Minimum Wage

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana is fighting to give working families living wages and to raise the minimum wage in our states and nationally.  Raising the minimum wage will lift up low-income workers, reduce poverty and inequality, help small businesses to grow, support our local economy, and rebuild our communities.

Watch Full Press Conference of Hospital Workers Outside of Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) Downtown Office, Demanding Millionaire CEOs Live On $13 an Hour

(See our press release from our press conference). Kim Smith, Northwestern Hospital: “We’re Challenging Millionaire CEOs to Live on $13!” Tichina Haywood, CNA Swedish Covenant Shows Her Budget Scraping By on $13 an Hour Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson: Hospital …

Hospital Service Workers Challenge Hospital CEOs to Live on Poverty Level Wages of $13 an Hour in Protest Outside the Office of the Illinois Hospital Association

(Watch video from our press conference outside the IHA). On the Heels of Advocate Aurora Health’s Decision to Pay $15 an Hour by 2021, Hospital Workers Demand a $15 Starting Wage Starting Now and the Right to Join a Union …

SEIU Healthcare IL endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Chicago Mayor

Joins Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73 in joint endorsement press conference for city’s next chief executive CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2018)–Leaders of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, SEIU Local 73 and the Chicago Teachers Union announced today their joint endorsement of Toni …

Vote to Raise the Minimum Wage & Let Workers Earn Sick Time in Your City

Cook County passed two ordinances that took effect in July of 2017. One raised the minimum wage and one provided earned paid sick time, each over a three-year period. However, the county allowed individual cities and villages to opt out …

600 Energized SEIU Members from across Illinois Rally in Chicago, March to the Polls with JB Pritzker, Juliana Stratton, Kwame Raoul, Dick Durbin and Michael Frerichs as Early Voting Kicks into High Gear

  Illinois working families know they can count on Pritzker, Stratton and Raoul to Lead on Union Expansion and a $15 Statewide Minimum Wage CHICAGO – With the Dunbar High School marching band and banda musicians in tow, more than …

SEIU HCII Backs Kwame Raoul for Attorney General – #HCIIVotes

SEIU HCII is strongly supporting Kwame Raoul for Attorney General because Kwame has a proven record that shows he’s always been on the right side of the issues that matter most to our members. Raoul is the child of immigrants …

5 Takeaways from the Startling New Report on Hospital Service Worker Wages

A new report from the University of Illinois explores the wages and working conditions of hospital service workers – those who clean the hospital and stop the spread of infection, prepare healthy food for patients, and otherwise support healthcare at …

As Chicago’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise, Healthcare and Child Care Workers Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner: “$12 Minimum Wage Isn’t Enough – Working Families Demand $15 Now!”

Media Advisory   Gov. Rauner’s Veto of the $15 Minimum Wage Bill Took Away Living Wages from Low-Income Caregivers Who Urgently Need a Raise to Survive and Support Their Families. Hospital Workers Also Take Aim at the Hospital Industry Who …

Massive Protests Planned for Labor Day as ‘Workers Strike Back’

A Historically Broad Coalition Led by Hospital Workers to Announced Plans for Citywide Actions Declared Unions the Best Way to Fix Economic, Political Systems Rigged to Benefit Big Corporations CHICAGO—Workers in Chicago will “strike back” this Labor Day when they …

Rauner Veto of $15 Sets Stage for ’18

  Competing Visions Now In Place: A Permanent Low-Wage Economy or a Fairer Illinois?  CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 81, legislation to raise the minimum wage …

Greg Kelley: The caregivers are the ones owed a higher wage

The following op-ed from our union president, Greg Kelley, appeared in the State Journal Register on July 29th. In a recent online article from WCIA-TV titled “Rauner pays new staff lucrative salaries,” the governor said Illinois citizens “owe” his highly-paid …

Governor Rauner: I’m Worth More

  Governor Rauner, In the past, you’ve said you support a minimum wage increase, under certain requirements, but hospital workers need you to do more This isn’t a political issue, it’s about Illinois hospital workers being able to survive and …

CHECK YOUR CHECK: Minimum Wage Increase & Sick Time in Cook County

Today is payday for many of us in Chicago and across Cook County.  For a lot of us, it’s the first payday since Chicago and Cook County’s minimum wage increases and paid sick time ordinances took effect on July 1st. …

Cook County Minimum Wage & Sick Time: Who’s in, Who’s Out

Cook County passed two ordinances that took effect July 1, 2017. One that raised the minimum wage and one that provided paid sick time.  However, the county allowed individual cities and village to opt out the pro-worker regulations. Below lets …

Pritzker “Walks A Day” in Shoes of Child Care Worker Who Would Benefit from $15 Wage

Urges Rauner: “Sign the Bill” & Pledges to Protect Child Care in Illinois CHICAGO-Surrounded by children enrolled in the state’s badly-damaged Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker “walked a day” in the shoes of a low-wage child …

Governor Rauner Receives $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Senator Biss & Advocates Urge Him to Sign It Immediately Chicago, IL – Legislation to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 was delivered to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk Monday morning. Shortly after, supporters of Senate Bill …

As $15 Bill Hits Gov. Rauner’s Desk: Sen. Biss Joins Workers, Labor and Faith Leaders Calling on Him to Sign Historic SB 81 NOW!

MEDIA ADVISORY: TODAY (Monday), June 26th, 11 a.m., Thompson Center CHICAGO – As Senate Bill 81 — a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour —  hits Gov. Rauner’s desk, Sen. Daniel Biss will be joined Monday …

BREAKING: Senate Follows House in Passing Historic $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Truest, Best, Fastest Way to Help MILLIONS of Illinois Workers; Gov. Rauner MUST SIGN NOW  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage tonight in the Senate of Senate Bill 81, legislation to raise the …

BREAKING: Historic Victory as $15 Bill Wins in House; On To Senate

2.3 MILLION Workers are Closer to a Raise  SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following passage today in the Illinois House of Representatives of Senate Bill 81, to raise the minimum wage to $15 by …

“It’s Fearful” As House Bill 198 Goes Before Full House, Stories of Struggle from All Corners of Illinois from Low-Wage Workers

$15 Minimum Wage Seen as Help to Imperiled Local Economies After a two—day press tour with the legislation’s sponsor, Rep. Will Guzzardi, stories were pouring in from throughout the state from workers who are struggling to make ends meet as …