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 win audit of IHSS payroll system

Caregivers win audit of IHSS payroll system

Yesterday, UDW caregivers joined Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez at a Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearing at the Capitol to request an audit of the IHSS timesheet system. After hearing testimony and comments from providers and home care recipients, the committee voted unanimously (11 to 0) to begin an audit of the system to find out what’s wrong, so it can be fixed. Far too many IHSS providers know what it’s like to wait days, weeks, or months for a late paycheck. We know what it’s like to set our household budget for the month, only to have it thrown off completely […]

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Take Action: Tell lawmakers to increase SSI/SSP grants today

Take Action: Tell lawmakers to increase SSI/SSP grants today

In California, nearly 1.5 million older adults and people with disabilities struggle day after day, month after month to get by. Too many of our IHSS clients live without enough money to pay for basic necessities like housing, food, and their prescriptions. They are forced to live in poverty because of cuts made in 2009 to their Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (also known as SSI/SSP) grants in order to lessen the effects of the recession. Now, the state is doing better, but without an increase to their SSI/SSP payment amounts, the most vulnerable people in our communities are actually […]

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UDW fights for increase to SSI/SSP income for our clients and loved ones

UDW fights for increase to SSI/SSP income for our clients and loved ones

Increase the SSI/SSP Grant Above the Poverty Level Our organization joins with the Californians for SSI Coalition in calling on the Legislature to increase the SSI/SSP grant amounts above the federal poverty level for Californians who are blind, seniors and/or living with disabilities. While almost every area of the state budget has had funds and programs restored in recent years, SSI/SSP recipients have not received any restorations. We believe it is long past time for this to occur. We appreciate that Governor Brown has proposed in his budget the first increase in ten years to the SSI grant’s state contribution, […]

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Update on our work to improve the IHSS payroll system

Update on our work to improve the IHSS payroll system

Late paychecks and timesheets impact our ability to provide for ourselves and our families. Many UDW caregivers have expressed frustrations with the IHSS timesheet process, and our union heard us. We’ve been working on ways to update the process and make it easier for IHSS providers to receive our hard earned paychecks in a timely manner. Right now, we’re working on approval of an audit of the IHSS timesheet system that would determine what is and what isn’t working, and how it can work better for providers. A legislative hearing will be held at the Capitol on May 25th, and […]

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Important update: New overtime exemption for providers with multiple clients

Important update: New overtime exemption for providers with multiple clients

For the last two years, UDW has been urging the state to develop a special exemptions process to ensure that overtime is a great benefit for all IHSS providers and our clients. We are excited to announce the Extraordinary Circumstances Exemption, designed to help eligible IHSS providers who do not qualify for the Categorical Exemption. This exemption is for providers with two or more clients who need more than 66 hours per week of care combined. Providers who qualify will be allowed to work up to 12 hours per day, up to 360 hours per month combined for all of […]

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