Illinois

Over 5,000 Chicagoland Nursing Home Workers Announce Strike for Fair Wages, Patient Care

Largest Nursing Home Strike in U.S. History to Begin Next Week; Workers Across 57 Homes Have Been Without Contract for Over a Year Pledge Your Support For Chicagoland Nursing Workers On Strike CHICAGO — Representatives of more than 5,000 nursing …

A Message from Newly Elected President Greg Kelley

Hello sisters and brothers: Today is my first full day on the job as President of SEIU Healthcare IL, IN, MO, KS and I’m excited for our bright future. We have so much going on in all our industries and …

Greg Kelley elected president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Missouri & Kansas

First African American to head the largest local union in the Midwest CHICAGO–SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Missouri and Kansas (HCIIMK) announced today the election of Greg Kelley as president along with executive team members Faith Arnold, Executive Vice President, and …

House Majority Sends Bill to Study State of Early Childhood Workforce to Senate

SPRINGFIELD – By a broad majority, the House this week sent a bill to study the state of the early childhood education and child care workforce to the Senate, as low wages continue to plague the industry. Sponsored in the …

HCII Members Speak Out at Women’s March on Springfield

HCII VP Jaquie Algee and home care worker Inga Gorens spoke yesterday at the Women’s March on Springfield.  Below are their remarks. Remarks by Jaquie Algee, Director of External Relations Hello, my name is Jaquie Algee. I am director of …

“It’s Fearful” As House Bill 198 Goes Before Full House, Stories of Struggle from All Corners of Illinois from Low-Wage Workers

$15 Minimum Wage Seen as Help to Imperiled Local Economies After a two—day press tour with the legislation’s sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, stories were pouring in from throughout the state from workers who are struggling to make ends meet as …

$15 Minimum Wage Statewide Tour to Highlight HB 198 Benefit to Local Communities & New Analysis; Budget Fix

Carbondale, Champaign, Peoria, Springfield, East St. Louis Among Stops MEDIA ADVISORY: April 19, 20 SPRINGFIELD-As House Bill 198 goes to vote in the full House of Representatives, a statewide press tour will highlight the benefits of a raise in the …

BREAKING-Rauner Opposition to Wage Increase Reflects Desire for Cheap Labor Economy

House Bill 198 Gaining Momentum in Illinois CHICAGO-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Communications Director James Muhammad to news that Gov. Bruce Rauner today voiced opposition to raising the Illinois wage floor, even as momentum grows to raise …

Over a Thousand Nursing Home Workers Protest at 11 Facilities in Chicagoland

 As Nursing Homes Come Under Fire For Illegally Discharging Patients…Workers call for good jobs, safe staffing, and improved patient care CHICAGO— As Illinois nursing home owners come under heightened scrutiny for improper patient discharges and inadequate staffing care, more than …

Nursing Home Workers to Protest 11 Facilities in Chicagoland and Beyond

CHICAGO— As Illinois nursing home owners come under heightened scrutiny for improper patient discharges and inadequate staffing care, nursing home workers will picket at 11 nursing homes in the Chicago area on Friday, including Alden Wentworth on the South Side …

BREAKING-ICE Shooting and Sessions’ Comments Make Clearer Than Ever: Illinois Must Be a Sanctuary State

Gov. Rauner Must Stand Up to GOP Persecution of Immigrants; HB 3099 Deserves Support CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Greg Kelley in response to threats to sanctuary status for Chicago by Attorney General Jeff …

Watch Video: Northwestern Hospital Workers “March on the Boss” to Deliver $15 Balloons, Fight For a Fair Contract!

(March 14th, 2017) — This afternoon scores of Northwestern Hospital workers marched on the boss to demand a fair contract and a bigger slice of the pie, instead of meager crumbs during bargaining. Despite Northwestern’s billions of dollars in financial …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

Update as of Wednesday, March 15, 2017 On Tuesday, March 14, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), voted on Bruce Rauner’s terrible overtime policy. It was a split vote along party lines – 6 democrats opposed the overtime policy …

Senator Biss, Representative Welch Join Alzheimer’s Association, Nursing Home Workers and Other Resident Advocates in Call for Solution to Improper Discharges of Long-Term Residents and Chronic Short Staffing

SPRINGFIELD—This week, Senator Daniel Biss joined Representative Chris Welch and multiple advocates of long-term care recipients for a press conference announcing crucial legislation addressing the pressing problems of improper discharges and of woefully insufficient facility staffing levels. Their solution—SB 1624 …

BREAKING: Partisan JCAR Vote Approves Dangerous DHS Overtime Policy Despite Outcry from Stakeholders

Thousands of People with Disabilities and Caregivers Face Uncertain Future under Inflexible Policy that Undermines Consumer Control & Federal Overtime Laws Springfield – In a vote along party lines, republican members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) voted …

Watch Video: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Workers March on the Boss in Fight for $15 / 15%

(Tuesday, March 7th, 2017) — Northwestern Hospital workers organized a massive delegation to deliver a large petition board, signed by hundreds of employees, to Dean Manheimer, the Senior Vice-President of Human Resources at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In addition, nearly 400 …

Free Child Care for All, Increased Pay for Child Care Providers to be Demanded at International Women’s Day Rally

Child Care providers to offer forward-looking vision for working women while also fighting back against War on Women by Rauner, Trump, and the Republicans Chicago, IL -Chicago, IL – In the spirit of International Women’s Day, local community and labor …

Community and Labor Organizations Unite For International Women’s Day Rally, To Build A New Women’s Movement

  Women, Workers Join Together to Celebrate All Inclusive Women’s Rights Event to Continue Fight Against Oppression of Women CHICAGO – In the spirit of International Women’s Day, local community and labor organizations will hold a 7 p.m. indoor rally on …

Rocío Sáenz de SEIU: Presidente Trump amenaza la unidad de familias inmigrantes

Washington, D.C. — En respuesta al discurso del Presidente Trump ante la sesión conjunta del Congreso, Rocío Sáenz, vicepresidenta ejecutiva internacional del Sindicato Internacional de Empleados y Servicios (SEIU, por su sigla en inglés) y presidenta de iAmerica, emitió la siguiente declaración:  “Sus …

HCII Stands in Solidarity with AFSCME After They Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Withholding Their Labor to Force Gov. Rauner to Bargain in Good Faith

Our sisters and brothers of AFSCME Council 31 announced today they had voted OVERWHELMINGLY to authorize withholding their labor to help force Gov. Bruce Rauner to come to his senses and bargain for a fair contract. Our own child care …