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.

Gary Mayor Karen-Freeman Wilson, health care workers, faith leaders, and experts gather to call for Medicaid expansion and a higher minimum wage

On Tuesday, April 8th, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson led home care and hospital workers, several state representatives, health care experts, and members of the faith community in a town hall meeting to call for Medicaid expansion and a fair minimum …

Missouri SEIU Members Head to Jefferson City for Annual Lobby Day

SEIU Healthcare Missouri members traveled from both St. Louis and Kansas City for our annual Lobby Day on April 2. Nursing home workers, hospital employees, and home care providers met with lawmakers to discuss the importance of expanding Medicaid, protecting …

Healthcare workers lead the charge for Medicaid Expansion in Indiana

Following our successful rally last month, home care and hospital workers ramped up the pressure to expand Medicaid last Monday in another action at the Indiana Statehouse.

Low-Wage Home Care Workers Deliver Valentine’s Day Cards to Governor Quinn Asking Him to Support $1 Raise for Caregivers at Dept of Aging

(February 14th 2014, Chicago) — Home care workers in the Department of Aging (DOA) delivered a large Valentine’s Day card to Governor Quinn’s office, as well as personal messages on behalf of seniors, asking him to give low-wage homecare workers …

A Historic Milestone for Chicago’s Home Care Workers

Learn more about the history of our home care members and the vital work that they do.

VIDEO: Home care workers and consumers on the steps of the Supreme Court

On January 21st, a delegation of home care workers, consumers, and allies stood together in Washington D.C. to tell the country what’s really at stake in Harris V. Quinn, a case before the Supreme Court that threatens the lives and …

Harris vs Quinn Case Before U.S. Supreme Court: Statement of Flora Johnson, Illinois Home Care Provider and Chairperson of SEIU Healthcare Illinois

(January 21, 2014, Chicago) – My name is Flora Johnson, and I’m a home care provider and chairperson of the Executive Board of SEIU Healthcare Illinois. I’m proud to be here today on behalf of 27,000 low-wage home care providers …

VIDEO: Harris v. Quinn and the future of home care in Illinois

On January 21st, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that could decide whether Illinois continues to provide quality, professional home care services for 30,000 people with disabilities who would otherwise be forced into institutions. See this video and …

Supreme Court case could affect home care workers like me

My coworkers and other healthcare providers, senior citizens and people with disabilities, and the entire community are deeply concerned about the outcome of this case, and hope the Supreme Court will do the right thing.

Disability-Rights Advocates Express Concern Over Home Care Case

A case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court, Harris v. Quinn, could cause unrest for as many as 30,000 people with disabilities and the people who care for them. Disabilities-rights advocates say that these 30,000 people rely on Illinois’ home …

Press Release: Illinois Home Care Workers Respond to Supreme Court Decision to Hear Case Challenging Union Fees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2013 CONTACT: Mike.truppa@seiuhcil.org  Today the United States Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments in the case of Harris v. Quinn. The suit seeks to prevent SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, a union representing …

Huge Step Forward for 2 Million Home Care Providers and the People in Their Care

On September 17, President Obama announced that the 2 million home care providers across the United States will finally be extended federal overtime and minimum wage protections. Home care is now the second-fastest growing job in America, and these long …

Fight for comprehensive immigration reform continues as lawmakers head back to DC

As federal lawmakers prepare to head back to DC next week, SEIU HCII members joined allies for a press conference outside of GOP headquarters in downtown Chicago on Thursday, September 5. Business owners, community leaders, and union members spoke out …

Video: MO SEIU Members Speak Out About Their Support for the Fast Food Worker Movement

SEIU Local 1 and SEIU Healthcare Missouri members united to share their perspectives on why the expanding fast food worker’s movement matters to us, our communities, and our futures. See the video below.   Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Members unite in Springfield to fight for program funding and fair wages for all workers

On May 16th, nearly 1000 members of SEIU HCII united in Springfield to fight for vital program funding, support for working families, and fair wages and conditions for workers in our union and beyond it.

Caring Across Generations Holds Chicago Rally with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky to Support Long-Term Affordable Care

MAY 13, 2013 Demand for Long-Term Care Is Expected to Grow Dramatically to 27 Million Seniors By 2050 Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and the Caring Across Generations coalition held a rally in downtown Chicago to highlight the need for long-term home …

HCII Members Join Allies in DC to Push for Resolutions to Strengthen Home Care

Home care providers and SEIU HCII members Gilda Brown and Annette Jones traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to join allies in pushing for reforms aimed at strengthening home care. The trip was organized by Caring Across Generations, a coalition …

As Home Care Funding Crisis Continues, Seniors Join Faith Leaders to Call On Lawmakers to Pass Emergency Funding

(April 11, 2013, Springfield, IL) — Seniors, faith leaders, ministers, and community advocates staged a major rally and prayer circle on the 3rd floor of the State Capitol to call on state lawmakers to pass emergency funding to save Illinois’ …

On Tax Day, Seniors and Home Care Workers Protest Sears for Abusing Corporate Tax Loopholes

Seniors Ask: “Where is Our Lifetime Warranty to Living Independently?” (April 15, 2013, Chicago) — Seniors, community advocates and home care workers held a Tax Day protest outside a Sears store in downtown Chicago to call on the corporation to …

UPDATE: Illinois State Senate Passes Emergency Funding Bill to Save Home Care Program that Serves Seniors!

After several months of intense grassroots activism, lobbying, letter writing and phone calls by seniors, home care workers, and community allies, the Illinois House of Representatives finally passed a $173 million emergency funding bill today to save the Community Care Program (CCP) in the Department of Aging. The House passed the emergency funding bill by a staggering 115-2 vote.