Elections have consequences, and no one knows this more than the child care and home care members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois. During the governor’s race back in November, SEIU Healthcare Illinois members knocked on doors, attended rallies and made phone calls in order to help defeat the anti-worker Governor Bruce Rauner. Now, with Governor J.B. Pritzker in office, thousands of home care and child care workers will see more in their paychecks, as well as back pay that was withheld by the previous administration.
Pritzker’s administration will give 48 cents an hour raises to 28,000 home care workers and 14,000 child care workers across Illinois. The state will also distribute $44 million in back pay that the General Assembly had approved, but the former Republican governor had blocked.
“Today, we are putting the State of Illinois back on the side of working families, and rebuilding the vital services and the workforces that deliver them to people with disabilities, working parents, and kids in every corner of our state," said a statement released by the Pritzker administration and SEIU Healthcare Illinois.
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