Budget & Legislation

UDW is the home care 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. Read our 2017 legislative scorecard here!

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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2019 Legislative Scorecard

2019 Legislative Scorecard

Which lawmakers were in solidarity with seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, and working families in 2019? Every year, UDW scores the California legislature and the governor on their support of policies that impact home care recipients and providers. We also total the overall career scores of our elected leaders to acknowledge those who have consistently supported providers and our IHSS clients. Find out how your lawmakers scored by clicking on the booklet below.

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Our bill to protect people with cognitive and developmental disabilities is now the law!

UDW-sponsored law is a first step towards making sure first responders have important information about people with disabilities in advance of an emergency For those of us that care for a client with cognitive or developmental disabilities, interactions with law enforcement can be fraught with worry. Will the police misunderstand unexpected behaviors as threatening and respond with force? Will they understand a person with dementia is easily lost and frightened? We all want to be able to trust authorities when we call 911, but there are so many police encounters with people like our clients that can go terribly wrong. […]

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In Memory of Myra

In Memory of Myra

UDW member killed by police highlighted at Governor’s bill signing ceremony On April 26, 2018, the Butte County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of a woman acting erratically. Myra Micalizio, a 56-year-old UDW member who served elderly and disabled people in her community as a caregiver, had wandered into a neighbor’s yard while experiencing a mental health crisis. Within 20 seconds of encountering the unarmed woman, deputies had fired their weapons 13 times, inflicting lethal injuries upon the woman everyone describes as kind, gentle and childlike. Myra was one of 115 people killed by police in California in 2018—29 […]

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UPDATE: UDW is monitoring changing EVV plans closely

UPDATE: UDW is monitoring changing EVV plans closely

You’ve probably heard a lot about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV), the new federal law that says every state must monitor caregivers in Medicaid-funded programs like IHSS or lose significant funding.  A lot of providers and clients have rightly been nervous about what that might mean for our privacy, so UDW has been working with the state for the past two years to ensure that California complies with the EVV law in a way that is minimally burdensome to providers and clients. With the input of UDW providers and others in the IHSS community, California came up with a system that […]

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