District 5

Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties

County News

Support our campaign to limit Board of Supervisor terms in Kern County!

Support our campaign to limit Board of Supervisor terms in Kern County!

After six years of failed negotiations on our contract, UDW and our allies have launched a countywide effort to establish term limits for the Kern County Board of Supervisors (BOS). The current BOS has made it clear they would rather hire expensive law firms and pay unnecessary penalties than simply give IHSS providers a modest pay increase—and we’ve had enough of their disrespect and abuse. We need new leaders who care about EVERYONE in Kern County, not just big money interests like oil and gas companies. Enacting term limits for the BOS is the tool we need to remove these […]

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¡Apoye nuestra campaña para limitar las reelecciones de los supervisores del condado!

¡Apoye nuestra campaña para limitar las reelecciones de los supervisores del condado!

Después de seis años de negociaciones fallidas sobre nuestro contrato, UDW y nuestros aliados han lanzado un esfuerzo en todo el condado para establecer límites de plazo para el consejo de supervisores del condado de Kern. El consenjo actual ha dejado en claro que preferirían contratar abogados costosos y pagar multas innecesarias que simplemente dar a los proveedores de IHSS un modesto aumento salarial, y ya hemos tenido suficiente de su falta de respeto y abuso. Necesitamos nuevos líderes que se preocupen por TODOS en el condado de Kern, no solo por los grandes intereses económicos como las empresas de […]

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Climate change and environmental justice are issues for UDW members

Have you ever heard the terms “climate justice” or “environmental justice” and wondered what they meant? Are you confused about why labor unions are getting involved in environmental issues? And what does it all have to do with home care and child care providers? Put simply, UDW members and our families live in communities that are at the greatest danger from the effects of climate change and pollution. For example, climate change is leading to longer, more severe droughts which in turn lead to deadlier wildfires like that one that displaced hundreds of our members in Butte County in 2018. […]

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2020: A look back at the year that changed our world forever

2020: A look back at the year that changed our world forever

2020 required more compassion, strength and determination than any year in recent memory. As caregivers, we were better prepared than most to meet the challenges of this year—and as a union, we faced these challenges together. As we look back on 2020, we grieve for those we lost, give thanks for those that are still with us, and turn toward the future wiser, kinder, more resilient and ready to take on whatever 2021 has in store. Here is a look back at all that we experienced together in 2020.   JANUARY Introduced legislation to win unemployment insurance for parent and […]

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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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