Winter 2017 Caregiver

Fight, Protect, Win: 17 Years of UDW Victories

1999-2008: UDW caregivers win our collective bargaining rights and transform our union to one for caregivers by caregivers. We also win direct deposit for our IHSS paychecks! 2009: UDW stops Governor Schwarzeneggar’s attempt to decrease the state’s contribution to our wages and benefits and put unfair limits on who can receive car 2010: Together we stop Governor Schwarzeneggar from eliminating IHSS entirely. 2011:  We also win legislation that both ends timesheet fingerprint requirements, and requires counties to give us our background check results and appeals information. We successfully urge lawmakers to protect IHSS by finding new funding when Governor Brown tries to end certain […]

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President’s Report, Winter 2017

President’s Report, Winter 2017

Dear fellow UDW caregivers, What a three months it has been! In the last quarter of the year, we elected and inaugurated a new president, honored caregivers throughout Provider Appreciation Month, and prepared ourselves for a momentous 2017. This year, we have already begun to face many challenges head on. Our health care and home care are under attack at the federal level. We are fighting back together to urge elected leaders to improve and protect our health care rather than cut it, and ensure programs like Medicaid which provide 55% of IHSS funding are strengthened rather than reduced. In […]

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Fighting back against threats to home care in 2017 and beyond

Fighting back against threats to home care in 2017 and beyond

Election Day 2016 has come and gone, a new president is in the White House, and the U.S. Congress is now in session. No matter how you voted in November, one thing is certain: the decisions of the new administration and Congress will impact IHSS caregivers and recipients. And if what we’ve seen so far is any indication, we’re in for quite a fight. “Medicaid pays for 55% of all IHSS funding,” said UDW caregiver Susana Saldana of Merced County. If Obamacare is repealed, Medicaid could be nest on the chopping block.” “We need to stand together to show that we’re […]

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Electronic timesheets coming soon!

Electronic timesheets coming soon!

In 2016, UDW caregivers played a pivotal role in making much needed improvements to the IHSS payroll system. With the timesheet audit victory under our belts, we continued to speak up and tell our late timesheet and paycheck stories throughout the year. The state heard us, and announced it would finally offer an electronic timesheet option in 2017. Last December, small groups of IHSS providers were able to try out the state’s electronic timesheet prototype, and offer our opinions. Overall, we are excited about the improvement, and believe it will help reduce the time providers currently spend waiting for our […]

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Save over $2,400 this year with UDW member benefits

Save over $2,400 this year with UDW member benefits

Dear fellow IHSS providers, Together UDW caregivers negotiate better wages and benefits for our work, while also protecting our clients and loved ones by advocating for seniors and people with disabilities and improving the IHSS program. But there’s one more perk to being a member of UDW: our member benefits and discounts. Did you know that if you took advantage of every UDW member benefit, your family could save over $2,400 this year? Our low-cost dental plan can save caregivers up to $194.50 over more expensive dental coverage. The WellCard Health Discount Card can save a family of three on […]

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