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Get your IHSS pay fast and easy with the UDW US Bank Focus Card!

Get your IHSS pay fast and easy with the UDW US Bank Focus Card!

Last year UDW introduced members to a new benefit that gives us a new way to get paid,and a new way to pay –the Focus CardTM. The Focus Card works everywhere you can use a debit Mastercard. That means buying groceries, shopping online and getting cash from ATMs. And with the Focus Card, even members that don’t have bank accounts can get direct deposit of their IHSS pay. That’s important, because direct deposit allows us to avoid lost or delayed paper checks, as well as check cashing fees from predatory lending companies. UDW worked hard to find a prepaid card […]

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We are Caregiver Strong: UDW members gather for 16th Constitutional Convention

We are Caregiver Strong: UDW members gather for 16th Constitutional Convention

UDW members elected by their peers to be delegates gathered in San Diego on June 7-9 for our 16th Constitutional Convention. Under a slogan that reflects the work we do and what it takes to do it— “Caregiver Strong”—we set a course for UDW’s future that focuses on protecting IHSS, raising the pay and status of caregivers, and standing up for the values we share as working people. UDW bylaws call for conventions to be held every three years. At convention, we bring our experiences and our wisdom to the table to report on what we’ve accomplished so far and […]

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IHSS providers and clients speak out against the Freedom Foundation

IHSS providers and clients speak out against the Freedom Foundation

We are standing together to protect the IHSS program for our clients An out-of-state group called the Freedom Foundation is telling California home care providers to drop our union. They say they care about workers, but really they are funded by billionaires, oppose raising wages, and want to take away our benefits. IHSS providers and clients are speaking out against them and their goal to weaken our collective power and our union. You can find out more about Freedom Foundation, its secretive donors and its anti-worker policies here: www.freedomfoundationfactcheck.com

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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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