CHICAGO - Taking a cue from the President, who says he's determined to find a way around Congress and the Supreme Court, despite numerous Court hand slaps in the past few weeks, Governor Pat Quinn responded similarly to the Court’s decision on the case of Harris v. Quinn with disappointment. Despite the Court's decision, Quinn says home care workers must have access to union protections.
"There are thousands of workers who care for our seniors and people with disabilities in Illinois, and they deserve the right to collectively bargain for decent wages, benefits and proper working conditions," Quinn said in a statement issued Monday.
“A high-quality workforce of long-term, in-home care workers gives our most vulnerable citizens the opportunity to live independently in their own homes, instead of forcing them into expensive, long-term care institutions. All people, no matter what their challenges are, deserve the opportunity to choose to live in the community."
Quinn went on -
"We will continue working to provide quality care for our most vulnerable citizens and we will continue fighting to ensure workers get a fair shake for a hard day's work."
The public sector unions have not been happy with Quinn's pension plan nor have they been happy with the cuts in their out of pocket increases, but Quinn will be the public sector unions pick in Illinois 2014 gubernatorial race over Republican Bruce Rauner.