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Proud to be an LGBT caregiver

Proud to be an LGBT caregiver

By R. Andrew Daniel, IHSS provider, San Diego County During LGBT Pride Month, I like to take a look back at how far my community has come. Throughout history we have been beaten and killed for loving who we love, and we’ve fought tooth and nail for every right we have today. But though we’ve made strides towards dignity and justice, we’re far from done fighting for equal rights. My activism for my community has always been through care— I started at the age of 12.  I always volunteered for various things, but focused on HIV/AIDS when the epidemic hit, […]

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Honoring older Americans in May and everyday

Honoring older Americans in May and everyday

May is Older Americans Month, and at 73-years-old, my mother is part of one of this country’s greatest—and largest—generations. In his Older Americans Month proclamation this year, President Obama reminded us that “within the next 13 years, more than one in five Americans will be of retirement age, and our nation must make it a priority to ensure they are able to retire and live with dignity and respect.” More and more ‘Baby Boomers’ are retiring every day. And as they live longer, many will choose to age in their homes with the assistance of in-home caregivers like us. In […]

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Caregivers win audit of IHSS payroll system

Caregivers win audit of IHSS payroll system

Yesterday, UDW caregivers joined Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez at a Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearing at the Capitol to request an audit of the IHSS timesheet system. After hearing testimony and comments from providers and home care recipients, the committee voted unanimously (11 to 0) to begin an audit of the system to find out what’s wrong, so it can be fixed. Far too many IHSS providers know what it’s like to wait days, weeks, or months for a late paycheck. We know what it’s like to set our household budget for the month, only to have it thrown off completely […]

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Board of Supervisors to present San Diego County budget with slight decrease

By City News Services, 10 News, May 2, 2016 The Board of Supervisors will be presented Tuesday with a proposed $5.35 billion budget for the county of San Diego’s upcoming fiscal year. The total represents a 1.2 percent decrease from the current spending plan. The budget proposal envisions spending boosts for most areas of county government to cover pay raises, higher retirement costs and additional staffing. Overall, the county expects to boost employment by 344.5 staff years to a total of 17,378. Those hikes are offset by an 8.1 percent decline in spending for the Health and Human Services Agency, […]

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UDW Legislative Update: Winning dignity for home care workers and our clients

UDW Legislative Update: Winning dignity for home care workers and our clients

UDW is a union for home care providers by home care providers, which means we are committed to the issues that are important to caregivers and our clients and loved ones. Together, we are a strong voice for seniors, people with disabilities, home care providers, and working families at the Capitol. In 2016, in addition to permanently ending the 7% cut to our clients’ IHSS hours, we’re sponsoring legislation that would start our work to secure unemployment insurance, Medicare, and Social Security benefits for family providers. Here are the bills UDW is sponsoring, supporting, opposing, and watching in 2016: BILLS […]

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