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 eight 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 10,000 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 $4.3 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
- Offer direct education and training benefits
- Provide extensive support services to increase member success and therefore ‘return on investment’
- Influence the education system as a large labor/management partnership to meet our collective goals
- Pursue external funding to expand services and leverage employer financial contributions