Illinois

Tichina Haywood Gives Passionate Speech at “Women’s March to the Polls” Rally in Chicago

(October 13th, 2018, Chicago) –– Tichina Haywood, a CNA at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, and a single Mom, told her personal story trying to live on $12.67 an hour at the “March to the Polls” rally in front of …

MUST LISTEN: “Legacy and Leadership: Black Women in Home Care” Podcast

Chekc out a new podcast that SEIU International produced featuring one of our Illinois home care worker leaders, Alantris Muhammad.  The podcast, titled “Legacy and Leadership: Black Women in Home Care,” discusses the legacy of slavery and systemic racism in home …

BREAKING: SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley releases statement on the Jason Van Dyke verdict

“The guilty verdict delivered in the case of police officer Jason Van Dyke doesn’t assuage the deep distrust the Black community has in the criminal justice system and lack of police accountability, but it is a big step in the …

#HCIIVotes for JB Pritzker

JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton are the right team to lead Illinois and send Governor Bruce Rauner packing. Learn where JB and Rauner Stand on the Issues Details on JB and Rauner’s records Learn how and where to vote About …

Child Care Providers File Class-Action Lawsuit in Response to Rauner’s Denial of Modest Rate Increase

Plaintiffs Joined by State Senator Toi Hutchinson at Press Conference Announcing Filing of Complaint CHICAGO–Child care providers were joined by State Senator Toi Hutchinson this morning at a press conference announcing their filing of a class-action lawsuit which seeks to …

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 …

September Home Care Membership Meetings

Thursday, September 27 Olney: 5:30 p.m. at the Olney Public Library 400 W. Main Street, Olney, IL   Saturday, September 29 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at the South Holland Community Center 501 E. 170th Street, South Holland, IL Chicago: 10 …

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 …

Rauner Tries to Cover Up Despicable Child Care Record

Chicago, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner quietly signed a law Friday, which removes barriers for working parents accessing child care in an effort to cover up his multi-year assault on the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). “Not only did Rauner …

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 …

Parents, Children and Child Care Providers Rally Outside Governor Rauner’s Campaign Office to Demand that He Pay the Rate Increase Approved by Lawmakers

Protesters Deliver Message That They’ve Had Enough of the Governor’s Attacks on Child Care, and Demand that He “Pay or Get Out of the Way”   .@BruceRauner’s security disabled elevator access to his 4th floor campaign office. Why won’t he hear …

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,” …

Child Care Providers and Families Interrupt Governor Rauner at Mansion Unveiling Ceremony with Strong Message: “You Wrecked Child Care, Rebuild It Now!”

SPRINGFIELD—At this morning’s grand reopening ceremony for the $15 million renovation of the Governor’s Mansion, child care providers interrupted Governor Rauner mid-speech.  Chanting “Money for kids and education, instead of mansion renovations” and then delivering a mic-checked message that said, …

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 …

Illinois Labor Relations Board Upholds Rauner OT Policy, Fight Continues to Appellate Court

Today, the Illinois Labor Relations Board finally weighed in on Governor Rauner’s terrible DHS overtime policy. Prior to the hearing, personal assistants and people with disabilities held a press conference to highlight the devastation this policy has had on people’s …