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 restore our Local to a democratic state with Members Leading Members.