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The Music of a Movement! Hospital Workers March with Poor People’s Campaign to Fight for Living Wages, Call for $15 Minimum Wage

(June 11th, 2018, Springfield, IL) — Mable Williams, an EVS worker at Mt. Sinai Hospital for 23-years earns just $13 an hour. Mable got on the bus from Chicago and traveled to Springfield to march with the Poor People’s Campaign …

After years of self-created devastation, Rauner finally signs a budget

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the signing of the state budget today by Gov. Rauner: CHICAGO — Even though it took him nearly his whole term – and hopefully his only term – …

SEIU Healthcare Applauds Budget Momentum

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on the passage of a budget in both houses and the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: “Our members and the vulnerable populations of seniors, people with …

BREAKING: Illinois legislature passes bill to extend child care eligibility; awaits Gov. Rauner’s signature

Brynn Seibert, vice president at SEIU Healthcare Illinois and director of the Child Care Division, released the following statement on the passage of HB 4965 by the Illinois legislature today, extending child care eligibility in the Child Care Assistance Program: …

Poor People’s Campaign to Challenge Systemic Racism as Protests at Illinois State Capitol Intensify

Nonviolent Direct Action Planned in Springfield, Part of Wave of Protests to Hit 35 States, Washington, D.C. — Poor People, Clergy, Advocates to Demand Immediate Restoration of the Voting Rights Act, End to Racist Gerrymandering, Reversal of State Laws that Prevent …

Hospital Workers Challenge Illinois Hospital Association’s (IHA) Agenda that Puts Profits Over Patient Care and Investing In Our Workforce

(Scroll below to see video from our press conference outside Loretto Hospital on Thursday, April 19th, 2018). Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives …

Hospital Workers Rally to Protest Illinois Hospital Association’s Pro-Poverty, Anti-Union Agenda That Leaves Communities of Color Behind

Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives Down Wages, and Ignores the Needs of the Primarily Female-led Workforce. CHICAGO – Over 100 hospital workers …

Hospital Workers Unite, Call On the Illinois Health & Hospital Association to Lift Wages and Stop Its Anti-Worker Agenda

Media Advisory: Press Conference on Thursday, April 19th at Noon Healthcare Workers From Across the City Say Hospital Lobbying Group Fails to Represent Interests of Safety Net Facilities in Communities of Color, Drives Down Wages and Ignores the Needs of …

Child Care Workers Ratify Contract with YMCA after Strike in March

CHICAGO—In a victory for workers, parents and children, child care workers have reached a three-year contract with the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago following a historic unfair labor practice strike on March 1st. The nearly 130 YMCA Early Childhood Education and …

“Right to Heal” Coalition of Veterans and VA Workers Issues Statement After President Trump Fired Secretary of the VA David Shulkin and Replaced Him with Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson

Veterans Groups and Advocates Sound the Alarm and Demand that Rear Adm. Jackson State Publicly that the Trump Administration Will Not Seek to Privatize the VA and Work to Dismantle Healthcare for Veterans and Families For Immediate Release Contact: Aaron Hughes, …

Veracare Nursing Home Workers to Go on Unfair Labor Practice Strike Again Following Owner’s Continued Refusal to Follow Labor Law and Respect Workplace Rights

Strike is an Escalation of One-Day MLK Day BURBANK, IL—Following their high-energy one-day strike on MLK Day this January, Veracare nursing home workers will be returning to the strike line at 5 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, in response to owner …

SEIU Illinois State Council Endorses J.B. Pritzker for Illinois Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2018   Pritzker Will be the Progressive Leader Working Families Need in Springfield CHICAGO – The SEIU Illinois State Council is proud to endorse J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. “The janitors, health care and home …

ICYMI: “SEIU Came Out Strong” in Last Night’s Election

Progressive Candidates and Progressive Issues Win Big (March 21st, 2018, Chicago) – This year’s roster of progressive candidates and progressive issues shaped the outcome of this year’s democratic primary and demonstrated conclusively that a forward-looking and bold working families’ agenda …

Ken Dunkin Soundly Rejected AGAIN; Robinson is right for the 5th House District

CHICAGO–The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois Executive Vice President Faith Arnold regarding the Primary Election Night victory of Lamont Robinson Jr. as the Democratic Party’s nominee for state representative of Chicago’s 5th House District:   “Voters in …

Raoul will fight the good fight for Illinois citizens

CHICAGO–The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Gregory Kelley regarding the Primary Election Night victory of State Senator Kwame Raoul to represent the Democratic Party in the November race for Illinois Attorney General:   “We are pleased …

Women’s March Momentum Continues with Delia Ramirez Win

CHICAGO – Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Vice President of Collective Bargaining & Representation Jaqueline Rodriguez in response to Delia Ramirez’s victory for the Democratic Primary 4th Illinois house district: “Today families in the 4th Illinois house …

J.B. & Juliana will make Illinois proud

CHICAGO–The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the victory of J.B. Pritzker in the Democratic Primary Election for governor: “SEIU Healthcare Illinois congratulates J.B. Pritzker as the Democratic Party’s nominee to take on Bruce …

Victory for Striking Christian Care Home Workers

After 104 Days on Strike, Christian Care Home Workers Win a Contract with Wage Increases, Favorable Health Insurance Provisions, and Seniority Protection   FERGUSON, MO—After 104 days on the strike line, nursing home workers at Christian Care Home are celebrating …

28,000 Caregivers Vindicated: Court Rules Rauner Illegally Withheld $.48 Raise from Those Caring for People with Disabilities

Chicago – Late yesterday, tens of thousands of Illinois caregivers for people with disabilities received the good news they’ve waited seven months for: Governor Rauner’s move to withhold a $.48 raise that the General Assembly approved in last summer’s budget …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Issues Statement After Gov. Rauner Signs New Hospital Assessment and Medicaid Funding Formula Into Law

Press Release  (March 13, 2018, Chicago) – SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the union that represents several safety net hospitals in Chicago and East St. Louis, issued a statement after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the new hospital assessment and federal Medicaid …