CHICAGO— Following is a statement on behalf of Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois in response to Bruce Rauner’s veto of SB 261, a bill designed to protect people with disabilities in the Home Services Program and their caregivers from efforts to cap overtime hours, threatening the safety and independence of thousands of consumers:
“Governor Rauner’s veto of SB 261 today is a blow to thousands of people with disabilities who were counting on the governor to change course and end his efforts to cap overtime hours for caregivers in the DHS Home Services Program.
“For over a year, people with disabilities, workers, and advocates have spoken out sharing personal stories of the harm overtime caps caused, and detailing the danger posed to continued independence for thousands who rely on the Home Services Program to remain living with dignity in their communities. Governor Rauner’s veto today sends a strong signal that his administration will continue its path in shutting out stakeholders and ignoring the concerns of those who stand to be impacted by his overtime policy.
“Access Living and SEIU Healthcare Illinois continue to call on Governor Rauner to abandon his misguided and dangerous overtime policy, and instead, meet directly with stakeholders and negotiate an overtime policy that will protect the individual health, safety, and independence of people with disabilities in Illinois.”
The following statement was released by SEIU President Keith Kelleher in response to Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s lawsuit seeking to overturn a court injunction that allows state workers to be paid during the budget impasse:
“On behalf of our home healthcare and child care workers who have collective bargaining agreements with the State of Illinois and provide vital care for 30,000 people with disabilities and 61,000 children, we obviously oppose any efforts to stop payments or efforts that delay payments to our workforce, who struggle to get by as it is. But we all know how we got here–because of a governor who ran on shutting down government.
“Bruce Rauner NEVER will know the real pain that is endured by those he causes to suffer. But he has welcomed it in a shameful fashion by abandoning his constitutional duty to present a balanced budget to the General Assembly. Instead he has held Illinois hostage to his political wish list. The Attorney General’s action is a symptom. This governor is its cause.
“We call on Rauner to present a budget that funds vital services for the most vulnerable in our state.”
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Healthcare workers condemn Senate vote to lower wages for Missouri’s working families
SAINT LOUIS — Home care, nursing home, and hospital workers who are members of SEIU Healthcare Missouri condemned today’s vote in the Missouri Senate to send so-called “right to work” legislation to the Missouri House, despite bipartisan opposition and widespread concern about the law’s impact on worker wages:
“It’s incredibly frustrating that politicians are spending their time working for special interests and lowering our wages instead of focusing on real issues that matter to working families,” said Caprice Nevils, SEIU Healthcare Missouri Executive Board Member and Care Partner at St. Louis University Hospital. “The frontline healthcare providers that I work with every day deserve better wages, but legislation like this is only going to make it harder for our families to make ends meet.”
“There’s a reason why leaders in both parties opposed these attacks, and a reason why thousands of workers have been calling their senators and representatives to stop the assault on working Missourians — this is bad news for wages, benefits, and safe workplaces in Missouri,” said Nevils.
SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Missouri Kansas is the fastest-growing union of healthcare, child care, home care and nursing home workers in the Midwest. Uniting more than 90,000 workers who provide vital services to our states’ children, seniors, patients and people with disabilities, we are committed to quality care for those we serve and quality jobs for caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Following is the response from Faith Arnold, SEIU Healthcare Illinois executive board member, vice chair, child care division on Governor Bruce Rauner’s comments on child care in Illinois:
“Bruce Rauner’s insensitive characterization of the state of child care in Illinois shows his gross disregard for providers and the children and working parents we serve. Our choice of profession reflects our commitment to children and families and is NOT a reflection of our education. And it certainly is not a reflection of our character. However, the governor’s insulting choice of words serves as a poor reflection on HIS.
Rauner knows better than anyone that HIS cuts to service have caused incredible damage to the Child Care Assistance Program, which at one point was among the most successful in the nation. No more. As a result of his arbitrary administrative maneuvering, and his failure to reach a fair contract with the state’s child care providers, he has engaged in a full-scale dismantling of the program which has cost jobs, slowed economic growth and harmed Illinois families.
“But more than that, his regrettable use of language to insult people like me shows someone entirely disconnected from the working families he claims to serve. It’s no wonder we enter a new year without a budget and with little hope for true leadership or compromise from Bruce Rauner, who is resorting to bully language once again.”