Fight Against Rauner Caps on Care Heads to Administrative Process

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Alberta Walker, a personal assistant in the Home Services Program, interviewing with WBBM Radio and Chicago Public Radio.
Below is a media alert that was sent out prior to a meeting of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) on September 6. The Illinois proposed overtime guidelines, which threaten the independence of people with disabilities in the Home Services Program and the jobs of workers in the Program, have been submitted to JCAR for review.

Following the media event on September 6, stories about this issue ran on WBBM Radio ( click here for the coverage ) and with Progress Illinois ( Click here for the story )

For more background on the issue of Home Services and the overtime guidelines, go to this link .


Fight Against Rauner Caps on Care Heads to Administrative Process

Administration Shuts Out Stakeholders Amid Move to Punish Workers Via Illegal Rules

On Tuesday, September 6, at 10:15 a.m., Chicago ADAPT, Access Living, and SEIU Healthcare Illinois, along with people with disabilities and their caregivers, will host a media availability to discuss the continuing fight to stop Bruce Rauner’s DHS overtime policy for the Home Services Program.

After months of mounting pressure from stakeholders and a pending class-action lawsuit, the State of Illinois announced plans to rescind their disastrous overtime policy on August 2, 2016. This move prevented the termination of as many as 2,200 personal assistants who provided home care services to people with disabilities in every corner of Illinois.

But instead of coming to the table to negotiate with those impacted to find a solution that protects the health and safety of people with disabilities, the State has shut out stakeholders and submitted the misguided policy through the official rules-making process, with additional language that seeks to further strip consumer control in the program.

On Tuesday, advocates will be on hand prior to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), which must approve the caps to care, to urge its members to oppose Bruce Rauner’s dangerous overtime policy and share the negative impact it’s had on quality of care as well as why the Rauner rules violate the law.

WHAT: Media Availability (Preceding JCAR Meeting)
WHEN: Tuesday, September 6 at 10:15 a.m.
WHERE: Michael Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle, 600C (outside Hearing Room)