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UDW members demand lawmakers protect our privacy from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

On Tuesday, February 13, we joined IHSS providers from SEIU 2015 in a rally and lobby day at the California State Capitol. Together, we had a clear message for lawmakers: Protect the privacy and dignity of caregivers and our clients from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). We wanted legislators to know that we have serious concerns like: How will it work? Will it invade my or my client’s private lives? How much will it cost? These are important questions about the federally-mandated implementation of EVV that have yet to be decided by the state. That’s why we were at the capitol—and […]

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This is Our Fight—I AM 2018: Celebrating Black History Month in advance of the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination

This is Our Fight—I AM 2018: Celebrating Black History Month in advance of the 50th Anniversary of MLK’s Assassination

Stephanie Williams, Black Voice News, February 6 2018 On April 3, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. joined Black sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee as they rallied for fair pay, better working conditions, justice and equality. The night before his second attempt to lead a march in support of the striking workers he said, “I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man.” Now—it’s our turn.  This month, citizens of all races across the inland region join fellow Americans in marking the contributions, sacrifices, and accomplishments of this country’s citizens of African descent. Black history reflections would be incomplete, […]

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CDSS offers clarification on this year’s W-2

CDSS offers clarification on this year’s W-2

A lot of IHSS providers have noticed that our 2017 W-2s don’t look quite right—or at least don’t look the same as last year. Many of us are concerned that our W-2s contain errors that could cause us big headaches—or cost money—when we file our taxes. But now we can breathe easier! According to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), there is no epidemic of incorrect W-2s. Instead, your W-2 may look very different than last year because live-in caregivers are able to file a form exempting our caregiver wages from taxes. This change is making many family providers’ […]

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UDW Leadership Academy develops caregivers’ power and potential

As a member-led union, UDW provides a way for IHSS providers to make our voices heard and take charge of our futures. One way we do this is through the UDW Leadership Academy, our new training program to help members who are ready to take the next step and lead. Members who are selected for the Leadership Academy make a commitment to eight weeks of free training that covers: Public speaking and leadership The history of UDW and the labor movement How caregivers can use legislation and politics to make a positive change for our clients Denise Justice, a caregiver […]

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Orange County teams up with anti-caregiver Freedom Foundation at IHSS orientations

At the request of an anti-worker and out-of-state organization, Orange County officials struck their latest blow to home care workers on Friday when they instituted a new policy at IHSS orientations to discourage new IHSS providers from becoming union members — a move that is not only anti-worker, but is also against the law. The county appears to be doing the bidding of a Washington state-based group called the Freedom Foundation. This isn’t the first time the Freedom Foundation has interfered at orientations and gone out of their way to harass home care workers and undermine our right to unionize. […]

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