New York State – New York's Service Employees International Union is now the largest labor local in the country.
SEIU 1199 Upstate and Downstate merged on Friday after a vote by members.
1199 Spokesman Marshall Blake says the union will give upstate health care workers more bargaining power.
He says the union will also have more collective bargaining power and political weight.
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