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California IHSS Caregivers Rally in Sacramento, Hold Candlelight Vigil

California IHSS Caregivers Rally in Sacramento, Hold Candlelight Vigil

Legislators, Community Leaders Voice Their Support for Overtime and Reversing Budget Cut This week, homecare providers from different counties throughout California gathered in Sacramento to hold a series of demonstrations aimed at pressuring the governor into providing overtime protection for caregivers and to reverse a 7% budget cut to the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program made in the wake of the Recession. As part of last year’s budget agreement, Governor Brown announced that he would implement new federal rules that finally brought in-home care under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed change to the rules governing labor […]

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Caregivers Unite to Fight Governor Brown’s Broken Promises

Caregivers Unite to Fight Governor Brown’s Broken Promises

On Wednesday UDW homecare workers joined together in six cities to file wage theft claims against the state – the latest step in our fight for justice and equality. Frustrated with Governor Brown’s refusal to give us pay for overtime and other basic worker rights, as he previously promised, hundreds of IHSS providers and community allies gathered to speak out at California Department of Industrial Relations offices in San Diego, Santa Ana, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Bakersfield. The day of action marked a dramatic escalation of a fight already well underway. Every day this month, for instance, we are […]

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IHSS workers hold vigil for overtime

IHSS workers hold vigil for overtime

By Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio  It may be more crowded in the hall outside of California Governor Jerry Brown’s office. In-Home Supportive Services workers today began holding a vigil they plan to maintain through the end of the month. The vigil is in response to Brown’s decision to halt implementation of overtime pay for IHSS workers. His decision comes after a judge overturned a federal rule extending overtime benefits to domestic workers. IHSS workers care for the elderly and disabled in their homes. Ruth Reed provides constant care to her disabled daughter. She says Brown doesn’t understand how involved […]

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UDW caregivers stage daily vigils at Governor’s office

UDW caregivers stage daily vigils at Governor's office

February 5, 2015 When Governor Brown announced that he was stopping implementation of overtime pay and other wage protections for hundreds of thousands of IHSS homecare workers, UDW launched into action. Today marked the start of just one of our many statewide actions in the fight to win back our rights: every day in February, caregivers are staging a vigil starting at 10 AM outside of the governor’s office. Roxanne Bender, a UDW homecare worker from El Dorado County, was on hand to speak to channel 3’s KCRA in Sacramento. “I believe the governor should keep his promise,” she said. […]

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Justice for IHSS providers: Take action

Justice for IHSS providers: Take action

As you know, the equal rights that we fought so hard for last year have been put on hold, but this is not the last word on overtime. UDW homecare workers are taking action to respond to Governor Brown’s decision not to pay us overtime, travel time, and medical wait time after a federal judge overturned the decision to include caregivers in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). We’ve launched a statewide petition with over 6,000 signatures and met last week on a statewide conference call to talk about our next steps. And we’re doing so much more! Here are […]

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