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!

Caregivers to Gov. Brown: We deserve Social Security (and more)

Caregivers to Gov. Brown: We deserve Social Security (and more)

Yesterday, UDW caregivers from around the state gathered in Sacramento to urge Governor Brown to sign Assembly Bill 1930. We delivered petitions signed by over 3,600 IHSS providers and members of our communities to his office in the Capitol. Assembly Bill 1930 addresses a problem facing an estimated 86,000 parent and spouse IHSS providers who are currently left out of Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits because of unfair state and federal policies. “Parent and spouse providers work as hard as other home care workers,” said Lidia Rodriguez who works as the home care provider for her son and a […]

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UDW Legislative Update: Winning dignity for home care workers and our clients

UDW is a union for home care providers by home care providers, which means we are committed to the issues that are important to caregivers and our clients and loved ones. Together, we are a strong voice for seniors, people with disabilities, home care providers, and working families at the Capitol. In 2016, in addition to permanently ending the 7% cut to our clients’ IHSS hours, we’re sponsoring legislation that would start our work to secure unemployment insurance, Medicare, and Social Security benefits for family providers. Here are the bills UDW is sponsoring, supporting, opposing, and watching in 2016: BILLS […]

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Caregivers demand equal Social Security and unemployment benefits, deliver petitions to Governor Brown

Caregivers demand equal Social Security and unemployment benefits, deliver petitions to Governor Brown

For Immediate Release Thursday, August 25, 2016 Contact: Margitte Kristjansson, 619-548-4304 California home care providers who care for their spouse or child are ineligible for Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment benefits. Sacramento – Today In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care workers met at the Capitol to deliver petitions to Governor Brown signed by over 3,500 Californians. The petitions call on the governor to sign Assembly Bill 1930, a bill sponsored by the United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930, and authored by Assemblymember Tom Lackey (R – Palmdale) with coauthors Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D – San Diego) and Senator Mike McGuire (D […]

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Important update on late IHSS paychecks and the future of the payroll system

Important update on late IHSS paychecks and the future of the payroll system

UDW recently discovered that numerous IHSS providers were still awaiting their June 15th – 30th paycheck. When we demanded answers from the state, we were told the longer than normal wait times were due in part to the 4th of July holiday. The holiday caused more timesheets than usual to arrive at the timesheet processing facility in Chico on July 5th, which slowed their processing and delayed paychecks across the state. As of July 15th, many providers are still waiting for their pay. Workers in most professions – doctors, store clerks, even politicians – typically know when they will be […]

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Parent and spouse providers deserve the same benefits as all other workers

Parent and spouse providers deserve the same benefits as all other workers

My oldest son Ronald was studying to become a professor when one day he had a catastrophic stroke that left him quadriplegic, non-verbal, and dependent on a feeding tube. After his stroke, he was initially in a nursing home, but I could see it wasn’t good for his health. My family decided the best thing for him was to receive care at home. About eight years ago, I quit my job of 16 years to become Ronald’s full-time home care provider. All of my money goes to my bills. I don’t have enough to set aside in a savings account. […]

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