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Make the most of your low-cost dental benefits

Make the most of your low-cost dental benefits

Did you know that UDW members have access to a low-cost dental plan through Dental Health Services? Learn how to make the most of your dental benefits by reading the articles below! Haven’t signed up to be a member yet and want access to dental care for as low as $18/month? Sign up to be a member now.

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IHSS providers to lawmakers: End the 7% cut, and restore homecare now

IHSS providers to lawmakers: End the 7% cut, and restore homecare now

May 14, 2015 On May 14, Governor Jerry Brown released a revised version of his proposed 2015-16 state budget. Like his January proposal, the budget outlines a way to end to the 7% cut to IHSS hours starting on July 1, 2015, but our work is far from done. Lawmakers still need to pass a budget that restores the hours, and we will also be working to make sure this restoration is permanent. With the state’s multibillion dollar surplus, we have the ability to end this cut that has hurt California’s elderly, the sick, and children and adults with disabilities […]

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Homecare workers left out of minimum wage, OT protections

Homecare workers left out of minimum wage, OT protections

By Ai-jen Poo for The Hill, May 8, 2015 Most people think that the right to earn the minimum wage, like child labor laws, is a given throughout our economy. But there’s an entire workforce that’s been left out — and it’s the second-fastest growing occupation in our nation. I’m referring to the two million homecare workers in our country today, who continue to be excluded from not only the right to minimum wage, but also overtime and basic protections that most of us take for granted. Homecare workers today do the crucial work of caring for aging Americans and […]

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Homecare workers deserve fair pay

Homecare workers deserve fair pay

By Rep. Linda Sanchez for The Hill, May 7, 2015 Imagine working a physically demanding job that pays less than minimum wage and earns you $17,000 a year. This is the reality that many homecare workers face today. Many of them offer vital services to our family members but are excluded from the basic labor and wage laws that apply to the rest of us thanks to a loophole called the companionship exemption. It is absurd and disheartening that homecare workers can go years and years without the right to a minimum wage, a raise, or even overtime pay. Direct […]

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Judges weigh minimum wage, overtime rules for home care providers

Judges weigh minimum wage, overtime rules for home care providers

by Lydia Wheeler for The Hill, May 7, 2015 Two of the three judges on a powerful federal court appeared sympathetic to the Department of Labor’s push to make home care providers of third-party employers eligible for minimum wage and overtime pay during oral arguments on Thursday. At issue are workers who serve as aides for the elderly and disabled at home. While they are not providing healthcare, Judge Cornelia Pillard, of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, suggested they should be treated as other professionals. “It was the intent of Congress to give wage and labor protections to people […]

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