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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 Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

California Caregivers Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

For Immediate Release May 2, 2019 Contact Margitte Kristjansson: 619-548-4304 Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a rule change that prohibits consumer-directed home care workers from making any automatic deductions—including union dues and health care premiums—from their Medicaid-funded paychecks. The move is the latest in a series of federal level attacks against public sector unions, including the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Harris v. Quinn and Janus v. AFSCME, which aim to defund unions and silence workers’ voices. The new rule, which CMS announced will go into effect on or around July 5 of this year, jeopardizes a caregiver’s ability to access union benefits such as life insurance, auto […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Senate Health Chair Joins Seniors and Disability Rights Advocates in Announcing Bold Step to address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis

PRESS RELEASE: Senate Health Chair Joins Seniors and Disability Rights Advocates in Announcing Bold Step to address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis

Coalition-backed legislation will create roadmap to long-term care benefit for middle-class Californians Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento area, and Assemblymember Ash Kalra, representing San Jose, today announced new legislation that is the first step toward building a new program to finance long-term services and supports (LTSS) for California’s working and middle-class families. California currently has almost 8 million persons who are either older adults or persons with mobility, sensory, intellectual, developmental, and/or mental health disabilities, many of whom struggle to afford the ongoing services and supports they need to live with dignity and independence. […]

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Fighting back against white domestic terrorism

Fighting back against white domestic terrorism

Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore: Last week 14 bombs were mailed to CNN and various Democratic officials and supporters. On Wednesday a white man shot and killed two Black seniors at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky; minutes before entering the grocery store, the suspect tried to enter a Black church. Two days ago a man opened fire on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 12 people – the deadliest attack on Jewish people in American history. We cannot continue to sit idly by while white supremacists emboldened by President Trump continue to terrorize this country. The President often […]

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Latest anti-worker move by Trump Administration endangers long term care for hundreds of thousands of Californians

Latest anti-worker move by Trump Administration endangers long term care for hundreds of thousands of Californians

Doug Moore, Executive Director of UDW/AFSCME 3930 On July 12 the federal agency that manages Medicaid announced a proposed rule change that, if implemented, would prohibit in-home care providers who work for Medicaid-funded home care programs from choosing to having certain funds automatically deducted from their paychecks. The right-wing billionaires in favor of this new rule say it’s about preventing “dues skimming” from Medicaid payments. But these kinds of voluntary paycheck deductions—primarily health insurance payments and union dues—are common for workers of all kinds, and the only real reason to ban them is to jeopardize caregivers’ health care and bankrupt […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Trump Administration’s anti-labor agenda threatens home care for millions of Americans

PRESS RELEASE: Trump Administration’s anti-labor agenda threatens home care for millions of Americans

New rule could endanger low-income seniors and people with disabilities and the caregivers they rely on For Immediate Release | July 12, 2018 | Contact Margitte Kristjansson: 619-548-4304. Yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule change that would prohibit unionized home care workers from paying their union dues directly from their own paychecks. The rule change is based on an incorrect characterization of how dues are collected from in-home care providers who work for programs that are partially-funded by Medicaid, and the 30-day comment period allotted for this proposed rule means that the Trump Administration […]

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