District 5

Kern, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties

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UDW caregivers put the State on trial in front of thousands

UDW caregivers put the State on trial in front of thousands

Providing care for the elderly, people with disabilities, and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America. In-home care providers work so that our clients can live with dignity and independence in their homes. Our hours are long, the work is hard, and the assistance we provide is vital. We are mostly women, and people of color, and many of us are parents or relatives working to keep our loved ones at home. And yet in California and across the country, we are being denied the basic rights and benefits afforded to other workers. This is […]

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Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

By Doug Moore, UDW Executive Director, Huffington Post Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers. Most are women, and many are people of color. Many are parents or relatives working to keep their loved ones at home. As homecare worker Della Lundell from Merced, Calif., puts it, they single-handedly do the work of an entire team of professionals – serving as physical therapist, dietician, nurse, respiratory therapist, transporter, translator and more – for about minimum wage. Lundell […]

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Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

Meet the caregivers who are standing up for a living wage, dignity

From Labor’s Edge & AFSCME It is inconceivable but true: in 2015 there are workers in America that don’t have the right to a minimum wage. What’s worse, these workers are responsible for taking care of the most important people in our lives—our grandparents, parents, friends, and loved ones who require in-home support to stay safe and healthy at home. And thanks in part to our aging baby boomers, homecare is the fastest-growing occupation in America. Homecare workers, who recently joined the national Fight for $15 are speaking out and organizing for change. On March 19th, workers in California will […]

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Homecare workers and clients put California on trial

Homecare workers and clients put California on trial

Cuts to IHSS hours. Poverty wages. No paid time off or retirement. Caregivers and our clients have been denied fair treatment for far too long. We have been excluded from labor protections since the 1930s, and today face poverty in spite of the fact that many of us work round-the-clock to care for our clients and loved ones. “It’s been too many years, and we deserve to be respected,” said El Dorado County caregiver Roxanne Bender. We’ve had enough, and we’re putting the State on trial. Join us on March 19 at 12:30 PM as hundreds of caregivers and our […]

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California IHSS Caregivers Rally in Sacramento, Hold Candlelight Vigil

California IHSS Caregivers Rally in Sacramento, Hold Candlelight Vigil

Legislators, Community Leaders Voice Their Support for Overtime and Reversing Budget Cut This week, homecare providers from different counties throughout California gathered in Sacramento to hold a series of demonstrations aimed at pressuring the governor into providing overtime protection for caregivers and to reverse a 7% budget cut to the state’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program made in the wake of the Recession. As part of last year’s budget agreement, Governor Brown announced that he would implement new federal rules that finally brought in-home care under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed change to the rules governing labor […]

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