‘Care Is Infrastructure’: Sen. Warren Calls for HCBS Support Following New Bipartisan Proposal

A bipartisan group of 10 senators announced Thursday that they have reached a tentative agreement on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, a major update in one of the main storylines coming out of the Biden administration. The latest infrastructure proposal does not include federal support for home- and community-based services (HCBS), which was a key […]

Home Health Workers to Receive More Than $30 Million in Back Pay

More than 49,000 home health care workers in one state are set to receive millions in back pay later this week, as well as pay raises going forward, according to the Associated Press. The state of Illinois plans to release $30.7 million to the Department of Human Services — which pays the workers — on […]

Home Health Workers Sue Illinois Governor For Withholding Raise

Home health care workers sued the state of Illinois last week for allegedly withholding a 48-cent-per-hour raise required under a recently-passed state budget. After Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a proposed budget in July, lawmakers enacted another budget, which included the pay raise for home health workers, specifically those that work under the Illinois Home […]

Court Gives Green Light to Polarizing Home Care Union

A federal appeals court panel has decided not to overturn a new union for thousands of home care aides in Minnesota. The ruling has garnered approval from the workers who have unionized, but opposition from those who say the union threatens right to work principles. A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of […]

Home Care Workers Sue Over Unionization

Some Illinois home care workers have sued state officials for forcing them to be represented by the Service Employees International Union, even after the Supreme Court previously ruled that in-home care providers shouldn’t be compelled to pay union dues. The lawsuit, filed in Chicago by the National Right to Work Legal Foundation on behalf of […]

Future of New Minnesota Home Care Union in Jeopardy

A new union for thousands of home health aides in Minnesota is under fire as federal appeals judges in two separate cases consider disbanding the unit, which already has negotiated benefits and working conditions for its members. Two 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panels debated last week whether they have the power to disband […]

Judge Dismisses Suit Aimed to Halt Minnesota Home Health Care Union

Five months after Minnesota’s historic home health care union election, a federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit aimed at halting the unionization. The suit, filed by attorneys with the National Right to Work Foundation represented six state health workers who provide home care services to disabled individuals and family members, according to a StarTribune […]

Home Care Workers Nationwide Rally for $15 Hourly Wage

Those in the fast-food industry aren’t the only ones fighting for a $15 hourly wage this week. Thursday, thousands of home care workers in 150 cities joined them in their efforts to persuade lawmaker to raise the minimum wage requirement. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has called for home care workers nationwide to join […]

Minnesota Home Health Workers Approve Union in Historic Election

In one of Minnesota’s largest labor organizing efforts since the Depression, thousands of home care workers across the state voted to create their own union, according to several reports. The final tally was 3,543 in favor of a union and 2,306 opposed, according to data released Tuesday by the state’s Bureau of Mediation Services. With the […]