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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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Butte County caregivers fight for a raise—and respect

Butte County caregivers fight for a raise—and respect

Over 6,000 IHSS home care providers in Butte County have gone without a new contract for five years—but we’ve gone even longer without respect. The Butte County Board of Supervisors has been dragging its heels on addressing the needs of IHSS providers, refusing to come through with a needed pay raise for those of us who care for Butte County’s low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Some of the county supervisors have even taken the insulting position that, since many providers are family members of our clients, we should feel lucky we are getting paid at all. “I don’t think […]

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New benefit for UDW members: the UDW U.S. Bank Focus Card!

New benefit for UDW members: the UDW U.S. Bank Focus Card!

Introducing a new way to get paid, and a new way to pay – UDW is excited to announce our newest member benefit, the Focus CardTM. Get your IHSS pay directly deposited onto your very own debit Mastercard® to save time and money. Did you know that nearly 70% of IHSS providers still receive paper checks? Direct deposit allows you to avoid lost or delayed paper checks, and check cashing fees from predatory lending companies. But you can’t sign up for direct deposit if you don’t have a bank account. Until now. Sign up for the Focus Card today, and […]

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Looking for the answer to America’s long-term care crisis? Listen to caregivers.

Looking for the answer to America’s long-term care crisis? Listen to caregivers.

Doug Moore, Huffington Post, November 1, 2017 Caregiving is not easy. Home care workers—those who provide in-home care to seniors, people with disabilities, and people who live with chronic and long-term illnesses—work around the clock to ensure that their clients and loved ones can have dignity and comfort and receive quality care in their own homes. For the over 100,000 home care providers who make up the United Domestic Workers of America, UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, caregiving means performing life-sustaining services as well as basic personal care; everything from maintaining breathing tubes to brushing teeth. And for family caregivers, it is […]

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