October 2011

Video: Demanding fairness from the Chicago Board of Trade, donating supplies to Occupy Chicago

A growing coalition of community, religious and labor organizations including Stand Up! Chicago gathered this week to demand that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange pay its fair share towards creating jobs in the city. Activists also donated sleeping bags, hats, and other supplies to members of Occupy Chicago to help them continue to protest as the weather gets colder.

See more coverage of the event, including reactions from traders at the Chicago Board of Trade.

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HJR 45 would doom low-wage home care, child care workers to permanent poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:October 26, 2011
CONTACT: Mike Truppa (312-980-9020; 312-296-1956)

SPRINGFIELD, IL –The Illinois Legislature’s proposal to cap wages for public employees would condemn more than 60,000 low-wage workers to permanent poverty and threaten the security of people with disabilities, parents and children, members of the Illinois largest labor union said Wednesday. (more…)

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Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory unites in SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana!

After months of hard work and determination, workers at Midwest Rehabilitation and Respiratory in Belleville, IL voted overwhelmingly to join together in SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana!

Workers at Midwest voted 78-14 to unite for good jobs and quality care in Belleville, IL.

“After Midwest was bought by a new company, working conditions started to degrade,” said Lauren Miller, a CNA at the nursing home. “It took a couple of months for the idea of joining a union to spread from just a few of us to a wide majority of the staff, but we worked hard and got it done.”

Midwest employees are looking forward to making big changes at the facility, including increasing the supply budget, getting management to hire more staff, and replacing old and broken equipment that employees need to care for their residents safely.

“Everyone’s so excited to get started improving this place,” said Virgie Watson, CNA. “Being united means we have a seat at the table with management and a way to really get things done around here.”

Midwest employees will soon begin bargaining their first contract. Check back here for updates.

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Marcy Newberry workers win a voice

In September, Child care and Head Start workers at Marcy Newberry Association voted overwhelmingly to join together in SEIU Child Care & Early Learning, a division of SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana! (more…)

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Research Hospital and Menorah Medical Center workers rally for good jobs and quality care

Service, maintenance, and technical employees at the Research Hospital and Menorah Medical Center campuses rallied with community allies on October 19th to stand up for quality care and quality jobs in the Kansas City area. (more…)

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Full week of actions for homes, schools, jobs follows October 10th rally

The October 10th march and rally of over 7000 Chicagoans, including hundreds of SEIU members, was only the beginning of a week of action to Take Back Chicago.  Throughout the week, members of SEIU, other unions and community groups participated in a series of targeted actions to take back our jobs, homes and schools. (more…)

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Missouri Home Care Union, SEIU Healthcare, and more march for jobs, homes, schools in St. Louis

Hundreds of MHCU and SEIU members, other laborers, students, seniors, activists, and the unemployed rallied in St. Louis on October 14th, in yet another action fueled by the indignation at corporate greed spreading across the country. (more…)

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SEIU Healthcare members, thousands more unite to Take Back Chicago

SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana members and thousands of other union members, teachers, students, and community activists swarmed the streets of downtown Chicago on Oct. 11, massing near a meeting of the Mortgage Bankers’ Association and the Futures Industry Association to demand that the greedy bankers and traders who broke our economy do their part to put it back together.

Those who volunteered to take arrest crowded into the entrance to the Modern Wing of the Art Institute, where members of the Mortgage Bankers' Association were meeting.

Participants dropped banners, chanted, held signs, sang, and even took arrest to send the message that the working people of Chicago are finished paying for the reckless behavior of the people who have who reaped profits while foreclosing on our homes, bankrupting our schools, and failing to create jobs.

“I was willing to take arrest because it’s time for a change, and if it takes people going to jail to make that happen then I’ll do it. More and more kids don’t have good schools, and so many people are losing their jobs and their homes–especially in my neighborhood. I had to make a stand,” said Grace Livingston, a nursing home worker in Harvey, IL.

Monday’s rally, called Take Back Chicago, was the first of a week of actions to reclaim our jobs, our homes, and our schools. Stay tuned for more coverage, and read more about this movement.

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