Summer 2014 Caregiver

Clients fighting for homecare

Clients fighting for homecare

By Corie Crowson, caregiver, Merced County Before Katrina Bucol’s mother passed away, she made Katrina promise to help keep her brother Randy from being institutionalized. Randy grew up with intellectual disabilities stemming from a childhood illness, and until then their mother had been his full-time caregiver. Their mother feared that when she died, Randy would be forced into institutional care, where his disabilities would make it hard for him to adjust or live a happy life. Katrina knew that that wasn’t an option for Randy, so she took over her brother’s care. At the time of their mother’s passing, Randy […]

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Life beyond the white picket fence

Life beyond the white picket fence

by Sarah Ilenstine, caregiver, San Luis Obispo County When I was a younger, I fantasized about having a perfect family. A husband, a few kids that would grow up and eventually go off to college, and maybe even that highly-coveted white picket fence. In all my daydreaming, I never imagined the challenges I would face in life, or the surprising and amazing gift that is my granddaughter Crystal. My name is Sarah Ilenstine, and I am a full-time homecare provider in Santa Barbara County. I care for my granddaughter Crystal, who is 11 years old and was born with spina […]

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The Power to Win

The Power to Win

By standing together as union members, we have protected IHSS and won improvements for caregivers Some of us remember the days when California caregivers didn’t have collective bargaining. It meant minimum wage for IHSS providers. No health care benefits. No voice with lawmakers in Sacramento and very little power to stop cuts to IHSS that hurt our families and clients. But today we are a powerful force that stands up for our families and the seniors and people with disabilities who rely on homecare. Overtime pay is the latest victory for caregivers, and we have a proven track record in […]

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“Governor Brown: Don’t give me to strangers!”

"Governor Brown: Don't give me to strangers!"

That was what IHSS client Jessie Eppert wrote on her sign at a rally to protect continuity of care at the Capitol in May. Jessie and her mom, UDW caregiver Stephanie Eppert, have been on the frontlines fighting against Governor Brown’s proposed cuts since they were first announced in January. Now that caregivers and our clients have successfully protected continuity of care by winning overtime pay for caregivers, many of us are dreaming about what we will be able to do with the extra income we’ll be making come January. For a lot of us overtime pay means finally being […]

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UDW Caregivers Make History: Overtime Victory Will Help Our Families

UDW Caregivers Make History: Overtime Victory Will Help Our Families

For the first time ever, IHSS providers will be paid overtime After an intense six month campaign, UDW caregivers successfully stopped Governor Brown’s attempt to ban providers from working more than 40 hours per week. Starting in January 2015, IHSS providers will be eligible to earn overtime pay – for the first time in history. Our latest victory shows just how much is possible when we stand together! We successfully defeated Governor Brown’s proposed hour cap that would have meant strangers caring for our loved ones and clients, and forced many of us further into poverty. Scheduled to start in […]

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