Keith Kelleher

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Keith Kelleher

Template:TOCnestleft Keith Kelleher is the head organizer for the Service Employees International Union and contributes to Progress Illinois.

He is the husband of Madeline Talbott.

Project Vote! Chicago Coalition

As of May 11, 1992, Keith Kelleher of SEIU had attended the founding meeting of Project Vote! Chicago Coalition, but had not been asked to fully commit until the next meeting.[1]

Progressive Chicago

A Progressive Chicago report to Keith Kelleher, dated October 27, 1993 listed several more contacts and potential members of the organization.

It stated that Alderman Joe Moore had agreed to participate and that State senator Alice Palmer was interested and was awaiting a call from Peter McClennon.

Members had been allocated people to contact;

Others targeted for contact, but not assigned, included Clem Balanoff, Sue Purrington of NOW, Jane Ramsey at JCUA, Erlean Collins, Westside Black elected officials and PUSH, TWO and Joe Gardner's Project Hope.[2]

In late 1993 Progressive Chicago letters were always signed by 17 people;[3]

New Party builder

New Party News Fall 1994 listed over 100 New Party activists-"some of the community leaders, organizers, retirees,, scholars, artists, parents, students, doctors, writers and other activists who are building the NP" the list included Keith Kelleher, Service Employees International Union


Kelleher has been a field organizer, lead organizer and head organizer for ACORN.[4]


Keith Kelleher was one of the initial founders of United Labor Unions Local 880 in Chicago, which later affiliated with the Service Employees International Union ( and became SEIU Local 880. Under Kelleher’s leadership, Local 880 pioneered the organization of home care, child care and other low-wage workers, growing the local from only 200 members in 1983 to over 68,000 by 2008. In 2008 Local 880 joined forces with two other SEIU health care locals and formed SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana (HCII). With over 85,000 members, SEIU HCII is the largest union local of any union in Illinois and the Midwest, and the fifth largest local of SEIU. Kelleher was elected president of SEIU HCII in 2008, and elected an international vice-president of SEIU at its convention in June.[5]

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  1. PVCC letterhead May 11, 1992
  2. Progressive chicago report to K Kelleher October 27, 1993
  3. Progressive Chicago letterheads November 5 and December 31, 1993