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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.


IHSS homecare workers to begin receiving overtime pay for the first time in history

IHSS homecare workers to begin receiving overtime pay for the first time in history

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2015 After a long wait, IHSS homecare providers and UDW members celebrate implementation of overtime pay Sacramento — Today the California Department of Social Services announced it will begin paying In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) homecare workers overtime pay for the first time in history. As of February 1, 2016, IHSS providers who work more than 40 hours in a 7-day work week will be paid time-and-a-half up to 66 hours per week. IHSS workers will also be eligible to receive compensation for medical accompaniment time and travel time in between clients. This announcement comes not long […]

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Governor Brown’s SB 548 Veto is Missed Opportunity to Fix California’s Broken Child Care System

Governor Brown’s SB 548 Veto is Missed Opportunity to Fix California’s Broken Child Care System

For Immediate Release October 11, 2015 Twitter: @raisingca Sacramento, CA – California child care providers and advocates expressed disappointment in Governor Brown’s veto of SB 548 (De León), legislation that would have helped child care providers deliver high-quality care and learning to California’s children, and helped support parents working to lift up their families. “The Governor’s veto on SB 548 is a missed opportunity to begin improving our child care system through universal training for child care providers,” said Tonia McMillian, a child care provider from Bellflower and co-chair of the Raising California Together Coalition. “While we are disappointed that Gov. Brown blocked […]

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We fought to keep our clients and loved ones safe – and won!

We fought to keep our clients and loved ones safe – and won!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, October 5, 2015 New mandatory law enforcement training will keep Californians with mental illness and developmental disabilities safer Sacramento – On Saturday, Governor Brown signed into law UDW co-sponsored bills SB 11 and SB 29, a victory for Californians living with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or substance abuse disorders, as well as their community of loved ones, caregivers, and advocates. SB 11 establishes police academy training and continuing education on how to appropriately respond to and deescalate interactions with people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or substance abuse disorders who are in crisis. SB 29 mandates […]

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California Women Leaders Call on Gov. Brown to Bolster Child Care System

California Women Leaders Call on Gov. Brown to Bolster Child Care System

SB 548 (De León) a Critical Step to Strengthen Early Education Workforce Sacramento, CA — Prominent women leaders from across California are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to strengthen the state’s early education workforce to boost working women and their children. Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, former Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, NAACP President Alice Huffman, and labor leaders Maria Elena Durazo (UNITE HERE), Laphonza Butler (SEIU) and Yvonne Walker (SEIU) are among the notable California women urging Governor Brown to sign SB 548 (De León), the Raising Child Care Quality Act, in a joint letter released today. The letter, signed by […]

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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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