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Gun Violence: Beyond a Conversation – Nov. 30

Gov. Wolf Announces Innovative Apprenticeships in Early Education, Addiction Counseling, and Health Care

Governor Tom Wolf joined workers, employers and leaders of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund to announce state approval of five innovative apprenticeships that are helping workers to build careers in early childhood development, addiction counseling and as advanced medical assistants.

“Apprenticeships have expanded beyond the traditional trades to careers in early education, health care and many more,” said Governor Wolf. “The apprenticeships create new and exciting opportunities to create training programs so workers can earn a paycheck while they learn, which creates a stronger workforce in Pennsylvania.”

The District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund developed the five apprenticeships that are now registered with the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I). Three apprenticeships in early childhood development bring together multiple employers to create a first-of-its-kind training approach in the Philadelphia area to provide a pathway for workers to get their first technical credential up to a bachelor’s degree and teacher certification.

The new apprenticeships include Direct Support Professionals, a first step in a career with classes at Thomas Jefferson University, and Child Development Specialists, with nine people attending Shippensburg University and working at First Start Partnerships for Children & Families, a Head Start in Franklin County. The third apprenticeship is for Early Childhood Pre-K Teachers, with nearly 80 apprentices working at dozens of employers and taking classes at Arcadia University, Community College of Philadelphia and Delaware County Community College.

“Apprenticeships are a win-win for employers and apprentices,” said Cheryl Feldman, executive director of the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. “They provide employers with skilled staff trained in work-based competencies through classroom and on the job learning at the workplace and provide apprentices with paid employment while working toward portable credentials.

“As a workforce intermediary, the Training Fund strives to create multiemployer apprenticeship programs that serve the needs of healthcare, human services, and early childhood, providing a successful strategy that helps to address critical labor shortages. We are thankful to Governor Wolf for his leadership in supporting the creation and expansion of apprenticeships in non-traditional industries.”

Expanding job training is a priority for the Wolf administration, which provided more than $500,000 to support the apprenticeships.

“We have been thrilled with our participation in the Apprenticeship Project,” said Deb Green, director of the Parent Infant Center, which hosted today’s event. “Teachers are getting college credit for their experience in the field and are succeeding in their college coursework because of the additional supports that the project provides.

“Their increased knowledge about best practices in the field of early childhood education so clearly impacts their classrooms and benefits the experiences of so many young children. It has been a win-win experience for everyone.”

L&I also registered apprenticeships for addiction counselors and advanced medical assistants, both sponsored by the District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund. Apprentices who complete a registered apprenticeship earn nationally recognized credentials. Employers registering apprenticeships with L&I receive guidance, helpful contacts and access to grants and funding.

Apprenticeships are part of the governor’s groundbreaking PAsmart initiative to create the strongest workforce in the nation. The governor secured $70 million for PAsmart over two years, including $40 million for science and technology education and $30 million for apprenticeships and job training programs.

The Wolf Administration created the Apprenticeship and Training Office within L&I in 2016. The office has registered 156 new program sponsors and 223 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 18,187 statewide.

Governor Wolf has set a goal of increasing the number of workers with training after high school from 47 percent to 60 percent by 2025.

Photos from the event

District 1199C Announces New Leadership

Kendra Brooks captures a Philadelphia City Council seat in a historic win for the Working Families Party and Philly progressives

Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks on Tuesday scored an unprecedented victory for a Philadelphia City Council at-large seat effectively reserved for non-Democrats, becoming the first candidate from outside the two major parties to win a seat in the 100 years since Council adopted a modern legislative structure.

Get Your Skates Ready! District 1199C Roller Skating Party

District 1199C Roller Skating Party
Tuesday , December 17th – 5pm – 9pm

Rolling Thunder Skating Rink
7017 Roosevelt Blvd.  map

Price: $1 – Children  $2 – Adults
for tickets contact: Zakia Gilyard (267) 693-8647
Proceeds benefit 1199C Solidarity Fund


Chris Woods/Paul Himmel – Who’s Who in Philly Labor

Check out the November 4, 2019 podcast of The Who’s Who in Philly Labor Show featuring 1199C President Chris Woods.

District 1199C Announces Key Leadership Change: Henry Nicholas Assumes New Position as President Emeritus, Chris Woods Selected as New President of District 1199C

PHILADELPHIA (October 21st, 2019) – Today, Philadelphia’s largest union of healthcare workers is announcing a change in leadership. Long-time President Henry Nicholas has assumed a new position as President Emeritus. Executive Vice President Chris Woods, in accordance with the Union’s By-Laws, has been confirmed by the Executive Board to serve as District 1199C’s new president.

“I’m honored to have the support of our Executive Board to be the next leader of District 1199C,” said President Woods. “We are all deeply grateful to President Emeritus Nicholas for his decades of service to our union, and we look forward to his continued involvement as President Emeritus.”

President Emeritus Nicholas previously served as president of District 1199C, president of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees, and Vice President of AFSCME International. He joined his first union in 1959 as an employee of Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. After relocating to Philadelphia, President Emeritus Nicholas organized one of Philadelphia’s first unions for hospital workers. He is widely recognized as a  legend of the labor movement.


President Chris Woods, a Philadelphia native, is a long-time union activist. He previously led the Union’s Hospital Division, which includes Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and many other large employers. He grew up in the union, as his grandmother worked at Hahnemann University Hospital and brought President Woods to union meetings even as a child. President Woods also serves as the Executive Director of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees.


District 1199C represents over 13,000 workers in the healthcare industry.

Healthcare Food Service Workers Week

October 6 – 12 was Healthcare Food Service Workers Week. We’d like to take a moment to recognize all of the 1199C members who put in the long hours and hard work in food service.  District 1199C thanks our dietary and food service members show below, and all others for your continued service and hard work ALL YEAR LONG!

DA Krasner’s Office launches a unit to prosecute employers for crimes against workers

by Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Updated: October 8, 2019- 5:00 AM. Underscoring the city’s increased focus on supporting workers, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has launched a unit to investigate and prosecute scofflaw employers.

FREE “Medication Errors” Course – ALL NUHHCE Nurses Invited

UNAC/UHCP is offering a free “Medication Errors” course for all NUHHCE Nurses on Tuesday December 10, 2019 from 9:00am – 4:30pm at the Double Tree Hotel, 237 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

For more information e-mail: education@unacuhcp.org

To Register Today visit: https://unacuhcp.org/dec10


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