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KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! As ICE and Immigration Raids Commence, We Must Protect Families and Workers!

(Click here for Spanish version). No matter who is President, everyone living in the US has certain basic rights under the US Constitution, including undocumented people. If ICE comes to your workplace, you have the right to remain silent and …

HCIIMK Family Deeply Saddened By the Passing of Our Brother Héctor Figueroa

Staff and members of SEIU Healthcare IL IN MO KS were deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of SEIU 32BJ president Héctor Figueroa. As the leader of one of the labor movement’s most dynamic local unions, Héctor was …

As City Minimum Wage Increases to $13 an Hour, Movement Grows for $15 by 2021

Raise Chicago Ordinance Would Boost Wages for Hundreds of Thousands of Chicagoans CHICAGO – As the city minimum wage is set to increase to $13 an hour on Monday, July 1, aldermen, advocates, and workers are joining together to urge …

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: SEIU Healthcare Responds to News that Metro South Medical Center Could Close in November 2019

The Threat of Closure is Yet Another Example of the Hospital Industry’s Complete Lack of Concern About the Loss of Healthcare Access for Black Communities in South Suburbs, Economic Devastation, and Loss of Nearly 1,000 Jobs CONTACT: Scott.Vogel@seiuhcil.org   (June …

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 …

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 …