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Keith Kelleher

Founder and Former President, SEIU Healthcare IL & IN

Keith Kelleher is a founder and former president of SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana Missouri/Kansas. Formed in 2008 by uniting three locals, SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana is the Midwest’s largest healthcare union and the 7th largest local of the Service Employees International Union. The union represents 91,000 workers and unites thousands of healthcare, home care, nursing home and child care workers to fight for higher standards of quality care and quality jobs. Prior to leading SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, Keith was the founder and Head Organizer of SEIU Local 880 where, under his leadership, the local pioneered the organization of home care, child care and other low-wage workers—growing the local from just 7 members in 1983 to over 68,000 members by 2008, and winning living wages and first-ever healthcare for tens of thousands of Illinois workers. A labor organizer and leader for over 37 years, Kelleher joined the SEIU International Executive Board in 2006, and served as an SEIU International Executive Board Vice-President from June 2008-June, 2017.