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 2016 legislative scorecard here!

How Will The American Health Care Act Affect Home Health Care Workers?

How Will The American Health Care Act Affect Home Health Care Workers?

Insight With Beth Ruyak, Capital Public Radio, May 17, 2017 Journalist Paul Tullis shares his latest feature for Capital & Main on how the American Health Care Act would impact home health care workers. Also joining is Bonnie Kerlew, a retired Department of Defense Nurse who has now raising Jaime, a young man suffering from cerebral palsy. Kerlew is concerned Jaime will lose the funding he needs for his health care costs because of the AHCA replacement, she’s the principle character in Tullis’ story. You can listen to the radio interview here.

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Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2017

Protecting IHSS and our loved ones in 2017

­­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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Home-Care Industry Wants Wage Rule Reversed by Trump Labor Chief

Home-Care Industry Wants Wage Rule Reversed by Trump Labor Chief

Ben Penn, Bloomberg BNA, April 12 Industry advocates will urge the next labor secretary to reverse an Obama-era rule that extended minimum wage and overtime coverage to some 2 million home-care employees, a trade group’s top attorney told Bloomberg BNA. “We will be seeking the reinstatement of the original rules on the companionship services and live-in domestic services exemptions once the new Secretary is confirmed,” William Dombi, vice president for law at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, said in an April 11 email. NAHC will ask for an in-person meeting to make this request, he said. He […]

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Help me protect our clients and loved ones in interactions with police

Help me protect our clients and loved ones in interactions with police

Fill out the survey and join our AB 437 task force! By Astrid Zuniga, UDW Vice President I am a mother of five, grandmother of eight, and proud IHSS home care provider for my son Manuel, who lives with autism and intellectual disabilities. Like any provider who cares for a person with severe autism and other kinds of cognitive disabilities, I am worried about what happens if Manuel wanders or gets lost and comes across a police officer. Did you know that half of people killed by police are people with disabilities? Manuel is nonverbal, aggressive, and has no fear […]

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Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid

Audit of IHSS payroll confirms providers face challenges with getting paid

IHSS providers have been plagued with late timesheets and paychecks for years. In March, the State Auditor released a report on their audit of the IHSS payroll system, confirming what we already know to be true — the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) could be doing a lot more to help providers avoid paycheck delays. Some of the audit’s recommendations for CDSS: Change the timesheet rules so that a provider’s work week matches their pay period — reducing errors that lead to longer processing times Monitor the system more closely to identify problems and correct errors right away Develop […]

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