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.

Enough is Enough: People with Disabilities, Caregivers, Advocates Call on Rauner Administration to Halt Suspensions under Draconian DHS Overtime Policy

People with disabilities and their caregivers rallied at the Thompson Center in Chicago Thursday afternoon to denounce Governor Rauner’s punitive DHS overtime policy, which includes a ‘three-strikes-and-you’re-out” approach to violations that could suspend hundreds of caregivers (effectively terminating them), as …

ICYMI: Nov. 29 DORS TTH Recap

DORS Overtime Policy Updates On August 1, despite outcry from people with disabilities, caregivers, and advocates, the State moved forward with implementation of their flawed overtime policy. This harmful policy caps hours at 45 hours per week for Personal Assistants …

Ho-ho-NO: Ominous Holidays in Store for People with Disabilities as Caregivers Face Suspensions Under Draconian Rauner OT Policy

Illegally-implemented rules threaten workforce, cause anxiety, threaten bankruptcies and homelessness as promises made go unmet Chicago – Exactly as advocates have warned for two years, the Rauner administration’s illegally implemented overtime policy for the DHS Home Services Program for people …

December Membership Meetings for Illinois Home Care Workers

STATEWIDE SEIU HOME CARE MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 South Suburbs – 9:30 a.m. at the Harvey Community Center at 15320 Center Street, Harvey, IL Chicago – 10 a.m. at our union office at 2229 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL …

BREAKING: Tentative Agreement Reached with Help at Home in Illinois

Our elected statewide bargaining team at Help at Home in Illinois just reached a Tentative Agreement with management for our new raises that we won in the state budget! Thanks to our hard work in Springfield and at the bargaining table, …

Rauner “Applauds” Plan to Cut His Own Taxes to be Paid for By Cuts to Healthcare and Tax Hikes on Working Families

Chicago – On Wednesday, Governor Rauner went on the record to support Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans’ tax plan, saying, “I’m applauding Congress. I hope they come through.” That plan would net Rauner an estimated $300 million in tax breaks …

November is National Family Caregivers Month

“Family members, friends, and neighbors devote countless hours to providing care to their relatives or loved ones. During National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize and thank the humble heroes who do so much to keep our families and communities strong.” …

Senior Care Protection Bill Heads to Gov. Rauner’s Desk

Bill On Way Amid Continued Threat of Massive Cuts & 2nd-Class Service Is it the Last Thanksgiving In Their Own Homes for 1000s of Illinois Seniors?  SPRINGFIELD-As evidence mounts that his administration STILL is seeking ways to enact massive cuts …

Major Questions for Senior Care in IL as Controversial Task Force Meets Today; Cuts or Care? 2nd-Class Services on the Way? Is CCP Safe?

As a controversial task force that appears to have been rigged by the Rauner administration meets today jointly in Springfield and Chicago at 1 p.m., major questions have arisen for the future of home healthcare for seniors in Illinois. The Illinois …

BREAKING NEWS: Tentative Agreement Reached with Addus

Our SEIU statewide elected bargaining team at Addus just reached a Tentative Agreement with management for our new raises! We won on all of our top priorities: $.72/hour increase for all Addus workers, with retro pay to Aug 1st (Based on …

CCSI Home Care Aides Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract

Thousands of home care aides at Community Care Systems Inc. overwhelmingly voted YES to ratify the new agreement that our union bargaining team reached with management recently. The new contract includes: Raises of at least $.72/hour retroactive to August 1, …

BREAKING: Tentative Agreement Reached with Community Care Systems Inc.!

Our union bargaining team is happy to announce that we have reached a Tentative Agreement with management at Community Care Systems Inc.  Community Care home care aides fought in Springfield to win our rate increases and we stood united at …

BREAKING: Injunction Request Filed to Stop Gov. Rauner’s Overtime Cuts for People with Disabilities

Caregivers Risk Bankruptcy, Losing Homes in “Irreparable Harm” From “Draconian” Policy Already Found Illegal*   CHICAGO – The worst is coming to pass as the Rauner administration’s cuts to overtime hours of care for thousands of Illinoisans with disabilities, already …

WGN’s Sunday Spin: Rep. Moeller Warns of Rauner-Driven “Privatization” of Successful Community Care Program for Seniors

Controversial Task Force Needs “To Be Transparent” CHICAGO – Speaking to veteran Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson on “The Sunday Spin” on WGN Radio yesterday, Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) warned against “privatization for the sake of privatization,” an apparent goal …

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 …