TEF ceremony 2014-15 mediumMore than 900 1199SEIU members were recognized recently for upgrading their job skills as the healthcare industry undergoes broad and fast-paced changes. The annual 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds’ (TEF) graduation ceremony, which took place at the Sheraton Hotel in midtown Manhattan, was attended by about 600 of the graduates who completed a training program in 2014-2015 – another 400 family and friends packed the ballroom. Attendees also included Funds and Union leadership, executives from the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York and from participating hospitals and public officials. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who served as keynote speaker, recognized the graduates and applauded the partnership efforts that further the education of New York healthcare workers, helping strengthen the industry’s workforce and improve the quality of care.