July 2011

Home care worker Gilda Brown discusses why Medicaid matters

The House of Representatives is set to vote on Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) plan to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for devastating cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. SEIU HCII home care worker Gilda Brown shared her experience of how these cuts would impact some of the most vulnerable people in the country. Read the full story and contact your representatives to tell them how cutting home care and Medicaid funding would hurt all of us for generations to come. (more…)

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Nursing home workers, residents, families gather to support unjustly fired CNA

On July 14, nursing home workers and community members rallied at the Center Home for the Hispanic Elderly to demand Justice for Doris.

Doris Castilla was unjustly fired after helping lead a successful drive to form a union at Center Home. (more…)

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People with disabilities and Home Care workers demand that Governor Quinn stop cuts to home care

Chicago—As of July 1, Governor Quinn announced cuts to Illinois’s Home Services Program (HSP) that will affect up to 16,000 of the 30,000 people with disabilities currently receiving services.

Today, disability advocates, HSP consumers and home care workers rallied outside Governor Quinn’s office to call on the Governor to stop these devastating cuts.  A delegation entered the Thompson Center to deliver a letter to the Governor’s office, while others chanted and gave personal testimony outside.

“Our consumers need us so they can stay independent and live by themselves at home.  Besides that, cutting home care means that more people will end up in nursing homes, and that will just cost the state more than providing care at home,” says Lisa Ganious, a Personal Assistant from Chicago.

The Governor’s plan will implement service parameters that will limit the hours per month of home care that people with disabilities can receive for specific types of support.  For example, consumers will be limited to 30 hours per month for meal preparation and 18 hours per month for going outside the home.

“Governor Quinn has the power to stop this.  We are calling on him to make the right decision,” said Susan Aarup, a person with a disability who uses HSP.

“I need up to nine hours of attendant services a day.  That means 270 hours a month.  Back in March, HSP cut 30 hours from my plan so now I am down to 240.  I use about 30 hours a month for laundry, 60 hours a month for meal prep, and 20 hours a month for house work.  My plan is based on my specific needs as an individual.  These service caps are completely arbitrary, and won’t work for me or for a lot of other people.”

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Victory at Loretto Hospital: new contract improves wages and patient care

On Wednesday, July 6, SEIU members at Loretto Hospital approved their new contract by a vote of 54-6.  This overwhelming show of support was due to strong victories for both workers and patients after 6 months of bargaining. (more…)

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People with disabilities and Home Care workers demand that Governor Quinn stop cuts to home care

SEIU Healthcare Illinois members, home care consumers and disability advocates are taking action to demand that Governor Quinn stop cuts to home care.  As of July 1, the state announced a plan to move forward with cuts to home care that will impact more than 16,000 consumers with disabilities in the Home Services Program.

Within days, thousands of home care workers and people with disabilities made calls to Governor Quinn urging him to make the right decision by stopping the cuts.  Then last week, home care workers and consumers rallied outside the Governor’s office in Chicago.  PAs and consumers chanted and gave personal testimony about how they would be affected by the cuts, while a smaller delegation entered the Thompson Center to deliver a letter to Governor Quinn’s office.

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Child care providers win raise, fight cuts

home child care providerEffective July 1st, Illinois home child care providers will receive a 3% Child Care Assistance Program rate increase! This victory was possible because home child care providers stuck together to win a strong contract with regular rate increases and continue to fight against cuts to child care for working families. (more…)

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