January 2015

Parents, Kids, and Child Care Providers Stage Massive Rally to Save Child Program From Funding Crisis! Gov. Rauner, State Lawmakers Must Act!

DSC_0263(January 30, 2015) — Child care providers, along with the parents and children whom they serve, rallied outside the Thompson Center at the State of Illinois Building today to call on Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to pass an emergency funding bill as the Child Care Assistance Program is set to completely run out of money. Child care providers called on state lawmakers to take urgent action to pass an emergency funding bill to protect our Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) which is underfunded by an estimated $295 million dollars.

(TAKE ACTION NOW – send a letter to your state legislator to save our child care program!)

This funding crisis for the CCAP program is the first real test of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s leadership and commitment to supporting working families and at-risk children. Child care providers strongly urged Gov. Rauner not to play politics with the lives of providers, single moms and dads, and low-income families and infants – and instead work towards a sustainable solution that funds this vital program. Everyone is watching Gov. Rauner closely to understand where his priorities really are.

It’s not right, and it is grossly unfair that low-income families, namely single mothers, and their young children should have to suffer simply because the state legislature didn’t do its job and passed an incomplete budget.

Failure to pass an emergency supplemental funding bill will have dire consequences for working families and create a horrific spiral. It means that some parents won’t have anywhere to take their children so they can go to work or school. Child care providers which are making poverty level wages themselves will see yet more delays in receiving payments from the State if not being forced to close their doors altogether, which could impact parents who have been relying on their care child care providers.



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Working Families of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Issue Statement Endorsing Jesus “Chuy” Garcia For Chicago’s Mayor and Progressive Candidates for City Council

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2015

Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia speaks to SEIU HCII members at year beginning meeting Sat, 01/17/15

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia speaks to SEIU HCII members at year beginning meeting Sat, 01/17/15

 Contact: James Muhammad, James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org

(CHICAGO) – Members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana (HCII), a union that fights for and represents over 92,000 workers in home care, nursing homes, hospitals and child care providers, released its endorsements today for Chicago’s municipal election on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015.

Working families of SEIU HCII enthusiastically endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia for Chicago Mayor because he is a progressive champion for working families.  Garica addressed over 300 members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois on January 17th to accept the union’s endorsement – see video and slide show of the event. Chuy Garcia believes that all of Chicago’s children deserve a world class public education and continues to fight for living wages, safe communities, access to affordable housing, child care, and healthcare, and a fair economy that benefits everyone, not just the wealthy few.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois also endorsed a list of progressive candidates for Chicago’s City Council – scroll below to see the complete list.

April Verrett, Executive Vice-President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, released the following statement:

“Chicago is a city divided because of Mayor Emanuel’s agenda to favor the richest 1% over working families and communities of color.  All Chicagoans deserve real economic opportunities that create good jobs with living wages, as well as fundamental fairness with respect to city services, taxes, and investments in our neighborhoods that provide a better quality life.  But by any measure, Mayor Emanuel’s agenda, as epitomized by his decision to close 53 neighborhood schools, has been an abject failure for working families in our city.

“That’s why our SEIU members enthusiastically endorse and are committed to work hard to elect Commissioner Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia as our next Mayor of Chicago as well as a slate of progressive candidates for City Council.

“Chuy Garcia will unite Chicago’s neighborhoods instead of dividing us.  He believes that we should invest in our communities again and put working families first over corporate special-interests and profits.  As a key ally of Chicago’s legendary and first African-American Mayor, Harold Washington, Chuy Garcia will be the inclusive, caring, visionary and decisive leader that Chicago deserves.

“We are proud to fight to make Chuy Garcia our next Mayor of Chicago and to elect progressive candidates to City Hall who will be independent and represent the interests of working families.”

For Chicago’s Mayor: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, MayorDSC_0174

    Chicago’s City Council

5th ward Ald. Leslie Hairston

6th ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer

8th ward Tara Baldridge

10th ward Susan Sadlowski-Garza

15th ward Rafael Yanez

16th ward Ald. Toni Foulkes

17th ward David Moore

22nd ward Ald. Ricardo Munoz

26th ward Juanita Irizarry

29th ward Zerlina Smith

32nd ward Ald. Scott Waguespack

33rd ward Timothy Meegan

35th ward Carlos Rosa

37th ward Tara Stamps

38th ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato

45th ward Ald. John Arena


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Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, HCII endorsed mayoral candidate in Chicago, lays out his vision for members

On Saturday, January 17, Chicago area SEIU HCII members united for our annual year-beginning meeting. While a review of work in 2014 and goals for 2015 were expected, a visit from Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was a welcome surprise!

The SEIU HCII Executive Board voted to endorse Chuy Garcia in the Chicago mayoral race recently, and on January 17 rank and file members were able to meet with the candidate and hear his vision for a better Chicago.

See photos and video of his full speech below.

Chuy Garcia is a true progressive who has always had the interests of Chicago’s working families at heart throughout his impressive career in public service. Whether as a key aldermanic leader under Mayor Harold Washington, as a State Senator in Springfield, or currently as a Cook County Commissioner serving as Toni Preckwinkle’s floor leader on the County Board, Garcia has stood for living wages, quality public services, safer neighborhoods, and a strong public education system that is accessible to everyone.



We are proud to stand with Chuy for mayor – click here to sign up to volunteer and help build a Chicago that works for us all!

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SEIU Healthcare Illinois Supports Obama’s Paid Sick Leave Effort

Chauncey Collins, SEIU home care worker, supports President Obama's paid sick leave agenda; 01/22/15.

Chauncey Collins, SEIU home care worker, supports President Obama’s paid sick leave agenda; 01/22/15.

(January 22n, 2015) — Chauncey Collins, a home care worker and member of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, and Denise Gaines, Legislative Director, spoke to Springfield CBS 3 WCIA’s Matt Porter about President Obama’s paid sick leave agenda that he introduced during this year’s State of the Union address.

Springfield CBS 3: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Supports Obama’s Paid Sick Leave Effort

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