Protect Our Care This year UDW caregivers have vowed to fight, protect, and win for our clients and each other. Congress is threatening to make cuts to our health care and home care while anti-home care groups like the Freedom Foundation are trying to weaken our union. But we will not back down, because we know we are stronger together. Click here to read UDW member Terry Walker-Dampier’s moving story about the importance of protecting our care. Join us on March 28th at 3 pm for a special telephone town hall to discuss these issues and more! RSVP today at […]Read more →
All in for Care
All in for Care is our union’s campaign to win better wages and benefits for IHSS providers around the state. As we head to the bargaining table in several counties across California, providers will be coming together to win improvements for our families.
And for the first time ever, IHSS providers in Riverside, San Diego, and Orange counties are at the bargaining table with the state. This is a new and important opportunity to increase wages and benefits for the nearly 60,000 UDW providers in these counties.
TAKE ACTION: Call your lawmaker today and tell them to support pay and benefit increases for IHSS providers: 1-866-584-5792.
As of the first of the year, the minimum wage in California has increased from $10 to $10.50 an hour. This increase is the first of many as the state’s minimum wage gradually goes up to $15 an hour. Read more here. UDW caregivers in 14 counties including Alpine, Butte, Kern, Madera, Merced, Mono, Nevada, Orange, Plumas, San Diego, Sierra, Stanislaus, Sutter, and Tuolumne counties will see an improvement in our IHSS pay as a result of the new, higher minimum wage. The minimum wage increase is no coincidence. UDW caregivers worked with other low wage workers to convince elected […]Read more →
UDW caregivers are working hard to win better wages and benefits for IHSS providers around the state, because our families need and deserve more. Not to mention, our work is worth more than low pay or minimum wage. We do work that is priceless to our clients and cost saving to our communities, so we’re fighting for a living wage together. Going All In for Care means we are fighting for better pay and benefits for IHSS providers. In San Diego, Riverside, and Orange counties we’re working together to negotiate an IHSS contract that will improve the lives of providers and our […]Read more →
It’s Labor Day weekend. For many Americans that means a three-day weekend to eat barbecue and enjoy the last days of summer with loved ones, but Labor Day represents a lot more. As we go All In for Care at the bargaining table to win better pay and benefits for caregivers, we should keep in mind the history of the holiday. Labor Day was created by union members in the late 1800s to recognize the contributions workers have made to building our country, and making it prosperous. Home care workers and other domestic workers have cared for our nation’s seniors […]Read more →
“Why should we be left out?” That’s the question San Diego caregiver Nicanora Montenegro asked the crowd of IHSS providers who gathered at the office of the city treasurer on Thursday morning. Nicanora works as her 47-year-old sister’s caregiver, and she is one of the estimated 10,000 IHSS providers in the city of San Diego who were left out when the city raised its minimum wage from $10 to $10.50 an hour. “They raised the wage to $10.50 and we’re left at $10 only – What do you call that? Wage theft,” Nicanora continued. Wage theft, or denying a worker […]Read more →