Following the devastating two-year budget impasse, the Illinois General Assembly finally approved a new state budget after voting to override Governor Rauner’s veto.
So much damage has already been done, but we are finally getting our state back on track. Home care aides and seniors have a lot to celebrate in this budget and it’s thanks to the tireless work of our members and allies throughout the impasse that we have these victories today:
While the raises we won are effective August 5, 2017, we still must negotiate with our employers to determine when those raises will appear on our paychecks. Elections for bargaining team members are underway statewide for each union agency and negotiations will commence soon!
If you have any questions about our raises, please call our Member Resource Center at 866-933-7348.
In the past, you’ve said you support a minimum wage increase, under certain requirements, but hospital workers need you to do more This isn’t a political issue, it’s about Illinois hospital workers being able to survive and support our families.
An increase to livable wages means food in my children’s mouths, a roof over our heads and a chance to finally get ahead — without the struggle and stress of knowing if my paycheck will stretch to the next day.
Governor Rauner: I’m worth $15/hour — and I’ve been in this fight for too long.
Stand with hospital workers today and raise the minimum wage.
The Community Reinvestment Program (CRP) seeks to force 36,000 vulnerable Illinois seniors into a precariously designed patchwork of untested and unreliable home care services. The CRP threatens seniors’ autonomy and wellbeing while undermining the immense value of homemaking and personal care providers. There are strong reasons the proposed CRP should not move forward:
Older Illinoisans deserve good quality home care from trustworthy, tested providers and systems. We urge the Department on Aging to partake in ongoing, meaningful collaboration with all stakeholders to tackle issues resulting from the increasing demand of Community Care Program services. As a first step, IDOA must withdraw its proposed CRP rule.
[i] Public Act 100-0021, formerly SB 6
[ii] The House and Senate passed HB 1414 and HB 238, respectively, which essentially prohibit the establishment of the CRP or the separation of services for Medicaid and Medicaid-ineligible seniors.
[iii] By evaluating the proposed rule using criteria in 1 IAC 220.900, there are numerous “substantive” and “proprietary” issues that trigger the need to also evaluate the rule in accordance with 1 IAC 220.950, where the rule fails to pass basic standards.
Cook County passed two ordinances that took effect July 1, 2017. One that raised the minimum wage and one that provided paid sick time. However, the county allowed individual cities and village to opt out the pro-worker regulations. Below lets you know how each municipality acted. Details on those minimum wage and paid sick time policies can be found here.
Municipalities that Kept Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Sick Time
Country Club Hills
Municipalities That Opted Out of One Ordinance, but Not the Other
Bensenville (Kept Min Wage)
Cicero (Kept Paid Sick Days)
Bedford Park (opted out of only Sick Time)
Municipalities That Opted Out of Both Ordinances (No Wage Increase Or Paid Sick Time)
Bedford Park (opted out of onlySick Time
East Hazel Crest
Elk Grove Village
Indian Head Park
La Grange Park
South Chicago Heights
Childcare Providers and their allies denounce Governor Rauner’s allegiance to billionaires while Illinois kids and working parents struggle with cuts to child care assistance
Chicago- After years of cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program and regressive tax policy, frontline child care providers and children in their care delivered a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner’s hedge fund demanding that the governor invest in families instead of billionaires.
Since Rauner entered office, his administration has waged war against child care assistance in Illinois. In 2015, his drastic income requirements on the Child Care Assistance Program forced 40,000 children off of the program, leaving low-income working parents scrambling to find ways to keep their children safe and cared for while they work. Then earlier this year, Rauner’s administration instituted drastic mandatory training requirements, which go far beyond federal requirements, which would exempt close to 70% of child care providers. The extreme Rauner training requirements could cut thousands of children off of the program, in a backdoor scheme to further weaken the program.
Home Childcare Provider, Sharon Norwood, said “Governor Rauner and his billionaire friends are gambling with the futures of our children. Childcare providers like me work hard, we care about our children. I go the extra mile for the children I take care of, but Rauner refuses to go that far for people like me.”
All of these cuts, both direct and backdoor, are justified under the guise of ‘cost-savings’ by the Administration. However, elimination of the carried interest loophole could generate up to $1.7 billion for Illinois in the first year alone, sparing some of Illinois’ most vulnerable from further cuts to care.
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union joined SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana members in their frustration at Governor Rauner’s cuts to early childhood education and Head Start.
Since Governor Rauner is occupying the futures of Illinois’ children with austerity measures and poverty, they occupied his private equity firm with a pop-up preschool to demand the 1% stop profiting from tax loopholes on the backs of children.
SPRINGFIELD – Following is the statement of Save IL Home Care for Seniors, a coalition constituted of Caring Across Generations; AARP Illinois; the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter; the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans; and SEIU Healthcare Illinois upon the House override of Gov. Rauner’s budget veto:
“The administration of Bruce Rauner made dismantling the vastly successful Community Care Program (CCP) for seniors a top priority of the budget talks. Thankfully, negotiators stood firm and held the line against the $120 million cut to care that put 36,000 seniors at risk of forced institutionalization. The compromise, creating a task force to review care of seniors ineligible for Medicaid funds, creates a new opportunity to iterate just how CCP saves taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and allows Illinoisans in their golden years to stay in their homes and community with dignity, instead of costlier nursing homes where, research shows, the outcomes are bleaker.
“Still, the seniors of Illinois have much to be concerned about and need to ask hard questions of their governor. Will he abandon his plan to replace CCP with rationing senior care via a patchwork, unproven program using rideshare programs, cleaning services and food coupons? Does he believe that seniors cycling in and out of poverty should be denied care from the outset?
“Illinois seniors dodged a bullet in the budget crisis. But clearly, the danger still lurks.”