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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.

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 …

Watch Video From State Capitol Press Conf: Hospital Workers Call On Illinois Hospital Assoc. to Protect Funding for Safety Nets

Watch our incredible news coverage from a legislative hearing and rally at the State Capitol on January 30th, 2018. Safety net hospital workers are fighting back against the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) proposed new hospital assessment and Medicaid funding formula …

Safety Net Hospital Workers Sound the Alarm Over Potential Closures

New Hospital Assessment and Funding Formula Risks Billions in Lost Federal Medicaid Dollars HCII hospital workers rallied at the state capitol today to save safety net hospitals.  They called on Gov. Rauner’s administration at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Launches Radio, Print Ads to Protect Funding for Safety Net Hospitals

(January 25th, 2018, Chicago) — SEIU Healthcare Illinois launched radio ads in Chicago and East St. Louis media markets today following a full page ad in the Springfield Journal Register on January 23rd. Radio Ad: Protect Roseland Hospital, South Side of …

At Roseland Hospital, Workers and CEOs Call on State Lawmakers to Demand the Illinois Hospital Association Provide More Money to Safety Nets Or Kill the Assessment Bill

(See videos of speeches from our press conference at Roseland Hospital below).  (January, 18th, 2018, Chicago) –Safety net hospital workers from across Illinois held a press conference at Roseland Hospital to call on Gov. Rauner’s administration at the Illinois Department …

SEIU Healthcare Year Beginning Membership Meetings are Around the Corner!

Lead, Fight, Win! All SEIU Healthcare members are invited to join us at the meeting happening in your area where we will discuss opportunities, challenges, and fights ahead in 2018. Now is the time to get excited and focused on …

BREAKING: SEIU Healthcare Opposes TIF Funds for Presence Health

Presence Health pays women of color poverty wages and uses anti-union tactics against them Chicago – Today, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas (SEIU HCIIMK) calls on the Chicago City Council to oppose giving $5.5 million in city TIF …

In Northwest Indiana, Franciscan Alliance Stalls With Acquiring Methodist Hospital

Workers at Methodist Hospitals continue to closely monitor the potential merger with Franciscan Alliance Healthcare System. Hospital workers at both Gary and Merrillville campuses are concerned about the impact the merger will have on our patients, communities, families, jobs, and …

Healthcare Workers and Loyola Graduate Students Demand GOP Reject Trump’s Tax Scam

Watch Videos Below — Healthcare Workers Call On Billionaire Governor Bruce Rauner to Speak Out Against Trump’s Tax Bill, and Urge Illinois’ Republican Delegation, Such as Congressman Peter Roskam, to Oppose the Legislation (December 6th, 2017, Chicago, IL) – President …

Students & Healthcare Workers to Demand GOP Reject Trump’s Tax Plan

Chicago, IL – Trump’s tax plan is speeding through Congress. If enacted, Illinois families will lose their healthcare and graduate students would be forced to drop out of college in order to give huge tax cuts to the rich.  The …

Rauner “Applauds” Plan to Cut His Own Taxes to be Paid for By Cuts to Healthcare and Tax Hikes on Working Families

Chicago – On Wednesday, Governor Rauner went on the record to support Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans’ tax plan, saying, “I’m applauding Congress. I hope they come through.” That plan would net Rauner an estimated $300 million in tax breaks …

Democratic Governor Candidates Answer Questions From HCII Members

Five potential Democratic nominees for Illinois governor came to our headquarters on Chicago’s South Side to answer questions and talk about their vision for Illinois future as it relates to our members in November. JB Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Tio Hardiman, …