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UDW homecare workers join the Fight for $15

UDW homecare workers join the Fight for $15

When Victoria Lara was younger, she was a fast food worker. Now, she’s a homecare provider in San Diego who works for three clients, making slightly more than she made at Jack in the Box. The Fight for $15, which began two and half years ago with a group of fast food employees, “really hits home for me. As a fast food worker you are overworked and underpaid,” Victoria explained. “Homecare workers face similar challenges.” Like fast food employees and other low-wage workers, caregivers oftentimes live paycheck-to-paycheck just to get by, and for too many of us the money we […]

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Super Sized #Fightfor15 Protests, Value Meal Press Coverage

Super Sized #Fightfor15 Protests, Value Meal Press Coverage

by Doug Porter for the San Diego Press, April 16, 2015 I spent most of yesterday traveling around San Diego with roughly three dozen fast food workers. The local version of the nationwide Fight for 15 movement made a statement at ten locations around town, taking to the streets both in North Park and downtown.  The mostly brown and black workers on the bus were those who’d committed to taking a day off from work (there were others that came and went) to let the world know they wanted a better life. Two were older, having spent more than two decades in the […]

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Combating caregiver stress? Members get free classes through CAIPTC

Combating caregiver stress? Members get free classes through CAIPTC

April 6, 2015 Homecare work is unlike any other job out there: it is tough, and the hours are long, but it can also be emotionally exhausting. We are caring for our loved ones, after all, and even if our clients are not family we grow to love them like they are our own flesh and blood. And, unlike with most other occupations, our work happens in the home. We often do not have easy access to other caregivers who get what it is like and understand what we are going through. It is all too easy to feel isolated […]

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Will Mickey D’s Dollar Deal Super-Size April 15 Protests?

Will Mickey D’s Dollar Deal Super-Size April 15 Protests?

By Doug Porter, San Diego Free Press – April 3, 2015 The national ‘conversation’ about inequality shifted a bit this week with a press release from fast food giant McDonald’s announcing it was planning a pay raise for employees of its company-owned stores. The significance of the announcement isn’t the extra dollar on top of whatever is the local minimum wage for the less than 10% of the company’s workers. WalMart, Target, and a growing number of other large retailers operations have made similar announcements in recent months. These pay increases are too little, too late. A study released by Americans […]

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UDW Opens Convention 30,000 Stronger

UDW Opens Convention 30,000 Stronger

Delegates Gather at 15th Constitutional Convention in Sacramento The Future of Homecare Starts Today! That was the slogan of UDW’s 15th Constitutional Convention, which took place March 20th and 21st in Sacramento. Every three years, IHSS providers and UDW members gather for our union’s convention—an event where elected delegates determine the next steps to protect our families and clients. This year, over 150 elected delegates and guests joined us in Sacramento. We kicked off the festivities with a Justice for Homecare Tribunal on the steps of the State Capitol, where we put the State of California on trial for its […]

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