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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.


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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UDW statement on SB 562 and universal health care

July 6, 2017 As in-home caregivers for seniors and people with disabilities, UDW strongly supports building a universal health care system that would provide coverage for all. To that end, we fully support the concept behind SB 562, the bill to implement a single payer system in California. However, we must proceed carefully to craft the best health care solution for our state. Considering the very real federal threat to dismantle affordable health care and Medicaid, any state legislation of this magnitude must be scrutinized for its potential impacts, including impacts to the state’s in-home supportive services program (IHSS) which serves over […]

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Washington state anti-worker org files lawsuit against California home care workers union

Washington state anti-worker org files lawsuit against California home care workers union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2017 On June 29, Washington state-based think tank the Freedom Foundation filed a lawsuit against the union representing California home care workers, United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME Local 3930). Filed on behalf of a former UDW member in Orange County, the suit “reveals the Freedom Foundation’s true goal: dismantling progressive power and the organizations that work to defend working Americans,” UDW Executive Director Doug Moore said. Freedom Foundation’s CEO, Tom McCabe, echoed this statement in a recent fundraising letter to potential donors in California. “There is simply no more consequential political battle today than […]

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Gov. Brown signs budget that helps home care workers fight for better wages

Gov. Brown signs budget that helps home care workers fight for better wages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2017 Gov. Brown signs budget that helps home care workers fight for better wages United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME Local 3930—made up of nearly 100,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care workers—responds to the 2017-18 state budget California’s 2017-18 budget, signed into law by Governor Brown on June 27, contains good news for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care providers – but there is still more to be done to ensure equal pay for equal work for these essential, yet often underpaid, workers. IHSS caregivers make it possible for seniors and people with disabilities […]

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AHCA to cut California’s home care program by over $400 million

AHCA to cut California's home care program by over $400 million

For Immediate Release June 22, 2017 Contact: Dan Arel at 619-814-3337 Health care repeal would cut California’s home care program by over $400 million New website—www.cutshurtCA.com—shares the stories of some of the 500,000 seniors and people with disabilities at risk  Senate version contains deeper Medicaid cuts than bill that passed the House  Repealing Obamacare will not only cut care for millions of Americans, but lead to devastating cuts to California’s Medicaid-funded home care program IHSS – a program utilized by half a million vulnerable and low-income seniors and people with disabilities in our state. Through the quiet elimination of the […]

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