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.

We just made history in Illinois

This victory has been 7 years in the making and we should be proud of our work in getting this accomplished. But we’re not done! We’re going to continue to fight for better contracts with higher wages! Hi fellow SEIU member, …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Applauds Passage of $15 Minimum Wage

The following is a statement from Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on passage of SB 1, the $15 minimum wage bill, by the Illinois House today: “While the $15 minimum wage bill that passed today is not perfect, …

$15 for Illinois Passes!

Updated 2/22/19 On February 14th, SB 1, the $15 minimum wage bill was signed into law in Illinois. Get Some Quick Facts about $15 Find Out Why Workers Need It $15 is Good for Business “Our 50,000 home healthcare workers …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Applauds Toni Preckwinkle’s Plan to  Raise Chicago’s Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour  

SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley released the following statement in support of mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle’s plan to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021: “Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Chicagoans earn the minimum wage across our city …

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 — as well as individual speeches from our action below).   Check Out Our Round-Up Video Protesting the Illinois Hospital Association: Hospital Workers Challenge CEOs to Live on $13 an Hour ______________________________________ …

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 …