Illinois home care, child care workers to get overdue raises

More than 40,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide senior care in the home and child care services will get long-overdue salary increases.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 12:20 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - More than 40,000 employees of the Illinois Department of Human Services who provide senior care in the home and child care services will get long-overdue salary increases.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois and Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an agreement Monday to implement the rate increases and provide back pay. There's $29 million in an escrow account for the back pay.

About 28,000 personal assistants in the Human Services' home care program were scheduled to receive a 48-cent raise in August 2017. Last year's state budget includes a 4.26 percent rate increase for 14,000 workers in the child-care program. Neither had been paid by the prior administration.

Pritzker's office says the rate increase will take effect on April 1. It says back pay should be distributed by fall.

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