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On this page, we have gathered some commonly requested information on UDW caregivers, our union, and California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program. We hope you find this information helpful.

The best way to learn about what we do is to talk to a homecare provider. Please contact Allison Padgett at apadgett@udwa.org for more information about our union and to connect to UDW caregivers near you.


UDW joins 115 groups demanding California Members of Congress Reject Tax Bill

UDW joins 115 groups demanding California Members of Congress Reject Tax Bill

This week, Congress is voting to pass a bill called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will fundamentally change our economy by moving money from working families to the very wealthy and corporations. As a union of low-wage IHSS providers who care for seniors and people with disabilities, UDW vehemently opposes the bill and the deep, dangerous cuts it will trigger in Medicaid, IHSS, Medicare, Social Security and other essential programs. On Monday, we joined 115 other organizations to send a letter to California’s Congressional delegation outlining our concerns about the bill and the effects it will have on […]

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Butte County caregivers fight for a raise—and respect

Butte County caregivers fight for a raise—and respect

Over 6,000 IHSS home care providers in Butte County have gone without a new contract for five years—but we’ve gone even longer without respect. The Butte County Board of Supervisors has been dragging its heels on addressing the needs of IHSS providers, refusing to come through with a needed pay raise for those of us who care for Butte County’s low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Some of the county supervisors have even taken the insulting position that, since many providers are family members of our clients, we should feel lucky we are getting paid at all. “I don’t think […]

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UDW Condemns Trump’s decision to destroy the American dream for DACA recipients

UDW Condemns Trump’s decision to destroy the American dream for DACA recipients

Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an attack on American values that will tear apart 800,000 families across the country and wreak havoc on our economy. UDW condemns this hateful move by the Trump administration and calls on Congress to immediately take action to preserve the DACA program and protect the DREAMers—those who, like many UDW members and our neighbors and loved ones, came to this country as children. UDW caregivers provide vital in-home care for a half million seniors and Californians with disabilities so that they can remain in their homes and in our communities. […]

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UDW caregivers in San Diego win much-needed raise in new agreement with the County

UDW caregivers in San Diego win much-needed raise in new agreement with the County

On Friday morning members of the UDW bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The agreement, which still needs to be approved by union members, includes a much-needed wage increase for those who provide care through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), and enough money to effectively eliminate the county waiting list for health insurance and lower all Kaiser premiums to just $30/month. “We’re excited,” said bargaining team member and UDW President Editha Adams, who cares for her teenaged daughter who lives with chronic lung disease and systematic scleroderma. “This will make […]

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We must choose sides: On protecting our communities against bigotry and hatred

We must choose sides: On protecting our communities against bigotry and hatred

by Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu Over the weekend our country witnessed a turning point in the modern civil rights movement. On Saturday white supremacists, members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups held a rally in Charlottesville, VA—and when anti-racist counter-protesters confronted them, the white supremacists killed at least one person and injured 19 others. The slain was Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old white woman and paralegal who friends say always stood up for what she believed in. But Heyer’s […]

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