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Fight, Protect, Win: Our Legislative Priorities in 2017

Fight, Protect, Win: Our Legislative Priorities in 2017

With a new president in office and a new administration at work, changes are coming that will affect IHSS providers, our clients, our families, and our communities. This year, UDW caregivers face challenges in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Protecting health care and home care, our children, our paychecks, and keeping people with disabilities safe are all top priorities for our union. Here’s a closer look at our legislative priorities in 2017: Protecting—not repealing—our health care Tens of thousands of IHSS providers get our health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (also called ACA or Obamacare). As Congress works to roll […]

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy locks the door on California Medicare activists

Rep. Kevin McCarthy locks the door on California Medicare activists

By Vergil Lewis, People’s World, January 30, 2017 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Nearly 1,000 people from all over the state of California descended on the Bakersfield office of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Friday to demand that he drop plans to privatize Medicare and Medicaid and instead “protect, improve, and expand” these programs that are so vital to people in his district and across the country. The rally, called and organized by the California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA), the California Labor Federation, and Campaign for a Healthy California, brought in busloads of a very diverse crowd, including unionists, senior activists, […]

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Healthcare advocates keep up the heat on McCarthy

Healthcare advocates keep up the heat on McCarthy

By Elizabeth Sanchez, Bakersfield.com, January 27, 2017 Hundreds of people from across California gathered in Bakersfield Friday — many arriving on buses — to express concerns to Congressman Kevin McCarthy about their future access to healthcare under a new presidential administration. People from Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento, Kingsburg, Riverside, San Francisco, Los Angeles and more first met up at Yokuts Park then marched to the House majority leader’s office hoping to relay one message: It’s time to “protect, improve and expand” programs like Medicare and Medicaid, not cut them. “I think it’s important our congressional representatives represent the interests of the […]

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Why I Marched – UDW caregivers attend the Women’s March

Why I Marched – UDW caregivers attend the Women’s March

On Saturday, January 21st, millions of women, men, and children in hundreds of cities around the world stood together in unity as part of the Women’s March on Washington. In California, it is estimated that 880,000 or 1 in every 45 residents attended a local march in dozens of cities across the state. For UDW members, the reasons to march were as diverse as the nearly 98,000 IHSS providers our union represents, but a sense of urgency and a passion to fight for our rights united us all. We were among the huge crowds of people standing up for the […]

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Obamacare repeal would hit California’s Central Valley hard

Obamacare repeal would hit California's Central Valley hard

By Ed Hernandez, the LA Times, January 26, 2017 Last week, I went looking for the real Obamacare. Not the one that’s been vilified by President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, but the Obamacare that’s otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, the one providing health coverage to more than 5 million people in California. I found it in the southern San Joaquin Valley, where the air quality ranks as the worst in the nation, where diabetes is common, where the opioid epidemic rages, where work in the agricultural fields breaks down a body before its time. I […]

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