CDSS refuses to pay IHSS providers the retroactive overtime pay we deserve

CDSSLast week, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) announced they will not pay IHSS homecare providers retroactive overtime pay.

Just last month, after a long wait, CDSS set February 1, 2016 as the implementation date for overtime pay for homecare providers. We celebrated this major and historic victory, and vowed to continue to fight for retroactive overtime pay back to October 13, 2015, the day the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule went into effect.

Today’s announcement, while disappointing, is not the end. Our union will remain in communication with CDSS, and we will continue our fight.

We have seen time and time again that homecare wins can be an uphill battle with our current governor’s administration.

In 2011, when Governor Brown signed legislation that would have mandated a 20% cut to the hours of care of hundreds of thousands of IHSS clients, we got to work. Together we headed to Sacramento to let the governor and his administration know we would not stand for harmful cuts that affect California’s seniors and people with disabilities. And together, we won! A settlement agreement reduced the cut to 8% in 2013, and finally to the 7% cut we defeated earlier this year.

These victories show us that when that when our elected leaders make harmful decisions that impact homecare, we can fight back together and win.

bargaining“We’ve seen that nothing is ever easy when it comes to winning justice for homecare, but that doesn’t mean we give up,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. “We have fought hard for every one of our homecare victories, and this one will be no different. Together, we will fight to secure retroactive overtime pay for IHSS providers.”

All IHSS providers are encouraged to continue logging all hours worked over 40 hours a week, travel time between IHSS clients, and the time we spend accompanying our clients to medical appointments. Doing so could be helpful in our efforts to win retroactive overtime pay.

Let’s use today’s announcement to renew our commitment to winning this fight!

If you’re not yet a member of UDW, but you’re ready to join the fight to win retroactive overtime pay, visit www.joinudw.org to become a member.

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