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Unions in Health and Human Services

April 09, 2024
5:30PM - 7:30PM

Workers United
750 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607

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Join Rochester Next Up, AFL-CIO for a townhall discussion:

Unions in health and human services! In the last two years, there have been major strides in the Rochester-area among health and human service workers. We know that health care makes up the largest industry in our region, so advances for working people in health care will have an impact on everyone. 

Organizations that will participate in the panel include:

  • Rochester Union of Nurses and Allied Professionals: These nurses won a major organizing victory at Rochester General Hospital, held multiple strikes and last year won a major contract victory.
  • SEIU 1199: The union that represents hundreds of workers at Strong Hospital was also in contract negotiations to improve the standard of living for workers there last year. These workers went to strike as well and won significant improvements. 
  • Federation of Social Workers, IUE-CWA: The Federation represents hundreds of social workers that work for Monroe County. Over the last couple of years they have seen significant improvements in pay and growing activity among their members. Just last year they also won a new contract with many improvements.

Each of these organizations will be asked to share some about how they organize their members, lessons they learned from these fights and how they have changed the lives of their members. Finally, we will ask: what do we need to do now? 

We hope that unionists, activists and health and human service workers from across our region will join us for this important and powerful discussion!