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Caregivers Never Quit – A report from AFSCME’s 2016 convention

Caregivers Never Quit – A report from AFSCME’s 2016 convention

UDW caregivers stood alongside thousands of public service workers to declare we will NEVER QUIT at AFSCME’s 42nd International Convention last week in Las Vegas. “It truly was a learning experience,” said Susana Saldana, an IHSS provider for her son and first time convention delegate from Merced County. “I enjoyed meeting people from all over the country and learning best practices from fellow union members.” UDW is a California affiliate of the national union AFSCME, and including UDW’s over 94,000 home care providers, AFSCME represents 1.6 million workers around the country. AFSCME members are public servants who work as nurses, […]

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Calls for Social Security expansion grow louder in Washington

by Mark Miller, New York Times, July 15 Jana Panarites was about to make a midlife career shift in 2010 when her father died. At age 50, she had completed a master’s degree in cultural diplomacy at the University of Southern California and was looking for a position in the nonprofit sector. That plan ground to a halt when she moved back to Maryland, where she grew up, to take care of her mother. “Like a lot of caregivers, I had no idea what I was getting into,” she said. “I wound up spending so much time taking care of her, […]

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Important update on late IHSS paychecks and the future of the payroll system

Important update on late IHSS paychecks and the future of the payroll system

UDW recently discovered that numerous IHSS providers were still awaiting their June 15th – 30th paycheck. When we demanded answers from the state, we were told the longer than normal wait times were due in part to the 4th of July holiday. The holiday caused more timesheets than usual to arrive at the timesheet processing facility in Chico on July 5th, which slowed their processing and delayed paychecks across the state. As of July 15th, many providers are still waiting for their pay. Workers in most professions – doctors, store clerks, even politicians – typically know when they will be […]

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Parent and spouse providers deserve the same benefits as all other workers

Parent and spouse providers deserve the same benefits as all other workers

My oldest son Ronald was studying to become a professor when one day he had a catastrophic stroke that left him quadriplegic, non-verbal, and dependent on a feeding tube. After his stroke, he was initially in a nursing home, but I could see it wasn’t good for his health. My family decided the best thing for him was to receive care at home. About eight years ago, I quit my job of 16 years to become Ronald’s full-time home care provider. All of my money goes to my bills. I don’t have enough to set aside in a savings account. […]

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UDW Culinary Arts Academy teaches IHSS providers valuable new skills

UDW Culinary Arts Academy teaches IHSS providers valuable new skills

On Saturday, UDW held a graduation ceremony at our headquarters in San Diego for the first class of the UDW Culinary Arts Academy. The Culinary Arts Academy is a new, free training program for UDW caregivers. We also opened the program up to members of the community, as a way to give back to the community where UDW members live and work. “I love this program,” said UDW member Esther Torbert, mother of one of the graduates. “It’s taking UDW beyond home care and out into the community. This is a program that helps people out.” “UDW caregivers who love […]

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