Political Action

Press Release: Blue Island Community Needs Metro South Medical Center to Stay Open

State Lawmakers Call on the Health Facilities and Services Review Board to Hold Public Hearing on Fate of Metro South Being Shutdown and the Impact to South Suburbs CONTACT: Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 24th, 2019, CHICAGO)—State lawmakers, Metro South Medical Center workers, …

Press Release: Nurses at Mt. Sinai Hospital Respond to Hospital’s Refusal to Recognize Their Union

Nurses prepare to take additional steps to win recognition despite hospital’s attempts to thwart their efforts CONTACT: James.muhammad@seiuhcil.org (June 13th, 2019, CHICAGO)—On the morning of Thursday, June 6th, Mount Sinai Hospital registered nurses—representing the majority of RNs—converged in and around …

Press Release: Nursing Home Workers and Seniors Claim Historic Victory as General Assembly Passes Tough Enforcement Law to Stop Short Staffing

After State Lawmakers Passed Short Staffing Legislation in 2010 that Was Never Properly Enforced, Nursing Home Workers and AARP Illinois Partnered Together to Push Lawmakers to Hold the Nursing Home Industry Accountable Contact: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 2nd, 2019, Chicago) – Nursing …

On First Day of Bargaining, Mt. Sinai Hospital Workers “Speak Out” and Call a Code Blue on the Hospital Industry!

(May 22nd, 2019, Chicago) –On the first day of bargaining Mt. Sinai and Schwab workers took over the new garden in front of the hospital for a speak out and press event around the issues we plan to address through …

Mt. Sinai Hospital CNA, Le Chrisha Pearson, Calls a #HospitalCodeBlue on the Industry for Refusing to Pay a $15 Starting Wage at Reimagine Chicago Press Event

(May 16th, 2019, Chicago City Hall) — Le Chrisha Pearson, a Mt. Sinai Hospital CNA, spoke at the Reimagine Chicago press conference at City Hall, which was organized by the Grassroots Collaborative and United Working Families (UWF). Here are Ms. …

Fair Tax #HCIITalks LiveStream Draws 1,500 viewers

On April 24th, we launched our first episode of a regular Facebook livestream series – HCII Talks – where SEIU HCIIMK President Greg Kelley discusses issues important to our mission, our communities, and our work as caregivers. In our inaugural …

BREAKING: Fair Tax Amendment Will Allow Much-Needed Change to Illinois Tax Rate

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the Illinois Senate passage of the resolution to put the Fair Tax amendment on the ballot: “We applaud the leadership shown by the Illinois Senate today in …

Press Release: After Testifying at Public Hearing About the Fate of Westlake Hospital, SEIU Healthcare Calls on the State to Immediately Intervene to Stop the Closure and Protect a Vital Safety Net Hospital

Workers and Community Advocates Call a “Code Blue” on the Hospital Industry for Incessant Focus on Profits and Willingness to Abandon the Melrose Park Community and Low-Income Families Who Rely on Medicaid (April 29th, 2019, Chicago) – Hospital workers testified …

Down Goes the Mell Dynasty; A Just Chicago is Now Possible

Chicago – News outlets are reporting that Rossana Rodriquez-Sanchez has defeated incumbent Deb Mell in the race for Chicago’s 33rd Ward by a total of just 13 votes. The following statement is from Erica Bland-Durosinmi, Political Director of SEIU Healthcare Illinois …

Press Release: SEIU Healthcare Applauds Senate Passage of Nursing Homes Safe Staffing Bill to Protect Seniors and Healthcare Workers

After State Lawmakers Passed Legislation in 2010 to Stop Short Staffing, New Enforcement Bill, SB 1510, Sponsored by Senator Collins, Aims to Hold Nursing Home Industry Accountable on Staffing Ratios (April 10th, 2019, Springfield, Illinois) – Illinois Senators passed SB …

Press Release: Nursing Home Workers Rally at the State Capitol to Stop Short Staffing and Demand Accountability of Nursing Home Industry

Workers Along with AARP Illinois Push New Enforcement Bill, SB 1510, to Address Short Staffing Crisis Nursing Home Workers Rally in Springfield to Stop Short Staffing   (April 3rd, 2019, Springfield, IL) – Nursing home workers rallied at the Capitol …

Nursing Home Leader, George White, Testifies to Senate Insurance Committee in Support of SB 650, a Bill to Stop Dialysis Industry’s Profiteering

(March 27th, 2019, Springfield, IL) — George White, a dialysis patient and nursing home leader within our Union, traveled to Springfield to testify in front of the Senate Insurance Committee. Below is his testimony. George White Testimony in Support of …

BREAKING: Gov. Pritzker’s fair tax proposal welcomed by SEIU Healthcare Illinois

For Immediate Release: March 7, 2019 The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley regarding the fair tax plan of Gov. JB Pritzker: “For too long, low wage and middle class working families have carried the …

Tuesday is Election Day in Chicago

Elections for the City of Chicago are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The election is nonpartisan. If no candidate in a particular race receives a majority of votes, a runoff election will be held on April 2, 2019.  Election …

Watch Video: Tichina Haywood, a single mom and CNA hospital worker, reacts to Gov. Pritzker signing $15 Wage Bill: “I will always appreciate a noble man who keeps his promises!”

(February 19th, 2019. Springfield, IL) — Tichina Haywood met then gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker at a roundtable event on September 17th at SEIU Healthcare’s office with fellow hospital service workers.  They each systematically told their stories about trying to survive …

SEIU Members Are Voting Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor

Updated 2/27/19 Click Here to See Full List of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Endorsed Candidates It’s Time To Take Back Chicago For Working Families  On Tuesday, February 26th, we can elect a new mayor in Chicago. Toni Preckwinkle has earned our …

$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 …

Loretto Hospital Workers Start Monthly Newsletter “It’s Union Time!”

(Download the full Loretto Hospital Newsletter Jan_2019 right here). Welcome to the first newsletter exclusively for the SEIU Members at Loretto Hospital! We are kicking off 2019 with something new and exciting to better communicate with our members. We already …

Metro East: Gateway Medical Center Dietary Workers Rally to Save Their Jobs After Subcontractor Refuses to Hire Union Workers Despite Years of Dedicated Service

Dietary Workers, Some With 15 Years or More of Work Experience and Earning Less than $13 an Hour, Call on Gateway’s CEO to Honor the Workers’ Contract and Seniority Instead of Trying to Bust the Union (January 23rd, 2019, Metro …

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 ______________________________________ …