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A police encounter can mean a death for a disabled person. Let’s change the law

A police encounter can mean a death for a disabled person. Let’s change the law

BY ASTRID ZUNIGA AND DOUG MOORE SPECIAL TO THE SACRAMENTO BEE In the coverage of police use of force, we talk a lot about race — and we should. Black and brown communities bear a greater burden than whites when it comes to violence at the hands of law enforcement. But there’s another group heavily impacted by police use of force that’s less talked about: people with disabilities. The danger faced by people with disabilities in a police encounter is laid out in a 2016 study by the Ruderman Family Foundation, which found that one third to one half of those […]

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United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO-The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union of 110,000 California home care workers, issued the following statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Budget Proposal on In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS): “We support Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to restore the 7 percent cut to California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program through 2021. IHSS allows low income seniors and people with disabilities to live at home safely and with dignity at a much lower cost than institutionalization.” “However, UDW caregivers look forward to working with the Legislature and the Governor to permanently restore the 7% cut once and for all. IHSS […]

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URGENT for UDW Members: Sign Updated Card to Stay a Member

URGENT for UDW Members: Sign Updated Card to Stay a Member

IMPORTANT! In order to remain a UDW member and have dues payments automatically deducted, you must reauthorize your membership here. Last month, the federal government announced the official rule change aimed at prohibiting home care providers like us from automatically deducting union dues and health care payments from our own paychecks. This new rule could go into effect as early as July 5. Read more about the rule change here. The form on www.MyUDW.org contains updated language that will allow you to continue having these payments deducted from your paycheck. We are also working hard to find a solution to help you […]

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California Caregivers Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

California Caregivers Denounce Trump Administration Attack on Home Care Workers

For Immediate Release May 2, 2019 Contact Margitte Kristjansson: 619-548-4304 Today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a rule change that prohibits consumer-directed home care workers from making any automatic deductions—including union dues and health care premiums—from their Medicaid-funded paychecks. The move is the latest in a series of federal level attacks against public sector unions, including the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Harris v. Quinn and Janus v. AFSCME, which aim to defund unions and silence workers’ voices. The new rule, which CMS announced will go into effect on or around July 5 of this year, jeopardizes a caregiver’s ability to access union benefits such as life insurance, auto […]

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Expungement clinics give UDW members and their families a chance for a fresh start

Expungement clinics give UDW members and their families a chance for a fresh start

We all make mistakes, and we all deserve the chance to atone for them. But low-level crimes on our records can keep us from turning our lives around, making a fresh start and contributing to society. That’s why UDW, with our friends at UFCW, is helping caregivers and their family members by holding expungement clinics to help certain non-violent offenders clear their records. “Expunge” means to set aside and dismiss something and, after attending these clinics, many folks have a chance to look forward to a clear future. It’s important to note that these are not violent or serious crimes, […]

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