District 1

San Diego County

Good news for IHSS parent and grandparent providers!

Good news for IHSS parent and grandparent providers!

Overtime for IHSS providers was a hard fought, much deserved victory for us all. Finally, after decades of exclusion from this basic labor protection, homecare providers, like most other workers, will be paid time and a half for overtime hours starting February 1, 2016. UDW has been working hard to make sure overtime is a benefit that will help improve the lives of all IHSS providers and their families. The new overtime workweek limits have been a concern for a relatively small number of family providers who work very high hours every week. Some of these providers are parents who […]

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Important IHSS overtime update

Important IHSS overtime update

We recently notified you that IHSS homecare providers will begin receiving overtime pay, as well as pay for same day travel between recipients, and medical accompaniment time, on February 1, 2016. IHSS providers and recipients will soon receive several notices from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) informing you of important changes to the IHSS program for both providers and recipients. Please read each notice you receive, and note that there are forms that need to be signed by you and mailed back to your county IHSS office in the enclosed envelope. You will receive the following notices from […]

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CDSS refuses to pay IHSS providers the retroactive overtime pay we deserve

CDSS refuses to pay IHSS providers the retroactive overtime pay we deserve

Last week, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) announced they will not pay IHSS homecare providers retroactive overtime pay. Just last month, after a long wait, CDSS set February 1, 2016 as the implementation date for overtime pay for homecare providers. We celebrated this major and historic victory, and vowed to continue to fight for retroactive overtime pay back to October 13, 2015, the day the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule went into effect. Today’s announcement, while disappointing, is not the end. Our union will remain in communication with CDSS, and we will continue our fight. We have seen […]

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Historic victory for IHSS providers – overtime pay begins next year!

  Nearly a year after going back on its promise to caregivers, the state of California finally announced it will begin paying IHSS providers overtime on February 1, 2016. The announcement came not long after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts denied a last ditch request by greedy for-profit homecare agencies to block the recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision that favored implementing the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Home Care Final Rule. “We’re celebrating this victory, because not only do we deserve overtime pay—we need it,” said UDW President and IHSS provider Editha Adams. “We work hard to keep […]

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From fast food to homecare worker, and still fighting for a living wage

From fast food to homecare worker, and still fighting for a living wage

My name is Victoria Lara, and I have been a homecare provider in Chula Vista for three years. Before I became an in-home care provider, I was a fast food worker. I changed professions when my neighbor asked me to be her caregiver. I love my job, because I’m a people person and I love to help people, but I struggle to make ends meet making poverty wages. When I was a fast food worker, I was underpaid and overworked by my employer. And I believe my employer took advantage of how badly my coworkers and I needed our jobs. […]

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