Breaking: Gov. proposes restoring 7% to IHSS hours

Governor’s budget proposes ending a 7% cut to IHSS hours. Next, we turn to the Legislature and call on Gov. Brown to restore overtime pay.

We are thrilled to announce that, after over a year of campaigning by caregivers and our union UDW, the governor has proposed to restore 7% to the hours of IHSS clients! It is far from a done deal, however, and over the next six months the budget will work its way through the legislature. UDW caregivers will be there every step of the way to ensure lawmakers restore the 7%. If passed, the hours would be restored as of July 1, 2015.

Today UDW Executive Director Doug Moore is calling this a step in the right direction for our communities and says IHSS clients need and deserve to have the hours restored. “With a multi-billion dollar budget surplus, there is no reason for California to deny care to our citizens who are elderly or have disabilities.”

Next steps: Sign our petition to restore overtime pay, and save the date for a statewide teleconference on January 27th and January 29th.

The Governor has yet to take action on restoring pay for IHSS providers for overtime, travel time, and medical accompaniment. The new rules were supposed to go into effect on January 1st, however a federal judge stopped them after a lawsuit was filed by for-profit homecare agencies. However, nothing in the court ruling prohibits California from paying overtime and we are calling on Governor Brown to move forward — sign our petition here.

Save the date for a statewide teleconference with IHSS providers on Thursday, January 29th at 4 pm (English) and Tuesday, January 27th at 4 pm (Vietnamese) and 5 pm (Spanish). At the meeting, we will give an update on our 2015 priorities including the restoration of the 7% and overtime pay. Call our Member Benefits Center at 1-800-621-5016 if your phone number has changed in the past year so that we can make sure to give you call!

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