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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.


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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Caregivers applaud IHSS overtime provisions and vow to keep working on reversing cuts

Caregivers applaud IHSS overtime provisions and vow to keep working on reversing cuts

  June 16, 2014 Joint statement of Laphonza Butler, President of SEIU California and Doug Moore, Executive Director of United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930, whose combined affiliates are made up of nearly 400,000 caregivers throughout California. “IHSS caregivers applaud the IHSS overtime provisions included in the budget passed this weekend by the Legislature and sent to the Governor. The legislature and the Governor worked together to craft a budget that does not include a ban on overtime for IHSS caregivers. This ban would have disrupted care for tens of thousands of recipients, and would have thrown thousands of caregivers’ households, many of […]

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Over 4,000 converge on Capitol to urge Governor Brown to reverse crisis-era cuts & drop hours cap proposal

Over 4,000 converge on Capitol to urge Governor Brown to reverse crisis-era cuts &  drop hours cap proposal

  Caregivers, Seniors and People with Disabilities Occupy Capitol Building in Massive Day of Action   SACRAMENTO, CA –  In a day of action that coincided with the final days of budget talks in the Capitol, more than 4,000 home care providers and the seniors and people with disabilities for whom they provide care rallied outside the Capitol and more than 1,000 occupied the rotunda, demanding that Governor Brown rescind his proposed budget cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). “We’ve come together in unprecedented numbers because the health and well-being of California’s seniors and people with disabilities demands urgent action,” […]

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