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Breaking: Gov. proposes restoring 7% to IHSS hours

Breaking: Gov. proposes restoring 7% to IHSS hours

Governor’s budget proposes ending a 7% cut to IHSS hours. Next, we turn to the Legislature and call on Gov. Brown to restore overtime pay. We are thrilled to announce that, after over a year of campaigning by caregivers and our union UDW, the governor has proposed to restore 7% to the hours of IHSS clients! It is far from a done deal, however, and over the next six months the budget will work its way through the legislature. UDW caregivers will be there every step of the way to ensure lawmakers restore the 7%. If passed, the hours would […]

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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 […]

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Overtime update for IHSS providers

Overtime update for IHSS providers

Update 1/23/2015: The fight for equal rights continues! Previously a judge issued another order halting overtime and other wage protections for homecare workers. But this is not the last word on overtime — the Department of Labor has filed an appeal to a higher court! We continue to urge Gov. Brown to move forward with overtime pay for IHSS providers in 2015. Sign the petition here. The state will still be issuing the new timesheets for use starting January 1. Please use the new timesheets and record overtime, medical accompaniment time, and travel time accordingly. There is no workweek cap in effect while the […]

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What homecare providers need most

What homecare providers need most

This November we asked UDW members to complete a survey for a chance to win a $200 grocery store gift card (check out winner Maria Villa’s story here). Here’s what you had to say: “I care for my twin sister and she never seems to get enough hours to cover all of the help she needs from me. It would also be nice if she received IHSS hours for the time spent helping her with paperwork and phone calls.” – Shirley in San Diego County “The hours I work cover less than the care my client needs. I sometimes work […]

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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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