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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.


Federal court rules in favor of overtime pay for homecare workers

Federal court rules in favor of overtime pay for homecare workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, August 21, 2015 California homecare workers cheer today’s ruling that upholds Fair Labor Standard Act protections for in-home caregivers Sacramento — Today a Federal Appeals Court ruled in favor of homecare providers and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), reversing a lower court’s decision from earlier this year that halted the implementation of overtime pay and other labor protections for in-home caregivers. Advocates called this a tremendous victory for hundreds of thousands of homecare workers in California, who have been denied equal rights on the job for decades—including the right to pay for travel time, overtime […]

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California Women, Families Need Comprehensive Child Care Solution to Fight Poverty

California Women, Families Need Comprehensive  Child Care Solution to Fight Poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 16, 2015 California Women, Families Need Comprehensive Child Care Solution to Fight Poverty Budget Deal Adds Child Care Slots, Rates; SB 548 Reforms Still Needed to Fix Broken System Through Collective Bargaining for Child Care Providers  Sacramento, CA – The Raising California Together Coalition called today’s budget agreement between Governor Brown and legislative leaders a first step toward the comprehensive child care solution California needs to support working women in moving their families out of poverty. Coalition leaders cautioned that legislators must pass and the Governor must sign SB 548 (De León) to address the crisis in our child care […]

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Critical Hours of Home Care to be Restored July 1

Critical Hours of Home Care to be Restored July 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2015 Critical Hours of Home Care to be Restored July 1 Seniors, People with Disabilities and their Caregivers Celebrate Victory for Health and Dignity Vow to Continue Fight Until Permanent Funding is Restored Sacramento, CA — Caregivers, advocates, seniors and people with disabilities celebrated the restoration of critical hours of care for clients of the In-Home Supportive Services program in the budget agreement announced today.  In the midst of the state budget crisis, care was reduced to 7% below the hours determined necessary for clients to live at home, rather than in institutional settings.  When voted on by the […]

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CA Homecare Providers File Wage Theft Claims Against the State

CA Homecare Providers File Wage Theft Claims Against the State

2/11/2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CA Homecare Providers File Wage Theft Claims Against the State Pressure Mounts for Governor Brown to Honor Overtime Protections On Wednesday, dozens of homecare workers who are part of California’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) filed wage theft claims against the state at Department of Industrial Relations offices in San Diego, Santa Ana, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, and Bakersfield. The day’s events occurred as a result of growing frustration at Governor Jerry Brown’s refusal to implement state legislation passed last year that would have provided homecare workers with overtime and other wage protections for the […]

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Caregivers react to California’s decision to halt implementation of overtime for IHSS

Caregivers react to California's decision to halt implementation of overtime for IHSS

Following is a statement from United Domestic Workers Executive Director Doug Moore on California’s decision to halts implementation of overtime for In-Home Supportive Services: “It is shameful that California is siding with lawyers and lobbyists for a private industry seeking to protect its bottom line, rather than those who provide in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities for paltry wages. Our state’s home caregivers often live at the poverty level, trying to make ends meet while helping some of our most vulnerable residents live with dignity. In-home caregivers in California have seen their livelihoods cut to the bone through […]

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