Brynn Seibert, vice president at SEIU Healthcare Illinois and director of the Child Care Division, released the following statement on the passage of HB 4965 by the Illinois legislature today, extending child care eligibility in the Child Care Assistance Program:
“We are pleased that the Illinois legislature passed HB 4965, extending eligibility for families in the Child Care Assistance Program to 12 months. This will mean greater continuity of care and more stability for working parents, children and child care providers across Illinois. This strong, bipartisan vote shows that members of the Illinois General Assembly — both Democrats and Republicans — realize the importance of reliable, affordable child care.
“While we applaud this step by the General Assembly, we know that more must be done to strengthen Illinois’ Child Care Assistance Program. Governor Rauner’s continued attacks on child care continue to harm working families. Thousands of child care providers have shuttered and there are 40,000 fewer children enrolled in the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program today than there were in 2015.
Stewards at Georgian Gardens, a nursing home in Potosi, Missouri, have struggled through a tumultuous work environment during a period of transition of ownership. Stewards Rodney English and Jermaine Sails stepped up to the plate to help keep the home going, by taking over scheduling duties and negotiating a plan for 12-hour shifts to help address coverage concerns while dealing with high turnover.
However, when stewards brought employee concerns over a number of items to management, they were met with silence and unwillingness to cooperate to address and correct the issues. With growing frustration, stewards ultimately decided it was necessary to file formal charges against their employer with the Labor Board.
On May 17, the Board determined that our union’s charges were merited! A settlement was reached that includes retroactive raises for six employees, and an order for the employer to bargain with our union over the other outstanding issues.
Mr. English and Mr. Sails showed tremendous leadership throughout this process and truly illustrate that our stewards are the backbone of our union. Congratulations to SEIU members at Georgian Gardens!
Congratulations to SEIU members working at Morrison at Gateway who recently unanimously approved their new contract!
Workers made strong economic and non-economic gains, including:
This was a hard-fought win and we’re proud of every member who played a role in the victory!
Nonviolent Direct Action Planned in Springfield, Part of Wave of Protests to Hit 35 States, Washington, D.C.
Poor People, Clergy, Advocates to Demand Immediate Restoration of the Voting Rights Act, End to Racist Gerrymandering, Reversal of State Laws that Prevent Municipalities from Raising Wages
SPRINGFIELD—A week after the historic re-ignition of the Poor People’s Campaign, poor people, clergy and advocates will intensify a six-week season of nonviolent direct action by marching on the Illinois statehouse to demand elected officials take immediate steps to confront systemic racism.
The action in Springfield is one of three dozen nationwide, including a major protest planned at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. that will feature Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival co-chairs the Revs. William Barber and Liz Theoharis. It marks the second consecutive Monday protesters will march on the Illinois Capitol.
Last week, protesters took arrests to drive home the point that legislators must take a moral approach to address the problems that plague our state and nation.
Monday’s protest in the Capitol rotunda and at the governor’s office will highlight the connection between systemic racism, poverty and voter suppression. Participants in Monday’s nonviolent direct action are expected to carry signs that read “Voter Suppression = The True Hacking of our Democracy” and “Systemic Racism is Violence.” They’ll call for the immediate restoration of the Voting Rights Act, an end to racist gerrymandering and reversal of state laws that prevent municipalities from raising wages.
Days after President Trump called undocumented immigrants, “animals” who “aren’t people,” participants in Monday’s protest will demand a clear and just immigration system that strengthens our democracy through the broad participation of everyone in this country—including a timely citizenship process that guarantees the right to vote.
WHO: Participants in the Illinois Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
WHAT: Protest at Springfield statehouse demanding immediate action to address systemic racism
WHERE: Illinois State Capitol building rotunda, 301 S. 2nd St., Springfield, IL
WHEN: Monday, May 21 at 2PM
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is co-organized by Repairers of the Breach, a social justice organization founded by the Rev. Barber; the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary; and hundreds of local and national grassroots groups across the country.
Last week, campaign co-chairs the Revs. William J. Barber II and Liz Theoharis were among hundreds arrested nationwide in the most expansive wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in U.S. history, kicking off a six-week season of direct action demanding new programs to fight systemic poverty and racism, immediate attention to ecological devastation and measures to curb militarism and the war economy.
The protests mark an emphatic reignition of the Poor People’s Campaign, the 1968 movement started by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many others to challenge racism, poverty and militarism. Over 40 days, poor and disenfranchised people, moral leaders and advocates will engage in nonviolent direct action, including by mobilizing voters, knocking on tens of thousands of doors, and holding teach-ins, among other activities, as a moral fusion movement comprised of people of all races and religions takes off.
For the past two years, leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival have carried out a listening tour in dozens of states across this nation, meeting with tens of thousands of people from El Paso, Texas to Marks, Mississippi to South Charleston, West Virginia. Led by the Revs. Barber and Theoharis, the campaign has gathered testimonies from hundreds of poor people and listened to their demands for a better society.
A Poor People’s Campaign Moral Agenda, announced last month, was drawn from this listening tour, while an audit of America conducted with allied organizations, including the Institute for Policy Studies and the Urban Institute, showed that, in many ways, we are worse off than we were in 1968.
The Moral Agenda, which will guide the 40 days of actions, calls for major changes to address systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and our distorted moral narrative, including repeal of the 2017 federal tax law, implementation of federal and state living wage laws, universal single-payer health care, and clean water for all.
The Campaign, expected to be a multi-year effort, draws on the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, reigniting the effort led by civil rights organizations, labor union and tenant unions, farm workers, Native American elders and grassroots organizers to foster a moral revolution of values. Despite real political wins in 1968 and beyond, the original Poor People’s Campaign was tragically cut short, both by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and by the subversion of the coalition that sustained it. Still, the original vision and many of its followers did not go away.
(May 10th, 2018) — Loretto Hospital’s Bargaining Committee worked hard and won a tentative agreement with management.
The Bargaining Committee scheduled a ratification vote on Wednesday, May 16th.
Earlier this week Loretto workers demonstrated our solidarity by “buttoning up” and showing our unity and strength.
Help at Home workers fought and won 73-cent raises during our last round of contract negotiations, but hundreds of Help at Home home care aides are still waiting for the full raises they are owed. Help at Home is the only union agency in Illinois that is still sitting on raises that members fought hard to win.
Workers filed a grievance four-and-a-half months ago against the company, but have yet to see any real movement from management to rectify the issue.
As a result, SEIU members decided it was time to take action across the state to apply some real pressure!
Fresh off of these actions, hundreds of SEIU home care aides descended on the state capitol for a successful lobby day to fight for another rate increase because 72-cent and 73-cent raises are not enough after years of wage stagnation.
If you’re a Help at Home home care aide that still has not received your full 73-cent increase, call the Member Resource Center at 866-933-7348 to report it so we can add you to our group grievance.
May Home Care Membership Meetings
Saturday, May 19
South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Community Center
15320 Center Avenue, Harvey, IL
Chicago: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office
2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL
Rockford: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office
4920 E. State Street, Rockford, IL
Peoria: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office
400 N.E. Jefferson Street, Peoria, IL
Mt. Vernon: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office
206 S. 9th Street, Mount Vernon, IL
Metro East: 10:30 a.m. at the East St. Louis Public Library
5300 State Street, East St. Louis, IL
Springfield: 11 a.m. at the SEIU office
701 S. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL
Thursday, May 24
Olney: 5:30 p.m. at the Olney Public Library
400 W. Main Street, Olney, IL