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With 350,000 members in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Washington D.C., 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest growing healthcare union in the country. Its mission is to achieve affordable, high quality healthcare for all.

In January 2010, 1199 SEIU donated $1 million to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF for earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. The union is also organizing a special UNICEF fundraising drive among its membership as part of a broader collective effort to mobilize the community and offer resources to those affected by the crisis in Haiti. In partnership with UNICEF, the union has also launched a special Haiti relief website at www.wecareforhaiti.org as well as a special toll free Haiti relief hotline number at 1-877-875-6561, to help provide crisis counseling and assistance to anyone affected by the tragedy.

"This tragedy has hit 1199 very close to home. Our union has tens of thousands of members who are of Haitian descent in New York and Boston. We are grateful that organizations like UNICEF are there on the ground, providing life-saving supplies, emergency personnel and equipment, as the number one priority right now is to prevent a second wave of disaster and begin the healing and rebuilding process in Haiti.”

- President of 1199 SEIU George Gresham

Recent News

April 23, 2014

Joint statement by heads of UN humanitarian agencies on Syria

One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance. As the fighting has intensified in recent weeks, at least one million people are now in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Aleppo alone. The road from Damascus to Aleppo - a vital lifeline – has often been cut. 1.25 million people are in need of food in Aleppo city and rural parts of the governorate.

April 22, 2014

UNICEF: Desperate Water Shortages Facing Children in Bentiu, South Sudan

Tens of thousands of people who fled targeted ethnic violence in Bentiu last week are receiving just one liter of safe drinking water per day in the desperately overcrowded UN base, UNICEF said today.

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