"When we have a sense of unity and job security, it will allow us to focus on the real reason we are here: our patients. That's why we voted to form a union,” said Victoria Brennan, a case manager at Bry-Lin.

Approximately 150 Bry-Lin staff members are already members of 1199 SEIU. They work as registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers, medical technicians, aides, service, maintenance, and clerical employees.

Bry-Lin Hospital provides a full range of behavioral health services, including mental health, substance abuse, counseling, referral, and treatment on both an in-patient and out-patient basis. Its principal location is at 1255-75 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, with satellite facilities in Amherst and Alden. The case managers work at all three locations.

In New York State, 1199 SEIU is the largest organization of health care workers, with more than 7,000 members in the Buffalo-Niagara region who work at Women and Children's Hospital, Millard Fillmore Hospital, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and more than three dozen other hospitals and nursing homes.

For further information, please contact Clarence Ervin at (716) 946-7502 (cell phone) or Bruce Popper at (585) 936-5249 (pager). (Buffalo)--Case managers and counselors at Bry-Lin Hospital have voted to join 1199 SEIU New York's Health Care and Human Service Union. In balloting that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) conducted last Friday, the tally was 22 in favor of unionizing and one opposed. Approximately 30 staff members were eligible to vote.