Labor History

UDW was founded by Black leaders under the guidance of Cesar Chavez, and was the first union to organize homecare workers in California when no one else thought it could be done.

Throughout 40 years of homecare, we have fought side-by-side with other organizations and community leaders to strengthen the stability and security of both homecare providers and their clients. For UDW, Labor History is Homecare History!

Read our four-part labor history series below.

How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

How Unions Improve the Lives of Every Worker

Laura Reyes, Huffington Post, June 23, 2015 It’s well established that union members earn substantially more than nonunion workers ($207 more a week), and are more likely to have health care coverage and solid pensions. What is less well known are the advantages that unions provide for all workers, not just those who belong to unions. It’s a fact: We’ve been creating pathways to the middle class for American workers for more than a century. Not only in the higher pay that all workers get – whether they’re union or not – in areas where unions are strong. But also […]

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Homecare and domestic workers – A history of people power

Domestic work in America has long been seen as the work of women and people of color, and has not been treated as a valuable, intrinsic part of the American workforce. Our government’s failure to understand the essential role domestic workers play in our society — whether we are homecare workers, nannies, or housecleaners — has led to a decades-long denial of basic labor rights to homecare providers and all in-home workers. But we’ve never let that stop us. In fact, in-home workers have a rich history that dates back to the origins of today’s labor movement. In Atlanta in […]

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History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights

History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights

By Eileen Boris & Jennifer Klein, TIME January 13, 2015 Home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights Over the last year, the nation has seen a tumultuous wave of low-wage workers contesting terms of employment that perpetually leave them impoverished and economically insecure. It’s a fight in which home-care workers—one of the fastest growing labor forces—have long participated, as home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights. Their work is becoming ever more important in our economy, with over 40 million elderly Americans today and baby boomers aging […]

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Caring for California, part 4: United for a better future

Caring for California, part 4: United for a better future

May is Labor History Month, and this year we are celebrating the contributions of organized caregivers to build and protect a quality homecare program in California. This is the final post in a four-part series. Read the full Caring for California series: Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3  |  Part 4 Part 4: United for a Better Future Despite IHSS’ unparalleled success as a safety net for Californians, there has been aggressive backlash from both county and state politicians against funding homecare in California. But in the face of attempts to divide us, we have fought side-by-side with our […]

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Caring for California, part 3: Dignity and independence under attack

May is Labor History Month, and this year we are celebrating the contributions of organized caregivers to build and protect a quality homecare program in California. This is the third post in a four-part series. Read the full Caring for California series: Part 1  |  Part 2  | Part 3  |  Part 4 Part 3: Dignity and Independence Under Attack By the early 2000s, collective bargaining had been secured for all homecare workers in California, and the creation of the public authorities in each county, which established an ‘employer of record’ for caregivers, had made great strides toward stabilizing the IHSS program. […]

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