Greetings, Fellow SEIU Local 73 Brothers and Sisters:
My name is Mike Wilkes. I am a Dialysis Technician at UIC Health. I have been a member of SEIU Local 73 for eight years. I am a Steward, a member of the Bargaining Committee, and a Union Activist. I am a lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area. I have been married to the love of my life for 35 years; together, we have four children and five grandchildren.
I have been a proud union member for 45 years, including the Retail Clerks, CTDU, Teamsters Local 710, and SEIU Local 73. I am the best candidate as your UIC representative because I face the same struggles as you, unrealistic work expectations, being forced to work through breaks and lunches, being pushed to work extra hours due to understaffing, concern for job security and inadequate representation. I will volunteer my time and effort to negotiate a fair and equitable contract to address these issues, while demanding respect from Management. The true roots of democracy lie within the union movement. This election, we have a chance to ensure our Local is restored to a democratic future with Members Leading Members.