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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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UDW caregivers put the State on trial in front of thousands

UDW caregivers put the State on trial in front of thousands

Providing care for the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America. In-home care providers work so that our clients can live with dignity and independence in their homes. Our hours are long, the work is hard, and the assistance we provide is vital. We are mostly women, and people of color, and many of us are parents or relatives working to keep our loved ones at home. And yet in California and across the country, we are being denied the basic rights and benefits afforded to other workers. This is […]

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Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

By Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director, Huffington Post Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers. Most are women, and many are people of color. Many are parents or relatives working to keep their loved ones at home. As homecare worker Della Lundell from Merced, Calif., puts it, they single-handedly do the work of an entire team of professionals – serving as physical therapist, dietician, nurse, respiratory therapist, transporter, translator and more – for about minimum wage. Lundell […]

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Little-known tax break for in-home caregivers

Little-known tax break for in-home caregivers

By Kathleen Pender, San Francisco Chronical Just when you think the tax law couldn’t get weirder: The Internal Revenue Service has determined that certain payments made to some caregivers in state-run programs are not taxable, even if the caregiver would like them to be. The rule, which the IRS clarified late last month, applies to state Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver programs. California’s is called In-Home Supportive Services or IHSS. IHSS pays people to provide personal care to low-income elderly, blind or disabled people in a private home, thereby keeping them out of nursing homes or assisted living. About 70 […]

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Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

From Labor’s Edge & AFSCME It is inconceivable but true: in 2015 there are workers in America that don’t have the right to a minimum wage. What’s worse, these workers are responsible for taking care of the most important people in our lives—our grandparents, parents, friends, and loved ones who require in-home support to stay safe and healthy at home. And thanks in part to our aging baby boomers, homecare is the fastest-growing occupation in America. Homecare workers, who recently joined the national Fight for $15 are speaking out and organizing for change. On March 19th, workers in California will […]

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