Governor Rauner's new policy limiting the number of hours care providers employed by people with disabilities can work each week is a terrible idea for Illinois.
Workers who take care of people with disabilities in their homes will be limited to a strict 40 hours a week, limiting the amount of care they can provide to their clients. Care recipients will be forced to hire and train new attendants, when they'd much rather stick with the providers they already know.
Caregiving is hard work, and the people who earn a living by assisting seniors and people with disabilities do not enter that field to become wealthy. Care providers are able to give better care when they don't have to worry about how they're going to pay their rent or put food on the table. Taking away hard-earned overtime pay isn't fair to them and it's not fair to the clients they serve.
Sign the petition below to tell Governor Rauner not to try to balance Illinois' budget on the backs of people with disabilities, or the hard-working people who help them maintain their independence and live at home.
Sign the petition below and we'll add your name to the message we send Governor Rauner:
Governor Rauner —
The DOL rule finally extending minimum wage and overtime protections was supposed to make life a little bit easier for these hard-working caregivers. But your new policy makes it much tougher for everyone.
Limiting the number of hours caregivers can work each week means that seniors and people with disabilities can't get the quality of consistent care they rely on. And it means that care providers — already among our state's lowest-paid workers — will have to cut back even more.
Don't try to balance Illinois' budget on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens, or the hard-working people who help them maintain our independence and live at home. End the cap on caregiver hours.