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Our 2014 Priority: Protect Homecare

Our 2014 Priority: Protect Homecare

Our work as caregivers makes a difference in the lives of others. In 2014, we are working together to stop cuts to the IHSS program and to strengthen the bargaining power of caregivers. Cuts to IHSS hours worsen poverty and quality of care Despite California’s $6.3 billion unexpected surplus, the Governor’s budget continues a 7 percent cut to IHSS hours, undermining quality homecare and our ability to earn a living wage. Since many of us are already among the working poor – earning just $10.00 per hour on average – cuts to IHSS hurt California’s economy and the health and […]

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Free and low-cost training for UDW providers

Free and low-cost training for UDW providers

The California Independent Provider Training Center (CAIPTC) is  the official training center for the UDW. Caregivers are invited to join any of CAIPTC’s classes — to register, please call toll-free 1-877-410-0576, or email info@caiptc.org. New classes and locations are added throughout the year so make sure to check back here for updates! CAIPTC offers courses in: Family Caregiving Gain practical skills and coping strategies that will help you provide at-home care. Adult & Child First Aid/CPR/AED Learn life-saving skills to know what to do in a cardiac, breathing or first aid emergency. Preparation for US Citizenship—US Civics For providers in the […]

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Caregivers and homecare clients send valentines to the governor

Caregivers and homecare clients send valentines to the governor

On a day that is about showing care for one another, San Diego homecare providers and clients gathered to make valentines for Governor Jerry Brown. Our message? We are the “Heart of Homecare” and Governor Brown’s proposed budget will hurt the families, seniors, and people with disabilities who depend on the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. Just a few months ago, a federal decision finally included in-home caregivers in the basic overtime protections that all other workers enjoy. This ruling, part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, will take effect on January 1, 2015. But instead of embracing equal pay […]

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Join us LIVE today at 1:30 PM as we talk to lawmakers in Sacramento

Governor Brown announced earlier this month that he intends to limit provider hours to 40 per week in an effort to dodge a new federal rule that gives caregivers overtime pay like all American workers. The Brown budget also continues a 7% cut to IHSS hours, even though the state has a $6.3 billion surplus. UDW caregivers responded immediately: the very next day, we were there to speak out against the budget proposal when Governor Brown came to San Diego. Caregivers in Riverside and Kern did the same later that week. Homecare provider Rosita Whittaker, together with her daughter, invited CBS […]

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Brown budget will force caregivers further into poverty

Brown budget will force caregivers further into poverty

Contrary to first appearances, Brown budget contains a stinging hit that will disrupt care and slash pay Post by UDW Homecare Providers Union. Sacramento, CA –  People with disabilities, seniors, and their caregivers joined together today to highlight the devastating consequences of a hidden cut to the In-Home Supportive Services program in the Brown Administration’s budget. “If Governor Brown is successful in denying caregivers overtime pay, it would devastate my family,” said Mary Burch, a provider from Modesto who takes care of her 40-year-old daughter with a developmental disability. “I would lose over 100 hours of pay each month—a 40% cut to my […]

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