Illinois

The Music of a Movement! Hospital Workers March with Poor People’s Campaign to Fight for Living Wages, Call for $15 Minimum Wage

(June 11th, 2018, Springfield, IL) — Mable Williams, an EVS worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital for 23-years earns just $13 an hour. Mable got on the bus from Chicago and traveled to Springfield to march with the Poor People’s Campaign …

Illinois Labor Board Delays Release of Overtime Policy Decision Until July

We learned late yesterday that the Illinois Labor Relations Board plans to delay the release of their decision regarding Governor Rauner’s terrible DHS Overtime Policy. Previously, the Board had planned to share their decision on Tuesday, June 12, but it is …

Poor People’s Campaign Continues

Hundreds of SEIU Healthcare members have been taking part in actions as part of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The campaign calls a moral revival throughout the country with state-based, non-violent direct action to address …

Child Care Providers Win Raise in IL Budget

I have some good news! Last week, the Illinois House & Senate passed a budget that included a 4.26% raise for all child care providers in the Child Care Assistance Program. It’s been far too long since we’ve had a …

After years of self-created devastation, Rauner finally signs a budget

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the signing of the state budget today by Gov. Rauner: CHICAGO — Even though it took him nearly his whole term – and hopefully his only term – …

Illinois Home Care: Legislative Session Recap

Yesterday marked the end of the Spring legislative session in Springfield and we wanted to share a recap of what the Legislature passed in the budget that will impact Illinois home care programs. The governor still must approve the budget …

SEIU Healthcare Applauds Budget Momentum

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on the passage of a budget in both houses and the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: “Our members and the vulnerable populations of seniors, people with …

June Home Care Membership Meetings

Saturday, June 30 SOUTH SUBURBS: 9:30 a.m. at the Markham Public Library 16640 Kedzie Avenue, Markham, IL CHICAGO: 10 a.m. at the Chicago SEIU Office 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL ROCKFORD: 10 a.m. at the Rockford SEIU Office 4920 E. …

BREAKING: Illinois legislature passes bill to extend child care eligibility; awaits Gov. Rauner’s signature

Brynn Seibert, vice president at SEIU Healthcare Illinois and director of the Child Care Division, released the following statement on the passage of HB 4965 by the Illinois legislature today, extending child care eligibility in the Child Care Assistance Program: …

Poor People’s Campaign to Challenge Systemic Racism as Protests at Illinois State Capitol Intensify

Nonviolent Direct Action Planned in Springfield, Part of Wave of Protests to Hit 35 States, Washington, D.C. — Poor People, Clergy, Advocates to Demand Immediate Restoration of the Voting Rights Act, End to Racist Gerrymandering, Reversal of State Laws that Prevent …

Loretto Hospital Workers Reach Tentative Agreement Around Wages and Benefits!

When we fight we win! (May 10th, 2018) — Loretto Hospital’s Bargaining Committee worked hard and won a tentative agreement with management. The Bargaining Committee scheduled a ratification vote on Wednesday, May 16th. Earlier this week Loretto workers demonstrated our …

Help at Home Workers Take Action for Promised Raises that Hundreds are Still Awaiting

Help at Home workers fought and won 73-cent raises during our last round of contract negotiations, but hundreds of Help at Home home care aides are still waiting for the full raises they are owed. Help at Home is the …

May Home Care Membership Meetings

                May Home Care Membership Meetings   Saturday, May 19 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Community Center 15320 Center Avenue, Harvey, IL Chicago: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office 2229 S. …

Hospital Workers Challenge Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Agenda that Puts Profits Over Patient Care and Investing In Our Workforce

(Scroll below to see video from our press conference outside Loretto Hospital on Thursday, April 19th, 2018). Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives …

Hospital Workers Unite, Call On the Illinois Health & Hospital Association to Lift Wages and Stop Its Anti-Worker Agenda

Media Advisory: Press Conference on Thursday, April 19th at Noon Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives Down Wages and Ignores the Needs of …

DORS 48-Cent Raise UPDATE

We wanted to keep you informed on our ongoing lawsuit involving the 48-cent raises that we won in last summer’s budget agreement, which Governor Rauner has been illegally withholding. In March, a Judge ruled with us, stating that Rauner’s actions …

Child Care Workers Ratify Contract with YMCA after Strike in March

CHICAGO—In a victory for workers, parents and children, child care workers have reached a three-year contract with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago following a historic unfair labor practice strike on March 1st. The nearly 130 YMCA Early Childhood Education and …

Lead Testing for Licensed Child Care Homes

Many home child care providers have contacted SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana with questions and concerns about mailings they have received from private companies regarding new mandates that certain licensed child care homes test their water for lead. Here’s What you …

Take the “Union Challenge!’

Powerful billionaires are using the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME to further rig the economy against working families. We won’t let any court case stand in the way of our fight for the good union jobs our families, communities, …

One Week Unfair Labor Practice Strike Concludes; Veracare Workers Tell Us What’s Next in Fight for Fair Contract

Workers are warning owner Israel Davis that he’s got two strikes against him – both literally and figuratively – and they are prepared to give him strike three if necessary. Today, Veracare workers voted to end their 2nd unfair labor practice …