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Good news for IHSS parent and grandparent providers!

Good news for IHSS parent and grandparent providers!

Overtime for IHSS providers was a hard fought, much deserved victory for us all. Finally, after decades of exclusion from this basic labor protection, homecare providers, like most other workers, will be paid time and a half for overtime hours starting February 1, 2016. UDW has been working hard to make sure overtime is a benefit that will help improve the lives of all IHSS providers and their families. The new overtime workweek limits have been a concern for a relatively small number of family providers who work very high hours every week. Some of these providers are parents who […]

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Important IHSS overtime update

Important IHSS overtime update

We recently notified you that IHSS homecare providers will begin receiving overtime pay, as well as pay for same day travel between recipients, and medical accompaniment time, on February 1, 2016. IHSS providers and recipients will soon receive several notices from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) informing you of important changes to the IHSS program for both providers and recipients. Please read each notice you receive, and note that there are forms that need to be signed by you and mailed back to your county IHSS office in the enclosed envelope. You will receive the following notices from […]

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San Diegans support refugees on Human Rights Day

San Diegans support refugees on Human Rights Day

Tatiana Sanchez, San Diego Union Tribune, December 10, 2015 About 350 demonstrators gathered Thursday evening in support of refugees, amid a global debate about refugee resettlement that has intensified in recent weeks following deadly terrorist attacks. The issue is particularly poignant in San Diego County, where as many as 3,000 refugees are resettled each year. The county has consistently admitted the most refugees in California for the past seven years, according to state data. Activists at the event, held at Waterfront Park on International Human Rights Day, denounced recent “hateful rhetoric and discriminatory legislation” against refugees. The presence of Syrian […]

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CDSS refuses to pay IHSS providers the retroactive overtime pay we deserve

CDSS refuses to pay IHSS providers the retroactive overtime pay we deserve

Last week, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) announced they will not pay IHSS homecare providers retroactive overtime pay. Just last month, after a long wait, CDSS set February 1, 2016 as the implementation date for overtime pay for homecare providers. We celebrated this major and historic victory, and vowed to continue to fight for retroactive overtime pay back to October 13, 2015, the day the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule went into effect. Today’s announcement, while disappointing, is not the end. Our union will remain in communication with CDSS, and we will continue our fight. We have seen […]

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Tens of thousands take to the streets in nationwide Fight for $15

Tens of thousands take to the streets in nationwide Fight for $15

November 11, 2015 by Kanya D’Almeida, RH Reality Check Tens of thousands of workers took to the streets in hundreds of cities across the country Tuesday calling for a $15 minimum wage. The #Fightfor15 movement began in 2012 with a few hundred fast-food workers. By November 10, exactly a year before Election Day 2016, it had captured national headlines, with both Democratic front-runners tweeting their support for workers who marched in 400 cities, according to some estimates. Backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Tuesday’s nationwide action saw home care workers and adjunct professors standing arm-in-arm with retail workers and restaurant […]

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