To protest the threat of a massive purge to the Child Care Assistance Program, hundreds of children and child care providers will march on Rauner’s Winnetka estate TUESDAY, July 25th at 11:15 AM.
Hundreds of children and child care providers will march on Governor Rauner’s mansion in Winnetka, Illinois, to protest backdoor cuts to the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
CCAP for working parents is facing a NEW crisis as the Rauner administration presses forward in coming weeks with new provider requirements that appear specifically to target black and Latino caregivers and which could disrupt or terminate care to 38,000 children in the program.
The latest Rauner purge is being conducted under the banner of new federal training requirements that must be completed by Sept. 30th.The administration is requiring these low-income providers to pay for their own training and miss days of work without pay, an impossible hurdle for most. Providers and children face a similar fate as in 2015 when Rauner hastily cut the eligibility requirements that permanently damaged CCAP to the tune of about 40,000 children who lost care.
The march will begin at Hubbard Woods Park in Winnetka at 11:15 AM and will continue towards Governor Rauner’s mansion. Once at his home, children and providers will deliver thousands of postcards demanding that Rauner stop the backdoor cuts. The march will return to Hubbard Woods park where there will be a speak out on Rauner’s austerity measures.
***VISUALS:Crowd of hundreds of children, parents, child care providers and community allies, large banners, eight-foot-tall puppet of Governor Rauner, hundreds of home-made and kid-made signs. Crowd marching, chanting and delivering thousands of postcards.***
What: Kid March on Governor Rauner’s house to protest backdoor cuts to CCAP.
When: Tuesday, July 25th, 11:15 AM
Where: Hubbard Woods Park, Winnetka, Illinois
Who: Child care providers, working parents, kids, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, Chicago Teachers Union, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
Members Ratify Contact with Big Raises
Members at Northwestern Memorial Hospital have been campaigning for over a year to hold the health system accountable to workers—by fighting for a $15 minimum wage, 15% raises and more accountability to our communities.
Members waged an aggressive campaign that exposed Northwestern’s misplaced priorities while pushing for higher wages and an end to the wage gap between junior and senior employees.
The Contract Action Team collected petitions, marched on the boss, and hosted a rally in a rainstorm, and we won! The contract was ratified by nearly 90% of the bargaining unit and included: new minimum rates starting at $14 an hour by the year 2019, having all current employees making over $15 by 2019 and all senior employees receiving raises and bonuses equal to 15% over the next three years!
Members knew that Northwestern, which raked in nearly a billion dollars in profits the previous year, could afford to do better by workers and our communities—and by taking action together, they’ve won a contract making the healthcare giant do just that.
This article originally appeared in the our Summer 2017 union-wide newsletter: Voices United (Volume 9, Issue I).
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:
We will be sitting down for negotiations with our agencies to hold them accountable and ensure we get our raises, and determine when those raises will appear on our checks. Elections for bargaining team members are underway statewide for each union agency and negotiations will start up in August.
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.