EAST ST. LOUIS-Councilwoman LaToya Greenwood “walked a day in the shoes” of child care provider Tina Williams, who serves families in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) currently under assault by Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“As someone who was a young single parent, I know what it’s like to struggle to care for your family. I know how important child care is to my parents,” said Ms. Williams. “The wealthy are getting richer and richer, but Bruce Rauner is cutting from children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. It’s not right.”
Last summer, Rauner unilaterally limited eligibility to CCAP, which helps working families with the growing burden of child care costs, and the program has not recovered.
Councilwoman Greenwood spent the morning learning more about the work of child care providers and the impact of Governor Rauner’s cuts to CCAP. She pledged to support child care and early learning providers and to restore and repair the Child Care Assistance Program from Rauner’s attacks.
“The work that is done by providers like Tina is absolutely vital to our communities,” said Councilwoman Greenwood. “As State Representative, I will fight every day to stand up for the dignity of this work and to protect our families from Bruce Rauner’s attacks.”
Councilwoman Greenwood, candidate for the 114th House District seat vacated by retired Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson, has earned the endorsement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois.
As Bruce Rauner and allies such as Republican State Rep. Michael McAuliffe continue their brick-by-brick teardown of social services in Illinois, 20th House District candidate Merry Marwig spent a day walking in the shoes of a Norridge home healthcare worker for a day, experiencing firsthand the challenges that home healthcare workers face each and every day.
The insight she gained strengthened Marwig’s understanding of the important role home healthcare plays for tens of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities who face forced institutionalization under Rauner’s policies.
Home healthcare worker Prudenza Kalpedis, who provides daily care for her severely disabled sister, Veronica Dattomo, was impressed both by Marwig’s interest in her work, and her willingness to actually try her hand at it.
“It means so much to have a candidate for office come and take the time to see how the governor’s policies are hurting people like me and my sister, Veronica. Our State Representative Michael McAuliffe doesn’t seem to be concerned and neither does Governor Rauner, and that’s why I’m voting for Merry Marwig this November. There’s too much at stake for caregivers and people with disabilities.”
In contrast, Marwig’s opponent McAuliffe has sat idly by as Rauner illegally imposed rules to cap overtime hours for more than 8,000 people with disabilities and their caregivers. And he has been equally silent about Rauner’s proposed $200 million cuts to the Community Care Program, a move that could force more than 44,000 seniors into costlier institutional care.
Marwig is an outspoken advocate for seniors and has earned the endorsement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois.
Mt. Sinai and Schwab Rehab Hospital Workers Join With Faith Leaders as Part of the National “Moral Day of Action” to Demand an Agenda for Working Families and Communities to Fight for Living Wages and Solutions to End Poverty
(September 12, 2016, Chicago) — Mt. Sinai Hospital and Schwab Rehab workers joined with faith leaders and Chicago Alderman Jason Ervin (28th Ward;) as part of the National “Moral Day of Action” to demand an agenda for working families. (Scroll below to watch videos of the press event).
Mt. Sinai workers held a sign that reads, “Level 1 Trauma Center Pay, for Level 1 Trauma Center Care” to send a message that workers should earn a fair wage for their service and commitment to providing quality patient care. Mt. Sinai Hospital is also the only Level 1 Trauma Center on the West Side of Chicago, but where the healthcare workers earn the lowest wages in the City.
For example, the average hourly wage for CNAs at Level 1 adult trauma centers in the Chicago area varies dramatically. Northwestern Memorial Hospital CNAs average $20.29 an hour, but Mt. Sinai and Schwab workers earn on average below $15 an hour. Raising wages for healthcare workers at Mt. Sinai and Schwab would help workers and their families but also support local businesses where the West Side community needs greater investment and real economic opportunity.
Mt, Sinai Hospital Workers, Natalie Guzman & Alice Jones Speak Out for $15 Minimum Wage
Chicago Alderman Jason Irving Supports Mt Sinai Hospital Workers In Fight for $15
Mt. Sinai’s press event was in conjunction with the “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action” with events organized by faith and clergy leaders in over 25 states across the country. Faith leaders are calling on all elected officials to sign a moral declaration and pledge to fight for a set of values that include economic justice and fair wages for workers, equality in education, affordable healthcare, criminal justice reform, and protecting voting rights.
Pastor Michael Eaddy from the People’s Church of the Harvest Church of God in Christ spoke at the event.
