Political Action

Tichina Haywood Gives Passionate Speech at “Women’s March to the Polls” Rally in Chicago

(October 13th, 2018, Chicago) –– Tichina Haywood, a CNA at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, and a single Mom, told her personal story trying to live on $12.67 an hour at the “March to the Polls” rally in front of …

#HCIIVotes for JB Pritzker

JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton are the right team to lead Illinois and send Governor Bruce Rauner packing. Learn where JB and Rauner Stand on the Issues Details on JB and Rauner’s records Learn how and where to vote About …

At Polling Briefing About the Hospital Industry’s Anti-Worker Agenda, Kim Smith, from Northwestern Says Hospitals Forgot Who They Are and Who They’re Supposed to Serve!

(September 6th, 2018, Chicago) — Kim Smith, a patient care tech at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a Vice-Chair of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana’s Executive Board, gave a forceful statement following a polling briefing about the hospital industry’s anti-worker agenda. Are …

Press Release: HCII Responds After Chicago Sun-Times Reports that the Hospital Industry Pays Nearly 30,000 Workers Poverty Level Wages

New Report From Researchers at the University of Illinois on the Hospital Industry Reveal that Nearly 30,000 “Hospital Service Workers” in Illinois Make Under $15 an Hour, and 22,000 Of Which Make Under $13 an Hour Despite a Booming Healthcare …

Press Release: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Responds to President Trump’s Decision to Freeze Wages for VA Hospital Workers and Federal Civil Servants

While President Trump Gives Billions of Dollars in Tax Cuts to Billionaires and the Ultra Rich Trump Continues His Attacks Against Federal Workers and Unions For Immediate Release Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (August 31st, 2018, Chicago) – As part of negotiating and …

Press Release: VA Hospital Workers Respond to News After a Federal Court Strikes Down President Trump’s Executive Orders Aimed Against Federal Unions

Hines VA Stewards Say the Ability to Use “Official Time” Is an Essential Tool to Enforce Union Contracts, Resolve Grievances, and Hold Management Accountable For Immediate Release Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (August 25th, 2018, Chicago) – A federal district judge from D.C. …

Hines VA Hospital Workers Organize Rally Against Trump Administration’s Executive Orders Against Federal Workers

Scroll below to watch videos from our rally and speak out! (August 21st, 2018, Hines, Illinois) — Stewards at Hines VA hospital organized a rally and speak out with workers and coalition partners from AFGE Local 781 and the “Right …

Why Does the Illinois Hospital Association Care More About the Industry’s Profits Over Protecting Women from Rape and Sexual Assault?

IHA’s Opposition to Requiring Hospitals to Have Trained Nurses to Treat Rape Victims Called “Offensive and Repulsive” CONTACT:  scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (August 18, 2018, Chicago) – Last week Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation to require Illinois hospitals to have trained nurses available …

Press Release: Governor Rauner’s Administration Is Ultimately Responsible for South Shore Hospital’s Funding Crisis as August 1st Deadline Approaches

Lower Funding to Safety Net Hospitals Is a Direct Result of the Illinois Hospital Association’s Agenda to Give More Federal Medicaid Dollars to Rich and Corporate Healthcare Systems and Starve Hospitals that Serve Communities of Color CONTACT:  scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (July 27th, …

HCII Issues Statement After South Shore Hospital Makes Emergency Funding Request to Gov. Rauner’s Administration to Keep Vital Safety Net Provider Open

For Immediate Release CONTACT: james.muhammad@seiuhcil.org; or scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org; (July 12th, 2018, Chicago) – SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana President Greg Kelley issued the following statement below after news broke today that South Shore Hospital is requesting $3 million dollars in emergency funding …

After the Supreme Court Gutted Public Sector Workers from Having Power, Hospital Workers Fight Back!

After the Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of the Right-Wing Billionaires’ Case, “Janus vs. AFSCME”, to Gut Public Sector Workers from Having Power, Hospital Workers Recommit to Our Union and Pledge to Fight for All Working Families! Scroll below to …

As Chicago’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise, Healthcare and Child Care Workers Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner & Mayor Emanuel: “$12 Minimum Wage Isn’t Enough – Working Families Demand $15 Now!”

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 Contact: james.muhammad@seiuhcil.org or scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 29th, 2018, Chicago) – On July 1st Chicago’s …

Senators Durbin, Duckworth Call on Trump to Protect Union Rights for VA Employees

Senators Durbin & Duckworth signed a letter to President Trump today calling on him to rescind anti-union executive orders aimed at federal employees. They wrote: “It’s time to stop the attacks on our federal workers. These are also attacks on …

Hospital Worker, Monday Scott, Gives Powerful Speech at Poor People’s Campaign Event in Chicago

(June 18th, 2018, Chicago) — Hospital workers joined the Poor People’s Campaign rally to call attention to the crises of homelessness and held a press conference near the overpass at Lake Share Drive and Wilson after families and indivuals were …

The Music of a Movement! Hospital Workers March with Poor People’s Campaign to Fight for Living Wages, Call for $15 Minimum Wage

(June 11th, 2018, Springfield, IL) — Mable Williams, an EVS worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital for 23-years earns just $13 an hour. Mable got on the bus from Chicago and traveled to Springfield to march with the Poor People’s Campaign …

Hospital Workers Challenge Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Agenda that Puts Profits Over Patient Care and Investing In Our Workforce

(Scroll below to see video from our press conference outside Loretto Hospital on Thursday, April 19th, 2018). Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives …

“Right to Heal” Coalition of Veterans and VA Workers Issues Statement After President Trump Fired Secretary of the VA David Shulkin and Replaced Him with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson

Veterans Groups and Advocates Sound the Alarm and Demand that Rear Adm. Jackson State Publicly that the Trump Administration Will Not Seek to Privatize the VA and Work to Dismantle Healthcare for Veterans and Families For Immediate Release Contact: Aaron Hughes, …

Home Care Worker, Coston Plummer, Speaks at “Fair Tax Now!” Rally

(March 27, 2018, Chicago) — Coston Plummer, our home care worker, spoke at the “Fair Tax Now!” rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. See his speech below. ____________________ My name is Coston Plummer and I am honored to …

SEIU Illinois State Council Endorses J.B. Pritzker for Illinois Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2018   Pritzker Will be the Progressive Leader Working Families Need in Springfield CHICAGO – The SEIU Illinois State Council is proud to endorse J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. “The janitors, health care and home …

ICYMI: “SEIU Came Out Strong” in Last Night’s Election

Progressive Candidates and Progressive Issues Win Big (March 21st, 2018, Chicago) – This year’s roster of progressive candidates and progressive issues shaped the outcome of this year’s democratic primary and demonstrated conclusively that a forward-looking and bold working families’ agenda …