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In-home care union says workers need more than minimum wage to survive

In-home care union says workers need more than minimum wage to survive

A union of workers who care for Kern County’s elderly and disabled say they need a pay increase to survive in the state’s costly environment. Yet the Kern County chapter of the United Domestic Workers union has been locked in a negotiating impasse with the Board of Supervisors since October 2019, unable to come to a deal over how large a pay increase the workers should see. Currently, union members receive the minimum wage of $13 per hour for providing light nursing care and housekeeping for individuals who would otherwise not be able to live in their homes. Their salaries […]

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW: 365 days of caregivers making a difference

2019 YEAR IN REVIEW: 365 days of caregivers making a difference

As we look ahead to 2020 and beyond, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the events and accomplishments of the past year: JANUARY Victory on cuts to IHSS hours Governor Gavin Newson showed his support for caregiving by eliminating the 7 percent cut to IHSS hours in his first budget proposal. Legislative Scorecard released We released our annual report card that details which lawmakers supported caregivers…and which did not. Sixty-four California State legislators had perfect 100 percent ratings in support for caregivers! FEBRUARY Victory for IHSS Providers in Mono County In the first of many contract […]

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2019 Legislative Scorecard

2019 Legislative Scorecard

Which lawmakers were in solidarity with seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, and working families in 2019? Every year, UDW scores the California legislature and the governor on their support of policies that impact home care recipients and providers. We also total the overall career scores of our elected leaders to acknowledge those who have consistently supported providers and our IHSS clients. Find out how your lawmakers scored by clicking on the booklet below.

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Protect yourself and your client during power shutoffs: Get on the “Medical Baseline” list

Protect yourself and your client during power shutoffs: Get on the “Medical Baseline” list

Increased risk of deadly wildfires is becoming our new reality in California. Because many fires are sparked by aging power infrastructure, massive power shut-offs are becoming a reality, too. Hopefully, the state will find long-term ways to address the situations that lead to fires and power shut-offs. Until then, we all need to take extra precautions—especially those of us who care for seniors and people with disabilities, who are sadly the most likely to be injured or die in a power shut-off or fire. An important precaution you can take right now is to get on your power company’s “Medical […]

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Tell Congress to Lower Drug Costs Now!

Tell Congress to Lower Drug Costs Now!

In townhalls across the nation, citizens are making their voices heard when it comes to the incredibly high costs of prescription drug prices in the United States. During a recent press conference, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi remarked on the impact of seeing “grown men cry” when telling stories about not being able to afford the lifesaving medicine their spouse or child needs. We’ve heard these stories too. As home care providers, we know the constant struggle to get health care in California, long waitlists and unreasonable prescription drug prices that seemingly increase every year make it hard, or even […]

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