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UDW joins 115 groups demanding California Members of Congress Reject Tax Bill

UDW joins 115 groups demanding California Members of Congress Reject Tax Bill

This week, Congress is voting to pass a bill called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will fundamentally change our economy by moving money from working families to the very wealthy and corporations. As a union of low-wage IHSS providers who care for seniors and people with disabilities, UDW vehemently opposes the bill and the deep, dangerous cuts it will trigger in Medicaid, IHSS, Medicare, Social Security and other essential programs. On Monday, we joined 115 other organizations to send a letter to California’s Congressional delegation outlining our concerns about the bill and the effects it will have on […]

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UDW’s Doug Moore represents caregivers on state’s Family Caregiving Task Force

UDW’s Doug Moore represents caregivers on state’s Family Caregiving Task Force

For home care workers like us, the looming long-term care crisis isn’t just a matter of public policy – it’s the everyday reality of long hours, low pay, and coping with the stress of having another person’s life in our hands. There are medical appointments and sleepless nights and the special skills we develop such as tube feeding, lifting our clients in and out of beds or wheelchairs, and performing personal hygiene for them. The intimate world of our daily work is exactly what our policy makers need to understand if we want them to craft a long-term care plan […]

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UDW opposes Congress’ latest attempt to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

UDW opposes Congress’ latest attempt to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

Leaders in Congress have introduced new legislation to water down the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The bill, HR 620, is designed to let business owners off the hook for ADA compliance, allowing them to ignore accessibility issues until there are complaints and creating hurdles for anyone who complains. This puts the burden for accessibility back onto people with disabilities, just like the bad old days before the ADA. The signing of the ADA in 1990 was a pivotal moment for disability rights. The ADA, which guarantees certain types of disability accommodations and other protections, led to a new era […]

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Butte County caregivers fight for a raise—and respect

Butte County caregivers fight for a raise—and respect

Over 6,000 IHSS home care providers in Butte County have gone without a new contract for five years—but we’ve gone even longer without respect. The Butte County Board of Supervisors has been dragging its heels on addressing the needs of IHSS providers, refusing to come through with a needed pay raise for those of us who care for Butte County’s low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Some of the county supervisors have even taken the insulting position that, since many providers are family members of our clients, we should feel lucky we are getting paid at all. “I don’t think […]

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California’s Homecare Crisis: Raising Wages is Key to the Solution

Sarah Thomason & Annette Bernhardt, UC Berkley Labor Center, November 7, 2017   Executive Summary The homecare industry has grown exponentially in recent decades and will continue to do so in the future. However, low wages make it difficult to recruit enough workers to meet this rapidly growing demand. Unless California’s homecare crisis is addressed and workers’ wages are increased, the elderly and people with disabilities will not get the care they require, homecare workers will continue to live in poverty, and the public cost of long-term care will increase. Growing Demand for Homecare in California The rapid growth of […]

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