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Orange County’s Home-Care Program Is Plagued With Poor Pay and Shortages

Orange County’s Home-Care Program Is Plagued With Poor Pay and Shortages

Gabriel San Roman, OC Weekly, Sept. 6 2018 Monique Taloa pulls out a drawer that’s full with her sister’s prescription bottles. She sits down at the kitchen table of her Buena Park home and methodically sorts pills into a large plastic box with compartments as deep as an ice tray’s. “It is very complex because I don’t want to make a mistake,” Taloa says, her shimmering bracelets clanking on the table. “What happened with Tonya is that the doctor removed her from almost 19 medications and lowered the dosages of everything that she is on to the bare minimum because […]

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Orange County Home Caregivers Among Those Targeted for Harassment by Shadowy Right-Wing Group

Orange County Home Caregivers Among Those Targeted for Harassment by Shadowy Right-Wing Group

For Immediate Release Tuesday, May 17, 2018 Contact: Cherie Parker (619) 806-4677 Explosive report by The Guardian exposes anti-union “toolkit” funded by Koch brothers, Walmart Family Foundation and Freedom Foundation on eve of Janus vs. AFSCME decision Home care workers in Orange County who provide care through California’s Medicaid-funded In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program are up against an ominous threat as they bargain to raise their wages out of poverty and protect IHSS: An $80 million “war chest” funded by 66 right-wing thinktanks including the Koch brothers, the Walton Family Foundation and the Washington state-based Freedom Foundation and run by […]

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I’m an IHSS provider in Orange County… and I am homeless

I’m an IHSS provider in Orange County… and I am homeless

By Angela Peifer, IHSS provider and UDW member in Orange County. Most IHSS caregivers in the state make just above $11/hour, but in Orange County we make minimum wage. That means we struggle even harder to make ends meet for ourselves, in a county with one of the highest costs of living in California. Many of us worry if we’ll be able to pay all our bills, if there will be money left over to put food on the table, if we can afford that trip to the doctor’s office. And me? Well, I often have to worry about where […]

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Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2018

Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2018

UDW caregivers are strong advocates for our IHSS clients – seniors and people with disabilities. That’s why every year we sponsor and support legislation that will protect and improve the IHSS program as well as the quality of life for IHSS providers and our clients. We also support legislation that promotes social justice and improves the lives of working families in our communities. BILLS WE ARE SPONSORING BILLS WE ARE SUPPORTING OPPOSE BILLS

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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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