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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.

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 …

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, …