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.

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 …

$10 an hour not enough: child care providers rally for a living wage

On Monday, child care providers and their children rallied outside Daley Plaza for a living wage of $15 per hour. Using a blackboard to illustrate, Cynthia Brown offered a lesson to the children in attendance, showing how much additional income …

St. Louis Mayor Slay pushes for $15 per hour living wage

After a two-year campaign and lots of great organizing by Show Me 15 St. Louis and others, St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay publicly announced his support of a $15 an hour living wage and a plan to bring the …

Illinois House passes Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois House of Representatives passed the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights late on Friday. The bill includes the following protections and rights to domestic workers: the right to be paid no less than the minimum wage the right to …

Thousands of Workers from Home Care, Child Care, Nursing Homes and Hospitals Announce They Are Joining the Movement to Fight for $15

Follow us on Twitter @seiuhcilin  #Fightfor15  #HomeCare15  #NursingHomes15 (April 15th, 2015)  Contact: James Muhammad,  James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org Scott Vogel, scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org   MEDIA ADVISORY SEIU Healthcare Illinois Members and Families Join Largest Low-Wage Worker Mobilization in Chicago’s Living Wage Fight — Protests Target …

Press Release: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Applauds Historic Victory In Winning State’s Minimum Wage Ballot Referendum

Community Groups and Labor Allies Vow to Continue to Fight for a Working Families Agenda Contact: James Muhammad, James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org   (November 5, 2014, Chicago) — Members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois (SEIU HCII), a union that represents 92,000 home care, child …

IN Members Host Town Hall Highlighting Need for Higher Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 30, 2014 CONTACT: Kaitlin DeCero, Kaitlin.decero@seiuhcil.org Hammond Town Hall Meeting Highlights Need for Higher Minimum Wage (Hammond, IN) – On Thursday night at the Jean Shephard Center in Hammond, local low-wage workers, elected officials, faith leaders, …

Vote Early to Raise the Minimum Wage in Illinois!

Resources for Early Voting! In Illinois, early voting starts Monday, October 20th and continues until Sunday, November 2nd. In order to Early Vote you must bring your government issued photo ID. Scroll below to find a list of early voting …

Nursing Home Worker, Erika Martin Says Bruce Rauner “Hasn’t Earned Our Respect to Become Governor”

(July 31, 2014) — On the anniversary of Medicare where events were held across the country, HCII member and nursing home work Erika Martin protested outside Bruce Rauner’s headquarters.  Erika spoke about the candidate’s refusal to pay Medicare taxes,  highlighted …

Indiana SEIU Members Team Up with Community Allies & Low-Wage Workers to Push for Higher Minimum Wage

On Thursday, July 24, state representatives, city council members and other elected representatives joined low-wage workers, faith leaders, academics and community advocates at a Town Hall meeting focused on raising the minimum wage. As the rallying cry for raising the …

Chicago Members Gather in Lawndale to Register Voters & Push for a Minimum Wage Increase

On Saturday, June 14, home care workers, child care providers, hospital and nursing home workers gathered in Lawndale at the Grace Memorial Baptist Church to kick off a summer of planned activities around registering new voters and winning an increase …

Guest Post: Childcare Workers are Low-Wage Workers!

Low-wage workers in 150 cities went on strike to fight for the idea that workers deserve to make a living wage. Most of those strikers were fast food workers, but at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, the people who educate our young children struggle to make ends meet, just like the people who work at McDonald’s or WalMart.

SEIU members stand in solidarity with #FastFoodGlobal and the Fight for Fifteen!

Today, in 150 cities worldwide, low-wage fast food workers went on strike for fair treatment, the right to a union, and a living wage of $15 an hour. Check out the gallery below of our folks standing in solidarity in …

Gary Mayor Karen-Freeman Wilson, health care workers, faith leaders, and experts gather to call for Medicaid expansion and a higher minimum wage

On Tuesday, April 8th, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson led home care and hospital workers, several state representatives, health care experts, and members of the faith community in a town hall meeting to call for Medicaid expansion and a fair minimum …

Our HCII Executive Vice-President, April Verrett,Speaks at Minimum Wage Bus Tour With Governor Quinn, Senator Durbin

Raise Illinois Coalition Holds Press Event at Federal Plaza With Low-Wage Workers and Community Leaders to Urge Senator Mark Kirk to Support Fair Wage Act  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (March 31, 2014, Chicago) – Raise Illinois, the statewide coalition …