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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 Statement on Governor Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging

UDW Statement on Governor Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging

SACRAMENTO – The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930) issued the following statement supporting California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order calling for a Master Plan for Aging: “Because the care needs of California’s seniors and people with disabilities are currently not being fully met and the population of older adults is projected to grow by 4 million in the next decade, we welcome Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order calling for a Master Plan for Aging. As a union representing 110,000 workers who provide home care through California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, we are intimately aware of how many […]

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United Domestic Workers Statement on AB 392

United Domestic Workers Statement on AB 392

SACRAMENTO—Doug Moore, Executive Director of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), issued the following statement supporting May 23rd amendments to AB 392 (Weber): “I have reviewed the most recent amendments to AB 392 and, on behalf of the over 110,000 home care workers we represent, strongly support passage of this landmark legislation that will save lives and make our communities safer. As a co-sponsor of this bill, UDW commends all the parties involved in reaching a compromise that will allow this important legislation to move forward. AB 392 will be an important first step in creating a system […]

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United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO-The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 California home care workers, issued the following statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposal on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): “We support Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to restore the 7 percent cut to California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program through 2021. IHSS allows low income seniors and people with disabilities to live at home safely and with dignity at a much lower cost than institutionalization.” “However, UDW caregivers look forward to working with the Legislature and the Governor to permanently restore the 7% cut once and for all. IHSS […]

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California Caregivers Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

California Caregivers Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

For Immediate Release May 2, 2019 Contact Margitte Kristjansson: 619-548-4304 Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a rule change that prohibits consumer-directed home care workers from making any automatic deductions—including union dues and health care premiums—from their Medicaid-funded paychecks. The move is the latest in a series of federal level attacks against public sector unions, including the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Harris v. Quinn and Janus v. AFSCME, which aim to defund unions and silence workers’ voices. The new rule, which CMS announced will go into effect on or around July 5 of this year, jeopardizes a caregiver’s ability to access union benefits such as life insurance, auto […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Senate Health Chair Joins Seniors and Disability Rights Advocates in Announcing Bold Step to address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis

PRESS RELEASE: Senate Health Chair Joins Seniors and Disability Rights Advocates in Announcing Bold Step to address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis

Coalition-backed legislation will create roadmap to long-term care benefit for middle-class Californians Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento area, and Assemblymember Ash Kalra, representing San Jose, today announced new legislation that is the first step toward building a new program to finance long-term services and supports (LTSS) for California’s working and middle-class families. California currently has almost 8 million persons who are either older adults or persons with mobility, sensory, intellectual, developmental, and/or mental health disabilities, many of whom struggle to afford the ongoing services and supports they need to live with dignity and independence. […]

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