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!

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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United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO-The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 California home care workers, issued the following statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposal on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): “We support Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to restore the 7 percent cut to California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program through 2021. IHSS allows low income seniors and people with disabilities to live at home safely and with dignity at a much lower cost than institutionalization.” “However, UDW caregivers look forward to working with the Legislature and the Governor to permanently restore the 7% cut once and for all. IHSS […]

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UDW members working to ensure safer interactions between police and people with disabilities

UDW members working to ensure safer interactions between police and people with disabilities

A few years ago, William Reed, a caregiver and UDW District 6 Vice President, stopped by the local H & R Block office to pick up his taxes. His son, William Jr., an adult with autism, was in the back seat and didn’t want to get out of the car. “OK,” William thought, “I’ll run in to get the taxes and run out.” But when William came out, his son was gone. William panicked and did what he instinctively does whenever his son disappears from his sight: listen for sirens. William and his wife have spent the decades since their […]

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2018 Legislative Scorecard

2018 Legislative Scorecard

Which lawmakers stood up for seniors, people with disabilities, working families, and California’s in-home caregivers? Every year, UDW scores the California legislature and the governor on their support of policies that impact homecare recipients and care 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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