Level 1 Adult Trauma Centers in Chicago Area
|Hospital Name||CNA/Orderly Average Hourly Wage|
|NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL||$ 20.29|
|JOHN H. STROGER JR. HOSPITAL OF COOK COUNTY||$ 18.06|
|ADVOCATE CONDELL MEDICAL CENTER||$ 16.80|
|ADVOCATE GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL||$ 16.79|
|ADVOCATE CHRIST HOSPITAL||$ 16.69|
|NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEALTHSYSTEM||$ 16.44|
|ADVOCATE LUTHERAN GENERAL HOSPITAL||$ 15.95|
|LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER||$ 15.73|
|ADVOCATE ILLINOIS MASONIC MEDICAL CENTER||$ 15.23|
|PRESENCE HEALTH ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL||$ 14.64|
|MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER||$ 14.11|
Mt. Sinai Hospital and Schwab Rehab workers’ decision to join the Fight for $15 movement comes on the heels of Northwestern Memorial Hospital workers who announced they were Fighting for $15 in June of this year as the campaign continues to pick up momentum in Chicago.
MOLINE- As Bruce Rauner and his Republican allies continue their brick-by-brick teardown of social services in Illinois, 72nd House District candidate Mike Halpin spent a morning “Walking a Day” in the shoes of Moline early childhood educators whose funding for quality care has been decimated by Rauner’s attacks.
“It was great to be able to inform Mike Halpin about how the cuts to child care are affecting our facility and all the parents who need child care,” said Haley Moore, director of the Moline Kids Campus. “It’s getting harder and harder for parents to find affordable child care, which makes it harder for them to work, which makes it even harder for them to afford child care. And now, if you’re a parent in school, you don’t qualify at all. We’ve had to turn parents away.”
Recently, Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 730, which would have expanded affordable child care to tens of thousands of additional families and created thousands of jobs.
SB 730, which passed with large majorities in the General Assembly, would have started to repair the Child Care Assistance Program after Rauner unilaterally cut thousands of working parents out of the program and eliminated child care entirely for parents who are in school or training. Recent figures from the state show that the parents of over 55,000 children lost child care as a result of these draconian cuts, and that thousands of providers lost their jobs.
While visiting the Moline Kids Campus to learn more about the disastrous effects of this veto, Halpin pledged to support child care and early learning providers and to restore and repair the Child Care Assistance Program from Rauner’s attacks.
“The visit to the daycare center really hit home for me as a parent. These families and child care providers are are struggling to make ends meet because politicians in Springfield can’t work together to pass a responsible budget,” said Halpin. “We must do everything we can so parents can work full-time while ensuring their children are in a safe learning environment.”
Halpin, a Rock Island attorney and advocate for veterans, has earned the endorsement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois.
EDWARDSVILLE – Educator Katie Stuart, candidate for the 112th House District, on Tuesday pledged to oppose the $200 million cuts to home healthcare for seniors in the Governor’s proposed budget that is supported by incumbent Rep. Dwight Kay.
“My own grandparents are in their 90s and I can’t imagine the impact on our family if they were to lose a daily visit from someone who provides them food and checks on their well-being,” Stuart said to a crowd of seniors convened at the Main Street Community Center by the Illinois Alliance of Retired Americans.
Though details are sketchy, the cuts for some 44,000 seniors would be made up via a patchwork and unproven system of food and dry cleaning vouchers, as well as the possibility of robotic monitoring.
“What the governor is proposing makes no sense,” said Tiffany McMorris, a home healthcare worker from nearby Collinsville. “It looks like he just wants to force seniors into (costlier) nursing homes.”
McMorris quit her job as a postal worker to care for her parents and grandparents, as well as other seniors in the Community Care Program now on Rauner’s chopping block.
McMorris and Stuart said they were disappointed that Kay supported Rauner’s manufactured budget crisis that has damaged the Meals on Wheels program, sought to limit eligibility into home care programs, cut training to home healthcare workers, and delayed payments to workers.
Stuart, a mother of two and math educator at SIU Edwardsville, said that, “When elected, I pledge to work for the senior and disability community to make our services better, which will make our state better.”
A big congratulations and welcome to the hundreds of ResCare home care workers who recently became the newest members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana.
Caregivers across central Illinois joined workers in Oak Park employed at ResCare in voting YES to join together in our union, taking the first step toward negotiating a contract that will improve jobs and client care.
“We are stronger together when we fight to improve our wages, benefits, and the quality of care for those we serve, and now we can work together to raise the bar for all Illinois ResCare workers!” said Diana Inman, a home care worker in Decatur, Illinois, who played a pivotal role in the organizing campaign.
Our newest members join over 50,000 fellow home care workers across the state, and over 700,000 home care workers nationwide united in SEIU.