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Martinez encouraged by agreement on back pay for child care workers

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CHICAGO - Assistant Majority Leader Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) released the following statement after Gov. JB Pritzker and SEIU Healthcare Illinois reached an agreement to implement rate increases and release previously withheld increases for more than 40,000 Department of Human Services low-wage home care and child care providers:

“Our child care providers and Home Services Program workers provide some of the most necessary services in our state, caring for our children and those with disabilities.

“And yet, for nearly two years, the former governor denied them a raise, even after he was legally obligated to do so.

“I am encouraged by the agreement reached by SEIU Healthcare and Gov. Pritzker to create a timeline for implementing their back pay and giving them their long overdue and well-deserved raise. It seems we once again have a governor who respects workers and the law.”