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UDW homecare workers join the Fight for $15

UDW homecare workers join the Fight for $15

When Victoria Lara was younger, she was a fast food worker. Now, she’s a homecare provider in San Diego who works for three clients, making slightly more than she made at Jack in the Box. The Fight for $15, which began two and half years ago with a group of fast food employees, “really hits home for me. As a fast food worker you are overworked and underpaid,” Victoria explained. “Homecare workers face similar challenges.” Like fast food employees and other low-wage workers, caregivers oftentimes live paycheck-to-paycheck just to get by, and for too many of us the money we […]

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Combating caregiver stress? Members get free classes through CAIPTC

Combating caregiver stress? Members get free classes through CAIPTC

April 6, 2015 Homecare work is unlike any other job out there: it is tough, and the hours are long, but it can also be emotionally exhausting. We are caring for our loved ones, after all, and even if our clients are not family we grow to love them like they are our own flesh and blood. And, unlike with most other occupations, our work happens in the home. We often do not have easy access to other caregivers who get what it is like and understand what we are going through. It is all too easy to feel isolated […]

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UDW Opens Convention 30,000 Stronger

UDW Opens Convention 30,000 Stronger

Delegates Gather at 15th Constitutional Convention in Sacramento The Future of Homecare Starts Today! That was the slogan of UDW’s 15th Constitutional Convention, which took place March 20th and 21st in Sacramento. Every three years, IHSS providers and UDW members gather for our union’s convention—an event where elected delegates determine the next steps to protect our families and clients. This year, over 150 elected delegates and guests joined us in Sacramento. We kicked off the festivities with a Justice for Homecare Tribunal on the steps of the State Capitol, where we put the State of California on trial for its […]

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UDW caregivers put the State on trial in front of thousands

UDW caregivers put the State on trial in front of thousands

Providing care for the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America. In-home care providers work so that our clients can live with dignity and independence in their homes. Our hours are long, the work is hard, and the assistance we provide is vital. We are mostly women, and people of color, and many of us are parents or relatives working to keep our loved ones at home. And yet in California and across the country, we are being denied the basic rights and benefits afforded to other workers. This is […]

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Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

By Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director, Huffington Post Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers. Most are women, and many are people of color. Many are parents or relatives working to keep their loved ones at home. As homecare worker Della Lundell from Merced, Calif., puts it, they single-handedly do the work of an entire team of professionals – serving as physical therapist, dietician, nurse, respiratory therapist, transporter, translator and more – for about minimum wage. Lundell […]

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