UDW in the News

We are hard at work to make sure that the issues that matter to caregivers and our families are covered in the media. This page will be updated frequently to include links, videos, and news articles that highlight caregivers and our clients and cover the issues that impact homecare in California.

Local businesses worry about minimum wage increase, worker says it would be life changing

Local businesses worry about minimum wage increase, worker says it would be life changing

By Jessica Harrington, ABC 23 Bakersfield, March 28, 2016 BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. – While many celebrate at the state Capitol celebrate the proposed increase, there are mixed emotions among business owners in downtown Bakersfield. Owners of some “mom and pop shops” said it is hard enough to stay open and increasing worker wages will only make it harder. “Doesn’t matter from which side of the aisle it’s coming, it’s a totally insane idea,” said Jerry Baranowski, owner of Jerry’s Pizza and Pub in downtown Bakersfield which has been there for nearly 25 years. Jerry’s Pizza sells a slice of pepperoni pizza for […]

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Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

By Doug Moore, Huffington Post, February 10, 2016 In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of the state’s nearly 400,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers became eligible to earn overtime pay and other basic labor protections for the first time in history. This victory for homecare workers was the result of a long-fought, uphill battle for dignity and respect by a workforce comprised primarily of women of color, many of whom are Black, so it seemed fitting that it coincided with the onset of […]

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Celebrating a pioneering labor leader in California

Celebrating a pioneering labor leader in California

By Rachel Warino, California Labor Federation, February 10, 2016 In honor of Black History Month, we wanted to spotlight one of California’s most forward-thinking labor leaders, Doug Moore. Mr. Moore is the Executive Director of United Domestic Workers of America, AFSCME Local 3930, which is made up of over 91,000 California home care workers. His union has made historical gains under his leadership, expanding membership by the thousands in recent years. When talking to Mr. Moore I was struck by his enthusiasm and seemingly tireless resolve to grow our labor movement. You can tell he cares deeply about his members, […]

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People across the Central Coast celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

People across the Central Coast celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

By KSBY Staff, KSBY 6, January 16, 2016 This weekend marks the 30th year of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and people across the central coast were ready to celebrate. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and United Domestic Workers (UDW) honored the civil rights activist in Santa Maria on January 16th. This event included music, poetry and dance. The City of Paso Robles held a similar event to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. The public gathered at Flamson Middle School to participate in art and essay contests. Community leaders spoke on King’s message for […]

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Let the budget pushback begin!

Let the budget pushback begin!

By David Gorn, KQED News, January 11, 2016 The Legislature reconvenes its extraordinary session on health care Monday and officially embarks on the long public debate over the governor’s proposed budget. Almost every budget proposal is greeted with opinions about what’s missing in it. The big question is, among the cacophony of requests for more funding, which big-ticket health care proposal is likely to be advanced by legislative leaders? The front-burner issue is replacing the $1.1 billion “MCO” (managed care organization) tax, and both the state Senate and Assembly are convening their special sessions on health today to address it. […]

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