March 2016

Nursing Homes Leader, Lakesia Collins Speaks at CTU Press Event: “Working Families Share One Struggle for Fundamental Fairness”

HCII Apr1 Solidarity Presser3(March 24th, 2016, Chicago) —Lakesia Collins, a nursing home member leader, spoke passionately today at the Chicago Teacher Union’s press conference, along with other community groups and labor allies, after CTU announced a statewide day of action and teacher walkout on Friday, April 1st. Ms. Collins spoke about why nursing homes are fighting for a fair wage of $15 an hour and why that intersects with supporting teachers and protecting public education.

Watch press coverage from the press event below, as well as watch Lakesia’s speech in full, or scroll below to read her written remarks:

Chicago NBC 5: Nursing Home Workers and Fight for 15 Join CTU Actions On April 1st

Chicago WTTW: CTU President, Karen Lewis, Praises SEIU, Labor Allies in Joining April 1st Actions

Full Speech from Lakesia Collins, Nursing Home Leader: “SEIU Healthcare Stands With Chicago Teachers”

Lakesia Collins’ Statement at Chicago Teachers Union Press Conference

My name is Lakesia Collins.

I’m a single mother whose children go to public school here in Chicago.

I’m also a proud nursing home worker who gives exceptional and quality care to the patients and families I serve.

And yet, I am paid poverty wages and can barely support myself and my children.

We, as working people, share one struggle.

Yes, on Friday, April 1st, nursing home workers and working people all across Chicago and Illinois are standing up to Gov. Rauner’s extreme agenda and demanding that the billionaires and millionaires in our state finally invest in our communities again and pay their fair share in taxes.

That’s why I’m proud to announce that nursing home workers are standing in unity with our dedicated teachers and the CTU because we are also fighting against the nursing home owners to negotiate a good contract that gives us a living wage of $15.

It is well documented that the number one driver of poor educational outcomes is income inequality and poverty.

That’s why we, as nursing home workers, see both our fight for fair wages of $15 an hour and protecting the value of public education as absolutely essential and connected.

The agenda by rich special-interests is simple: make a huge profit to put it in their own pocket.

The richest 1% want to drain revenue and resources away from everyday and working families.

As a nursing home worker, this sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Wealthy nursing home owners also don’t want to pay fair and living wages of $15 an hour and instead want to slash staffing levels, resources, and hurt our ability to do our jobs to give quality care to our residents.

This is not some abstract issue.

The richest 1%’s and their extreme agenda embodied by Gov. Rauner is designed to hurt MY children, their education, and their opportunity.

And the agenda by nursing home owners to try and silence the voices of workers like myself and hold down our wages won’t work anymore.

That’s why on April 1st, we have one shared struggle — to fight for fundamental fairness for all working families.

 

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Rauner Must Renounce Trump Movement of Hatred and Ignorance: A CEO Presidency Would Be Just as Bad as a CEO Governorship

CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to news that Bruce Rauner pledges to support a Donald Trump nomination:

“Bruce Rauner must renounce the Donald Trump movement of hatred against people of color, against people of different faiths and against our immigrant sisters and brothers. Trump’s campaign has been marked by racism, incitements to violence, misogyny, mockery of people with disabilities and a mean-spiritedness that has no place whatsoever in the public realm.

“Both Rauner and Trump apply the worst characteristics of a CEO, where protecting the richest means harming everyone else. What Rauner is doing to Illinois is what Trump would do to America, and we already are experiencing the failures of this unreasonable approach. A Trump-Rauner partnership would be a total disaster. Rauner’s policies have fallen hardest on women and people of color, so it is doubly troubling to see him vow support for someone who promotes such despicable bias and scorn.”

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Child Care Mentoring Program Accepting Applications for Mentors Now!

alma (19 of 85)If you are interested in working with other child care providers to help them become a licensed or an accredited provider, the Mentoring Program is for you.  SEIU is looking for experienced Family Child Care Providers to join the mentoring Program.  Benefits of becoming a mentor.

  • Gives you 15 hour of free mentor training.
  • Gives you credit hours toward the Technical Assistance & Family Child Care Credential.
  • Gives you work experience that will count towards the TA Credential & the FCC Credential.
  • Meets IDCFS training requirements.
  • Meet other family child care providers.
  • Form a peer support group.

Click Here for Detailed Flyer

If you are interested please contact METCRegistration@seiuhcil.org  for the Mentor application.

Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2016.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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Press Release: A Stunning Rejection of the Rauner Agenda and His Checkbook Politics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 15, 2016Rauner truck_mobile_billboards_crop_580w

Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org

 

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to Tuesday’s primary results:

 

“Tuesday was a stunning rejection of the divisive checkbook politics of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who flooded the state with an unprecedented amount of unaccountable dark money that was meant to overwhelm the interests of the working families of Illinois.

 

“Likewise, the decisive victory of Kim Foxx in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s race was a clear call by the people to fix the broken trust in our criminal justice system that was symbolized in Rahm Emanuel’s and Anita Alvarez’s disastrous handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

 

“Our 60,000 Illinois members had a tremendous stake in today’s outcomes and we’re proud of the work we did, including more than 300 volunteer workers at the doors and the polls just today and more than 10,000 phone calls made in support of our candidates.

 

“Even Democrats whose campaigns were funded by Bruce Rauner had to run against his divisive agenda, but it’s gratifying to know that Rauner proved generally unable to buy the outcomes he wanted.

 

“Even more gratifying is to see Rep. Ken Dunkin pay the price for his utter betrayal of seniors, children, people with disabilities and our child care and home healthcare workers, whom he looked in the eye and promised to protect, but instead sided with Rauner and his big-money special interest friends.

 

“Let’s hope Gov. Rauner heeds the will of the people, abandons his divisive agenda and starts to seek real solutions to grow our economy, protect our vulnerable and fix what he has broken.”

 

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A Stunning Rejection of the Rauner Agenda and His Checkbook Politics

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to Tuesday’s primary results:

Tuesday was a stunning rejection of the divisive checkbook politics of Gov. Bruce Rauner, who flooded the state with an unprecedented amount of unaccountable dark money that was meant to overwhelm the interests of the working families of Illinois.

“Likewise, the decisive victory of Kim Foxx in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s race was a clear call by the people to fix the broken trust in our criminal justice system that was symbolized in Rahm Emanuel’s and Anita Alvarez’s disastrous handling of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

“Our 60,000 Illinois members had a tremendous stake in today’s outcomes and we’re proud of the work we did, including more than 300 volunteer workers at the doors and the polls just today and more than 10,000 phone calls made in support of our candidates.

“Even Democrats whose campaigns were funded by Bruce Rauner had to run against his divisive agenda, but it’s gratifying to know that Rauner proved generally unable to buy the outcomes he wanted.

“Even more gratifying is to see Rep. Ken Dunkin pay the price for his utter betrayal of seniors, children, people with disabilities and our child care and home healthcare workers, whom he looked in the eye and promised to protect, but instead sided with Rauner and his big-money special interest friends.

“Let’s hope Gov. Rauner heeds the will of the people, abandons his divisive agenda and starts to seek real solutions to grow our economy, protect our vulnerable and fix what he has broken.”

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