Political Action

Do Your Job, Save Healthcare Protest Draws Lots of Press Coverage

HCII members joined over a dozen organizations to protest Governor Rauner and the IL GOP at a fundraiser in Rosemont last night. We told Rauner to do his job and stand up against the GOP healthcare bill. We were thrilled …

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 …

BREAKING: Millions of Illinoisans at Risk After ACA Repeal Vote; Costly and Deadly Disaster as Gov. Rauner, Illinois GOP Putting Medicaid Under Knife

Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act: “The repeal of the Affordable Care Act represents a costly and deadly disaster for Illinois, especially the nearly 3 …

Senator Biss, Representative Welch Join Alzheimer’s Association, Nursing Home Workers and Other Resident Advocates in Call for Solution to Improper Discharges of Long-Term Residents and Chronic Short Staffing

SPRINGFIELD—This week, Senator Daniel Biss joined Representative Chris Welch and multiple advocates of long-term care recipients for a press conference announcing crucial legislation addressing the pressing problems of improper discharges and of woefully insufficient facility staffing levels. Their solution—SB 1624 …

Hospital Workers Urge Congress Not to Take Away Affordable Healthcare from Millions of American Families – #WhatsYourPlan

During Congressional Recess, Advocates Across the Country Ask “What’s Your Plan” to House Republicans and Trump Administration as Efforts to Repeal Obamacare Heat Up  (Watch video from rally below – or click here to see press coverage). Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org, SEIU …

INDIANA ELECTION CENTER

Endorsed Candidates President: Hillary Clinton (D) Governor: John Gregg (D) We encourage our members to look to the Indiana AFL-CIO endorsements for guidance in other races, including U.S. Senate, state legislative districts, and State Superintendent of Schools.   Indiana Voter …

Hoosiers Rally to Get Out the Vote and Raise the Wage

Gubernatorial Candidate John Gregg Addresses Crowd Concerned with Lost Jobs, Low Wages, and Attacks on Union Rights GARY—Fed up with a minimum wage of just $7.25/hour and corporate attacks on local jobs and union rights, scores of Hoosiers rallied on …

114th District Candidate LaToya Greenwood “Walks a Day” in the Shoes of a Child Care Provider, Vows to Protect Caregivers from Rauner’s Attacks

EAST ST. LOUIS-Councilwoman LaToya Greenwood  “walked a day in the shoes” of child care provider Tina Williams, who serves families in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) currently under assault by Gov. Bruce Rauner. “As someone who was a young single …

20th House District Candidate Merry Marwig Walks the Talk

As Bruce Rauner and allies such as Republican State Rep. Michael McAuliffe continue their brick-by-brick teardown of social services in Illinois, 20th House District candidate Merry Marwig spent a day walking in the shoes of a Norridge home healthcare worker …

On the Heels of Bruce Rauner’s Job-Killing Veto of Child Care Expansion, 72nd House District Candidate Mike Halpin “Walks A Day” In Shoes of Quad Cities Early Educators

MOLINE- As Bruce Rauner and his Republican allies continue their brick-by-brick teardown of social services in Illinois, 72nd House District candidate Mike Halpin spent a morning “Walking a Day” in the shoes of Moline early childhood educators whose funding for quality care has …

Labor Day 2016: Rauner Hostility to Labor Harming All Illinois

This Labor Day, Illinois is facing historic hardship directly because of Bruce Rauner’s hostility to the rights of workers to unite and bargain collectively for better wages, safety and workplace protections. The budget crisis we still face, which has led …

SEIU Healthcare Announces Endorsements for Illinois General Assembly

Candidates Pledge to Fight AGAINST the Reckless Rauner Agenda and FOR Children, Seniors, People With Disabilities and Their Caregivers Illinois – SEIU Healthcare Illinois announces endorsements for the following candidates in Illinois: Northern Illinois: 71st House District – Rep. Michael …

Candidate for 112th District House Rep Walks A Day With Home Healthcare Provider

Thursday morning, candidate for Illinois District 112 Representative Katie Stuart experienced firsthand the vital role home healthcare providers play in the lives of seniors and people with disabilities. Stuart participated in a “walk a day,” where she worked directly with …

Hubris: The Bruce Rauner Re-Election Announcement

Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President Greg Kelley in response to news that Gov. Bruce Rauner intends to seek re-election: “Last week, Bruce Rauner went before 400 or so executives of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce …

Nursing Homes Leader, Lakesia Collins Speaks at CTU Press Event: “Working Families Share One Struggle for Fundamental Fairness”

(March 24th, 2016, Chicago) —Lakesia Collins, a nursing home member leader, spoke passionately today at the Chicago Teacher Union’s press conference, along with other community groups and labor allies, after CTU announced a statewide day of action and teacher walkout …

Press Release: A Stunning Rejection of the Rauner Agenda and His Checkbook Politics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org   CHICAGO–Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Keith Kelleher in response to Tuesday’s primary results:   “Tuesday was a stunning rejection of the divisive checkbook politics of Gov. …

Gov. Rauner Refuses To Allow Members’ Entry To Speech

Thursday morning, Governor Rauner visited Belleville East High School to give a speech. Several parents of students from the school district were cleared by the principal to attend the event. The parents, also SEIU members, were hopeful to hear what …

WBEZ’s Series On Right-Wing Money in Politics: Interviews Juliana Stratton vs Rep. Ken Dunkin on 5th District Race

(Thursday, February 25th, 2016, Chicago) — WBEZ Chicago Public Radio continued its political series today about how powerful right-wing special interests are pouring money into the 5th House District.  A community leader, Juliana Stratton, endorsed by SEIU,  is challenging Rep. …

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Proposal: A) My Way, or B) The Highway

(For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 17, 2016) Contact: Graeme.Zielinski@seiuhcil.org or James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org   SPRINGFIELD-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Wednesday budget address. “Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal? A. My way. …

Jaqueline Rodriguez, SEIU HCII Vice-President, Speaks at Union Endorsement Event for Omar Aquino for 2nd District for Illinois Senate

(February 16th, 2016) — A host of community leaders representing working families, including SEIU Healthcare Illinois, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Grassroots Illinois Action, Alderman Carlos Rosa and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia all gathered today to endorse Omar …