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We must choose sides: On protecting our communities against bigotry and hatred

We must choose sides: On protecting our communities against bigotry and hatred

by Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu Over the weekend our country witnessed a turning point in the modern civil rights movement. On Saturday white supremacists, members of the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups held a rally in Charlottesville, VA—and when anti-racist counter-protesters confronted them, the white supremacists killed at least one person and injured 19 others. The slain was Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old white woman and paralegal who friends say always stood up for what she believed in. But Heyer’s […]

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Slashing Medicaid will destroy lives like this one in Stanislaus County

Slashing Medicaid will destroy lives like this one in Stanislaus County

Elissa McBride, ModBee, August 3 Two weeks before the car accident that changed her life, 32-year-old Helena Cardona of Newman had been promoted to supervisor at her job as a fork-lift operator. She was a workaholic, often taking 12- or even 15-hour shifts. She loved to bowl and play softball. But when the driver of a truck ran a stop sign and hit her car, Elena’s spine was severed. She’s paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair with no hope of walking again. The workaholic can’t work. She can’t play softball. She struggles with tasks that used […]

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UDW Statement on Senate Failing to pass “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act

UDW Statement on Senate Failing to pass “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act

UDW Statement on Senate Failing to pass “Skinny Repeal” of the Affordable Care Act California caregivers remain vigilant and will continue efforts to protect Medicaid for seniors and people with disabilities Over the last several months, UDW caregivers have campaigned against health care repeal attempts that would result in millions of Americans losing coverage and make deep cuts to Medicaid. We are relieved that the Senate’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act has failed, and we thank Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris for doing the right thing for Californians. “UDW is committed to the simple idea that we […]

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GOP health care bill threatens the most vulnerable residents in Stanislaus County

GOP health care bill threatens the most vulnerable residents in Stanislaus County

Ken Carlson, Modesto Bee, July 4   Low-income seniors and disabled people who rely on Medi-Cal have been mostly ignored in the discussion over Republican attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act, a new report says. About 90,000 of those residents in the Northern San Joaquin Valley are at risk of service cuts under the Better Care Reconciliation Act, proposed by Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate. The vulnerable groups include 18,700 disabled people and 13,700 seniors in Stanislaus County. About 16,500 seniors and disabled people in Merced County and almost 42,000 in San Joaquin County could be affected by […]

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Gov. Brown signs budget that helps home care workers fight for better wages

Gov. Brown signs budget that helps home care workers fight for better wages

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 29, 2017 Gov. Brown signs budget that helps home care workers fight for better wages United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME Local 3930—made up of nearly 100,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care workers—responds to the 2017-18 state budget California’s 2017-18 budget, signed into law by Governor Brown on June 27, contains good news for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care providers – but there is still more to be done to ensure equal pay for equal work for these essential, yet often underpaid, workers. IHSS caregivers make it possible for seniors and people with disabilities […]

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