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STATEMENT: GOVERNOR’S MAY REVISE CUTS CARE AND LEAVES SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES VULNERABLE WITHOUT FEDERAL RELIEF FUNDS

STATEMENT: GOVERNOR’S MAY REVISE CUTS CARE AND LEAVES SENIORS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES VULNERABLE WITHOUT FEDERAL RELIEF FUNDS

Sacramento, CA — United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union representing over 118,000 in-home caregivers in California, released the following statement from Doug Moore, executive director of UDW, concerning Governor Newsom’s “May Revise” budget: “Unfortunately without additional federal relief funds, the May Revise fails our state’s most vulnerable populations by cutting home care hours for more than 600,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities. It’s clear that the Governor is forced to make distressing decisions, and that we must employ creative solutions, but we must not do so at the expense of seniors, people with disabilities, and those […]

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How to apply for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic

How to apply for unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic

Millions of Americans are unable to work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and, sadly, this includes some IHSS providers too. Before the pandemic, IHSS providers were eligible for unemployment insurance just like other workers—except for parent and spouse providers. The exemption for parent and spouse providers is unfair and we are working to change that with our bill AB 1993. Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a program run by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) and is meant to be short-term financial assistance for workers who become partially or fully unemployed through no fault of their own and will be able […]

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Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Activist, mother, caregiver, hero—Mary Courtney-Sheldon is one of the half million frontline home care workers in California keeping seniors and people with disabilities safe from COVID-19. An IHSS provider for her adult son with autism in Poway, Mary, like many home care providers, left a well-paying career to become her son’s caregiver through IHSS when it became clear that his only other choice was to leave home for a long-term care facility. “It doesn’t make any sense, we’re literally saving the state $27,000 a month by providing him with the care he needs at home, and yet I make basically […]

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California child care workers’ union on hold while they struggle with supplies, safety

California child care workers' union on hold while they struggle with supplies, safety

Gabriella Cisneros looks after 14 children at her home day care outside San Diego and is down to her last bottle of Clorox wipes. A private childcare operator, she has a few rolls of paper towels and a little hand sanitizer left, but she doesn’t know how long those will last so that she can keep the kids, and her livelihood, safe. It’s the latest concern for these crucial workers who make sure grocery store employees, EMTs, nurses, doctors, police officers and others on the front line can work and know their children are safe. But Cisneros, 38, said dwindling […]

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How to get health care for COVID-19

How to get health care for COVID-19

If you, your client, or someone in your family becomes ill with COVID-19 or develops symptoms you believe may be due to COVID-19, you need to seek medical care. But many of us have no or limited access to health coverage, or we don’t know how to use the coverage we have when it comes to COVID-19. Many public announcements say you should “call your doctor” if you have symptoms. But what do you do if you don’t have your own doctor? To help during the pandemic, California is creating and expanding health coverage options for those of us who […]

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