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UDW Leadership Academy develops caregivers’ power and potential

As a member-led union, UDW provides a way for IHSS providers to make our voices heard and take charge of our futures. One way we do this is through the UDW Leadership Academy, our new training program to help members who are ready to take the next step and lead. Members who are selected for the Leadership Academy make a commitment to eight weeks of free training that covers: Public speaking and leadership The history of UDW and the labor movement How caregivers can use legislation and politics to make a positive change for our clients Denise Justice, a caregiver […]

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Orange County teams up with anti-caregiver Freedom Foundation at IHSS orientations

At the request of an anti-worker and out-of-state organization, Orange County officials struck their latest blow to home care workers on Friday when they instituted a new policy at IHSS orientations to discourage new IHSS providers from becoming union members — a move that is not only anti-worker, but is also against the law. The county appears to be doing the bidding of a Washington state-based group called the Freedom Foundation. This isn’t the first time the Freedom Foundation has interfered at orientations and gone out of their way to harass home care workers and undermine our right to unionize. […]

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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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