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IHSS providers in Riverside and San Diego move to state-level bargaining

IHSS providers in Riverside and San Diego move to state-level bargaining

June 12, 2015 This week, in a historic first meeting, homecare providers in Riverside County met with representatives from the state to prepare for contract negotiations at the state-level. Up until now, homecare workers have had to bargain for better wages and benefits at the county level, a frustrating process that has caused wages to stagnate in many counties throughout the state where lawmakers have refused to invest in IHSS. This changed for several counties with the passage of the SB 1036 in July 2012. A provision in the law allowed for the eight pilot counties to move from county to state-level bargaining. […]

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Our final push to end the 7% cut to IHSS

Our final push to end the 7% cut to IHSS

Earlier this week, homecare providers and UDW members from around the state participated in three days of action and lobbying in Sacramento to urge lawmakers to end the seven percent cut to IHSS hours. “We can’t wait. We’ve been cut for too many years,” UDW Statewide President Editha Adams said to a room full of homecare workers ahead of Monday’s activities. “Enough is enough. It’s time to restore the seven percent!” On Monday, after only a week of gathering signatures, a petition signed by over 12,000 supporters demanding the restoration of all IHSS hours was delivered to Governor Jerry Brown’s […]

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My client has schizophrenia and he deserves dignity, too

My client has schizophrenia and he deserves dignity, too

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Why? Because in this country, nearly 44 million adults experience mental illness every year. It’s important for homecare providers to learn about mental illness because it can affect our clients, our families, and even ourselves. My name is Ricardo Vasquez, and I am originally from El Salvador. I moved to Los Angeles 30 years ago, and began working in the dry-cleaning business there as a silk-presser. I eventually moved to San Diego, and in 2001, I became an IHSS provider. Mental illness became a part of my life when last year, I became the […]

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Make the most of your low-cost dental benefits

Make the most of your low-cost dental benefits

Did you know that UDW members have access to a low-cost dental plan through Dental Health Services? Learn how to make the most of your dental benefits by reading the articles below! Are you having trouble navigating your dental benefits, or need help disputing a charge from a dental provider? Contact our insurance broker Glenn Walker of Goldman & Walker at 1-800-883-0902. Haven’t signed up to be a UDW member yet and want access to dental care for as low as $18/month? Sign up to be a member now.

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New (free!) wellness classes for IHSS providers

New (free!) wellness classes for IHSS providers

Take care of yourself so you can care for your family and client UDW and the California Independent Providers Training Center (CAIPTC) have joined forces to help UDW members in Orange, Riverside, and San Diego County lead happier and healthier lives. In partnership with our health provider Kaiser, members in these counties now have access to free wellness classes. We spend our days providing paramedical care, bathing and transporting clients to various doctors’ appointments, cooking and cleaning, and so much more. Our work is difficult and stressful, and we may sometimes forget to look after ourselves. But as homecare providers, […]

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