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The Affordable Care Act Is Saving Lives – Now It’s Time to Save It

The Affordable Care Act Is Saving Lives – Now It’s Time to Save It

by Pablo Ros, AFSCME, February 174, 2017 When politicians talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they do so as if they didn’t realize that the welfare of millions of people is at stake. Obamacare, as the law is also known, has helped up to 30 million Americans afford health insurance. And it has saved countless lives. Terry Walker-Dampier was born with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the open spaces within the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. She lives in constant pain. She has suffered chronic back pain for most of her life with […]

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Treating all work with dignity this Labor Day

Treating all work with dignity this Labor Day

It’s Labor Day weekend. For many Americans that means a three-day weekend to eat barbecue and enjoy the last days of summer with loved ones, but Labor Day represents a lot more. As we go All In for Care at the bargaining table to win better pay and benefits for caregivers, we should keep in mind the history of the holiday. Labor Day was created by union members in the late 1800s to recognize the contributions workers have made to building our country, and making it prosperous. Home care workers and other domestic workers have cared for our nation’s seniors […]

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Caregivers to Gov. Brown: We deserve Social Security (and more)

Caregivers to Gov. Brown: We deserve Social Security (and more)

Yesterday, UDW caregivers from around the state gathered in Sacramento to urge Governor Brown to sign Assembly Bill 1930. We delivered petitions signed by over 3,600 IHSS providers and members of our communities to his office in the Capitol. Assembly Bill 1930 addresses a problem facing an estimated 86,000 parent and spouse IHSS providers who are currently left out of Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits because of unfair state and federal policies. “Parent and spouse providers work as hard as other home care workers,” said Lidia Rodriguez who works as the home care provider for her son and a […]

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What we’re doing to fix Labor Day IHSS paycheck delays

What we’re doing to fix Labor Day IHSS paycheck delays

Delayed paychecks, no matter the reason, cause headaches and frustration for IHSS caregivers. When many of our checks from June 15th – 30th were delayed, we were forced to figure out how to stretch our budgets and provide for our families for weeks without our normal pay. When we inquired with the state about these outrageous delays, we were told the 4th of July holiday caused more timesheets than usual to arrive at the processing center at the same time, slowing down the process. With Labor Day just around the corner, we didn’t want to see a repeat of late […]

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UDW Legislative Update: Winning dignity for home care workers and our clients

UDW Legislative Update: Winning dignity for home care workers and our clients

UDW is a union for home care providers by home care providers, which means we are committed to the issues that are important to caregivers and our clients and loved ones. Together, we are a strong voice for seniors, people with disabilities, home care providers, and working families at the Capitol. In 2016, in addition to permanently ending the 7% cut to our clients’ IHSS hours, we’re sponsoring legislation that would start our work to secure unemployment insurance, Medicare, and Social Security benefits for family providers. Here are the bills UDW is sponsoring, supporting, opposing, and watching in 2016: BILLS […]

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