Dozens gathered Tuesday outside the hospital to rally and pass out fliers.
“We care about our patients, but when we’re short-staffed, we can’t provide the care that our patients deserve. And when we’re barely paid enough to support our families, we lose a lot of qualified staff,” said phlebotomist Kim Common. “Loretto needs to do better for patients and for the Austin community.” (more…)
“Everyone felt so happy and relieved when we heard the election results,” says Marcus Grant, who works in the dietary department. “I voted yes because I want job security. But many people really want to see improvements to our health insurance benefits, and there are people who have worked here for over 30 years not making much more than people like me who have only been here for 8 or 9 months. We have a better chance of changing these things with everyone united together.”
Workers at the Grove of Evanston join more than 10,000 nursing home workers taking action for quality jobs and quality care. And, with a vote of 46-0 and leaders on every shift, our newest members at the Grove are on their way to building a strong union.
SEIU Healthcare Illinois—representing more than 35,000 workers who provide home care to seniors and people with disabilities—launched an advertising campaign May 3rd educating lawmakers and the public about the high stakes of budget cuts to the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Home Service Program.
Almost immediately, members in the Environment Services Dept. (EVS) at Research demonstrated how serious and united they are to bargain a fair contract. Members signed petitions demanding that workers be treated with dignity and respect, petitions that management refused to accept. Members stepped up their campaign and presented a huge Valentine’s Day card saying all workers must be treated with dignity. (more…)
Springfield – Hundreds of working parents, child care providers and allies will rally in Springfield today as SEIU Healthcare Illinois—representing more than 30,000 child care providers—launches an advertising campaign calling on the General Assembly to prevent deep cuts to child care services for working parents. (more…)
For some members, joining the union’s Purple Brigade is a small step. For others, it’s a leap. Either way, members of the Purple Brigade see it as a necessity to build power for working people.
“I knew about the attacks on working people and I didn’t want to say that I sat back and didn’t get involved. This fight is too important,” said Annie Yarbary, a Decatur home child care provider for 10 years and recent member of the Purple Brigade.
“This is the first time I’ve been head deep in being involved,” said Stephanie Sanderfield, a Springfield home care aide. “I’ve tried to give excuses and not be involved, but when I went to a meeting and heard what they were talking about, a fire ignited in me.”
Of the many campaigns member organizer Joan Campbell has worked on, she considers organizing Pennsylvania home care workers one of the most rewarding.
“It was great to see home care workers feel the momentum and see the benefits of forming their union,” Joan said.
Joan, a Chicago home care provider with Family Home Services spent several weeks in Pennsylvania. She went door-to-door talking to home care workers about how being united can improve the quality of care to consumers and the quality of their own lives. Joan also transported workers to rallies, participated in lobby days and spoke at press conferences.
Her efforts were rewarded in January when 5,300 home care workers won their union. It was the largest organizing victory in history for SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania.
“It was wonderful to know that Joan cared enough to come in bad weather to help workers here get to where we wanted to be,” said Sandi Coates, a home care worker in Lancaster, Pa. “She understood what we were going through and her experience was a big help.”
“The Pennsylvania workers were telling me they want to accomplish what we’ve accomplished in Illinois — the pay, the respect, the quality care, training and more,” Joan said. “They just want to be recognized as home care workers that provide quality care.”
SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana canvassed 15 wards for candidates, with Member Political Organizers (MPOs) doing great work. (more…)