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SEIU Healthcare Illinois

To opt out of SEIU HCII dues:

1. Enter your information into the form below and click “submit.”
2. On the resulting page, click the link to open your customized form. You will also receive an email with a link to your form.
3. Print the form. If you check the appropriate box about needing a printed version, we’ll mail you a copy of the form.
4. Sign and date the form.
5. Mail the completed form to the address at the top of the form. We highly recommend sending it via certified mail.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana (SEIU HCII) is the designated union for over 27,000 home care workers (Personal Assistants and Maintenance Home Health Providers) and child care providers serving Medicaid-eligible clients through the state’s Home Services and Child Care Assistance programs.

For years, state-paid home care workers and child care providers in Illinois were required to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment, allowing unions like SEIU HCII to take their members for granted. However, because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in Harris v. Quinn, individual providers can no longer be required to financially support a labor union against their will.

The court referred to the requirement for partial-public employees to pay union dues as a money-making “scheme” for the union and ruled that the mandatory dues requirement violated workers’ First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association.

You can opt out of SEIU HCII dues by filling out the form above, printing it and mailing it to the union.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I send my resignation to the union?

You should receive some acknowledgement of your request from the union within a few weeks.

In most cases, union dues are automatically deducted from employees’ paychecks. Monitor your paychecks to make sure the dues deductions stop. If the deductions continue for more than a couple pay periods after submitting your opt-out request, contact the union.

Finally, keep in mind:

Opting out is your constitutional right. However, unions like SEIU HCII sometimes place restrictions on when they will accept opt-out requests. If the union refuses to immediately cancel dues deductions from your pay, ask them to provide you with written documentation and contact us for assistance.

How much are SEIU HCII dues?

According to federal filings, SEIU HCII dues are 2.5% to 3.3% of members’ pay. Its minimum rate is set at $324 per year and maximum at $1,260.

If I opt out of paying dues to SEIU HCII, will I still be able to serve clients under the state’s Home Services Program or Child Care Assistance Program?

Yes. Under state law, the union contract for home care workers and child care providers is binding on all providers in the state, regardless of whether they want to be union represented and regardless of whether they choose to pay union dues. Opting out of paying dues will in no way affect your ability to serve state-paid clients or receive Medicaid reimbursements from the state.

If I stop paying dues to the union, will I still receive the same wages and benefits specified in SEIU HCII’s contract with the state?

Yes. SEIU HCII has arranged to be the “exclusive representative” of its home care and child care bargaining units, meaning it is impossible for providers to get out of the terms of the contract, even if they cease paying dues. Your wages and benefits specified in the State of Illinois’ contract with SEIU HCII will remain the same regardless of your formal union membership status.

If I resign from the union and stop paying dues, will I lose my health insurance?

No. Health insurance is offered through the SEIU Healthcare IL Benefit Funds, not SEIU HCII. As a home care worker or child care provider, you are still eligible to purchase insurance through the Benefit Funds, even if you no longer pay union dues to SEIU HCII. Even though the Benefit Funds have “SEIU” in the title, these funds are different than the union. According to the contract for home care workers and child care providers, the State of Illinois contributes a fixed amount to these funds for the purpose of offering health coverage to all eligible providers covered by the contract.

How does SEIU HCII spend my dues money?

SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana

SEIU HCII collected $37 million in dues and fees from its members in calendar year 2020, according to reports the union must file with the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

In 2020 alone:

  • $9.9 million went to the SEIU headquarters in Washington, D.C., to support its massive political, economic and social agenda. SEIU regularly supports a host of controversial organizations. Planned Parenthood, for example, received $50,000 from SEIU in 2019.
  • $2.8 million was spent by SEIU HCII on political activity and lobbying.
  • $540,000 was paid or contributed to largely ideological organizations. This includes a $50,000 contribution to the St. Louis Power Project, an organization that supports defunding the police in St. Louis, MO.
  • $1.4 million was spent on private attorneys and consultants.
  • $164,000 was spent on airfare, hotels and travel.
  • $143,000 was spent on food and catering.

SEIU HCII paid 199 officers and employees in 2020, 17 of whom were paid six figures. Union president Gregory Kelley was paid $184,900.

Also, as of the end of 2020, SEIU HCII has accumulated a stockpile of $22.4 million in spare cash.

SEIU HCII’s most recent LM-2 reports are available here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

A portion of the dues paid by SEIU HCII members goes to support the SEIU Illinois State Council.

SEIU Illinois State Council

The IL State Council collected $2.2 million in dues and fees from its members in 2020.

In 2020 alone:

  • $1.7 million was spent on political activity and lobbying.
  • $187,000 was paid or contributed to largely ideological organizations.

The IL State Council paid two employees in 2020. Executive director Beniamino Capellupo was paid $118,000.

The IL State Council’s most recent LM-2 reports are available here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

Lastly, a portion of the dues paid by SEIU HCII members goes to support the international headquarters of SEIU.

SEIU Headquarters

SEIU collected $255 million from its affiliates in 2020. In that year alone:

  • $60 million was spent on divisive political candidates, causes and lobbying.
  • $2.9 million was paid or contributed to largely ideological organizations. This includes $410,000 donated to the Alliance for Global Justice, a left-wing, anti-capitalist organization that grew out of the Nicaragua Network, which supported the Communist Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.
  • $2.3 million was spent on airfare, hotels and travel for union staff. SEIU’s hotel expenses include a $398,000 bill from a 4-star resort in San Diego.
  • $26.5 million was spent on private attorneys and consultants.
  • $150,000 was spent on food and catering.

SEIU paid 583 employees in 2020, 295 of whom were paid six figures. SEIU international president Mary Kay Henry was paid $297,126.

SEIU’s most recent LM-2 reports are available here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.