Leaders in Action

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Helen Miller: SEIU Home Care Pioneer, Labor Leader (1936 – 2019)

Helen Miller, a pioneer in the home healthcare organizing movement and former president of SEIU Local 880 (now SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Missouri & Kansas), passed away peacefully on March 5. Over more than four decades, Helen demonstrated a passion …

Member Voices: Tamera Cunningham, Touchette Hospital: “Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 is Only the Beginning to Giving Working Families Economic Stability and Justice

We are please to post the following commentary by our member leader, Tamera Cunningham, at Touchette Hospital, submitted on Feb. 15th, 2019. The fact that Illinois lawmakers passed a law to raise our state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour …

Alivio Medical Center Bargaining Update: No Healthcare Worker Should Have Their Wages Unfairly Capped!

“I have been working at Alivio for the last 10 years. I’m proud to work for a clinic that serves our Latino community. However, it has been difficult to work here for the last several years knowing that the most …

Loretto Hospital Workers Start Monthly Newsletter “It’s Union Time!”

(Download the full Loretto Hospital Newsletter Jan_2019 right here). Welcome to the first newsletter exclusively for the SEIU Members at Loretto Hospital! We are kicking off 2019 with something new and exciting to better communicate with our members. We already …

Methodist Hospital Update: Workers ‘March on the Boss’ and Deliver Open Letter to Management Calling for a Fair Contract!

On Thursday, June 28th, the day before our next bargaining session, Methodist Hospital workers marched on the boss to deliver an “open letter” to management calling for a fair contract that respects the hard work, service and commitment of our …

Hospital Worker, Monday Scott, Gives Powerful Speech at Poor People’s Campaign Event in Chicago

(June 18th, 2018, Chicago) — Hospital workers joined the Poor People’s Campaign rally to call attention to the crises of homelessness and held a press conference near the overpass at Lake Share Drive and Wilson after families and indivuals were …

Member Spotlight: Margie Hoffa

Margaret “Margie” Hoffa has been an active member of our union and has embodied what is possible when taking an active role in her hospital and the social justice movement. She began her career in healthcare in Corpus Christi, TX, in the 1970’s starting in the dietary …

Member Spotlight: Shirley Caston

One of member leader Shirley Caston’s favorite sayings is that “A closed mouth never gets fed.” These are words that Caston’s mother imparted to her years ago, and she has held them close ever since as a reminder that a person should always speak up for what they need and …

Success at Methodist Hospitals: Marches On the Boss at Northlake & Southlake Campuses Show Members’ Strength Fighting for Better Staffing!

(January 25th, 2018, Gary Indiana) — Food service workers at Methodist Hospitals’ two campuses, said ‘enough is enough’ with low staffing. After coordinated staff actions, management was forced to hold a labor management meeting to address short staffing and made …

Watch Video From State Capitol Press Conf: Hospital Workers Call On Illinois Hospital Assoc. to Protect Funding for Safety Nets

Watch our incredible news coverage from a legislative hearing and rally at the State Capitol on January 30th, 2018. Safety net hospital workers are fighting back against the Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) proposed new hospital assessment and Medicaid funding formula …

Day 14 of Christian Care Nursing Home Strike: Workers Tell Their Stories of Fighting for a Fair Contract

Watch video profiles of workers below! (December 14th, 2017, Ferguson, MO) — On the 14th day of our unfair labor practice strike at Christian Care Nursing Home, workers continued to rally in the cold and chant, “one day longer, one …

Day 13 of Christian Care Nursing Home Strike: Profiling Members’ Voices

Scroll below to watch video profiles of our nursing home workers (December 13th, 2017, Ferguson, Missouri) — On day 13 of the Christian Care Nursing Home strike, we profiled four members with diverse backgrounds, ages, and years of service to …

Day 12 of Ferguson Nursing Home Strike: Cynthia Harris, CNA for 39-Years Gives Passionate Speech, “Residents miss us and we miss them!”

(December 12th, 2017, Ferguson, MO) –A key SEIU Healthcare member, Cynthia Harris, a CNA who has worked at Christian Care Nursing Home for 39-years, gave one of the most passionate speeches on Day 12 of an unfair labor practice strike …

Day 11 of Christian Care Nursing Home Strike, and Members Still Fighting!

Watch videos below from workers on the strike line! (December 11th, 2017, Ferguson, Missouri) — On day 11 of the Christian Care Nursing Home strike, as the sun started to set, workers stood outside in the cold and gusty wind …

Member Spotlight: Nursing Home Worker, Lashanda Dixon, DARES Gov. Rauner and Congressman Roskam to Explain Republican Tax Scam to the Faces of Working Families

(December 6th, 2017) — Read the full text of Lashanda Dixon’s speech outside of Loyola University in Chicago about the Republican “tax scam” which will slash Medicaid and Medicare funding for working working families and seniors. Lashanda works at Alden …