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.

SEIU members call on Bank of America to support home care and childcare workers

On Friday, SEIU members went to Bank of America in Calumet City to deliver a letter for the manager to fax to Illinois Bank of America President Timothy P. Maloney. The letter calls on BoA to refund money from toxic swaps …

Press Release: Low-Wage Healthcare Workers Rally at Capitol Against Rauner Contract Moves

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 21, 2015. Contact: Catherine Murrell, Catherine.Murrell@seiuhcil.org Urge Fair Revenue as Means to Meet Vital Needs of Seniors, Kids and People With Disabilities SPRINGFIELD-Workers who provide health care and child care to thousands of families in …

Capitol Fax: SEIU blasts Rauner over contract talks

From Capitol Fax: by Rich Miller Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration is apparently playing hardball with SEIU over a union contract covering 50,000 childcare and home care workers. Negotiations began Monday, even though the contract expires June 30th. Rauner’s opening offer …

Human & Economic Costs of Cutting Home Care Will Hurt Long-Term

Bill Hawk is an Edwardsville resident whose mother receives home care services in Alton, Illinois through the Community Care Program My mother is in her eighties and has a number of health issues. She worked hard her entire life, raising …

200 Illinois Home Care Leaders Unite in Chicago, Kicking off Fight for $15 & Home Care for All

On Saturday, February 28, home care workers from across Illinois traveled to Chicago to kickoff the campaign for $15 and home care services for all who need them. The morning opened with a town hall meeting where home care workers, …

Chicago Home Care Workers Gain Support for $15 and Home Care for All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2015 Contact: Kaitlin DeCero, Kaitlin.decero@seiuhcil.org National Media: Bartees Cox, bartees.cox@berlinrosen.com   Chicago ABC 7: Mayoral Candidate Chuy Garcia Supports Home Care Workers Fighting for $15 Chicago WGN: Mayoral Candidate Chuy Garcia Supports Home Care Workers Fighting …

MCC Nurses Stand Up to Management, Demand Respect

A delegation of skilled home health nurses from MCC Healthcare Services and Health Force united last week to demand that MCC management respect the bargaining process. Nurses marched into MCC headquarters and delivered a letter to owner, Jose Cortez, calling …

CFL: William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Information

Cross-posted from the Chicago Federation of Labor 2015 WILLIAM A. LEE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS The Chicago Federation of Labor will award 10 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, to five winners of the Academic Competition and five winners …

SEIU Healthcare Illinois Supports Obama’s Paid Sick Leave Effort

(January 22n, 2015) — Chauncey Collins, a home care worker and member of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, and Denise Gaines, Legislative Director, spoke to Springfield CBS 3 WCIA’s Matt Porter about President Obama’s paid sick leave agenda that he introduced during …

Home Care Workers Stand with Fast Food, Airport, and Convenience Store Workers for $15 as Movement Continues to Grow

Movement for higher pay and a union in fast-growing home care industry spreads throughout country   (Chicago) – On Thursday, December 4, home care workers in Chicago called for $15 and a union alongside fast food workers as the Home …

Members Only: SEIU Scholarship Opportunities!

Fulfill your college goals with the SEIU Scholarship Program 2015-16 SEIU has a long and proud history of helping union members pursue their dreams through higher education. We offer scholarship opportunities to support studies in areas incuding the arts, social …

Letter to the Editor: Home Care Worker Patricia Evans

On October 27, I went to Washington D.C. to speak at the Long-Term Services and Supports staff briefing.  Many of my home care co-workers have spoken eloquently about why we deserve a living wage, but it’s not just about us! …

Illinois Home Care Worker Patricia Evans Testifies in Washington, DC

Our very own Illinois home care worker Patricia Evans traveled to Washington, D.C., on Monday, October 27, to testify at Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s Hill staff briefing on long-term services and supports (LTSS), entitled Long-Term Services and Supports: the Workforce Challenge. …

Home Care Fight for $15 Coming to a Community and Ballot Box Near You

Chicago home care workers continued to push forward in the fight for $15 last week, attracting new support and engaging voters around issues relating to home care. On Wednesday, October 15, a delegation of union and nonunion home care workers …

Chicago Home Care Workers Launch Fight for $15, Taking Push for Higher Wages to the Ballot Box

Home Care Fight for $15 https://www.facebook.com/ilhcfightfor15 @IL_homecareff15   For Immediate Release: October 15, 2014 Contact: Kaitlin DeCero, Kaitlin.decero@seiuhcil.org   Chicago Home Care Workers Launch Fight for $15, Taking Push for Higher Wages to the Ballot Box  U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky …

Care Canvass: Saturday, October 18 @ 10 a.m.

This Saturday, home care workers and allies nationwide are participating in a Care Canvass ahead of critical November elections. The Care Canvass will be taking place in over a dozen cities across the country! Together, we will engage voters around …

First-Ever Home Care Workers Rising Summit Unites Hundreds in St. Louis

Home care workers – union and nonunion, seniors, people with disabilities, and advocates united earlier this week in St. Louis for the first-ever Home Care Workers Rising Summit. The event provided a unique opportunity to bring together voices from across …

HCII Executive Board Chair Flora Johnson Honored with Evelyn Coke Lifetime Achievement Award

We’re very proud to announce that on Monday, October 6, our very own Executive Board Chair and Personal Assistant Flora Johnson was awarded with the Evelyn Coke Lifetime Achievement Award in St. Louis. Flora has been a leader for 12 …

Letter to the Editor: Home Care Worker Liliana Cordero

After reading ‘Faces of minimum wage’ over the weekend, I felt inspired to share my story as a home care worker, a story I feel few have heard and understand. I support my family of five by serving seniors and …

Letter to the Editor: Home Care Worker OJ McGee

Keith Kelleher’s article over the Labor Day weekend said the recent Harris v Quinn decision could either be a nail in the coffin, or a shot of adrenaline for home care providers. After today’s announcement of home care workers joining …