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Orange County Home Caregivers Among Those Targeted for Harassment by Shadowy Right-Wing Group

Orange County Home Caregivers Among Those Targeted for Harassment by Shadowy Right-Wing Group

For Immediate Release Tuesday, May 17, 2018 Contact: Cherie Parker (619) 806-4677 Explosive report by The Guardian exposes anti-union “toolkit” funded by Koch brothers, Walmart Family Foundation and Freedom Foundation on eve of Janus vs. AFSCME decision Home care workers in Orange County who provide care through California’s Medicaid-funded In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program are up against an ominous threat as they bargain to raise their wages out of poverty and protect IHSS: An $80 million “war chest” funded by 66 right-wing thinktanks including the Koch brothers, the Walton Family Foundation and the Washington state-based Freedom Foundation and run by […]

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UPDATE: What you need to know right now about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

UPDATE: What you need to know right now about Electronic Visit Verification (EVV)

A federal law has mandated that all states implement Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Medicaid-funded personal care services programs like IHSS starting January 1, 2019—or else lose significant funding. Providers and clients have been very worried about what EVV will be like: Will it endanger our privacy? Will it create lots of extra work in our already busy days? UDW caregivers have been active in opposing a burdensome EVV system, and have been sharing our fears and concerns about EVV to the California Department of Social Services (DSS). And it appears our hard work is paying off. The state announced […]

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Our latest efforts to protect our clients and loved ones in police interactions

Our latest efforts to protect our clients and loved ones in police interactions

By Astrid Zuniga, caregiver and UDW Vice President As an active member and elected leader of my union, I wear a lot of hats. But first and foremost, I am a mother. And for the past two years, I have been devoted to protecting the safety of my family—and the safety of all our loved ones with disabilities. I’ve written about my son Manuel before. He lives with autism and intellectual disabilities that make him prone to wandering and aggressive behavior. I worry every day that his fearlessness will get him into trouble, especially if he comes into contact with […]

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Victory: UDW negotiates with state to drop February timesheet violations

Victory: UDW negotiates with state to drop February timesheet violations

 Timesheet violations are a hassle and they can be scary—no one wants to be suspended or fired as a provider because they wrote down the wrong number on their timesheet. Because February was a short month, a lot of us got violations. But the good news is that having a union like UDW on your side can make a big difference when it comes to timesheet violations. UDW went to bat for IHSS providers with the state, arguing that it wasn’t fair for so many hardworking caregivers to get violations. Thanks to pressure from the union, the state agreed to […]

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I’m an IHSS provider in Orange County… and I am homeless

I’m an IHSS provider in Orange County… and I am homeless

By Angela Peifer, IHSS provider and UDW member in Orange County. Most IHSS caregivers in the state make just above $11/hour, but in Orange County we make minimum wage. That means we struggle even harder to make ends meet for ourselves, in a county with one of the highest costs of living in California. Many of us worry if we’ll be able to pay all our bills, if there will be money left over to put food on the table, if we can afford that trip to the doctor’s office. And me? Well, I often have to worry about where […]

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