Tamara Robinson

Tamara Robinson

Communications Committee Chair
1199SEIU

Tamara Robinson began her career in 2007 working for social and economic justice as a national union organizer and later a political coordinator for the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). She moved on to work for the Committee of Interns and Residents | SEIU Healthcare (CIR) in New York City, the largest resident physicians union in the country. As Regional Director at CIR, Tamara developed the skills necessary to help hospital systems in NY, NJ, and DC engage their largest group of professional employees in shaping the processes, performance, and culture of more than 15 safety net hospitals along the east coast. In 2015, she expanded her work to healthcare professionals of all titles as a consultant with the 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Fund’s Labor Management Project. In 2017, she returned to Maryland to be closer to family and became the director of the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund in MD/DC.
As director of the Training and Upgrading Fund, Tamara has the privilege of working with members of 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East and hospital and nursing home administration on training and education opportunities that both support and sustain Baltimore city. Under Tamara’s leadership, the Training and Upgrading Fund became the sponsor of a large Patient Care Technician registered apprenticeship program, one of only a few registered apprenticeship programs in the healthcare industry in the state of Maryland. Tamara has also led the organization’s roll out of a new tuition assistance program, has successfully applied for grant funding that expands the Fund’s reach in the community, and has increased member utilization of the fund across sectors.
Tamara holds a B.A. in Sociology from Wellesley College and an M.A. in Labor Studies from the CUNY School of Professional Studies. She is a JS Murphy Diversity in Labor Scholarship recipient and a graduate of the Cornell University ILR School’s Union Leadership Institute.

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