Standing with ponchos and umbrellas on a rainy corner in Streeterville today, workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital demanded that the health system implement a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
A group of employees represented by the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois rallied alongside Chicago aldermen and community leaders. Currently, union employees start off at $11.50 an hour, according to SEIU Healthcare. The union represents 1,250 Northwestern employees, which include custodians, patient transport technicians, patient care technicians, dietary/food service and environmental service workers. The union's contract with the not-for-profit hospital expired on March 29th.