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Free and low-cost training for UDW providers

Free and low-cost training for UDW providers

The California Independent Provider Training Center (CAIPTC) is the official training center for the UDW. UDW members can take all CAIPTC courses for free — to become a member, sign up here. To register for any of the classes below, please call CAIPTC toll-free at 1-877-410-0576 or email info@caiptc.org. New classes and locations are added throughout the year so make sure to check back here for updates! CAIPTC offers courses in: Family Caregiving Gain practical skills and coping strategies that will help you provide at-home care. Adult & Child First Aid/CPR/AED Learn life-saving skills to know what to do in a cardiac, […]

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We must tackle inequality to protect homecare

We must tackle inequality to protect homecare

By Doug Moore, Executive Director I have been the Executive Director of UDW for over six years now, and not a day goes by that I am not touched by the dedication, strength, and commitment of our caregivers. You do a job that is at times difficult and exhausting but is so very vital to our seniors and Californians with disabilities. You keep our loved ones safe, and you deserve respect and fair treatment for your service. Unfortunately, homecare workers’ rights are constantly being threatened. Year after year, we stand together to protect the IHSS program from the chopping block. […]

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Gov. Brown’s budget will hurt people with autism

Gov. Brown’s budget will hurt people with autism

Note: Astrid Zuniga is a UDW caregiver from Stanislaus County. By Astrid Zuniga for the Modesto Bee, April 11, 2014 Just weeks ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 1 in 68 children in the United States has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. It’s a startling figure, especially considering that only two years ago this figure was 30 percent lower. As autism awareness grows, the need to support people with ASD becomes even more apparent. This includes rejecting policies like Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal that would disrupt care for kids and adults with autism. Right before […]

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Let’s remind our elected officials to protect homecare and Put People First

Let’s remind our elected officials to protect homecare and Put People First

We have had a lot of successes in the last year that saw raises in many counties as well as health care becoming available to more caregivers than ever before. Most recently, we saw a victory for caregivers in Stanislaus County: today members are voting on a wage increase after a hard-fought contract negotiation. Congratulations to everyone in Stanislaus! But we still have work to do. Contract negotiations are currently happening in Merced, Orange, Placer, and El Dorado where we need to make our voices heard. Merced caregiver Katrina Bucol said, “I care for my brother Randy and I promised […]

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Our 2014 Priority: Protect Homecare

Our 2014 Priority: Protect Homecare

Our work as caregivers makes a difference in the lives of others. In 2014, we are working together to stop cuts to the IHSS program and to strengthen the bargaining power of caregivers. Cuts to IHSS hours worsen poverty and quality of care Despite California’s $6.3 billion unexpected surplus, the Governor’s budget continues a 7 percent cut to IHSS hours, undermining quality homecare and our ability to earn a living wage. Since many of us are already among the working poor – earning just $10.00 per hour on average – cuts to IHSS hurt California’s economy and the health and […]

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