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UDW members working to ensure safer interactions between police and people with disabilities

UDW members working to ensure safer interactions between police and people with disabilities

A few years ago, William Reed, a caregiver and UDW District 6 Vice President, stopped by the local H & R Block office to pick up his taxes. His son, William Jr., an adult with autism, was in the back seat and didn’t want to get out of the car. “OK,” William thought, “I’ll run in to get the taxes and run out.” But when William came out, his son was gone. William panicked and did what he instinctively does whenever his son disappears from his sight: listen for sirens. William and his wife have spent the decades since their […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Senate Health Chair Joins Seniors and Disability Rights Advocates in Announcing Bold Step to address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis

PRESS RELEASE: Senate Health Chair Joins Seniors and Disability Rights Advocates in Announcing Bold Step to address the State’s Long-Term Care Crisis

Coalition-backed legislation will create roadmap to long-term care benefit for middle-class Californians Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and state senator representing the Sacramento area, and Assemblymember Ash Kalra, representing San Jose, today announced new legislation that is the first step toward building a new program to finance long-term services and supports (LTSS) for California’s working and middle-class families. California currently has almost 8 million persons who are either older adults or persons with mobility, sensory, intellectual, developmental, and/or mental health disabilities, many of whom struggle to afford the ongoing services and supports they need to live with dignity and independence. […]

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2018 Legislative Scorecard

2018 Legislative Scorecard

Which lawmakers stood up for seniors, people with disabilities, working families, and California’s in-home caregivers? Every year, UDW scores the California legislature and the governor on their support of policies that impact homecare recipients and care providers. We also total the overall career scores of our elected leaders to acknowledge those who have consistently supported providers and our IHSS clients. Find out how your lawmakers scored by clicking on the booklet below.  

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Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019: A Look at the Year Ahead

$1 minimum wage increase coming January 1stand so much more As caregivers, we know two things: Our clients need IHSS and we need higher pay. That’s why our union will focus on protecting our program and raising caregiver pay in the coming year. But to win on those issues, we must also fight the other injustices that keep us from achieving our goals—injustices like poverty, racism, and violence. So, as we are pushing for better caregiver pay and IHSS funding, we will also be working toward making our communities healthier, safer, and more just. Here’s what’s happening in 2019: Raising […]

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After the fire: UDW caregivers step up to help those in need

After the fire: UDW caregivers step up to help those in need

On the morning of November 8, Kesha and Vincent Haynie were leaving their home in Magalia to start their regular commute into Chico where Vince cares for an elderly man and Kesha—a caregiver herself—works as a UDW staff member. They noticed plumes of smoke and heard a loud, ominous, “BOOM.” “It must have been a propane tank,” Vince said. “They were going off like firecrackers.” On the road to town they saw the actual flames. They called Kesha’s mom, who was still at their house with their dog, and told her to leave the area and head to Chico immediately. […]

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