Budget & Legislation

UDW is the homecare providers union and the voice of caregivers in the State Capitol. We are fighting together for the issues that matter most to us and our clients: ending cuts to IHSS client hours, fighting restrictions to overtime and provider hours, expanding paid IHSS services and more.

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Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid

Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid

IHSS providers have been plagued with late timesheets and paychecks for years. In March, the State Auditor released a report on their audit of the IHSS payroll system, confirming what we already know to be true — the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) could be doing a lot more to help providers avoid paycheck delays. Some of the audit’s recommendations for CDSS: Change the timesheet rules so that a provider’s work week matches their pay period — reducing errors that lead to longer processing times Monitor the system more closely to identify problems and correct errors right away Develop […]

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Fight, Protect, Win: Our Legislative Priorities in 2017

Fight, Protect, Win: Our Legislative Priorities in 2017

With a new president in office and a new administration at work, changes are coming that will affect IHSS providers, our clients, our families, and our communities. This year, UDW caregivers face challenges in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Protecting health care and home care, our children, our paychecks, and keeping people with disabilities safe are all top priorities for our union. Here’s a closer look at our legislative priorities in 2017: Protecting—not repealing—our health care Tens of thousands of IHSS providers get our health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (also called ACA or Obamacare). As Congress works to roll […]

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UDW Executive Director Doug Moore’s response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 state budget proposal

UDW Executive Director Doug Moore’s response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 state budget proposal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, January 11, 2017 “After years of battling cuts to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) that cause tremendous hardship for the seniors and people with disabilities who rely on the program, we are pleased that the Governor’s budget proposes no reductions or changes to home care services. However, the Governor’s proposal does include the elimination of the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI). The CCI was an ambitious effort to transform the delivery of health and long term care to millions of low income seniors and people with disabilities. The CCI sought to coordinate services across the care continuum, with […]

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2016: What a year!

2016: What a year!

UDW caregivers started 2016 off with a bang. In fact, we made history. Overtime pay On February 1st, for the first time ever, eligible IHSS providers began receiving pay for the hours of overtime we work – a right we fought hard to secure throughout 2015. Throughout the year, we worked with the state to make sure overtime was a benefit for all providers. With our help, the state developed exemptions to the tough new IHSS overtime and workweek rules that helped prevent unfair disruptions in our clients’ care. Social Security and unemployment benefits for ALL caregivers In 2016, we […]

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Governor Brown and the Legislature scored on their support for in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities in 2016

Governor Brown and the Legislature scored on their support for in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities in 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2016 Sacramento – The 2016 UDW/AFSCME Local 3930 (UDW) Legislative Scorecard is now available. This year, state legislators and Governor Brown were scored on their support for policies that impact the nearly 98,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers represented by UDW and the estimated 118,000 home care recipients who receive their care. This year’s scorecard also includes the overall career scores of the legislature and the governor dating back to 2009, when UDW began publishing legislative scorecards. “This year, your votes supported policies that will keep people with disabilities safer in our communities, provide a […]

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