZ-AM - Listen to the broadcast.

NPR - HERE AND NOW - Hear 1199SEIU's Executive Vice President Mike Fadel interviewed on Here and Now.


Greater Boston Labor Council letter to hospital board members

The Greater Boston Labor Council represents 90,000 union members in the Boston area. Rich Rogers, head of the Council, recently wrote a letter to hospital board members urging them to begin a new relationship with workers at Boston hospitals.

Read his full letter (PDF).


Boston Globe 11/8: A prescription for growth

Boston Globe, November 8 - "The results of an organizing vote by home healthcare aides, to be made public today, could give the powerful Service Employees International Union added momentum as it seeks to organize workers in Boston's teaching hospitals." Read the article in the Boston Globe.

The Huffington Post- Just Work: What's Non-Essential About Home Care?

This is a big day for me. Today, I voted with 22,000 of my fellow workers to improve our jobs while simultaneously improving the lives of the people we care for. How many people can say that? You see, I am a Personal Care Assistant (PCA). I'm sometimes called a homecare worker or a home health aide, and in Massachusetts, I'm also known as a "non essential" health care worker. Read full article at


New Bedford Standard Times-Personal care assistants unionize

The state's personal home care assistants have voted overwhelmingly to join a union, Service Employees International Union officials announced Thursday. The vote affects 1,780 PCAs in SouthCoast, said officials with the health-care workers union. There are 22,000 PCAs statewide and about 6,600 returned their ballots in the election, state officials said. Click here to read the full article at


Boston Metro - Historic Vote joins PCAs, union

Cindy Purcell credits longtime friend and personal care attendant (PCA) Robin Congdon with helping her to “live normally” since a car accident 31 years ago left Purcell a quadriplegic. But, until yesterday, many of Congdon’s fellow PCAs were struggling to get by with a job that offers no health benefits, no vacation or sick days, and an average salary of $10.84 an hour. Read more at

Boston Metro-Historic Vote joins PCAs, union (PDF) 


Boston Herald- Mass. home health care workers vote

Thousands of home health care aides paid through Massachusetts' Medicaid program voted overwhemingly to organize under the Service Employees International Union, the union's Local 1199 said today. Click here to read the full article at