WHO ARE WE? 1199 AND WE SHOW UP!
We show up at work for our residents, no matter the circumstances. And we showed up on Wednesday at our massive March and Rally! Thousands of 1199ers took over the streets between Times Square and 36th Street, holding signs, chanting, singing, and dancing. Our collective message to nursing home owners was loud and clear: we know our work has value, top elected officials know our work has value – and we will continue to fight until we have an agreement for the fair contract we deserve.
We marched down Seventh Avenue to our union headquarters where:
WHO ARE WE? 1199 AND WE FIGHT BACK!
On Thursday morning we brought all that joy and hopeful energy to negotiations, but later in the day when we met with the employers’ lawyers, we had to turn that energy into fightback mode. Did they really think we were going to sit back when they refused to make a commitment to pay our health and pension benefits? The attorneys obviously forgot who we are. 1199ers fight back! They could have phoned in their excuses about being broke, instead of wasting our time. They didn’t even mention the $3K recognition bonus we deserve.
WHO ARE WE? 1199 AND WE ARE STRIKE-READY!
We’re organizing our co-workers.
We will lock arms, stand strong together, and send a clear message that WE KNOW WHO WE ARE and we know our value. With the full support of our 1199 Family, we will fight back until we win the guaranteed wages, and employer paid health, and pension benefits we’ve earned.