Spring 2016 Caregiver

Live better – Union victories are transforming the lives of IHSS providers

Live better - Union victories are transforming the lives of IHSS providers

Aurora Viramontes Rivera has two tough and very important jobs: she’s the mother of two amazing children with disabilities, and she’s also their home care provider. Four years ago, Aurora’s son Atzel was born 23 weeks premature. “We were so worried,” she said. “Atzel was in an incubator for five months after he was born. I couldn’t take him home until he was seven months old.” Today, Atzel is a happy four-year-old boy who lives with autism and receives care through IHSS. But sometimes Atzel wanders, and has a hard time distinguishing between safe and dangerous objects. “I have to […]

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Finally! $15 an hour and paid sick leave for IHSS providers but we’re not done fighting yet!

By Editha Adams, UDW President and IHSS provider For the past year UDW caregivers have rallied and marched alongside thousands of underpaid workers to make one thing clear: no one should have to survive on less than $15 per hour in California. And we won! On April 4, 2016 we were there when Governor Jerry Brown signed a historic $15 minimum wage into law. The law also guarantees paid sick leave for IHSS workers for the first time ever: the first in 2018, the second in 2020, and the third and final day in 2022. It will also increase California’s […]

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President’s Report, Spring 2016

It has been an exciting few months for UDW caregivers. Our eligibility for overtime, travel time, and medical wait time began on February 1st, and provided many home care workers with a much needed increase in their wages. And after years of rallying, marching, and telling our stories alongside other underpaid workers in the Fight for $15, lawmakers finally passed a minimum wage increase in April. The new law will increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2022, and provide IHSS workers with three paid sick days! We should celebrate all of our victories as we continue our work to […]

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Our next big fight

Our next big fight

 Social security and more benefits for parent and spouse providers There are four things that all working Americans should be able to rely on: Social Security so that we can meet our basic needs when we retire, Medicare, paid family leave, and unemployment benefits. But many IHSS providers are not eligible for these vital social safety nets now, or later when we need them most. That’s because, thanks to a loophole in the Internal Revenue Code, parents and spouse caregivers are not currently allowed to have Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) contributions deducted from our paychecks. FICA is what funds […]

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Winning together

Winning together

More IHSS hours and overtime pay are making a huge difference for IHSS providers          

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