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 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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Signing of AB 392 is a victory for people with disabilities

Signing of AB 392 is a victory for people with disabilities

Bill co-sponsor UDW applauds new law strengthening California’s police use-of-force standard For Immediate Release August 19, 2019 Contact: Cherie Parker 619-806-4677 SACRAMENTO — With today signing of AB 392 by Governor Gavin Newsom, California now has one of the strongest police use-of-force standards in the country. These standards are necessary to keep people with disabilities safer when they encounter law enforcement. United Domestic Workers (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 home care providers, co-sponsored AB 392, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, and worked diligently to ensure that the rights and experiences of people with disabilities were included in crafting […]

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United Domestic Workers Statement on the California Budget

United Domestic Workers Statement on the California Budget

SACRAMENTO-The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 California home care workers, issued the following statement regarding the California 2019-2020 Budget: “The first budget signed by Governor Gavin Newsom gives us many reasons to be optimistic about the future of long-term care in California. This budget shows Assembly Speaker Rendon, Senate Pro Tem Atkins, and Governor Newsom clearly recognize that long-term care needs to be a top priority in the immediate future in order to avert a humanitarian disaster in which we are unable to meet the needs of our growing aging population.” “We are especially […]

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A police encounter can mean a death for a disabled person. Let’s change the law

A police encounter can mean a death for a disabled person. Let’s change the law

BY ASTRID ZUNIGA AND DOUG MOORE SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE In the coverage of police use of force, we talk a lot about race — and we should. Black and brown communities bear a greater burden than whites when it comes to violence at the hands of law enforcement. But there’s another group heavily impacted by police use of force that’s less talked about: people with disabilities. The danger faced by people with disabilities in a police encounter is laid out in a 2016 study by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which found that one third to one half of those […]

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