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1,200 Winthrop Employees Join SEIU 1199

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

About 1,200 workers at NYU Winthrop Hospital will join a health care union with a large presence on Long Island after employees last week voted overwhelmingly to join the organization.

The union, Service Employees International Union, Local 1199, said on Monday that employees at the Mineola hospital voted 817 to 142 to join.  

The union said employees who were eligible to join included nursing assistants and dietary aides. The agreement does not include doctors or registered nurses. The hospital has a total of 9,600 workers, officials said.

The union didn't specify when the workers will recieve the union benefits, which they said included no-cost health care, a  pension, as well as childcare and education benefits. 

NYU Winthrop, formerly Winthrop University Hospital, officially merged with the Manhattan-based health care system NYU Langone earlier this summer. Winthrop has been affiliated with NYU since 2017.

“We respect the National Labor Relations Board process and will continue to work in the best interests of our staff and our patients," NYU Winthrop said in a statement sent to Newsday.

SEIU said NYU Langone employees at other facilities in the health system are already members of the union, covered by an existing contract.

"The newly organized Winthrop workers will be entitled to the benefits of this agreement since Winthrop is now part of NYU," the union said in a statement.

Click here to read more in Newsday.

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