What We Do

Advancing careers and improving patient care

The SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training and Education Fund is a non-profit, labor-management partnership between nine hospital employers and the largest healthcare union in Washington State.  Established in 2008, the Training Fund was created to develop a statewide program for addressing the workforce needs of participating employers and to support the career, knowledge, and skill aspirations of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW members.  It is a ground-breaking enterprise designed to leverage the healthcare industry’s greatest strengths – its people and its institutions – to collectively keep pace with this rapidly changing, ever expanding and highly complex industry.

Close to 14,000 Washington State healthcare workers are currently eligible for Training Fund education benefits. As a Labor/Management Taft-Hartley Trust which is funded by collectively-bargained employer contributions, we are able to provide services and benefits at no cost to eligible members. Benefits include: funding for Professional Development activities, a Tuition Assistance program to cover college and university enrollment costs, and a wide variety of educational support services.

The multi-employer, labor/management partnership model allows the Training Fund to attract significant grant dollars to expand services for its members and the broader community. Since 2009, the Fund has been awarded over $4.7 million dollars in federal, state and private grants to further its mission. From policy work, to training projects to education-system reform, the Training Fund has made a significant impact on the current and future direction of Washington’s healthcare workforce system.

The Training Fund’s Work

  1. Offer direct education and training benefits
  2. Provide extensive support services to increase member success and therefore ‘return on investment’
  3. Influence the education system as a large labor/management partnership to meet our collective goals
  4. Pursue external funding to expand services and leverage employer financial contributions