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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.


Fighting for racial justice in Ferguson and everywhere

Fighting for racial justice in Ferguson and everywhere

By Doug Moore, Executive Director of United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME Local 3930) In the weeks following the death of Ferguson, MO teenager Mike Brown on August 9, 2014, thousands flocked to the city to protest the killing and stand in solidarity with Brown’s family and community. Members of the clergy, local and national youth-led organizations like the Dream Defenders, celebrities, and even Tibetan monks joined to mourn the death of another unarmed Black kid—and to stand in solidarity against the violence and racism that Black communities face on a daily basis. And while dozens of progressive organizations were […]

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Immigration reform will protect caregivers, strengthen homecare

Immigration reform will protect caregivers, strengthen homecare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, November 21, 2014  Immigration Reform Will Protect Caregivers, Strengthen Homecare UDW Executive Director Doug Moore issued the following statement in support of President Obama’s executive action on immigration San Diego — “We applaud President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform that will bring millions of hardworking men and women out of the shadows of our economy and society. “One in eight homecare workers throughout the nation are undocumented – a status that makes them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Immigration reform will help protect the dignity of workers while strengthening the long-term care system that touches […]

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California caregivers deserve fair pay now

California caregivers deserve fair pay now

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2014 California caregivers deserve fair pay now UDW caregivers expect the State of California to pay overtime despite delayed enforcement by the Department of Labor For 75 years, caregivers have been wrongly denied overtime pay and work protections afforded by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That’s why we fought for this rule to be changed and welcomed last year’s decision by the Department of Labor to do so. The campaign for fair pay continued earlier this year in California, where homecare providers through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) spent months fighting against […]

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California caregivers denied dignity with paid sick leave exclusion

California caregivers denied dignity with paid sick leave exclusion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 10, 2014 California caregivers denied dignity with paid sick leave exclusion Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore on Governor Brown’s signing of AB 1522 “In a line of work that has historically been devalued, paid sick leave would have been a momentous step forward for California caregivers, who often face losing pay because they cannot go to work sick when their clients are especially at risk for infection. By excluding hundreds of thousands of homecare workers through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), AB 1522 has effectively created a second class of workers in […]

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California caregivers: Attempt to threaten quality and success of in-home care will not succeed here

California caregivers: Attempt to threaten quality and success of in-home care will not succeed here

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 In Wake of Harris v. Quinn, Caregivers And Allies Vow to Re-Double Their Efforts to Stand Up For California’s Seniors And People With Disabilities Sacramento, CA – In the wake of today’s Harris v. Quinn decision regarding Illinois home care workers, in-home caregivers and allies here pledged to protect California’s successful home care program for hundreds of thousands of seniors and people with disabilities. “Let there be no mistake,” said Gary Passmore, Vice President of the Congress of California Seniors. “Caregivers have led the way in creating and protecting a system of in-home care […]

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