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!

Our latest efforts to protect our clients and loved ones in police interactions

Our latest efforts to protect our clients and loved ones in police interactions

By Astrid Zuniga, caregiver and UDW Vice President As an active member and elected leader of my union, I wear a lot of hats. But first and foremost, I am a mother. And for the past two years, I have been devoted to protecting the safety of my family—and the safety of all our loved ones with disabilities. I’ve written about my son Manuel before. He lives with autism and intellectual disabilities that make him prone to wandering and aggressive behavior. I worry every day that his fearlessness will get him into trouble, especially if he comes into contact with […]

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The latest on paid sick leave for IHSS providers

The latest on paid sick leave for IHSS providers

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF UPCOMING WEBINARS ON PAID SICK LEAVE. In 2016, UDW caregivers helped secure a historic minimum wage increase for California workers. After years of telling our stories, rallying and marching with fellow underpaid workers, we urged the state legislature and the governor to agree on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. In addition to raising wages, the law also guarantees paid sick days for workers – including IHSS providers. Under the new law, existing providers (those that began working for an IHSS recipient prior July 1, 2018) will […]

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Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2018

Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2018

UDW caregivers are strong advocates for our IHSS clients – seniors and people with disabilities. That’s why every year we sponsor and support legislation that will protect and improve the IHSS program as well as the quality of life for IHSS providers and our clients. We also support legislation that promotes social justice and improves the lives of working families in our communities. BILLS WE ARE SPONSORING BILLS WE ARE SUPPORTING OPPOSE BILLS

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UDW members demand lawmakers protect our privacy from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

On Tuesday, February 13, we joined IHSS providers from SEIU 2015 in a rally and lobby day at the California State Capitol. Together, we had a clear message for lawmakers: Protect the privacy and dignity of caregivers and our clients from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV). We wanted legislators to know that we have serious concerns like: How will it work? Will it invade my or my client’s private lives? How much will it cost? These are important questions about the federally-mandated implementation of EVV that have yet to be decided by the state. That’s why we were at the capitol—and […]

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UDW opposes Congress’ latest attempt to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

UDW opposes Congress’ latest attempt to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

Leaders in Congress have introduced new legislation to water down the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill, HR 620, is designed to let business owners off the hook for ADA compliance, allowing them to ignore accessibility issues until there are complaints and creating hurdles for anyone who complains. This puts the burden for accessibility back onto people with disabilities, just like the bad old days before the ADA. The signing of the ADA in 1990 was a pivotal moment for disability rights. The ADA, which guarantees certain types of disability accommodations and other protections, led to a new era […]

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