The old St. Vincents will soon re-open as an outpatient health center, operated by North Shore-LIJ. SEIU-1199 wants to make sure the staff there can join the powerful union. (Fred Mogul/WNYC)

July 21, 2014

Some 70,000 New York City healthcare workers have a tentative labor deal with the umbrella group representing almost all local hospitals, averting a possible strike at the end of the month.

But as important as wages, health benefits and pension were to SEIU-1199, an even bigger victory could be winning the right to add healthcare workers to a union that is widely considered one of the most powerful forces in city and state politics.

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    Published: July 21, 2014