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In Memory of Myra

In Memory of Myra

UDW member killed by police highlighted at Governor’s bill signing ceremony On April 26, 2018, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of a woman acting erratically. Myra Micalizio, a 56-year-old UDW member who served elderly and disabled people in her community as a caregiver, had wandered into a neighbor’s yard while experiencing a mental health crisis. Within 20 seconds of encountering the unarmed woman, deputies had fired their weapons 13 times, inflicting lethal injuries upon the woman everyone describes as kind, gentle and childlike. Myra was one of 115 people killed by police in California in 2018—29 […]

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UPDATE: UDW is monitoring changing EVV plans closely

UPDATE: UDW is monitoring changing EVV plans closely

You’ve probably heard a lot about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), the new federal law that says every state must monitor caregivers in Medicaid-funded programs like IHSS or lose significant funding.  A lot of providers and clients have rightly been nervous about what that might mean for our privacy, so UDW has been working with the state for the past two years to ensure that California complies with the EVV law in a way that is minimally burdensome to providers and clients. With the input of UDW providers and others in the IHSS community, California came up with a system that […]

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Signing of AB 392 is a victory for people with disabilities

Signing of AB 392 is a victory for people with disabilities

Bill co-sponsor UDW applauds new law strengthening California’s police use-of-force standard For Immediate Release August 19, 2019 Contact: Cherie Parker 619-806-4677 SACRAMENTO — With today signing of AB 392 by Governor Gavin Newsom, California now has one of the strongest police use-of-force standards in the country. These standards are necessary to keep people with disabilities safer when they encounter law enforcement. United Domestic Workers (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 home care providers, co-sponsored AB 392, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, and worked diligently to ensure that the rights and experiences of people with disabilities were included in crafting […]

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United Domestic Workers Statement on the California Budget

United Domestic Workers Statement on the California Budget

SACRAMENTO-The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 California home care workers, issued the following statement regarding the California 2019-2020 Budget: “The first budget signed by Governor Gavin Newsom gives us many reasons to be optimistic about the future of long-term care in California. This budget shows Assembly Speaker Rendon, Senate Pro Tem Atkins, and Governor Newsom clearly recognize that long-term care needs to be a top priority in the immediate future in order to avert a humanitarian disaster in which we are unable to meet the needs of our growing aging population.” “We are especially […]

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Are you prepared for fire season?

Are you prepared for fire season?

It’s fire season again in California, and we want to urge all of our members to go over their safety plans with their clients and families to make sure we all stay safe and secure. As you know, hundreds of our members in Butte County were evacuated from their homes last November during the Camp Fire. Many of them lost everything. And, as caregivers, it is especially sad for us to see that most of the 85 people who died in the Camp Fire were seniors. In fact, people over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk of […]

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