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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 …

State Senator Chris Belt Participates in “Walk a Day in My Shoes” Event with Local Senior & Caregiver as Push for Higher Wages for Illinois Home Care Aides Gains Momentum

30,000 Home Care Aides and 100,000 Seniors in the Community Care Program to Benefit from Efforts to Stabilize Workforce East St. Louis – Home care aides that serve Illinois seniors through the Community Care Program (CCP) are calling on the …

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 …

Hundreds of Workers Converge and Rally to Call a Code Blue on Sick Hospital Industry

Workers and Electeds Converge to Call a Code Blue on Illinois Hospital Industry Hundreds Gather to Demand Immediate Action by Hospitals’ “Sick” and Misplaced Priorities CHICAGO—Shortly before noon today, hundreds of hospital workers from facilities across Greater Chicago took to …

Workers Converge to Call a Code Blue on Illinois Hospital Industry

 Hundreds Gather to Demand Immediate Action by Hospitals’ “Sick” and Misplaced Priorities  ***VISUALS: A march and then rally of hundreds of workers and supporters, including a section of stretchers illustrating the casualties of a sick hospital system. Workers will act …

Nursing Home Enforcement Bill Passes Senate Human Services; SEIU Healthcare Applauds

SPRINGFIELD—Members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, which represents 92,000 caregivers in the nursing home, hospital, home care and child care industries, applaud the members of the Illinois Senate Human Services Committee for their prompt passage of SB1510 which would add much-needed …

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 …

SEIU Healthcare’s Statement on Toni Preckwinkle Securing Runoff

SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley released this statement on today’s election results in Chicago: SEIU Healthcare Illinois members are excited that Toni Preckwinkle made a strong showing in today’s Mayoral election and secured a spot in the upcoming runoff. …

Member Voices: Tamera Cunningham, Touchette Hospital: “Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 is Only the Beginning to Giving Working Families Economic Stability and Justice

We are please to post the following commentary by our member leader, Tamera Cunningham, at Touchette Hospital, submitted on Feb. 15th, 2019. The fact that Illinois lawmakers passed a law to raise our state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour …

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 Healthcare Illinois Applauds Passage of $15 Minimum Wage

The following is a statement from Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on passage of SB 1, the $15 minimum wage bill, by the Illinois House today: “While the $15 minimum wage bill that passed today is not perfect, …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Applauds Senate Passage of the $15 Minimum Wage

The following is a statement from Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on the passage of SB 1, the $15 minimum wage bill, by the Illinois Senate today: “The vote taken today is historic and celebrated by working families across …

$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 …

Chicago Warming Centers

Due to the weather, the home care lobby for Wednesday has been canceled and the Chicago office will not be open.  After school activities for Tuesday evening and Wednesday’s classes for Chicago Public School have been canceled. Below is information …