An Illinois-based case prompted a June 30 decision by the United States Supreme Court involving some in-home healthcare workers. The Court overturned an Executive Order by Governor Quinn that required in-home healthcare workers to pay union dues.
In June 2009, Governor Quinn’s Executive Order 15 allowed for collective bargaining in the home-based support services provided, for the most part, by parents and family members of the disabled.
The Court ruled in the case of Harris vs. Quinn that a home is not a union shop and that decisions regarding the care for a disabled family member should remain with the caregiver and in the home.
The Court determined that in-home healthcare workers are not similar enough to full-fledged government employees to be forced to pay union dues. The state pays them using Medicaid dollars, but they are hired by the families, or are family members themselves, and work conditions are set by the families.