Workers at Chicago’s Mount Sinai and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospitals are joining the Fight for $15 movement.
Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) at Mt. Sinai Hospital, the West Side’s only Level 1 trauma center, earn an average hourly wage of $14.11, according to SEIU* Healthcare Illinois. That wage represents the lowest hourly pay among CNAs at Chicago’s Level 1 adult trauma centers, union officials said.
Workers at Mt. Sinai and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospitals, both of which are under the Sinai Health System, are seeking an hourly starting wage of $15 for all health care workers in the Chicago region.
The health care workers will formally announce their decision to join the Fight for $15 campaign during a press conference this morning outside Mt. Sinai Hospital. State Sen. Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago), state Rep. Arthur Turner (D-Chicago) and Chicago Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) are expected to attend the press conference.
Faith leaders will also join the workers “as part of the national ‘Moral Day of Action’ to demand an Agenda for Working Families and Communities to fight for living wages and solutions to end poverty,” according to SEIU Healthcare Illinois.
The Mt. Sinai and Schwab Rehab health care workers are not the first in the Chicago area to join the Fight for $15 campaign. Northwestern Memorial Hospital workers joined the campaign in June.
Meanwhile, local Fight for $15 organizers will participate in a separate Moral Day of Action protest later this afternoon. The group will gather outside the Thompson Center to demand that Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner “raise the minimum wage to $15, support voter rights and pass a fair and fully funded budget,” according to an announcement.
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