District 1

San Diego County

Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Activist, mother, caregiver, hero—Mary Courtney-Sheldon is one of the half million frontline home care workers in California keeping seniors and people with disabilities safe from COVID-19. An IHSS provider for her adult son with autism in Poway, Mary, like many home care providers, left a well-paying career to become her son’s caregiver through IHSS when it became clear that his only other choice was to leave home for a long-term care facility. “It doesn’t make any sense, we’re literally saving the state $27,000 a month by providing him with the care he needs at home, and yet I make basically […]

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URGENT for UDW Members: Sign Updated Card to Stay a Member

URGENT for UDW Members: Sign Updated Card to Stay a Member

IMPORTANT! In order to remain a UDW member and have dues payments automatically deducted, you must reauthorize your membership here. Last month, the federal government announced the official rule change aimed at prohibiting home care providers like us from automatically deducting union dues and health care payments from our own paychecks. This new rule could go into effect as early as July 5. Read more about the rule change here. The form on www.MyUDW.org contains updated language that will allow you to continue having these payments deducted from your paycheck. We are also working hard to find a solution to help you […]

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California Caregivers Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

California Caregivers Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

For Immediate Release May 2, 2019 Contact Margitte Kristjansson: 619-548-4304 Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a rule change that prohibits consumer-directed home care workers from making any automatic deductions—including union dues and health care premiums—from their Medicaid-funded paychecks. The move is the latest in a series of federal level attacks against public sector unions, including the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Harris v. Quinn and Janus v. AFSCME, which aim to defund unions and silence workers’ voices. The new rule, which CMS announced will go into effect on or around July 5 of this year, jeopardizes a caregiver’s ability to access union benefits such as life insurance, auto […]

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Now accepting 2019 Culinary Arts Academy Applications

Now accepting 2019 Culinary Arts Academy Applications

The application process for the 2019 UDW Culinary Arts Academy Program (CAP) is now open. The UDW Culinary Arts Academy is a free training program for UDW caregivers and community members. The Academy will provide participants with seven months of culinary skills training, as well as valuable training in starting and operating a business. Thank you for your interest in the B5 Foundation Culinary Arts Academy Program (CAAP) sponsored by the United Domestic Workers of America. Becoming a skilled culinary professional requires years of experience, but does not require any specific degree before going to culinary training because the instruction you […]

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Share-of-Cost: When your client pays for IHSS partially out-of-pocket

Share-of-Cost: When your client pays for IHSS partially out-of-pocket

Most IHSS recipients receive their home care as part of their Medi-Cal benefits. Some people’s income is too high for them to qualify for full coverage of their hours, so they agree to pay a certain amount each month toward their Medi-Cal expenses before Medi-Cal will pay. That amount is called Share-of-Cost (SOC). The SOC may be paid to the IHSS provider, a pharmacy, doctor’s office, or when purchasing other medically necessary goods or services. How it works Your client receives an “Explanation of Share-of-Cost” letter the California Department of Social Services that tells them how much SOC they need […]

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