Illinois

Parents and Child Care Providers Ask Rauner, Emanuel Why Child Care’s Taking a Backseat to Amazon

Child care providers and parents to speak out against Amazon incentives, demand child care for working families. CHICAGO–On November 1st, child care providers and parents will call out Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner’s decision to scrap social programs …

Hospital Workers and State Lawmakers Rally in Support of Protecting Safety Net Hospitals

(Scroll below to see videos and speeches from the rally and press event). (October 25th, 2017, Springfield, IL) — Hospital workers gathered in the Rotunda of the State Capitol with state lawmakers to hold a press event and rally about …

BREAKING: Tentative Agreement Reached with Community Care Systems Inc.!

Our union bargaining team is happy to announce that we have reached a Tentative Agreement with management at Community Care Systems Inc.  Community Care home care aides fought in Springfield to win our rate increases and we stood united at …

BREAKING: Injunction Request Filed to Stop Gov. Rauner’s Overtime Cuts for People with Disabilities

Caregivers Risk Bankruptcy, Losing Homes in “Irreparable Harm” From “Draconian” Policy Already Found Illegal*   CHICAGO – The worst is coming to pass as the Rauner administration’s cuts to overtime hours of care for thousands of Illinoisans with disabilities, already …

WGN’s Sunday Spin: Rep. Moeller Warns of Rauner-Driven “Privatization” of Successful Community Care Program for Seniors

Controversial Task Force Needs “To Be Transparent” CHICAGO – Speaking to veteran Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson on “The Sunday Spin” on WGN Radio yesterday, Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) warned against “privatization for the sake of privatization,” an apparent goal …

Governor’s Budget Slashes Nearly $60 Million from Child Care

In another hit to working families, Governor’s Budget cuts $59.4 Million in funding for federally mandated Child Care Assistance Program extension despite legislature approval. In budget documents released Tuesday, Governor Rauner declared he would cut nearly $60 million for an …

Video: Health Systems & Hospital Leaders Honored at 2017 Leadership Assembly!

(October 7th, 2017) — SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana hospital leaders joined workers and activists from home healthcare, nursing homes and child care as part of the Union’s annual “Leadership Assembly” held this year at the Chicago Teacher’s Union office. …

October Home Care Membership Meetings

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Gov. Rauner Consequences Exposed: New SEIU Healthcare Radio Ad Highlights Harm to People with Disabilities from Dangerous OT Cuts to Care

1000s In Crosshairs as DHS Punitive Policy Advances  Chicago – A new 60-second radio ad featuring a Chicagoan with a disability who is served by the DHS Home Services Program exposes the real-life consequences of Governor Bruce Rauner’s dangerous cuts …

Rauner Will Receive Nearly $300 MILLION in Giveaways Under Regressive GOP Tax Plan

  Questions Abound: Is Tycoon STILL Passing Tax Burden Onto Illinois? How? Like Trump, Gov. .01% Continues to Hide FULL Tax Returns CHICAGO-Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, one of the richest men in America, will receive nearly $300 million in benefits …

Amid Layoffs, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Workers File Unfair Labor Practice Charge

After Closing Head Start Facilities in Chicago, YMCA Reneges on Promise of Severance Pay for Laid-Off Teachers Chicago: Laid-off YMCA Head Start teachers and teachers’ assistants will hold a press conference outside of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Headquarters at …

DEVELOPING: Rauner Administration Commences Illegal Purge of Caregivers for People With Disabilities

HUNDREDS of Workers Sent First Warning of Illegal 3-Strikes-and-Out Penalty CHICAGO-The Rauner administration has commenced issuing warnings against hundreds, possibly THOUSANDS, of caregivers for people with disabilities who are facing termination under an unlawful “3-strikes-and-you’re-out” system that went into effect …

Watch Press Conf: Veterans & Jesse Brown VA Hospital Workers Sound the Alarm, Call For Immediate Filling of 49,000 Job Vacancies Nationwide

SEE VIDEO CLIPS OF OUR PRESS CONF BELOW (September 20th, 2017) — SEIU Healthcare Illinois’ President, Greg Kelley, rallied with fellow union leaders with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), veterans and hospital workers at Jesse Brown VA Medical …

Rauner Child Care “Restoration” Comes Amid Back-Door Assault on Workforce

CHICAGO-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President Brynn Seibert to the breaking news the Rauner administration seeks to restore some eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) after implementing disastrous cuts in 2015 that have left …

September Home Care Membership Meetings in Illinois

Illinois Home Care Members: Join us at one of our September membership meetings happening across the state! We will discuss updates out of bargaining for DOA home care aides and DORS Personal Assistants, including the raises we won in the …

Thanks mom, for helping teach me how to collect dues – and so much more!

Over the years, many people have asked me: “how did you build the union from only 7 members in 1983, to representing over 90,000 today? How did you organize really low-wage workers like homecare and childcare providers, when no one …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

Update as of Tuesday, September 12, 2017 We got an important breakthrough this week in our fight against Governor Rauner’s terrible DHS Overtime Policy for Personal Assistants. As you may recall, we filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge against …

BREAKING: Rauner Administration Violated State Labor Act in OT Cuts for People With Disabilities, Administrative Law Judge Rules;

Win for Consumers and Workers Amid Ongoing Struggle; Back Pay Ordered   SPRINGFIELD-An administrative law judge has ruled that the Rauner administration violated state labor law when last year it unilaterally imposed limits on overtime care in a state program …

48-Cent Raise for Caregivers “Wasn’t a Suggestion” by General Assembly

Says Key Rep. as Rauner Admin. Defies Law; State Journal-Register, Chicago Tribune on Class Action by SEIU Healthcare Illinois   CHICAGO-The 48-cent raise for some 28,000 caregivers in a state program for people with disabilities included in summer’s bipartisan budget …

On Labor Day, Hospital Workers Took to the Streets to Fight for $15 and a Union!

(September 4th, 2017, Chicago) — SEIU Hospital workers took to the streets to fight for a $15 starting wage and the right for all workers to be able to join a union in the largest Labor Day protest in years. …