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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 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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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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