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Gov. Rauner Consequences Exposed: New SEIU Healthcare Radio Ad Highlights Harm to People with Disabilities from Dangerous OT Cuts to Care

1000s In Crosshairs as DHS Punitive Policy Advances  Chicago – A new 60-second radio ad featuring a Chicagoan with a disability who is served by the DHS Home Services Program exposes the real-life consequences of Governor Bruce Rauner’s dangerous cuts …

Rauner Will Receive Nearly $300 MILLION in Giveaways Under Regressive GOP Tax Plan

  Questions Abound: Is Tycoon STILL Passing Tax Burden Onto Illinois? How? Like Trump, Gov. .01% Continues to Hide FULL Tax Returns CHICAGO-Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, one of the richest men in America, will receive nearly $300 million in benefits …

Amid Layoffs, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Workers File Unfair Labor Practice Charge

After Closing Head Start Facilities in Chicago, YMCA Reneges on Promise of Severance Pay for Laid-Off Teachers Chicago: Laid-off YMCA Head Start teachers and teachers’ assistants will hold a press conference outside of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Headquarters at …

DEVELOPING: Rauner Administration Commences Illegal Purge of Caregivers for People With Disabilities

HUNDREDS of Workers Sent First Warning of Illegal 3-Strikes-and-Out Penalty CHICAGO-The Rauner administration has commenced issuing warnings against hundreds, possibly THOUSANDS, of caregivers for people with disabilities who are facing termination under an unlawful “3-strikes-and-you’re-out” system that went into effect …

Watch Press Conf: Veterans & Jesse Brown VA Hospital Workers Sound the Alarm, Call For Immediate Filling of 49,000 Job Vacancies Nationwide

SEE VIDEO CLIPS OF OUR PRESS CONF BELOW (September 20th, 2017) — SEIU Healthcare Illinois’ President, Greg Kelley, rallied with fellow union leaders with the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), veterans and hospital workers at Jesse Brown VA Medical …

SEIU Missouri State Council: “Justice Was Not Served” in Stockley Verdict

ST. LOUIS – The following is a statement from Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Missouri State Council President Nancy Cross and State Council Treasurer Lenny Jones: “This morning, Judge Wilson acquitted former police officer Jason Stockley in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Three …

BREAKING: Rauner Administration Violated State Labor Act in OT Cuts for People With Disabilities, Administrative Law Judge Rules;

Win for Consumers and Workers Amid Ongoing Struggle; Back Pay Ordered   SPRINGFIELD-An administrative law judge has ruled that the Rauner administration violated state labor law when last year it unilaterally imposed limits on overtime care in a state program …

48-Cent Raise for Caregivers “Wasn’t a Suggestion” by General Assembly

Says Key Rep. as Rauner Admin. Defies Law; State Journal-Register, Chicago Tribune on Class Action by SEIU Healthcare Illinois   CHICAGO-The 48-cent raise for some 28,000 caregivers in a state program for people with disabilities included in summer’s bipartisan budget …

On Labor Day, Hospital Workers Took to the Streets to Fight for $15 and a Union!

(September 4th, 2017, Chicago) — SEIU Hospital workers took to the streets to fight for a $15 starting wage and the right for all workers to be able to join a union in the largest Labor Day protest in years. …

Labor Day: In Kansas City, Research & Menorah Hospital Workers Fight for Better Staffing and Wages

(September 4th, 2017 – LABOR DAY) — Hospital workers at Research and Menorah Medical Centers rallied for a fair contract that raises wages and calls for better staffing as part of a national day of action to demand a $15 …

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed as Rauner Administration Illegally Denies Low-Income Caregivers 48-Cent Raise Included in Bipartisan Budget Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago – Today, State Rep. Greg Harris joined home care workers and people with disabilities in the Home Services Program to announce the filing of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 28,000 low-income caregivers across Illinois. The …

Rauner Veto of $15 Sets Stage for ’18

  Competing Visions Now In Place: A Permanent Low-Wage Economy or a Fairer Illinois?  CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of Senate Bill 81, legislation to raise the minimum wage …

Services for 36,000 Illinois Seniors Saved By Advocacy Coalition

Advocates for seniors, caregivers, General Assembly and aging community unite to protect critical services for Illinois’ most vulnerable population   Chicago – The following is a statement on behalf of Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Health …

NEW REPORT – Independence Lost: Governor Rauner’s New Plan to Destroy Home Care for Illinois Seniors

INDEPENDENCE LOST: New Report Reveals Threats Posed by Rauner Plan to Drastically Cut Home Care for Illinois Seniors 36,000 seniors remain in limbo as advocates call on Administration to WITHDRAW HARMFUL RULES Chicago – Alzheimer’s Association Illinois, Health & Medicine …

SEIU Healthcare Files Suit Against Rauner For Defunding Child Care Training

Rauner’s Once Again Pushing the Child Care Assistance Program Toward Crisis CHICAGO (Aug. 4)–SEIU Healthcare Illinois, the union that represents nearly 20,000 child care providers, filed a lawsuit against the State of Illinois today for failure to make agreed upon …

Rauner Lack of Leadership on ACA Repeal Shows Sick Priorities

  CHICAGO-Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley following the Friday morning failure of the Senate to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act:   “Even though the Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act would …

Rauner’s Neighbors Oppose His Back Door Child Care Cuts 

Child care providers and children who marched to governor’s Winnetka home were met with support On Tuesday, hundreds of children, parents, and child care providers marched in Winnetka to Rauner’s home to protest his administration’s efforts to undermine child care …

 Hundreds of children to march on Governor Rauner’s multi-million dollar home as child care crisis looms

To protest the threat of a massive purge to the Child Care Assistance Program, hundreds of children and child care providers will march on Rauner’s Winnetka estate TUESDAY, July 25th at 11:15 AM. Hundreds of children and child care providers …

At Long Last and After Too Much Damage, A Budget: Gov. Rauner MUST Sign and End the Nightmare

SPRINGFIELD (July 4, 2017)–Following is the statement of SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on passage of an Illinois budget: “At long last and after too much damage, the General Assembly displayed political courage today by taking the tough votes …

Governor Rauner Receives $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Senator Biss & Advocates Urge Him to Sign It Immediately Chicago, IL – Legislation to raise Illinois’ minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 was delivered to Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk Monday morning. Shortly after, supporters of Senate Bill …