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UDW Hosts Vaccine Sites for Thousands of Essential Workers

UDW Hosts Vaccine Sites for Thousands of Essential Workers

“For me, the vaccine is a matter of life.” Though UDW caregiver and county representative Beatriz Manjarrez is here at UDW’s San Diego Headquarters to get vaccinated, you can see her greeting new arrivals, sanitizing clipboards, and answering questions other members have about their vaccination forms. And that’s what today’s vaccine drive is about: union members helping union members. Manjarrez provides in-home care to her mother and her son, so being able to get the vaccine today brings her peace of mind — not just for herself, but for members of her family who have underlying conditions. “We are essential […]

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UDW members win big for San Diego

UDW members win big for San Diego

Campaign for term limits paves way for worker-friendly San Diego BOS Statement from UDW Executive Director Doug Moore: “The new and historic Democratic majority on the San Diego Board of Supervisors shows what happens when workers get together to make their voices heard. By spearheading the effort to pass term limits in 2010, UDW members and our partners in labor built a bridge to a future where entrenched corporate interests have less influence in our city and our government is more representative of the people it serves. Moving forward, we expect the Board to prioritize working families and our issues, […]

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Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Coronavirus hero: UDW member procures and distributes PPE to 200+ IHSS providers in Southern California

Activist, mother, caregiver, hero—Mary Courtney-Sheldon is one of the half million frontline home care workers in California keeping seniors and people with disabilities safe from COVID-19. An IHSS provider for her adult son with autism in Poway, Mary, like many home care providers, left a well-paying career to become her son’s caregiver through IHSS when it became clear that his only other choice was to leave home for a long-term care facility. “It doesn’t make any sense, we’re literally saving the state $27,000 a month by providing him with the care he needs at home, and yet I make basically […]

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Now accepting 2019 Culinary Arts Academy Applications

Now accepting 2019 Culinary Arts Academy Applications

The application process for the 2019 UDW Culinary Arts Academy Program (CAP) is now open. The UDW Culinary Arts Academy is a free training program for UDW caregivers and community members. The Academy will provide participants with seven months of culinary skills training, as well as valuable training in starting and operating a business. Thank you for your interest in the B5 Foundation Culinary Arts Academy Program (CAAP) sponsored by the United Domestic Workers of America. Becoming a skilled culinary professional requires years of experience, but does not require any specific degree before going to culinary training because the instruction you […]

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I was about to be kicked out of IHSS for timesheet violations… so I turned to my union for help

I was about to be kicked out of IHSS for timesheet violations… so I turned to my union for help

By Donal Jones, IHSS provider in San Diego County After my fourth IHSS timesheet violation I was facing losing my job. I knew I was in over my head, so I turned to my union. Thanks to UDW’s help, I’m back where I’m needed—caring for my clients. Here’s my story: I have been a caregiver for 23 years and currently have three clients who keep me very busy: Joseph, Bobby, and Ernest. Ernest has had triple-bypass surgery, a pacemaker in his chest, back problems, and is unable to stand for more than 20 minutes. Joseph is paralyzed on the left […]

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