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!

Retirement savings for IHSS providers

Retirement savings for IHSS providers

When Madera County caregiver Cynthia Wilson’s IHSS paycheck didn’t arrive on time in January, she and her grandson lost their apartment. Thankfully, they were able to turn to friends and neighbors for help, but since then she has been terrified that another late paycheck or unexpected expense could leave her homeless again. And that worry increases exponentially when Cynthia thinks about retirement, because like many IHSS providers, Cynthia has no retirement benefits or savings. “I’m 62,” said Cynthia. “If I work until I’m 70, I might get about $1,200 a month from Social Security, but that’s not set in stone […]

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I’m denied basic retirement security just because my home care client is my spouse

I’m denied basic retirement security just because my home care client is my spouse

My husband David’s meningitis caused paralysis on the left side of his body and several neurological problems. For a while I was able to continue working my full-time job, and pay into important programs like Social Security and Medicare. But as David’s condition worsened, I had to start reevaluating what was best for our family. David became reliant on a wheelchair seven years ago, and that’s when I knew it was time to change jobs. I left my old job, and became my husband’s full-time home care provider. When I found out that I was no longer able to pay […]

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Home care is real work, and real work deserves real retirement security

Home care is real work, and real work deserves real retirement security

When my daughter Delaina was in second grade, an undiagnosed tumor in her brain hemorrhaged and left her with brain damage. Now, Delaina is 22 years old, and I work as her home care provider. She can understand me, but has behavior issues. Delaina can do basic math and write her name, but it’s hard for her to learn more. She’s also lost her ability to walk or feed herself. We live month to month, because I don’t make much as Delaina’s full-time home care provider. And if something were to happen to IHSS and I lost my job as […]

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Victory! State budget stops cuts to IHSS for three more years

Victory! State budget stops cuts to IHSS for three more years

Update: On June 27, 2016, Governor Brown signed the state budget into law. The restoration of the 7% cut to IHSS recipients’ hours of care has been extended three more years, and SSI/SSP grants will receive a one-time 2.76% increase effective January 1, 2017. Click here to read more. Yesterday, the state legislature passed the 2016-17 budget, which fully funds IHSS, and also increases SSI/SSP, a state and federally funded program on which many home care recipients rely. Our victories are a direct result of UDW members’ fight to protect home care for seniors and people with disabilities. What’s in […]

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Our voices: Social Security for IHSS parent and spouse providers

Our voices: Social Security for IHSS parent and spouse providers

UDW asked and you answered! Hundreds of spouse and parent caregivers have responded to UDW’s survey on how ineligibility for Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits impacts our families. Currently home care workers who care for their spouse or child are unable to receive important retirement and social insurance program benefits. Due to state and federal laws, these providers are currently unable to make Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) contributions on their paychecks, which fund these benefits. Of providers surveyed, approximately 75 percent of us care for our child, while 17 percent care for our […]

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