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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.

At Polling Briefing About the Hospital Industry’s Anti-Worker Agenda, Kim Smith, from Northwestern Says Hospitals Forgot Who They Are and Who They’re Supposed to Serve!

(September 6th, 2018, Chicago) — Kim Smith, a patient care tech at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a Vice-Chair of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana’s Executive Board, gave a forceful statement following a polling briefing about the hospital industry’s anti-worker agenda. Are …

Press Release: HCII Responds After Chicago Sun-Times Reports that the Hospital Industry Pays Nearly 30,000 Workers Poverty Level Wages

New Report From Researchers at the University of Illinois on the Hospital Industry Reveal that Nearly 30,000 “Hospital Service Workers” in Illinois Make Under $15 an Hour, and 22,000 Of Which Make Under $13 an Hour Despite a Booming Healthcare …

5 Takeaways from the Startling New Report on Hospital Service Worker Wages

A new report from the University of Illinois explores the wages and working conditions of hospital service workers – those who clean the hospital and stop the spread of infection, prepare healthy food for patients, and otherwise support healthcare at …

Press Release: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Responds to President Trump’s Decision to Freeze Wages for VA Hospital Workers and Federal Civil Servants

While President Trump Gives Billions of Dollars in Tax Cuts to Billionaires and the Ultra Rich Trump Continues His Attacks Against Federal Workers and Unions For Immediate Release Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (August 31st, 2018, Chicago) – As part of negotiating and …

Press Release: VA Hospital Workers Respond to News After a Federal Court Strikes Down President Trump’s Executive Orders Aimed Against Federal Unions

Hines VA Stewards Say the Ability to Use “Official Time” Is an Essential Tool to Enforce Union Contracts, Resolve Grievances, and Hold Management Accountable For Immediate Release Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (August 25th, 2018, Chicago) – A federal district judge from D.C. …

Hines VA Hospital Workers Organize Rally Against Trump Administration’s Executive Orders Against Federal Workers

Scroll below to watch videos from our rally and speak out! (August 21st, 2018, Hines, Illinois) — Stewards at Hines VA hospital organized a rally and speak out with workers and coalition partners from AFGE Local 781 and the “Right …

Why Does the Illinois Hospital Association Care More About the Industry’s Profits Over Protecting Women from Rape and Sexual Assault?

IHA’s Opposition to Requiring Hospitals to Have Trained Nurses to Treat Rape Victims Called “Offensive and Repulsive” CONTACT:  scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (August 18, 2018, Chicago) – Last week Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation to require Illinois hospitals to have trained nurses available …

Press Release: Governor Rauner’s Administration Is Ultimately Responsible for South Shore Hospital’s Funding Crisis as August 1st Deadline Approaches

Lower Funding to Safety Net Hospitals Is a Direct Result of the Illinois Hospital Association’s Agenda to Give More Federal Medicaid Dollars to Rich and Corporate Healthcare Systems and Starve Hospitals that Serve Communities of Color CONTACT:  scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (July 27th, …

Hospital Workers Disrupt Traffic to Protest Illinois Hospital Association’s Poverty Wage & Anti-Union Agenda

   CHICAGO – Hospital workers took over the lobby of the building that houses the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) offices and then briefly blocked traffic on the Adams Bridge in downtown Chicago today.  They chanted “IHA, don’t care about our pay,” “IHA, your secret’s out,” …

HCII Issues Statement After South Shore Hospital Makes Emergency Funding Request to Gov. Rauner’s Administration to Keep Vital Safety Net Provider Open

For Immediate Release CONTACT: james.muhammad@seiuhcil.org; or scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org; (July 12th, 2018, Chicago) – SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana President Greg Kelley issued the following statement below after news broke today that South Shore Hospital is requesting $3 million dollars in emergency funding …

After the Supreme Court Gutted Public Sector Workers from Having Power, Hospital Workers Fight Back!

After the Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of the Right-Wing Billionaires’ Case, “Janus vs. AFSCME”, to Gut Public Sector Workers from Having Power, Hospital Workers Recommit to Our Union and Pledge to Fight for All Working Families! Scroll below to …

Methodist Hospital Update: Workers ‘March on the Boss’ and Deliver Open Letter to Management Calling for a Fair Contract!

On Thursday, June 28th, the day before our next bargaining session, Methodist Hospital workers marched on the boss to deliver an “open letter” to management calling for a fair contract that respects the hard work, service and commitment of our …

As Chicago’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise, Healthcare and Child Care Workers Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner & Mayor Emanuel: “$12 Minimum Wage Isn’t Enough – Working Families Demand $15 Now!”

Gov. Rauner’s Veto of the $15 Minimum Wage Bill Took Away Living Wages from Low-Income Caregivers Who Urgently Need a Raise to Survive and Support Their Families Contact: james.muhammad@seiuhcil.org or scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 29th, 2018, Chicago) – On July 1st Chicago’s …

SEIU HCIIMK Wins: Why It’s Important to Recommit To Your Union

SEIU Healthcare members have racked up many wins. We’re not satisfied and we are determined to win many more.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to recommit to your union. Take a look back at these victories & click …

Senators Durbin, Duckworth Call on Trump to Protect Union Rights for VA Employees

Senators Durbin & Duckworth signed a letter to President Trump today calling on him to rescind anti-union executive orders aimed at federal employees. They wrote: “It’s time to stop the attacks on our federal workers. These are also attacks on …

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 …