United Domestic Workers Statement on Governor Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO-The United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930), a union representing over 120,000 California home care workers, issued the following statement supporting California Governor Gavin Newsom’s May Revise Budget Proposal:

“We applaud Governor Gavin Newsom’s decision to listen to IHSS providers and clients and permanently restore the 7 percent cut to California’s In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) hours in his May Revise budget proposal. IHSS allows low- income seniors and people with disabilities to live at home and avoid unnecessary institutionalization—a life-saving option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the cut has been funded on a year-to-year basis in recent years, removing it permanently is a strong show of support for this crucial program. Thank you also to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins for helping make this permanent restoration possible.

We also applaud the Newsom administration and Legislature for preserving the current 65-35 IHSS cost split between the state and counties. We urge that this cost split be combined with a 10 percent penalty on counties that refuse to bargain in good faith with their IHSS workers. Both incentives are necessary to create an atmosphere conducive to bargaining. Only by empowering IHSS providers in the bargaining process will we be able to recruit and retain enough caregivers to meet the long-term care needs of our state.”  

-Doug Moore
Executive Director, United Domestic Workers of America (UDW/AFSCME 3930)

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