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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). Kim Smith, Northwestern Hospital: “We’re Challenging Millionaire CEOs to Live on $13!” Tichina Haywood, CNA Swedish Covenant Shows Her Budget Scraping By on $13 an Hour Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson: Hospital …

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 …

Amidst the Holiday Season, Hospital Service Workers Set to Protest the Illinois Hospital Association and Challenge Hospital CEOs to Live on Poverty Level Wages of $13 an Hour

  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 Across the Entire Hospital Industry When: Thursday, December …

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 …

Press Release: SEIU Healthcare Illinois Testifies to Legislative Hospital Transformation Committee

Hospital Workers Release New Proposed Rules Saying Federal Medicaid Dollars Must Go to Safety Net Hospitals First Over Rich and Corporate Health Systems  CONTACT: scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (December 6th, 2018, Chicago) – Hospital workers from SEIU Healthcare Illinois attended the Hospital Transformation …

UPDATED with Video: Press Release: SEIU to Advocate Aurora Health: Hospital Workers Can’t Wait Years for a Living Wage

Advocate Has the Money to Pay Hospital Workers $15 an Hour Starting Now as It Boasts Being the 10th Largest Not-For-Profit Health System in the Country with Billions in Revenues   Hospital Workers Respond to Advocate’s $15 an Hour Wage …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois endorses Jessica Gutierrez for alderwoman, 30th Ward

CHICAGO—SEIU Healthcare Illinois today endorsed Jessica Gutierrez for 30th ward alderman in the upcoming February 2019 aldermanic election. Gutierrez is running to unseat incumbent Ariel Reboyras. Gutierrez has recently helped other progressive candidates to get elected to office. Now is …

Greg Kelley Named to Gov-Elect Pritzker’s Healthy Children and Families Committee

Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced the formation and members of the Healthy Children and Families Committee of the transition team, which included SEIU HCIIMK President Greg Kelley. The committee is the third of several working groups of the transition made …

Watch Video of Press Conference: Hospital Workers Fight Illinois Hospital Association to Protect Safety Net Hospitals

SCROLL BELOW TO WATCH VIDEOS OF OUR PRESS CONFERENCE (November 13th, 2018, Springfield, IL) — Hospital workers held a press conference inside the Capitol Rotunda to call on state lawmakers to publicly support and invest in safety net and critical care …

Statement: Governor Rauner’s Historic Defeat Along With the Election of Working Family Candidates Up and Down the Ballot Paves the Way for a Bold and Progressive Agenda in Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7th, 2018 CONTACT: James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org 773.703.0583   CHICAGO – Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana issued the following statement in response to tonight’s election results: “Voters in Illinois soundly rejected Bruce Rauner and the Republican …

Missouri Workers Declare Another Victory with Approval of Proposition B and Amendment 1

St. Louis – The following statement is on behalf of SEIU Healthcare Missouri State Director Lenny Jones in response to tonight’s election results: “With a grassroots movement that started with the resounding defeat of Proposition A in August, Missouri workers …

Press Release: With Kwame Raoul We Have an Advocate as Attorney General

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 6, 2018 CONTACT: James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org 773.703.0583 CHICAGO—The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley in response to tonight’s election results: “In Kwame Raoul, Illinois voters have elected a fighter who will hold elected …

Press Release: Working Families Speak Loudly With Election of JB Pritzker as Governor of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 CONTACT: James.Muhammad@seiuhcil.org 773.703.0583 CHICAGO—The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley in response to tonight’s election results: “Voters in Illinois spoke loudly and clearly tonight with the election of …

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 …

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 …

Child Care Providers File Class-Action Lawsuit in Response to Rauner’s Denial of Modest Rate Increase

Plaintiffs Joined by State Senator Toi Hutchinson at Press Conference Announcing Filing of Complaint CHICAGO–Child care providers were joined by State Senator Toi Hutchinson this morning at a press conference announcing their filing of a class-action lawsuit which seeks to …

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. …