Illinois

The Minimum Wage in Chicago & Cook County is Going Up July 1, 2019!

We marched. We rallied. We shared our stories. We took direct action. And we won higher wages across Chicago and Cook County! On July 1, 2019 the minimum wage will increase in Chicago and in Cook County. -Chicago minimum wage …

BREAKING: Back Pay for Personal Assistants to be Released on 6/28

BREAKING NEWS FOR PERSONAL ASSISTANTS! We are very happy to announce that we have received confirmation from the State that the more than $30 million in back pay that is owed to Illinois Personal Assistants will be released this Friday, …

Press Release: Blue Island Community Needs Metro South Medical Center to Stay Open

State Lawmakers Call on the Health Facilities and Services Review Board to Hold Public Hearing on Fate of Metro South Being Shutdown and the Impact to South Suburbs CONTACT: Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 24th, 2019, CHICAGO)—State lawmakers, Metro South Medical Center workers, …

Press Release: SEIU Healthcare Responds to News that Metro South Medical Center Could Close in November 2019

The Threat of Closure is Yet Another Example of the Hospital Industry’s Complete Lack of Concern About the Loss of Healthcare Access for Black Communities in South Suburbs, Economic Devastation, and Loss of Nearly 1,000 Jobs CONTACT: Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org   (June …

Press Release: Nurses at Mt. Sinai Hospital Respond to Hospital’s Refusal to Recognize Their Union

Nurses prepare to take additional steps to win recognition despite hospital’s attempts to thwart their efforts CONTACT: James.muhammad@seiuhcil.org (June 13th, 2019, CHICAGO)—On the morning of Thursday, June 6th, Mount Sinai Hospital registered nurses—representing the majority of RNs—converged in and around …

Raise Chicago Ordinance Would Boost Wages for 400,000 Chicagoans

Aldermen, Workers, Labor Organizations, and Community Groups Urge an Increase of Minimum Wage to $15 by 2021 CHICAGO – Led by Ald. Sophia King, workers, labor groups, and community advocates came together today to urge the passage of the Raise …

What SEIU Members Achieved this Legislative Session in Illinois

Sunday marked the end of this spring’s legislative session in Illinois and it was a whirlwind of progress and victories for SEIU Healthcare members! Home care, child care, nursing home, and hospital members stepped up and got involved like never before, …

Press Release: Nursing Home Workers and Seniors Claim Historic Victory as General Assembly Passes Tough Enforcement Law to Stop Short Staffing

After State Lawmakers Passed Short Staffing Legislation in 2010 that Was Never Properly Enforced, Nursing Home Workers and AARP Illinois Partnered Together to Push Lawmakers to Hold the Nursing Home Industry Accountable Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 2nd, 2019, Chicago) – Nursing …

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 …