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Upstate New York

The Upstate Division of 1199SEIU is the voice of health care employees in western, central, and northern New York State. The region includes more than 17,000 health care workers at 20 hospitals and over 45 nursing homes. Members of 1199SEIU’s Upstate division work in 26 counties throughout Upstate New York from the Adirondacks to Niagara Falls, and include registered nurses, hospital workers, and nursing home workers.

Previously an independent SEIU local, the Upstate region voted in 2002 to merge with 1199SEIU to form a more powerful statewide healthcare union. The Upstate region has a history of successfully raising standards for health care workers through coordinated bargaining, reinforced by member mobilization.

Spearheading a massive campaign, Upstate workers—backed by the political influence of 1199SEIU—saved Children’s Hospital of Buffalo after corporate owners scheduled the facility for closing. Subsequent to merging with 1199SEIU, the Upstate Division organized more than 2,000 new workers in only three years, and obtained higher wages and benefits for health care workers across the region. The most recent of many victories include improved contracts for workers at Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester, and Crouse and Community Hospitals in Syracuse.

1199SEIU’s Upstate Division has offices in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and Gouverneur. Within the Union, the Division is also called Health Systems 7. To contact the Upstate division, visit our departments and offices contact page.

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