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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 …

Victory for Striking Workers Wrongfully Locked Out at Mado Buena Park

Following Management’s Unlawful Lockout, Certified Nursing Assistants Win a Fair Contract CHICAGO, IL—Following their wrongfully being locked out by management in an attempt at union busting, eight certified nursing assistants at Mado Buena Park have won a strong and fair …

After Mado Buena Park Owner Chases His Unfair Labor Practices with an Illegal Lockout of Striking Workers, Elected and Community Leaders Join Together to Support “The MADO 8”

Afternoon Press Conference Will Highlight Owner Peter O’Brien’s Union-Busting and Illegal Retaliation Against Workers and the Impact of His Illegal and Dangerously Low Staffing Levels Upon Mado Buena Park Residents CHICAGO, IL—In response to Mado Buena Park owner Peter O’Brien’s …

Striking Workers and Allies to Hold Speakout in Front of Mado Healthcare Offices in Old Town

CHICAGO, IL—Striking Mado Buena Park certified nursing assistants will mark the third day of their unfair labor practice strike handing out leaflets in front of Mado Healthcare offices in Old Town–and delivering a strong message to owner Peter O’Brien. Workers …

Day 2: Faith Leaders to Join Striking Mado Buena Park Workers to Show Solidarity

Religious Leaders to Conduct Prayer Vigil Calling for Justice for Mental Health Facility Workers Facing Unfair Labor Practices and Lack of Access to Affordable Healthcare CHICAGO, IL—After launching an unfair labor practice strike early yesterday morning, the certified nursing assistants …

Mado Buena Park Workers Joined by Charter School, City Colleges Workers–and Toni Preckwinkle–in Launching Wave of Strikes

Mental Health Facility Workers Launch Unfair Labor Practice Strike Kicking Off a Wave of Strikes in Chicago Mayoral Candidate Preckwinkle and Charter School Workers Celebrate MLK’s Legacy by Walking the Picket Line with Mado Buena Park Strikers CHICAGO, IL—Fifty years …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Applauds Toni Preckwinkle’s Plan to  Raise Chicago’s Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour  

SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley released the following statement in support of mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle’s plan to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $15 by 2021: “Hundreds of thousands of hardworking Chicagoans earn the minimum wage across our city …

SEIU Healthcare’s Statement on Inauguration of J.B. Pritzker

As Illinois welcomes a new governor with the inauguration of J.B. Pritzker, SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley released this statement: SEIU Healthcare Illinois members are excited to welcome J.B. Pritzker as Illinois’ new governor. Our members, and all working …

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 ______________________________________ …

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 …