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.

August Home Care Membership Meetings

Monday, August 13 Charleston: 6 p.m. at the Charleston VFW 1821 20th Street, Charleston, IL   Saturday, August 18 Aurora: 11 a.m. at the EOLA Branch of the Aurora Public Library 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora, IL   Saturday, August …

Illinois Labor Relations Board Upholds Rauner OT Policy, Fight Continues to Appellate Court

Today, the Illinois Labor Relations Board finally weighed in on Governor Rauner’s terrible DHS overtime policy. Prior to the hearing, personal assistants and people with disabilities held a press conference to highlight the devastation this policy has had on people’s …

July Home Care Membership Meetings

  Saturday, July 28 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at the Markham Public Library 16640 Kedzie Avenue, Markham, IL Chicago: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL Rockford: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office 4920 E. …

Home Services Program Consumer David Spurney Speaks Out Against Rauner’s Dangerous Overtime Policy

Autonomic dysflexia. You’ve probably never heard of it, but I live with it every day. AD is a very dangerous condition that stems from a spinal cord injury. What it means is that my blood pressure can drop very low …

As Chicago’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise, Healthcare and Child Care Workers Tell Gov. Bruce Rauner & Mayor Emanuel: “$12 Minimum Wage Isn’t Enough – Working Families Demand $15 Now!”

Gov. Rauner’s Veto of the $15 Minimum Wage Bill Took Away Living Wages from Low-Income Caregivers Who Urgently Need a Raise to Survive and Support Their Families Contact: james.muhammad@seiuhcil.org or scott.vogel@seiuhcil.org (June 29th, 2018, Chicago) – On July 1st Chicago’s …

SEIU HCIIMK Wins: Why It’s Important to Recommit To Your Union

SEIU Healthcare members have racked up many wins. We’re not satisfied and we are determined to win many more.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to recommit to your union. Take a look back at these victories & click …

Illinois Labor Board Delays Release of Overtime Policy Decision Until July

We learned late yesterday that the Illinois Labor Relations Board plans to delay the release of their decision regarding Governor Rauner’s terrible DHS Overtime Policy. Previously, the Board had planned to share their decision on Tuesday, June 12, but it is …

After years of self-created devastation, Rauner finally signs a budget

The following statement was released by SEIU Healthcare Illinois President Greg Kelley on the signing of the state budget today by Gov. Rauner: CHICAGO — Even though it took him nearly his whole term – and hopefully his only term – …

Illinois Home Care: Legislative Session Recap

Yesterday marked the end of the Spring legislative session in Springfield and we wanted to share a recap of what the Legislature passed in the budget that will impact Illinois home care programs. The governor still must approve the budget …

SEIU Healthcare Applauds Budget Momentum

CHICAGO–Following is the statement of Greg Kelley, President of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, on the passage of a budget in both houses and the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment: “Our members and the vulnerable populations of seniors, people with …

June Home Care Membership Meetings

Saturday, June 30 SOUTH SUBURBS: 9:30 a.m. at the Markham Public Library 16640 Kedzie Avenue, Markham, IL CHICAGO: 10 a.m. at the Chicago SEIU Office 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL ROCKFORD: 10 a.m. at the Rockford SEIU Office 4920 E. …

Help at Home Workers Take Action for Promised Raises that Hundreds are Still Awaiting

Help at Home workers fought and won 73-cent raises during our last round of contract negotiations, but hundreds of Help at Home home care aides are still waiting for the full raises they are owed. Help at Home is the …

May Home Care Membership Meetings

                May Home Care Membership Meetings   Saturday, May 19 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Community Center 15320 Center Avenue, Harvey, IL Chicago: 10 a.m. at the SEIU office 2229 S. …

DORS 48-Cent Raise UPDATE

We wanted to keep you informed on our ongoing lawsuit involving the 48-cent raises that we won in last summer’s budget agreement, which Governor Rauner has been illegally withholding. In March, a Judge ruled with us, stating that Rauner’s actions …

April Home Care Membership Meetings

  Saturday, April 28 South Suburbs: 9:30 a.m. at a *New Location* Markham Public Library, 16640 S. Kedzie Ave., Markham, IL Chicago: 10 a.m. at the SEIU Office 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL Rockford: 10 a.m. at the SEIU …

Personal Assistants Step Up & Speak Out Statewide Demanding Rauner Release 48-Cent Raises & Back Pay Owed

This week, Personal Assistants for people with disabilities held press conferences and actions in Carbondale, Rockford, Peoria, Chicago, Springfield, and Champaign to denounce Governor Rauner’s plan to appeal the Court’s decision regarding our 48-cent raises. On March 13, a Cook …

Home Care Worker, Coston Plummer, Speaks at “Fair Tax Now!” Rally

(March 27, 2018, Chicago) — Coston Plummer, our home care worker, spoke at the “Fair Tax Now!” rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. See his speech below. ____________________ My name is Coston Plummer and I am honored to …

Rauner to Appeal Decision on 48-cent Raises for Personal Assistants

Last week, we reported that a Cook County Judge sided with us, ruling that Gov. Rauner broke the law by refusing to release our 48-cent raises and our back pay that’s owed since August 5, 2017. The judge ordered that Rauner …

28,000 Caregivers Vindicated: Court Rules Rauner Illegally Withheld $.48 Raise from Those Caring for People with Disabilities

Chicago – Late yesterday, tens of thousands of Illinois caregivers for people with disabilities received the good news they’ve waited seven months for: Governor Rauner’s move to withhold a $.48 raise that the General Assembly approved in last summer’s budget …

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Says Rauner Illegally Withheld PA Raises

We have some excellent, breaking news to share – WE WON our lawsuit against Governor Rauner regarding the $.48 raise for Personal Assistants and Maintenance Home Health workers! The judge just ruled that Rauner broke the law by illegally withholding our …