Over the years, Resurrection Home Health Services (RHHS) employees have displayed commitment, courage and a lot of patience in their struggle to win fairness on the job. Now, just a few months after they won their AFSCME union election, they have won once again– this time with a favorable decision by an Illinois Appellate Court.
Many Resurrection Home Health clinicians are paid a fee per visit, and only receive a “minimum salary” in the rare occasions that they perform so few visits that their fees don’t add up to the minimum. For nearly a decade, Resurrection Home Health Employees and AFSCME Council 31 have been fighting for a pay system that compensates them for the amount of work they actually do, and finally the long legal battle may be close to a conclusion.
In its finding, the Appellate Court overturned a lower court and held Resurrection’s pay structure did not meet the standards of the Illinois labor law because of the large gap between the “minimum salary” and clinicians’ actual wages. Additionally, the Court ruled Resurrection Employees’ eligibility for overtime must be re-examined.
While this is a significant win in favor of fair pay for Resurrection Employees, it’s not over yet. The Appellate Court ruling sends the case back to the Circuit Court of Cook County for a new opinion. RHHS employees call on Resurrection to accept the judgment of the Court and stop filing appeals to delay the process.
While it has been a long fight, this is another example of how by coming together and working with AFSCME, Resurrection Employees can do better! And RHHS employees know that in the long run the best way to ensure fair pay and rights at work is to build a strong union through AFSCME.