We are a union — an independent organization created by employees to advocate for our common interests. We know that healthcare works best when we have a strong voice in decision making at our facilities. We stand together to make sure that our pay and benefits allow all of our families to thrive.
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is our statewide union. Our union includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, pharmacists, technicians, professionals, therapists, mental health workers, certified nursing aides, housekeeping and dietary staff, and other healthcare workers. We believe we are the strongest to win for our patients, our clients, and our families when we unite across our job titles and advocate together. We are one care team.
We are also part of the 2 million member Service Employees International Union. SEIU is the largest union of healthcare workers in the nation.
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Curious how to join our union?
How to form a union at your workplace
Hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers have decided that to make sure we are heard on the job, we need to speak with a united voice. To do that, we’ve formed a union — an independent organization created by employees to advocate for our common interests.
Questions about joining? Email or call our new organizing team, 425-336-5854.
Three Steps to Forming a Union:
1. We identify the changes we want to make and talk to our coworkers about forming our union.
2. After a strong majority of us sign a petition or card saying we'll vote yes for the union, we schedule a union election.
3. We form our union and begin to negotiate to improve pay, benefits, and other work issues.
Why should we join SEIU Healthcare 1199NW?
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is Washington state’s strongest healthcare union with more than 30,000 healthcare workers standing together for quality care and quality careers. Together we have the strength to improve our jobs and the care we give. Read more about the benefits of membership.
How do we form a union?
Forming a union starts with talking to your co-workers about it. Contact our new organizing team, 425-336-5854, to get some help and tips, and find more information here.
How do we negotiate a contract?
Negotiating a contract is a participatory, democratic process — all of us have a role to play.
We elect a team of co-workers from across the facility to represent us in negotiations with management. The team puts together a bargaining proposal based on input from surveys and meetings with employees across the hospital or clinic.
The bargaining team — with support from legal and negotiating experts from the union — meets with management over a period of time to reach an agreement on the issues.
We, the union members, then have the final say. Once we reach a tentative agreement with management, we have a chance to review it and ask questions. Then we hold a vote — no contract can be accepted unless a majority of our co-workers vote to approve.
What kinds of improvements have healthcare workers won by joining together in a union?
Having a real voice has allowed thousands of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members to make our jobs better: improved wages, real job security, stable benefits, a voice for better staffing. Read more about the benefits of being a member.
Other than negotiating a contract, how else do SEIU Healthcare 1199NW workers gain a voice on the job?
Having a union allows healthcare workers to create new avenues of communication between us, the employees, and management, like:
Union-management committees. Most contracts create committees that allow employees to sit down with management to solve problems as they come up. Many contracts set up special committees that focus on a particular issue — such as staffing — that we want to have an ongoing voice about.
A fair system for resolving differences. Our contracts also create a “grievance procedure” where an employee who has a disagreement with a management decision can turn to an appeal process.
Who is SEIU?
SEIU is an organization of 2.1 million members united by the belief in improving the lives of workers and our families and creating a more just and humane society. Find more information on SEIU’s website.
How much are dues? What do they pay for?
Dues pay the costs of building an effective organization including our education and training programs, negotiating expenses, newsletters, office expenses, and salaries for officers and a full-time staff who provide research, organizing, communications, and legal support for the union.
Dues are 1.8 percent of your gross monthly pay, with a cap of $90/month-- $18 for every $1,000 earned.
Employees don’t pay dues until coworkers have negotiated and a majority of co-workers have voted to approve their first contract.
Dues cannot be increased unless a majority votes to approve a change.
Who makes the decisions in the union?
The members do. SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is run by members through a strong democratic process. Members elect our own worksite leaders, a union-wide executive board, and our local union officers. We vote to approve our contracts, our dues structure, and all other major decisions in our organization.
What is the advantage of having many types of healthcare employees in one organization?
Most healthcare jobs are team-based and patient care quality improves when every part of the team is strong. Cutbacks and staffing shortages in one department or job classification can ripple across the facility and weaken care and services for patients in other units. It’s important that we all speak with a united voice about our problems and concerns.
Having a united organization for everyone allows employees to make sure that every part of the patient care team has a voice in making decisions about the future of their facility.
How will management react if we try to form a union?
Most employers are used to having the power to make decisions without employee input. It’s typical for employers to be hesitant about opening up decision-making to employee involvement.
But it’s important to remember that forming a union will improve patient care and employee-management relations in the long run. Every employee has the right to help form a union. Ultimately, the decision about forming a union is made by employees, not managers.
How can I give feedback about the care I received from an SEIU Healthcare 1199NW member?
As a healthcare workers' and nurses' union, we put patient care first. Feedback about care you received is best directed to the hospital, clinic, facility, or institution where you received your care.
If you have complaints of a serious nature about care deficiencies we encourage you to file a complaint with the Washington State Department of Health.
NEW Positions with a Progressive Union
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, a progressive healthcare union is part of the fastest growing union in the country. We are a union of 30,000 healthcare workers strong and growing in Washington State. We work toward economic and racial justice in our communities and building strong worker led unions that advocate for good jobs, safer staffing and a voice on the job for frontline staff in hospitals, clinics, behavior health and social service agencies.
A Day in the Life of an 1199NW Organizer!
Join a growing team that includes over 60 organizers doing bold worksite based organizing and bargaining throughout Puget Sound and the Pacific Northwest by engaging in:
All Organizer Positions
- Leadership Development: identify and foster existing and new union leaders & activists’ growth and leadership.
- Racial Justice: engage workers in our fight to promote racial justice and combat white supremacy.
- Engage majority participation in contract negotiations though fun and inclusive strategies.
- Plan: actions to win improvements in the workplace that promote workplace democracy & justice.
- Mobilize: members to participate in community, political and organizing opportunities in the larger union and community.
- Listen: utilize your excellent active listening skills to determine workplace concerns by asking open ended questions and listening more than you talk J
- Welcome & Educate: new members on what a union is and share opportunities for member involvement.
- Build relationships: Work with people from diverse background and culture, Bilingual skills a plus
External or “New” Organizing Positions
- Work with non-union healthcare workers to successfully form their union
- Engage worksite leaders and member organizers around a vision of union difference and leadership that WIN union elections and first contracts.
- Articulate a plan to win resulting in the successful GOTV of worker votes in union elections or card check campaigns.
Our Culture & Position Information
Healthcare workers are a predominantly female workforce and SEIU Healthcare members are committed to building respect and equity for the critical work we do that has been at times unseen or undervalued.
SEIU is the nations’ largest union of immigrant workers and SEIU Healthcare members have consistently supported and led in our communities social justice initiatives including; racial justice, immigration reform and affordable health care for all.
We value experience and also foster an environment where organizers have opportunity to grow through mentorship, development programs and on the ground training.
Women & People of color are highly encouraged to apply.
Position is covered by a Staff Union with a collective bargaining agreement that includes: Competitive salary ($54,281-$83,506), and additional $6000/year car allowance, a strong benefit package including 14% employer contribution to 401K/Pension, fully paid family healthcare, 13 paid holidays a year and generous time off accrual.
Applicants must submit a current resume, with references and a cover letter expressing what their commitment and interest in the labor movement is in order to be considered for the position. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to:
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW
15 South Grady Way, #200
Renton, WA 98057