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.

$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 …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Praises Governor Quinn for Fighting to Protect Working Families and Reduce Income Inequality

SEIU HCII is praising the Governor Quinn’s budget proposal as an example of his leadership and concern for working families across Illinois. The Governor’s “responsible budget” protects a host of programs and vital services that support low-income workers and families such as education, early learning and child care services, college affordability, public safety, home care services for seniors, and investments in infrastructure.

Low-Wage Home Care Workers Deliver Valentine’s Day Cards to Governor Quinn Asking Him to Support $1 Raise for Caregivers at Dept. On Aging

(February 14th 2014, Chicago) — Home care workers in the Department of Aging (DOA) delivered a large Valentine’s Day card to Governor Quinn’s office, as well as personal messages on behalf of seniors, asking him to give low-wage homecare workers …

Our Partners at Raise Illinois Applaud Unanimous Passage of Chicago City Council Resolution to Increase the State’s Minimum Wage to $10.65 an Hour

We are pleased to post this press release from the Raise Illinois coalition, working to raise the minimum wage. Visit www.Raiseillinois.com – Like us on Facebook: RaiseIllinois – Twitter @RaiseIllinois / #RaisetheWage FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Aileen Kelleher, akelleher@actionnow.org Chicago …

Low-Wage Workers Elated After Governor Quinn Calls for Raising the Minimum Wage During State of the State Address

Governor Quinn called on state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage in Illinois and spoke forcefully about the urgent need to fight income inequality during his State of the State address today.

Sun-Times: Bruce Rauner in newly surfaced video: ‘adamantly, adamantly’ against raising the minimum wage

  All four of the Republican gubernatorial candidates are on record stating that they oppose raising the minimum wage for low-income workers and families. But as our coalition partners at Action Now have stated, one of the GOP hopefuls, billionaire …

Our Coalition Partner, Action Now, Issues Statement After GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Oppose Raising the Minimum Wage

Our coalition partners at Action Now issued the following press release about the minimum wage issue in Illinois. Billionaire Venture Capitalist and Candidate, Bruce Rauner, Wants to Lower Illinois’ Minimum Wage for Workers Making Poverty Level Wages (CHICAGO, Jan. 8, …