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.

October Home Care Membership Meetings

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Gov. Rauner Consequences Exposed: New SEIU Healthcare Radio Ad Highlights Harm to People with Disabilities from Dangerous OT Cuts to Care

1000s In Crosshairs as DHS Punitive Policy Advances  Chicago – A new 60-second radio ad featuring a Chicagoan with a disability who is served by the DHS Home Services Program exposes the real-life consequences of Governor Bruce Rauner’s dangerous cuts …

DEVELOPING: Rauner Administration Commences Illegal Purge of Caregivers for People With Disabilities

HUNDREDS of Workers Sent First Warning of Illegal 3-Strikes-and-Out Penalty CHICAGO-The Rauner administration has commenced issuing warnings against hundreds, possibly THOUSANDS, of caregivers for people with disabilities who are facing termination under an unlawful “3-strikes-and-you’re-out” system that went into effect …

September Home Care Membership Meetings in Illinois

Illinois Home Care Members: Join us at one of our September membership meetings happening across the state! We will discuss updates out of bargaining for DOA home care aides and DORS Personal Assistants, including the raises we won in the …

Thanks mom, for helping teach me how to collect dues – and so much more!

Over the years, many people have asked me: “how did you build the union from only 7 members in 1983, to representing over 90,000 today? How did you organize really low-wage workers like homecare and childcare providers, when no one …

Important Update: DORS Overtime Changes

Update as of Tuesday, September 12, 2017 We got an important breakthrough this week in our fight against Governor Rauner’s terrible DHS Overtime Policy for Personal Assistants. As you may recall, we filed an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge against …

BREAKING: Rauner Administration Violated State Labor Act in OT Cuts for People With Disabilities, Administrative Law Judge Rules;

Win for Consumers and Workers Amid Ongoing Struggle; Back Pay Ordered   SPRINGFIELD-An administrative law judge has ruled that the Rauner administration violated state labor law when last year it unilaterally imposed limits on overtime care in a state program …

48-Cent Raise for Caregivers “Wasn’t a Suggestion” by General Assembly

Says Key Rep. as Rauner Admin. Defies Law; State Journal-Register, Chicago Tribune on Class Action by SEIU Healthcare Illinois   CHICAGO-The 48-cent raise for some 28,000 caregivers in a state program for people with disabilities included in summer’s bipartisan budget …

Class-Action Lawsuit Filed as Rauner Administration Illegally Denies Low-Income Caregivers 48-Cent Raise Included in Bipartisan Budget Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Chicago – Today, State Rep. Greg Harris joined home care workers and people with disabilities in the Home Services Program to announce the filing of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of 28,000 low-income caregivers across Illinois. The …

Services for 36,000 Illinois Seniors Saved By Advocacy Coalition

Advocates for seniors, caregivers, General Assembly and aging community unite to protect critical services for Illinois’ most vulnerable population   Chicago – The following is a statement on behalf of Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Health …

NEW REPORT – Independence Lost: Governor Rauner’s New Plan to Destroy Home Care for Illinois Seniors

INDEPENDENCE LOST: New Report Reveals Threats Posed by Rauner Plan to Drastically Cut Home Care for Illinois Seniors 36,000 seniors remain in limbo as advocates call on Administration to WITHDRAW HARMFUL RULES Chicago – Alzheimer’s Association Illinois, Health & Medicine …

Key Stakeholders Shut Out of IDOA Community Care Program Services Task Force-Political Vendetta?

Leading senior advocates and the union representing 25,000 home care aides in the Community Care Program left out of Task Force after public criticism of Rauner plan to ration care SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner’s scheme to cut 36,000 Illinois …

Statewide Home Care Membership Meetings in August

Our monthly membership meetings for home care workers are just around the corner! Mark your calendar for the meeting in your area and RSVP here to let us know you’ll be there.                 …

Personal Assistants: Pay Day Calendar Update

Update as of Thursday, August 24, 2017 We have BREAKING NEWS for Personal Assistants that paychecks have gone into the mail and direct deposits will appear tomorrow, Friday, August 25, in bank accounts ahead of the August 28 DHS pay …

DORS August 2 Telephone Town Hall Meeting Recap

Update as of August 17 for Personal Assistants regarding pay dates: Our union believes that you should expect payment on Aug. 28 as indicated on the State’s new payroll schedule. We are still working to get pay dates changed back to the regular …

Greg Kelley: The caregivers are the ones owed a higher wage

The following op-ed from our union president, Greg Kelley, appeared in the State Journal Register on July 29th. In a recent online article from WCIA-TV titled “Rauner pays new staff lucrative salaries,” the governor said Illinois citizens “owe” his highly-paid …

DORS Personal Assistants & MHH Workers Win Raises in Illinois Budget

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. Our …

Home Care Aides Win in Illinois State Budget!

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. …

Faith Leaders Pray for Gov. Rauner, Leaders to Stand Up to GOP Healthcare Overhaul

  Call on Elected Officials to Hear the Cries of the People and Commit to a new Illinois Healthcare Covenant More photos from the event available via this Facebook link: https://goo.gl/7vMfSN CHICAGO (July 18, 2017)—Religious leaders from major faith traditions today …

In Budget Override, IL Home Care for Seniors Dodges Bullet-But Danger Still Lurks

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 …