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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 …

Senior citizens unite with Millennials to vote early, support progressive candidates

CHICAGO (March 12, 2018)—A busload of senior citizens and millennials gathered outside 16 W. Jackson today to announce their intentions to early vote in the upcoming primary elections and encouraged others to do likewise. Spokespersons emphasized the importance to vote …

SEIU Illinois Council Endorses Sen. Kwame Raoul for Attorney General in Hotly-Contested Race; “He Will Fight for Us.”

  CHICAGO-The Service Illinois Employees Union (SEIU) Illinois Council on Friday endorsed state Sen. Kwame Raoul in the hotly-contested race for attorney general in the upcoming Democratic primary, citing his commitment to labor rights, healthcare, immigrant justice, women’s rights, gun …

YMCA Child Care Workers Participate in Historic Strike at 10 Locations Across Chicago

Chicago- Today nearly 130 child care workers at 10 locations across Chicago went on strike at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. Workers went on strike because of unfair labor practices committed by the YMCA, including intimidating workers who participated in …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Issues Statement On Passage of New Hospital Assessment and Medicaid Funding Formula

(February 28, 2018, Chicago) – SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana, the union that represents several safety net hospitals in Chicago and East St. Louis, responded to the passage of the new hospital assessment and federal Medicaid funding formula by the House …

Bill to Create New Benefit for Long-Term Care in Illinois Announced

Sen. Biss, Rep. Welch & Advocates Call For Visionary Action in Face of Aging Population to Ensure Illinois Parents and Grandparents Can Remain in Their Homes SPRINGFIELD-Sponsors of new legislation to address the accelerating crisis of parents and grandparents unable …

YMCA Child Care Workers Set to Strike, Citing Unfair Labor Practices and Poverty Wages

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018  Workers at 10 Chicago-area Y Locations Joined by Elected and Faith Leaders and Parents as They Hit the Picket Line   CHICAGO—Nearly 130 child care workers with YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago will launch …

Rep. Welch, Sen Biss: NEW BENEFIT for Long-Term Care of Seniors, People W/Disabilities to Be Established in New Legislative Push;

Crisis of Care With Aging of Illinois Placing Unsustainable Stresses on Family Budgets, State Finances; Opportunity for a New Framework WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE: https://livestream.com/blueroomstream/events/8076257/videos/170848425 SPRINGFIELD-With the aging crisis ongoing and accelerating, legislative action is required now to keep Illinois …

Berwyn Community Fights $3.5 Million Property Tax Loss That Could Result from Loyola Medicine’s Purchase of MacNeal Hospital

Community calls for community benefits agreement that protects Berwyn from lost property tax revenue and ensures hospital workers are paid a living wage and have the right to join a union  See attached fact sheet regarding the sale of MacNeal …

YMCA Child Care Workers Picket, Announce Plan to Strike

  CHICAGO- Child care workers at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago picketed in protest of poverty wages, understaffing, and disinvestment from vulnerable communities on Wednesday. They were joined by parents, community advocates and political leaders, including Cook County Commissioner Jesus …

Outraged over potential loss in property tax revenue, Berwyn community calls for scrutiny on sale of MacNeal Hospital to Loyola Medicine

Residents, workers to demand community benefits agreement requiring Loyola Medicine to pay its fair share so residents don’t get hit with higher property taxes and/or lose vital services Agreement would obligate Loyola to pay hospital workers a living wage and …

A Rauner Budget Closer Look: 5 Failures for Seniors, People With Disabilities & Caregivers

As details emerge from Gov. Bruce Rauner’s FY 2019 Budget, one thing is clear: His pattern of diminishing services and ending protections for seniors and people with disabilities who rely on home healthcare-and their caregivers-remains constant.   Here’s a quick …

YMCA Child Care Workers to Picket, Announce Strike Vote

CHICAGO—Child care workers will engage in a picket at the headquarters of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago this Wednesday, February 21st to protest poverty wages, understaffing and unfair labor practices. The picket will be followed by a press conference announcing …

Illinois Must Invest In-NOT Defund-Home Healthcare for Seniors, People With Disabilities

Caregiving Coalition Budget Response to the Governor’s Budget Address: SPRINGFIELD-Following is the joint statement of Illinois Caring Across Generations, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, Access Living, Jane Addams Senior Caucus and SEIU Healthcare …