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!

You asked, we answered: Frequently asked questions from last night’s telephone town hall

You asked, we answered: Frequently asked questions from last night’s telephone town hall

Last night thousands of members joined our telephone conference, a town hall-style meeting led by UDW leaders and attended by our union’s lawyer. At the meeting we discussed our next steps for winning back overtime pay, ending the 7% cut to IHSS hours for good, issues with the new timesheets, and more. For those unable to join us, here were the frequently asked questions from the call: We also livestreamed the call! For those who missed it, here’s a video from last night’s town hall:

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The 2015 proposed state budget: How it impacts IHSS providers and our families

The 2015 proposed state budget: How it impacts IHSS providers and our families

January 16, 2015 Last week Governor Brown announced his proposed 2015-2016 state budget, which includes restoring funding for IHSS and ending the 7% cut to our clients’ hours. We are thrilled with this announcement and are calling on lawmakers to support the state’s proposal to protect quality care for seniors and people with disabilities. Over the next six months, UDW members will be working diligently to end the 7% cut. The Governor’s proposed budget restores funding to IHSS through a restructured tax on managed care health plans, which would need to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the Legislature. If […]

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Caregivers react to California’s decision to halt implementation of overtime for IHSS

Caregivers react to California's decision to halt implementation of overtime for IHSS

Following is a statement from United Domestic Workers Executive Director Doug Moore on California’s decision to halts implementation of overtime for In-Home Supportive Services: “It is shameful that California is siding with lawyers and lobbyists for a private industry seeking to protect its bottom line, rather than those who provide in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities for paltry wages. Our state’s home caregivers often live at the poverty level, trying to make ends meet while helping some of our most vulnerable residents live with dignity. In-home caregivers in California have seen their livelihoods cut to the bone through […]

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Homecare workers deserve overtime pay – and so much more

Homecare workers deserve overtime pay – and so much more

For-profit homecare agencies are threatening our new rights to overtime pay. But we’re fighting back. In December 2011, UDW caregivers Michelle Wise and Elva Munoz stood next to President Obama as he announced some major news. The regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) were being amended to extend a minimum wage, overtime pay, and other wage protections to America’s homecare workers, including IHSS providers, for the first time. It’s hard to believe, but homecare workers have been denied these rights since the FLSA was passed over 75 years ago. The exclusion was rooted deeply in injustice – the law […]

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History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights

History Shows How 2 Million Workers Lost Rights

By Eileen Boris & Jennifer Klein, TIME January 13, 2015 Home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights Over the last year, the nation has seen a tumultuous wave of low-wage workers contesting terms of employment that perpetually leave them impoverished and economically insecure. It’s a fight in which home-care workers—one of the fastest growing labor forces—have long participated, as home attendants and aides have historically been singled out for denial of basic labor rights. Their work is becoming ever more important in our economy, with over 40 million elderly Americans today and baby boomers aging […]

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