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Homecare workers and clients put California on trial

Homecare workers and clients put California on trial

Cuts to IHSS hours. Poverty wages. No paid time off or retirement. Caregivers and our clients have been denied fair treatment for far too long. We have been excluded from labor protections since the 1930s, and today face poverty in spite of the fact that many of us work round-the-clock to care for our clients and loved ones. “It’s been too many years, and we deserve to be respected,” said El Dorado County caregiver Roxanne Bender. We’ve had enough, and we’re putting the State on trial. Join us on March 19 at 12:30 PM as hundreds of caregivers and our […]

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California IHSS Caregivers Rally in Sacramento, Hold Candlelight Vigil

California IHSS Caregivers Rally in Sacramento, Hold Candlelight Vigil

Legislators, Community Leaders Voice Their Support for Overtime and Reversing Budget Cut This week, homecare providers from different counties throughout California gathered in Sacramento to hold a series of demonstrations aimed at pressuring the governor into providing overtime protection for caregivers and to reverse a 7% budget cut to the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program made in the wake of the Recession. As part of last year’s budget agreement, Governor Brown announced that he would implement new federal rules that finally brought in-home care under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed change to the rules governing labor […]

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Caregivers Unite to Fight Governor Brown’s Broken Promises

Caregivers Unite to Fight Governor Brown’s Broken Promises

On Wednesday UDW homecare workers joined together in six cities to file wage theft claims against the state – the latest step in our fight for justice and equality. Frustrated with Governor Brown’s refusal to give us pay for overtime and other basic worker rights, as he previously promised, hundreds of IHSS providers and community allies gathered to speak out at California Department of Industrial Relations offices in San Diego, Santa Ana, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Bakersfield. The day of action marked a dramatic escalation of a fight already well underway. Every day this month, for instance, we are […]

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Piden igualdad laboral para empleados de cuidado en casa

Piden igualdad laboral para empleados de cuidado en casa

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UDW caregivers stage daily vigils at Governor’s office

UDW caregivers stage daily vigils at Governor's office

February 5, 2015 When Governor Brown announced that he was stopping implementation of overtime pay and other wage protections for hundreds of thousands of IHSS homecare workers, UDW launched into action. Today marked the start of just one of our many statewide actions in the fight to win back our rights: every day in February, caregivers are staging a vigil starting at 10 AM outside of the governor’s office. Roxanne Bender, a UDW homecare worker from El Dorado County, was on hand to speak to channel 3’s KCRA in Sacramento. “I believe the governor should keep his promise,” she said. […]

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