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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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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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UDW member champions law that keeps people with disabilities safer in their communities

UDW member champions law that keeps people with disabilities safer in their communities

On October 3, 2015, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bills 11 and 29. These new laws mandate training for California law enforcement that will give them the skills needed to safely interact with people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse disorders. The safety of people with disabilities in our communities is a priority to me as a homecare provider and as the mother of my 17-year-old son, who has autism. My son Manuel is the reason I initially approached the UDW legislative team and proposed the idea for a bill that would train police on the appropriate […]

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The Right to Unite

The Right to Unite

Last week, Stanislaus County UDW homecare provider Lidia Rodriguez attended the premiere of Alliance for Justice‘s “Right to Unite,” a documentary that highlights the importance of in-home care at a time when Supreme Court cases like Harris v. Quinn and Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association try to weaken homecare workers and other public employees. Lidia and her homecare clients are featured in the documentary. Watch her describe the power we have together as a union, and why our work deserves dignity and respect!

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