Public Authority (Independent Provider) Contract Dues:
IHSS Hours Paid
Current Dues Rate
Monthly Dues for ADDUS Contract Workers are 2% per month
Dues or contributions to the UDW are not deductible as a charitable contribution for Federal income tax purposes.
What your dues are used for
- To fight IHSS program cuts in Sacramento and sponsor legislation to help home care workers: We organize rallies, meetings and vigils and bring people to Sacramento to testify on behalf of home care workers and the IHSS program. We do NOT use your dues to contribute to the campaigns of particular legislators.
- To pay for the cost of representing more than 65,000 home care workers throughout California: UDW pays about $8.00 a month for every union member, (even those members who only pay UDW dues of $10.30 a month) to be part of a bigger national union that represents millions and millions of workers. Our national union, AFSCME, is headquartered in Washington, D.C. AFSCME represents millions of voters, so it has a lot of influence with the federal government. AFSCME works to insure that the federal government keeps sending money to California to help pay for the wages we get for providing in home supportive services.
- To secure better wages and benefits in new contracts and renegotiated contracts: UDW pays for negotiators and support staff to bargain for new and better contracts.
- To organize new members and keep current members active so UDW can remain strong and grow: Without an active membership, UDW would not have the “clout” to advocate effectively for home care providers with county, state, and federal politicians. It takes resources to inform our membership about current issues, send out mailers, call members on the phone, and hold meetings to recruit new members and ask current providers to participate in our campaigns. It is the fact that we represent thousands of registered voters that gives UDW power with legislators.
- To advocate for IHSS consumers who need their hours reinstated or increased.
- How the state budget affects IHSS (Why we need to be in Sacramento)
- How an IHSS recipient feels about union dues
Initiation Fees: The one-time membership initiation fee is $25 for new members. The fee is taken out in two separate paycheck deductions of $12.50 each.
PEOPLE: This is AFSCME’s voluntary federal political fund, and is designated for legislative and political activities at the federal level – also including national presidential elections. The reason we need to support AFSCME in their political work is that they are a huge union (1.4 million members) and basically our power – as workers – is in unity, size of membership, and a voice in the legislature. The presidential administration and federal legislators in Washington DC set policies that affect the IHSS program. Most important, UDW and home care workers need a strong voice in Washington, because half of the money for our home care program comes from the federal government. Politicians (particularly at the federal level) must and do listen to large voting blocks and to expert lobbyists. If we want to protect our current wages and benefits, gain additional funding for further wage increases, and win all the other benefits that home care workers need, including sick leave, holidays, vacations and pension, we must have ongoing representation in Washington , DC as well as in Sacramento, California.
Contribute to the PEOPLE Fund
The United Domestic Workers worked with the California State Controller’s Office for over three years to create itemized dues and fees on pay-stubs issued to IHSS Workers. Project Charter, a 3-year effort between UDW, SEIU, and the California State Controller’s Office established the practice of itemizing In-Home Supportive Services Program deductions in IHSS workers’ checks.
The State Controller previously issued IHSS paychecks with all union deductions added together into one lump sum including regular dues, Initiation Fees, etc., rather than listing each deduction separately so workers would know exactly what they were paying and how much they were paying for each item.
All checks issued now itemize deductions, meaning workers see dues, initiation fees, etc. as separate, individually listed deductions.
Following is a sample of what now appears on the pay-stubs:
- “DUES” = monthly union dues.
- “INITIATION” = one time initiation fee for new IHSS workers. Initiation fee details
- “HEALTH” = health insurance premium co-pay (if applicable).
- “PEOPLE” = (Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality)AFSCME’s voluntary political fund. PEOPLE details