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SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana is the voice of thousands of hospital and clinic workers, from dietary and housekeeping workers to nursing assistants to highly skilled technicians. We work in community hospitals and clinics, as well as top-rated healthcare centers.
In addition to uniting thousands of healthcare workers in Illinois, Northwest Indiana, St. Louis, and Kansas City, SEIU Healthcare has worked to protect needed services at community hospitals and protect the healthcare safety net for many uninsured families. We’ve held leading for-profit hospital chains accountable to the communities they serve by fighting for improved charity care policies and against racial redlining in healthcare facility planning.

Hospital Worker, Monday Scott, Gives Powerful Speech at Poor People’s Campaign Event in Chicago

(June 18th, 2018, Chicago) — Hospital workers joined the Poor People’s Campaign rally to call attention to the crises of homelessness and held a press conference near the overpass at Lake Share Drive and Wilson after families and indivuals were …

The Music of a Movement! Hospital Workers March with Poor People’s Campaign to Fight for Living Wages, Call for $15 Minimum Wage

(June 11th, 2018, Springfield, IL) — Mable Williams, an EVS worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital for 23-years earns just $13 an hour. Mable got on the bus from Chicago and traveled to Springfield to march with the Poor People’s Campaign …

After years of self-created devastation, Rauner finally signs a budget

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the signing of the state budget today by Gov. Rauner: CHICAGO — Even though it took him nearly his whole term – and hopefully his only term – …

SEIU Healthcare Applauds Budget Momentum

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on the passage of a budget in both houses and the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: “Our members and the vulnerable populations of seniors, people with …

Morrison at Gateway SEIU Members Vote to Approve Strong New Agreement

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: A 3% across-the-board 2018 wage increase with retro pay from March 25, 2018; a 2% across-the-board …

Loretto Hospital Workers Reach Tentative Agreement Around Wages and Benefits!

When we fight we win! (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 …

Hospital Workers Challenge Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Agenda that Puts Profits Over Patient Care and Investing In Our Workforce

(Scroll below to see video from our press conference outside Loretto Hospital on Thursday, April 19th, 2018). Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives …

Hospital Workers Rally to Protest Illinois Hospital Association’s Pro-Poverty, Anti-Union Agenda That Leaves Communities of Color Behind

Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives Down Wages, and Ignores the Needs of the Primarily Female-led Workforce. CHICAGO – Over 100 hospital workers …

Hospital Workers Unite, Call On the Illinois Health & Hospital Association to Lift Wages and Stop Its Anti-Worker Agenda

Media Advisory: Press Conference on Thursday, April 19th at Noon Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives Down Wages and Ignores the Needs of …

Member Spotlight: Jimmie Bluford

“It’s what YOU make it!” This phrase encapsulates how Jimmie Bluford feels about his union and what he wants everyone to take away from his experience as a leader of his union. Jimmie is a lifelong Kansas City resident and …

“Right to Heal” Coalition of Veterans and VA Workers Issues Statement After President Trump Fired Secretary of the VA David Shulkin and Replaced Him with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson

Veterans Groups and Advocates Sound the Alarm and Demand that Rear Adm. Jackson State Publicly that the Trump Administration Will Not Seek to Privatize the VA and Work to Dismantle Healthcare for Veterans and Families For Immediate Release Contact: Aaron Hughes, …

Member Spotlight: Margie Hoffa

Margaret “Margie” Hoffa has been an active member of our union and has embodied what is possible when taking an active role in her hospital and the social justice movement. She began her career in healthcare in Corpus Christi, TX, in the 1970’s starting in the dietary …

Member Spotlight: Shirley Caston

One of member leader Shirley Caston’s favorite sayings is that “A closed mouth never gets fed.” These are words that Caston’s mother imparted to her years ago, and she has held them close ever since as a reminder that a person should always speak up for what they need and …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Issues Statement After Gov. Rauner Signs New Hospital Assessment and Medicaid Funding Formula Into Law

Press Release  (March 13, 2018, Chicago) – SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the union that represents several safety net hospitals in Chicago and East St. Louis, issued a statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the new hospital assessment and federal Medicaid …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Issues Statement On Passage of New Hospital Assessment and Medicaid Funding Formula

(February 28, 2018, Chicago) – SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the union that represents several safety net hospitals in Chicago and East St. Louis, responded to the passage of the new hospital assessment and federal Medicaid funding formula by the House …

Berwyn Community Fights $3.5 Million Property Tax Loss That Could Result from Loyola Medicine’s Purchase of MacNeal Hospital

Community calls for community benefits agreement that protects Berwyn from lost property tax revenue and ensures hospital workers are paid a living wage and have the right to join a union  See attached fact sheet regarding the sale of MacNeal …

Outraged over potential loss in property tax revenue, Berwyn community calls for scrutiny on sale of MacNeal Hospital to Loyola Medicine

Residents, workers to demand community benefits agreement requiring Loyola Medicine to pay its fair share so residents don’t get hit with higher property taxes and/or lose vital services Agreement would obligate Loyola to pay hospital workers a living wage and …

Gov. Rauner’s Budget is Out-of-Whack

SPRINGFIELD-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 Budget Address: “Gov. Bruce Rauner is probably best known for using the budget process to take Illinois hostage for his non-budgetary political demands. …

Hospital Workers Join the Poor People’s Campaign

Hospital workers joined fast food workers today on the 50th anniversary of the historic Memphis sanitation strike, which became a rallying cry of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign to end poverty and racism led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  A …

Success at Methodist Hospitals: Marches On the Boss at Northlake & Southlake Campuses Show Members’ Strength Fighting for Better Staffing!

(January 25th, 2018, Gary Indiana) — Food service workers at Methodist Hospitals’ two campuses, said ‘enough is enough’ with low staffing. After coordinated staff actions, management was forced to hold a labor management meeting to address short staffing and made …