May 2011

Loretto workers rally for quality care, quality jobs

Patient care and support workers joined community members this week to call on Loretto Hospital management to make quality care a priority by investing in quality jobs.

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…)

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Workers at the Grove of Evanston join SEIU!

On Thursday, May 19, sixty workers at the Grove of Evanston nursing home voted unanimously to form their union and join SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana.

“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.

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SEIU Healthcare Illinois launches ad campaign to protect vital services for people with disabilities

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.

Mike ErvinOur needs won’t go away just because politicians choose to pull funding. Cuts to the Home Service Program will only force more people to move to nursing homes.
– Mike Ervin, Chicago

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K.C. hospital workers fight for dignity & respect, quality care in first contract

Nearly 1000 hospital workers at Menorah Medical Center and Research Medical Center in Kansas City are negotiating their first contract, united with SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana.

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…)

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SEIU Healthcare Illinois launches campaign to stop devastating cuts to child care

Hundreds of parents, providers come to Springfield to lobby as union launches ad campaign

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…)

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What are people saying about training for PAs?

Executive Summary – Stakeholder Input Process

PA Input Report

Consumer Input Report

CIL Input Report

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Purple Brigade gets members involved

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.”

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Family Home Services worker helps PAs in Pa.

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.”

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Member Political Organizers get out the vote in Chicago city elections

More than 1,000 members from SEIU locals and volunteers worked phone banking, door knocking and Election Day poll watching in Chicago elections on Feb. 22nd and April 5th

SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana canvassed 15 wards for candidates, with Member Political Organizers (MPOs) doing great work. (more…)

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Missouri PAs, consumers fight home care cuts

Missouri Home Care Union members and consumers fighting to stop budget cuts celebrated victory as the state legislature approved a bill with additional funding to the home care program.

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