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What overtime pay has meant to my family

What overtime pay has meant to my family

My name is Aurora Viramontes Rivera, and I work as a home care provider for two of my children in Orange County, California. I am overjoyed and grateful that home care workers are now eligible for overtime pay. For my family, the added income has drastically improved our quality of life. I’ve always been appreciative that the In-Home Supportive Services program (IHSS) gives me the opportunity to provide my children with the best care possible. I’m not just their mother. I’m the caregiving professional who knows their conditions and their needs best. Unfortunately, while I love my work, it hasn’t […]

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Overtime pay has kept my family safe at home

Overtime pay has kept my family safe at home

My name is Toni Monique Taloa, and I’m a home care provider in Buena Park, California. I initially became a professional home care worker to take care of my elderly grandmother. My grandmother was originally assessed just 80 hours of in-home care each month – far less than she needed – by California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) home care program. My union, the United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930 (UDW), helped me successfully appeal the decision, and my grandmother’s home care hours were increased from 80 to 283 per month. As a person who honestly did not believe in the power […]

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UDW Match connects home care providers with those in need of care

UDW Match connects home care providers with those in need of care

My name is Maria Cota, and I’ve been an IHSS caregiver since 1993. In 2013, I had a stroke and the recovery made it difficult for me to keep working as a home care provider. Once I was back on my feet and ready to get back to work, the UDW Match program helped me find a new home care client. Now, I’m working again and I don’t have to worry about how I will pay my bills and support myself. UDW Match is one of our members-only benefits. It is a totally free home care referral service that connects […]

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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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Proud to be an LGBT caregiver

Proud to be an LGBT caregiver

By R. Andrew Daniel, IHSS provider, San Diego County During LGBT Pride Month, I like to take a look back at how far my community has come. Throughout history we have been beaten and killed for loving who we love, and we’ve fought tooth and nail for every right we have today. But though we’ve made strides towards dignity and justice, we’re far from done fighting for equal rights. My activism for my community has always been through care— I started at the age of 12.  I always volunteered for various things, but focused on HIV/AIDS when the epidemic hit, […]

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