COVID-19

Safe COVID-19 practices are the “new normal”

Safe COVID-19 practices are the “new normal”

The pandemic is here to stay for a while. Make sure you are protecting yourself and your client. The COVID-19 pandemic has been tragic and scary. Hundreds of thousands of people have died worldwide and in our communities. Every sneeze in public reminds us how easy it would be to catch this deadly virus. This has been a time of grief and fear. But it’s also been, well…boring. And lonely. And stressful. Many of us have been stuck at home while daily life slowed to a standstill: No movies, no restaurants, no church, no public pools, no family vacations. After […]

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Governor’s May Revise continues support for family child care providers but federal funding needed

Governor’s May Revise continues support for family child care providers but federal funding needed

Sacramento, CA — United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of in-home caregivers and family child care providers in California, released the following statement from Johanna Hester, assistant executive director of UDW, concerning Governor Newsom’s “May Revise” budget: “We are grateful for Governor Newsom’s continued commitment to family child care providers and the millions of California families that rely on their care. Child care providers are the backbone of California’s economy, and are pivotal to our economic recovery. Not only is Governor Newsom staying the course with these essential frontline workers, he is increasing access to child care […]

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STATEMENT: GOVERNOR’S MAY REVISE CUTS CARE AND LEAVES SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES VULNERABLE WITHOUT FEDERAL RELIEF FUNDS

STATEMENT: GOVERNOR’S MAY REVISE CUTS CARE AND LEAVES SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES VULNERABLE WITHOUT FEDERAL RELIEF FUNDS

Sacramento, CA — United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union representing over 118,000 in-home caregivers in California, released the following statement from Doug Moore, executive director of UDW, concerning Governor Newsom’s “May Revise” budget: “Unfortunately without additional federal relief funds, the May Revise fails our state’s most vulnerable populations by cutting home care hours for more than 600,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities. It’s clear that the Governor is forced to make distressing decisions, and that we must employ creative solutions, but we must not do so at the expense of seniors, people with disabilities, and those […]

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How to apply for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic

How to apply for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic

Millions of Americans are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, sadly, this includes some IHSS providers too. Before the pandemic, IHSS providers were eligible for unemployment insurance just like other workers—except for parent and spouse providers. The exemption for parent and spouse providers is unfair and we are working to change that with our bill AB 1993. Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program run by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and is meant to be short-term financial assistance for workers who become partially or fully unemployed through no fault of their own and will be able […]

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Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Activist, mother, caregiver, hero—Mary Courtney-Sheldon is one of the half million frontline home care workers in California keeping seniors and people with disabilities safe from COVID-19. An IHSS provider for her adult son with autism in Poway, Mary, like many home care providers, left a well-paying career to become her son’s caregiver through IHSS when it became clear that his only other choice was to leave home for a long-term care facility. “It doesn’t make any sense, we’re literally saving the state $27,000 a month by providing him with the care he needs at home, and yet I make basically […]

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