Illinois

State legislators approve Fair Tax Amendment!

Brothers and Sisters,  Today marks another historic step forward in Illinois. This afternoon, state lawmakers voted to approve the Fair Tax Amendment, paving the way for voters to have their say when the issue appears on the 2020 ballot.  Finally, …

On First Day of Bargaining, Mt. Sinai Hospital Workers “Speak Out” and Call a Code Blue on the Hospital Industry!

(May 22nd, 2019, Chicago) –On the first day of bargaining Mt. Sinai and Schwab workers took over the new garden in front of the hospital for a speak out and press event around the issues we plan to address through …

Don’t Miss Our June Home Care Meetings!

June Home Care Membership Meetings Our hard work continues to pay off, but we’ve got more work ahead! Stay informed and make sure you attend our next home care membership meeting in your area. We’ve got updates for all Illinois …

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. …

Fair Tax #HCIITalks LiveStream Draws 1,500 viewers

On April 24th, we launched our first episode of a regular Facebook livestream series – HCII Talks – where SEIU HCIIMK President Greg Kelley discusses issues important to our mission, our communities, and our work as caregivers. In our inaugural …

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 …

Don’t Miss Our May Home Care Membership Meetings!

Our home care monthly membership meetings are just around the corner! We fought and we won! Personal Assistants will see 48-cent raises on paychecks this month for hours worked in April, the overtime policy is no longer being enforced, and …

State Senator Chris Belt Participates in “Walk a Day in My Shoes” Event with Local Senior & Caregiver as Push for Higher Wages for Illinois Home Care Aides Gains Momentum

30,000 Home Care Aides and 100,000 Seniors in the Community Care Program to Benefit from Efforts to Stabilize Workforce East St. Louis – Home care aides that serve Illinois seniors through the Community Care Program (CCP) are calling on the …

Down Goes the Mell Dynasty; A Just Chicago is Now Possible

Chicago – News outlets are reporting that Rossana Rodriquez-Sanchez has defeated incumbent Deb Mell in the race for Chicago’s 33rd Ward by a total of just 13 votes. The following statement is from Erica Bland-Durosinmi, Political Director of SEIU Healthcare Illinois …

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 …

Press Release: SEIU Healthcare Applauds Senate Passage of Nursing Homes Safe Staffing Bill to Protect Seniors and Healthcare Workers

After State Lawmakers Passed Legislation in 2010 to Stop Short Staffing, New Enforcement Bill, SB 1510, Sponsored by Senator Collins, Aims to Hold Nursing Home Industry Accountable on Staffing Ratios (April 10th, 2019, Springfield, Illinois) – Illinois Senators passed SB …

Press Release: Nursing Home Workers Rally at the State Capitol to Stop Short Staffing and Demand Accountability of Nursing Home Industry

Workers Along with AARP Illinois Push New Enforcement Bill, SB 1510, to Address Short Staffing Crisis Nursing Home Workers Rally in Springfield to Stop Short Staffing   (April 3rd, 2019, Springfield, IL) – Nursing home workers rallied at the Capitol …

Tuesday is Election Day in Chicago

SEIU Healthcare members vote in every election (#HCIIVotes) and the Chicago run-off is no exception.  Run-off Elections for the City of Chicago are Tuesday, April 2nd. WHERE TO VOTE: Click here to find out where to vote WHO TO VOTE FOR: Scroll …

April Home Care Membership Meetings

Personal Assistants won a huge victory last month in reaching agreement over the release of raises and back pay that was withheld for twenty months and ending enforcement of the dangerous DHS overtime policy. But we have more work to do! Now, we’re …

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 …

Workers Converge to Call a Code Blue on Illinois Hospital Industry

 Hundreds Gather to Demand Immediate Action by Hospitals’ “Sick” and Misplaced Priorities  ***VISUALS: A march and then rally of hundreds of workers and supporters, including a section of stretchers illustrating the casualties of a sick hospital system. Workers will act …

BREAKING NEWS: Victory for Family Child Care Providers!

We are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Pritzker administration over the implementation of 4.26% CCAP rate increases and the release of back pay for family child care providers, taking a big step forward in …

BREAKING NEWS: Victory for PAs!

We are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Pritzker administration over the implementation of 48-cent raises and the release of back pay for Illinois Personal Assistants! Plus, the administration has agreed to stop enforcing the …

Governor Pritzker, SEIU Reach Agreement to Release Back Pay and Implement Required Raises for More Than 40,000 Low-Wage Home Care & Child Care Workers

Springfield – The State of Illinois and SEIU Healthcare Illinois reached an agreement to implement rate increases and release previously withheld increases for more than 40,000 Department of Human Services low-wage home care and child care providers that had been …