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Unions bring freedom to workers

Unions bring freedom to workers

Linda Rodriguez, The OC Register, October 18th 2017   An out-of-state organization called the Freedom Foundation is targeting workers in Orange County, including low-wage caregivers like me. They claim to help caregivers by educating us about our rights, but their true agenda is to gut unions and rollback basic worker protections. I have been caring for my 24-year-old daughter through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program since 2011. My daughter is quadriplegic and lives with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Thanks to IHSS I was able to quit my job — though I took a cut in pay — to give […]

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Silver Alerts can help IHSS clients who go missing

Silver Alerts can help IHSS clients who go missing

Do you know what a Silver Alert is? It’s like an Amber Alert, but instead of a warning system for missing children, it alerts law enforcement, media and the public when a senior or a person with developmental disabilities or cognitive impairment goes missing. As caregivers, many of our clients or loved ones fit that description, so UDW members have been at the forefront of statewide efforts to ensure the safety of vulnerable people like the ones for whom we care. This year, we sponsored a bill, SCR 64, that designated September 2017 as Silver Alert Community Education Month. On […]

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New Health Care Repeal bill threatens Medicaid and IHSS

New Health Care Repeal bill threatens Medicaid and IHSS

Earlier this year UDW and working people across the country stood up and successfully stopped multiple health care repeal bills. We protected IHSS and Medicaid from cuts that would harm our clients and loved ones. The message sent to Congress was millions of voices strong: Protect Medicaid. Don’t cut our care. Now they need to hear our voices again. Congress is working to pass a federal budget and a new health care repeal legislation that would make even worse cuts to Medicaid and home care in California. The new legislation is being rushed through Congress to beat a September 30 […]

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UDW Condemns Trump’s decision to destroy the American dream for DACA recipients

UDW Condemns Trump’s decision to destroy the American dream for DACA recipients

Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an attack on American values that will tear apart 800,000 families across the country and wreak havoc on our economy. UDW condemns this hateful move by the Trump administration and calls on Congress to immediately take action to preserve the DACA program and protect the DREAMers—those who, like many UDW members and our neighbors and loved ones, came to this country as children. UDW caregivers provide vital in-home care for a half million seniors and Californians with disabilities so that they can remain in their homes and in our communities. […]

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UDW caregivers in San Diego win much-needed raise in new agreement with the County

UDW caregivers in San Diego win much-needed raise in new agreement with the County

On Friday morning members of the UDW bargaining team reached a Tentative Agreement with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The agreement, which still needs to be approved by union members, includes a much-needed wage increase for those who provide care through the state’s In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS), and enough money to effectively eliminate the county waiting list for health insurance and lower all Kaiser premiums to just $30/month. “We’re excited,” said bargaining team member and UDW President Editha Adams, who cares for her teenaged daughter who lives with chronic lung disease and systematic scleroderma. “This will make […]

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