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 2020 legislative scorecard here!

2020 Legislative Scorecard

2020 Legislative Scorecard

Which lawmakers were in solidarity with seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, and working families in 2020? During 2020, IHSS caregivers and family child care providers served heroically as frontline, essential workers during a pandemic. Yet we once again had to defend IHSS from budget cuts and saw thousands of child cares close due to the pandemic. More than ever, we needed champions in state government that saw our value and helped us stay safe and do our work. Every year, UDW scores the California legislature and the governor on their support of policies that impact our members. This year, those […]

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Gov. Newsom vetoes AB 1993, denies rights to unemployment insurance for 123,402 family caregivers

Gov. Newsom vetoes AB 1993, denies rights to unemployment insurance for 123,402 family caregivers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 30, 2020 Contact: Margitte Kristjansson, 619-548-4304 Gov. Newsom vetoes AB 1993, denies rights to unemployment insurance for 123,402 family caregivers Sacramento, CA – When COVID-19 hit and statewide stay-at-home orders were issued, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers continued to provide quality care for low-income seniors and people with disabilities, keeping them out of deadly hospitals and nursing homes—even without access to PPE. The governor called them “essential”, the public called them heroes. But today, Governor Newsom vetoed AB 1993, the Family Caregiver Economic Security Act, and refused 123,402 family caregivers the right to unemployment insurance. These […]

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UDW members protect care for seniors and people with disabilities

UDW members protect care for seniors and people with disabilities

Faced with a 7 percent cut to hours, we fought back—and won There are many great things that workers can do when they join together in a union: pay raises, benefits and discounts, and big changes like overtime and sick pay are some of the things UDW has won for members. But when it comes to our union’s top priority, we all agree our number one job is to protect the IHSS program for providers and clients. We know that IHSS saves lives, saves money, and is a critical resource for hundreds of thousands of Californians and their families. That’s […]

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Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore on Senate and Assembly Budget Agreement

Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore on Senate and Assembly Budget Agreement

On behalf of the over 118,000 IHSS caregivers we represent, I want to thank the Senate and Assembly for coming to a budget agreement that rejects the harmful cuts to IHSS and other programs serving seniors and people with disabilities proposed by Governor Gavin Newsom in his May Revision. By protecting important programs that allow people to live at home in safety and with dignity, the legislature has forged a path through our current crisis that will lead to better outcomes for those who are already disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and its economic fallout. Thanks to the outstanding leadership […]

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UDW’s Letter to California Lawmakers on Proposed Budget Cuts to IHSS

UDW's Letter to California Lawmakers on Proposed Budget Cuts to IHSS

The following letter was sent to both the California State Assembly and California State Senate members of their respective budget committees in opposition to the proposed 7% cuts to IHSS hours. The UDW Executive Board, on behalf of 118,000 In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers in 21 counties, condemns in the strongest terms possible the Governor’s proposed budget reductions that arbitrarily and disproportionately target low income seniors and people with disabilities. UDW opposes the following proposals impacting IHSS: Reduce IHSS service hours across the board by 7% effective January 1, 2021 absent additional and sufficient federal funding. Freeze in IHSS […]

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