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.

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 …

$15 Minimum Wage Statewide Tour to Highlight HB 198 Benefit to Local Communities & New Analysis; Budget Fix

Carbondale, Champaign, Peoria, Springfield, East St. Louis Among Stops MEDIA ADVISORY: April 19, 20 SPRINGFIELD-As House Bill 198 goes to vote in the full House of Representatives, a statewide press tour will highlight the benefits of a raise in the …

BREAKING-Rauner Opposition to Wage Increase Reflects Desire for Cheap Labor Economy

House Bill 198 Gaining Momentum in Illinois CHICAGO-Following is the response of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Communications Director James Muhammad to news that Gov. Bruce Rauner today voiced opposition to raising the Illinois wage floor, even as momentum grows to raise …

Top 10 Questions Rauner Didn’t Answer Today

Governor Rauner advertised a live question-and-answer session today on Facebook. Unfortunately, the Governor came prepared with his own questions and ignored the tough ones about the Governor’s failures. Here are the top 10 quesitons Rauner failed to answer today. 1. …

SEIU Healthcare Missouri Members Applaud St. Louis City Council Passage of Minimum Wage Increase

Sherry Golden Wade, a St. Louis home care worker of twelve years, issued the following statement in response to this historic vote: “I am so proud to see the work of hundreds of low-wage St. Louis workers, tireless advocates, and …

Forbes: Child Care Providers Demand $15-An-Hour Pay

  From Forbes: by Anna Bahney As the Fight for $15, the movement to secure a $15-dollar an hour wage for employees, gains momentum, child care providers are becoming more vocal about working toward the goal. Calling our child care …

Hoosiers to Rally to Raise the Wage

At Statehouse and Across the State, Working Families and Community Allies Call Upon Governor Pence to Take Executive Action to Raise Wages for Struggling Workers, Including 37% of low-income Hoosiers. Responding to raising prices and stagnant Indiana wages, Hoosier working families …

Big step forward as Kansas City raises minimum wage to $13 per hour

  From KCMO-Fox: KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Minimum wage workers in Kansas City, Missouri, are in line to get a raise, as the City Council on Thursday approved a measure to hike the minimum wage in the city to $13 an …

A billionaire Governor facing a huge deficit demolished Bruce Rauner’s budget argument

Journalist C. Robert Gibson reports in The Huffington Post that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has pulled the state out of a deep deficit and created tens of thousands of new jobs by raising taxes on the wealthy and boosting the …