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Professional & Technical Workers

Among 1199SEIU’s members are tens of thousands of professional and technical workers. These include Lab workers, Imaging workers, Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, Surgical Technicians, Dietitians, Physician Assistants, LPN’s, EMT’s and Paramedics, PT’s, OT’s, Speech Therapists, Substance Abuse Counselors, and many others.

1199SEIU’s Professional and Technical Department gives a voice to its professional members to:

  • shape the Union’s agenda on relevant legislation affecting healthcare professions;
  • focus on scope of practice issues and important trends in healthcare professions;
  • run a robust continuing education program in many different professions in conjunction with the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Fund. [Link]. First rate seminars are offered in most of the major professions, as well as many interdisciplinary programs that are accredited for multiple professions. For any questions on these or any other issues, please call us at 212-261-2494.

The Union has been able to leverage its political strength to win a number of legislative victories for different healthcare professions. Over the years 1199 was instrumental in winning licensure in New York State for Respiratory Therapists, Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, and Social Workers. We have been able to help win important legislative victories for Physician Assistants, to expand the scope of practice for radiology technologists, and most recently to expand the scope of practice for clinical pharmacists in New York State. We have been able to both assist and shape numerous other pieces of legislation affecting our members.

1199 Professional & Technical Department Staff:

Dolores Chase. 212-261-2395.
Covers: Imaging (includes radiology, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine); Respiratory Therapists; EMT/Paramedics

Joseph Chinea. 212-857-4302.
Covers: Social Workers, Substance Abuse Counselors, Rehab (includes PT’s, OT’s, PTA’s, COTA’s, Speech Therapists, Recreation Therapists, Creative Arts Therapists)

Farah Hargett. 212-261-2246.
Covers: LPN’s, Physician Assistants, Dietitians

Debora Hunte. 212-857-4398.
Covers: Laboratory Technologists and Technicians; Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, Surgical Technicians, Central Sterile Processing Technicians

David Kranz, Director. 212-261-2494.
Covers: any titles not mentioned above.

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