COVID-19 Union Response and Resources


of the

Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board, Workers United/SEIU


Whereas, we are in the midst of a Public Health Crisis which has exposed the deepest of inequalities of our society, and


Whereas, such inequalities are a result of failed legislative and economic policy resulting in the erosion of worker protections, increased financial insecurity, a decline in public health and safety, and to the brink of an environmental disaster, and


Whereas, such failed legislative and economic policies have left millions of poor and working Americans at risk of inadequate or non-existent medical care, resulting in increased illness and unnecessary death.

Whereas, such failed legislative and economic policies have resulted in the displacement of millions of workers with no means of financial security for them or their families, and


Whereas, lack of paid sick time in the work place is a health and safety threat to us all, and


Whereas, failed legislative and economic policy has brought the American economy to the brink of collapse, and

Whereas, we will no longer accept a society of wealth inequality and a society where workers and the poor are not provided the protections of financial security, health and safety guarantees, adequate paid personal and sick time, expansion of accessible, quality health care, and environmental protections and preservation, and

Whereas, we will no longer accept a political system which continues to prioritize profits, production, capitalist principles, and the rich and corporations over the needs of the people, and members of this Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board, Workers United. 

Therefore, be it resolved

            1. We demand, via process of collective and legislative action, the implementation of expanded, flexible, paid, personal, and sick time.  

            2. We demand, via process of collective and legislative action, expanded, quality medical and health benefits and services that are available

                to all and not contingent upon employment status. 

            3. We demand, via process of collective and legislative action, Employers are required to provide a work environment free of health and    

               safety issues, threats, and concerns, to the people and the environment.

            4. We demand, via process of collective and legislative action, that our members are given the proper Equipment and Training to deal with

               future viral outbreaks.

            5. We demand, via process of collective and legislative action, for federal, state and local authorities, along with companies, to have

               preparedness plans for future outbreaks and/or economic disasters.

            6. We demand, via legislative action, the complete protection of all workers, regardless of sex, background, origin or “legal” status, in times of

               national emergency.

            7. We commit, via collective action, to rebuilding a stronger and more prepared Union. We will work to make our members and our locals

               stronger while taking the necessary steps to ensure union stability during difficult times.

            8. We commit to working with all politicians that heed and act on our demands. We will work with those elected officials who have the

              American working-class as their foremost interest.


Be it further resolved that we endorse the formation of a committee of this Executive Board, which will work to ensure a stronger future for our organization by:

  1. Analyzing the current state of the membership to make recommendations on sustainability and growth of the Union.

  2. Make recommendations on preparedness and contingency plans for any future crisis.

  3. Present all findings to the general body of the Union’s convention.


Adopted on Saturday, March 21, 2020.


Kathy Hanshew

Manager, Chicago and Midwest Regional Joint Board

Workers United/SEIU


The Union has set up a toll-free temporary resource line for members to speak to a Union Representative.



The following list represents some of the documents our members need to prepare in advance of applying for unemployment benefits online. Advance collection of this information is helpful because some application sites will time out after a bit. Note some States might differ slightly on what is required, but this is pretty much the standard.

  • Social Security Number.

  • State Driver's License or State Issued ID (: applications may still be completed without these two items).

  • Mailing address, city, state and ZIP code.

  • Know the county within the state where member resides.

  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all of member’s employers for the last 18 months.

  • The last day on the job immediately prior to filing this UI claim.

  • If our member received severance, vacation, holiday or payment for unused sick pay: give the amount (before deductions) and the date it was paid to member.

  • The name and local number of our member’s union hall, if applicable.

  • Alien Registration Number, if applicable.

  • Copy # 4 of member’s DD Form 214 if released from the military in the last 18 months*

  • SF 8 or SF 50 if employed in Federal Civilian service in the last 18 months *

  • If member is collecting a pension (other than Social Security), member will need the start date of the pension and the monthly benefit amount.


















The Chicago and Midwest Joint Board of Workers United, SEIU, is one of the most active labor unions in the country. We strive in being the leaders in union activism and education. Our goal is to make sure our members get the best representation at work, while they learn about their rights in an unfair economic system. We want our members and all workers in America to  get a living wage and to see the end of draconian right-to-work laws



For over 100 years we have stood strong in the fight for workers rights. Read more about it on our HISTORY page.



We represent workers in 12 Midwestern states. Our members backgrounds are diverse and come from different industries. Learn more about us in our ABOUT page.




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