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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.

Mt. Sinai Hospital CNA, Le Chrisha Pearson, Calls a #HospitalCodeBlue on the Industry for Refusing to Pay a $15 Starting Wage at Reimagine Chicago Press Event

(May 16th, 2019, Chicago City Hall) — Le Chrisha Pearson, a Mt. Sinai Hospital CNA, spoke at the Reimagine Chicago press conference at City Hall, which was organized by the Grassroots Collaborative and United Working Families (UWF). Here are Ms. …

BREAKING: Fair Tax Amendment Will Allow Much-Needed Change to Illinois Tax Rate

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the Illinois Senate passage of the resolution to put the Fair Tax amendment on the ballot: “We applaud the leadership shown by the Illinois Senate today in …

Press Release: After Testifying at Public Hearing About the Fate of Westlake Hospital, SEIU Healthcare Calls on the State to Immediately Intervene to Stop the Closure and Protect a Vital Safety Net Hospital

Workers and Community Advocates Call a “Code Blue” on the Hospital Industry for Incessant Focus on Profits and Willingness to Abandon the Melrose Park Community and Low-Income Families Who Rely on Medicaid (April 29th, 2019, Chicago) – Hospital workers testified …

Statement on Pipeline Health’s Service Suspension and Announced Closure of Westlake Hospital

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley regarding Pipeline Health’s decision to suspend services at Westlake Hospital: “Just weeks after purchasing Westlake Hospital, which predominantly serves black and brown communities, Pipeline Health has made the …

Nursing Home Leader, George White, Testifies to Senate Insurance Committee in Support of SB 650, a Bill to Stop Dialysis Industry’s Profiteering

(March 27th, 2019, Springfield, IL) — George White, a dialysis patient and nursing home leader within our Union, traveled to Springfield to testify in front of the Senate Insurance Committee. Below is his testimony. George White Testimony in Support of …

Hundreds of Workers Converge and Rally to Call a Code Blue on Sick Hospital Industry

Workers and Electeds Converge to Call a Code Blue on Illinois Hospital Industry Hundreds Gather to Demand Immediate Action by Hospitals’ “Sick” and Misplaced Priorities CHICAGO—Shortly before noon today, hundreds of hospital workers from facilities across Greater Chicago took to …

Member Voices: Tamera Cunningham, Touchette Hospital: “Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 is Only the Beginning to Giving Working Families Economic Stability and Justice

We are please to post the following commentary by our member leader, Tamera Cunningham, at Touchette Hospital, submitted on Feb. 15th, 2019. The fact that Illinois lawmakers passed a law to raise our state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour …

Alivio Medical Center Bargaining Update: No Healthcare Worker Should Have Their Wages Unfairly Capped!

“I have been working at Alivio for the last 10 years. I’m proud to work for a clinic that serves our Latino community. However, it has been difficult to work here for the last several years knowing that the most …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address

Statement by Greg Kelley, president, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address: “Gov. Pritzker came into office following four years of fiscal mismanagement by the previous administration that damaged lives, destroyed jobs, and devasted our state agencies and the …

Watch Video: Tichina Haywood, a single mom and CNA hospital worker, reacts to Gov. Pritzker signing $15 Wage Bill: “I will always appreciate a noble man who keeps his promises!”

(February 19th, 2019. Springfield, IL) — Tichina Haywood met then gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker at a roundtable event on September 17th at SEIU Healthcare’s office with fellow hospital service workers.  They each systematically told their stories about trying to survive …

We just made history in Illinois

This victory has been 7 years in the making and we should be proud of our work in getting this accomplished. But we’re not done! We’re going to continue to fight for better contracts with higher wages! Hi fellow SEIU member, …

Alivio Medical Center Bargaining Update: Management Wrongly Claims It Can’t Afford to Pay Our Healthcare Workers Decent Wages – They’re Wrong.

Alivio claims they are flat broke and can’t afford to pay workers a fair and living wage. The FACTS Say Otherwise. (February 13th, 2019) — Despite claims by its management, Alivio is actually doing quite well financially. Utilization by patients …

$15 for Illinois Passes!

Updated 2/22/19 On February 14th, SB 1, the $15 minimum wage bill was signed into law in Illinois. Get Some Quick Facts about $15 Find Out Why Workers Need It $15 is Good for Business “Our 50,000 home healthcare workers …

Loretto Hospital Workers Start Monthly Newsletter “It’s Union Time!”

(Download the full Loretto Hospital Newsletter Jan_2019 right here). Welcome to the first newsletter exclusively for the SEIU Members at Loretto Hospital! We are kicking off 2019 with something new and exciting to better communicate with our members. We already …

Roseland Hospital Workers Ratify New Contract!

(January 23rd, 2019, Chicago) –– Roseland Hospital workers overwhelmingly approved a one-year agreement.  Workers thanked the bargaining committee for their hard work, unity and dedication in seeing a contract to completion. Roseland workers are looking forward to returning to the …

Metro East: Gateway Medical Center Dietary Workers Rally to Save Their Jobs After Subcontractor Refuses to Hire Union Workers Despite Years of Dedicated Service

Dietary Workers, Some With 15 Years or More of Work Experience and Earning Less than $13 an Hour, Call on Gateway’s CEO to Honor the Workers’ Contract and Seniority Instead of Trying to Bust the Union (January 23rd, 2019, Metro …

Metro South Hospital Bargaining Update: We Won Our Grievance On Premium Pay When Our Workers Were Short-Staffed!

Metro South Management wasn’t paying our workers premium pay while we were being short-staffed. We filed a grievance and won! That’s the Union difference and why we must demand that Management follow and honor our contract! (January 14th, 2019) – …

St. Louis University Hospital Workers Celebrate Our Hard Fought Contract Victory!

(January 15th, 2019, St. Louis) –– St Louis University Hospital workers approved our new contract by a stunning 189 votes in favor and just 15 votes against in ratifying our collective bargaining agreement.  The bargaining team consisted of a total …

SEIU Healthcare’s Statement on Inauguration of J.B. Pritzker

As Illinois welcomes a new governor with the inauguration of J.B. Pritzker, SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley released this statement: SEIU Healthcare Illinois members are excited to welcome J.B. Pritzker as Illinois’ new governor. Our members, and all working …

Year Beginning Membership Meetings are Around the Corner!

WE’RE ORGANIZING FOR POWER IN 2019!  ¡Planificación para promover la fuerza en 2019! We’ll celebrate our 2018 victories and triumphs and make plans to build power for working people in 2019. Celebraremos nuestras victorias y triunfos de 2018, y haremos …