We're the heroes in this fight. Now it's time to do what's right!

1199SEIU Workers

Our Stories

Lifting up the stories of Healthcare Heroes is essential to securing good wages, safe working conditions, affordable, comprehensive health benefits, and a dignified retirement.

Take a moment to listen to stories submitted by Healthcare Heroes — and then submit your own story here!

Marie Alvarez

“This was the worst year of my life, but you must know that it is not over, that COVID patients are still coming into the ER.”
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Tyreese Byers

“You’re not by yourself. It’s you and another person.”
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Nikosa Collins

“There were not enough of us to look at the tests and get results to people in the time frame they needed.”
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George Davila

“My colleagues got sick, they were hospitalized, some died. Some are still sick.”
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Jane Gerenscer

“Everyone seems to have recognized our value, except the hospital administration.”
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Christopher Rogers

“As sick as they were, they couldn’t see their family members. We were their family.”
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Jim Wendt

“I’m confident that if we keep raising our voices together they will hear us loud and clear and we’ll get the contract we all deserve.”
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Theresa Gatling

“I’m ready to speak out, and do what’s needed to make sure we all get the contract we deserve.”
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Jean Roper

“A revolving door of caregivers, who the residents don’t know, ignores how important continuity of care is.”
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Gina Torres

“When there are not enough staff, who suffers? First and foremost the patients, of course, and it’s not fair to them.”
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Joanna Ocasio-Janvier

“If you are going to call us heroes, then treat us like heroes and give us the contract we deserve.”
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Barbara Moody

“We have been working tirelessly to provide safe, quality care to our patients and we are exhausted, still we continue on.”
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Collette Seegars

“People are burned out. And without fair wages and our health benefits, no one is going to do this important work anymore.”
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