Home Care


More than 50,000 home care workers are united in SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana. Every day, we provide essential care that helps keep tens of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities healthy and in their homes and communities.
SEIU Healthcare members work as Personal Assistants in the Illinois Department of Human Services/Office of Rehabilitation Services, and as home care aides at agencies across Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Since 1983—when home care was a minimum-wage job, with no benefits–home care workers have fought for and won living wages and healthcare for home care workers, protected quality home care for seniors and people with disabilities from state budget cuts, and to expand home care to more consumers.
Every day, more home health aides in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri are joining the growing movement of caregivers for quality home care for all consumers, and living wages, healthcare and respect for the home care workforce.

State Senator Chris Belt Participates in “Walk a Day in My Shoes” Event with Local Senior & Caregiver as Push for Higher Wages for Illinois Home Care Aides Gains Momentum

30,000 Home Care Aides and 100,000 Seniors in the Community Care Program to Benefit from Efforts to Stabilize Workforce East St. Louis – Home care aides that serve Illinois seniors through the Community Care Program (CCP) are calling on the …

BREAKING: Fair Tax Amendment Will Allow Much-Needed Change to Illinois Tax Rate

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the resolution to put the Fair Tax amendment on the ballot: “The resolution to put the Fair Tax amendment on the ballot is a welcome first step …

April Home Care Membership Meetings

Personal Assistants won a huge victory last month in reaching agreement over the release of raises and back pay that was withheld for twenty months and ending enforcement of the dangerous DHS overtime policy. But we have more work to do! Now, we’re …

BREAKING NEWS: Victory for PAs!

We are happy to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Pritzker administration over the implementation of 48-cent raises and the release of back pay for Illinois Personal Assistants! Plus, the administration has agreed to stop enforcing the …

Governor Pritzker, SEIU Reach Agreement to Release Back Pay and Implement Required Raises for More Than 40,000 Low-Wage Home Care & Child Care Workers

Springfield – The State of Illinois and SEIU Healthcare Illinois reached an agreement to implement rate increases and release previously withheld increases for more than 40,000 Department of Human Services low-wage home care and child care providers that had been …

Helen Miller: SEIU Home Care Pioneer, Labor Leader (1936 – 2019)

Helen Miller, a pioneer in the home healthcare organizing movement and former president of SEIU Local 880 (now SEIU Healthcare Illinois Indiana Missouri & Kansas), passed away peacefully on March 5. Over more than four decades, Helen demonstrated a passion …

March Home Care Membership Meetings

Join us at a March membership meeting to get involved in the fight to improve home care jobs and services in Illinois! We’re fighting for a DOA rate increase for home care aides in Springfield, and we’re in ongoing negotiations …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Statement on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address

Statement by Greg Kelley, president, SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address: “Gov. Pritzker came into office following four years of fiscal mismanagement by the previous administration that damaged lives, destroyed jobs, and devasted our state agencies and the …

We just made history in Illinois

This victory has been 7 years in the making and we should be proud of our work in getting this accomplished. But we’re not done! We’re going to continue to fight for better contracts with higher wages! Hi fellow SEIU member, …

Raises & Back Pay for Personal Assistants: We Aren’t Backing Down!

Personal Assistants united in our union fought long and hard for our 48-cent raises and we are ready to do whatever it takes to ensure workers get every penny of the more than $26 million in back pay that is …

February Home Care Membership Meetings

SEIU home care workers are coming together to gear up for our 2019 campaigns! We’re fighting for rate increases for home care aides that will extend the Chicago minimum wage increase to all home care aides statewide, and we’re awaiting an announcement about when Personal Assistants can expect …

$15 for Illinois Passes!

Updated 2/22/19 On February 14th, SB 1, the $15 minimum wage bill was signed into law in Illinois. Get Some Quick Facts about $15 Find Out Why Workers Need It $15 is Good for Business “Our 50,000 home healthcare workers …

SEIU Healthcare’s Statement on Inauguration of J.B. Pritzker

As Illinois welcomes a new governor with the inauguration of J.B. Pritzker, SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley released this statement: SEIU Healthcare Illinois members are excited to welcome J.B. Pritzker as Illinois’ new governor. Our members, and all working …

Year Beginning Membership Meetings are Around the Corner!

WE’RE ORGANIZING FOR POWER IN 2019!  ¡Planificación para promover la fuerza en 2019! We’ll celebrate our 2018 victories and triumphs and make plans to build power for working people in 2019. Celebraremos nuestras victorias y triunfos de 2018, y haremos …

SEIU Healthcare IL endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Chicago Mayor

Joins Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Local 73 in joint endorsement press conference for city’s next chief executive CHICAGO (Dec. 6, 2018)–Leaders of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, SEIU Local 73 and the Chicago Teachers Union announced today their joint endorsement of Toni …

Greg Kelley Named to Gov-Elect Pritzker’s Healthy Children and Families Committee

Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced the formation and members of the Healthy Children and Families Committee of the transition team, which included SEIU HCIIMK President Greg Kelley. The committee is the third of several working groups of the transition made …

November Home Care Membership Meetings

  Thursday, November 15 Olney – 5:30 p.m. at the Olney Public Library 400 W. Main Street, Olney, Illinois   Saturday, November 17 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at the South Holland Community Center 501 E. 170th Street, South Holland, IL …

600 Energized SEIU Members from across Illinois Rally in Chicago, March to the Polls with JB Pritzker, Juliana Stratton, Kwame Raoul, Dick Durbin and Michael Frerichs as Early Voting Kicks into High Gear

  Illinois working families know they can count on Pritzker, Stratton and Raoul to Lead on Union Expansion and a $15 Statewide Minimum Wage CHICAGO – With the Dunbar High School marching band and banda musicians in tow, more than …

SEIU HCII Backs Kwame Raoul for Attorney General – #HCIIVotes

SEIU HCII is strongly supporting Kwame Raoul for Attorney General because Kwame has a proven record that shows he’s always been on the right side of the issues that matter most to our members. Raoul is the child of immigrants …

MUST LISTEN: “Legacy and Leadership: Black Women in Home Care” Podcast

Chekc out a new podcast that SEIU International produced featuring one of our Illinois home care worker leaders, Alantris Muhammad.  The podcast, titled “Legacy and Leadership: Black Women in Home Care,” discusses the legacy of slavery and systemic racism in home …